Up here in Canada, we call them buskers. (You know, the people who play instruments, do mime, juggle, etc. for entertaining the passers-by and passing out the hat for a few coins.) In fact we have Buskerfests all the time. There is a huge one going on in Toronto this weekend.
A few years ago, I mentioned the word 'buskers' in another forum and most Americans didn't know what I was talking about.
So, I was wondering if you have buskers where you live and what name they go by?