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Wednesday: Sword Swallowers and Silver Elvis

wednesday: Starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the waterfront comes alive for the 32nd annual Halifax Busker Festival with jugglers, contortionists, sword swallowers, clowns, dancers and the singular Silver Elvis, a guy who puts on shiny makeup and simulates the king of rock and roll, according to The Chronicle Herald. There's also live music from local talent on the Nova Scotia Marquee Stage at Bishop's Landing, in addition to the four stages that will present a nonstop cycle of entertainment Wednesday evening, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. and Monday until 6 p.m. Also, don't store your cash in your socks. Three decades ago, Buskerfest was a charming mix of acts who could juggle bowling balls the big ones, not candlepin while delivering snappy patter and giant puppet performers. The lineup For example, last year Canadian strongman Mighty Mike with his a snappy old-timey outfit and an impeccably waxed moustache won the festival's People's Choice Award on the strength of a winning personality, a wide array of feats like bending horseshoes and, yes, juggling bowling balls. But as the world of travelling street performers has expanded, new generations of hipper, wilder and more daring entertainers have emerged. ( As reported in the news.