Vancouver International Busker Festival
2013 & 2014
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Vancouver International Busker Festival
SAT JUNE 29 to MON JULY 1, 2014
DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER. GRANVILLE ST.
150 EPIC STREET SHOWS. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. BE THERE!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are thrilled to present the second annual Vancouver International Busker Festival on Granville Street this Canada Day weekend. Come out to laugh, smile, ooh, ahh, scream, and cheer. Bring your friends and your camera. And remember: TELL EVERYONE!!
WHY BUSKER FEST?
Busker festivals are all about the simple and powerful art of bringing people together from all walks of life, with interactive comedy, hypnotic music and mind-blowing stunts. Prepare to laugh and cheer, forget about your worries, get inspired, ooh and ahh, and go home feeling better than you did when you came!
The festival is for everyone. Please TELL EVERYONE!
EVENT: Vancouver International Busker Festival
WHEN: Sat & Sun, June 28 & 29, Noon to 10pm
ALSO: Friday, Jun 27, 6 to 9pm – Opening Ceremony/Cabaret
WHERE: Granville Street: 3 blocks between Smithe and Dunsmuir
WHO: International acts of all varieties
AGES: All Ages
BRING: Your Camera
Map & Schedule
"Your support and dedication greatly enrich Vancouver's Downtown core and contribute to our reputation as a highly livable...
"Your team continue to inspire us with what is possible when passion, talent and hard work...
Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, Downtown Vancouver BIA
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What do you mean a LIVE Chainsaw?: DynaMike
June 12, 2014
There are only a few things in which my conviction remains unshaken; Friends was the best TV show ever, the ability to focus is always marketable, and juggling a running chainsaw is badass! Mike Bonnici is a busker who goes by the stage name DynaMike, and part of his act features juggling a live chainsaw while riding a comedically high unicycle. It’s a little bit hard to imagine without the help of the picture below.
As if one juggling act isn’t enough Mike is also heading up the Vancouver International Busker’s Festival later this month! He has helped with the festival since it’s beginnings in 2012, and is looking forward to its biggest year this time around.
Mike describes the origins of his relationship to busking as “love at first sight”. He was watching the Butterfly man (also known as Robert Nelson) at the Kingston Buskers Rendezvous in 1996 and remembers being simply blown away by all the performers. What blew him away was the simplicity of it! Busking can be anything and everything its performer wants it to be!
Busking is basically just publically preforming; so the acts can vary from musical performances to circus acts like DynaMike. As he explains: its “simplicity can give rise to a spectrum of outcomes”. With so many varied acts all coming together in one focused area (June 28th and 29th in downtown Vancouver in case I forgot to mention) it’s no wonder Mike is excited! Large crowds and interesting acts sound like an amazing afternoon to me!
When asked about some of his favorite performers Mike had difficulty picking just one, and to be honest I had difficulty just with some of the names! I did however manage to pick out a few very colorfully named individuals; Spandy Andy, Digging David Morin, and SlackWire Sam. I highly recommend looking up Spandy Andy and SlackWire Sam on your next break. Trust me when I say that they’re way better than the average kitten video.
The Vancouver International Busker’s Festival is coming to downtown Vancouver this month! June 28th and 29th, and Mike hopes that everyone who can be there will come check it out. “Awesome artists” and “amazing vendors” will contribute to a really fun day! Everyone is invited! The more the merrier right.
These are the exceptional, talented, hypnotic, hilarious artists coming from around Vancouver, from Canada and around the world.
Check out the photos and videos.
Get excited. Come downtown and see them live Canada Day weekend!
- CIRCLE SHOWS
Reuben Dot Dot Dot
Byron from England
- MUSICAL ACTS
Sons of Granville
- NOVELTY ARTISTS
Boobily the Clown / All wound up
SOME of OUR AMAZING BUSKERS
Reuben Dot Dot Dot
Reuben DotDotDot was born in Melbourne, Australia. On his journey to becoming a world-famous entertainer, he has acquired (completely legally) a diploma in small company/community theatre, traditional acrobatic training from the “Beijing Acrobatic Troupe”, a huge range of circus and performance skills, and a complete loss of vertigo.
He performs professionally in some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Edinburgh Fringe, Christchurch World Buskers and the Ansan Street Arts Festival. He’s also done corporate entertainment for the likes of BMW and Landrover, and to top it off, he’s worked for circuses as illustrious as Cirque du Soleil.”
Crazy agile, beautifully charming and unbelievably flexible! Lisa Lottie will have you on the edge of your seat as she contorts her body and performs some of the most impressive Hula Hoop moves you have ever seen!. Expect great feelings of exhilaration & remember to scrape your jaw off of the floor. This show is all tricks, flourishes & laughter for the whole...
Captain of the New Zealand unicycle basketball team, The Basketball Jones show delivers crazy basketball mayhem featuring amazing dribbling, spinning and juggling of up to five regulation size basketballs at one time. Basketball Jones delights young and old with his infectious enthusiasm, physical comedy and unhealthy obsession with balls. The breath taking finale will leave audiences wishing the show would go into overtime.
Basketball Jones, aka Sean Kaata Dwen, started dribbling at a very young age. Then one day he was given a basketball. Ever since then he has had an unhealthy obsession with balls. He juggles five regulation size basketballs and has travelled around the globe several times performing his one man comedy basketball juggling show.
Winnipeg / Chicago
This husband & wife circus duo perform over 100 tricks and stunts throughout their show. Cyr wheel, hand to hand acrobatics, hula hoops, handstands, contortion, fire juggling and of course comedy! As two award winning performers with over thirty years of combined world-wide performance experience, The Street circus bring an immense and youthful energy to the street with non-stop, high energy, upbeat circus...
One misfit pirate, amazing feats of strength, and a 12 foot pirate ship is the recipe for an action packed show to thrill audiences of all ages. Join Jackie Sparrow and her unsuspecting crew as they embark upon an acrobatic adventure through the high seas in search of treasure and fortune. Combining breathtaking stunts with hilarious comedy, Jackie Sparrow’s quirky antics charm and delight her audiences in an adventure that leaves them wanting...
The Amazing Mr Fish presents a circus, comedy, mime extravaganza. Not since the vaudevillians of yesteryear have so many skills been seen in one amazing show, and not even they could do it with a fish down their trousers. Mr Fish is absurd, endearing, and very funny!...
Billions Cobra began busking while earning his degree in Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. For more than a decade since, he has been thrilling audiences around the world with his zany one-of-a-kind stunts. His spectacular tricks and unique charm have attracted the attention of Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres and David Letterman. Come see something new fresh and fun, set to the sounds of some pumping electronic...
Byron from England
Byron Bertram was born and raised in Vancouver to an artistic background. His father is a musician, his mother is an artist, and his grandfather was the famous late painter and "Order of Canada" recipient Toni Onley. His well-received comedy, escape, juggling show under his stage name "Byron from England" is a massive success from festivals, and fairs to public streets squares in over a dozen countries. Byron is also a stand up comedian and an actor. On television you may have seen him play such diverse roles as a prison guard on Alcatraz to the notoriously funny infamous whiny husband “Pam can you call my mom?” on the NyQuil Commercial.”
DynaMike has been performing his "World Peace Stunt Show Party Special Experience" for 17 years. He spent 2013 riding this 10-foot unicycle and juggling his chainsaw throughout the Middle East, Western Europe and across Canada. DynaMike's shows are hilariously interactive, lovingly awkward and a lot of...
Eden Cheung, Coming to the vancouver International Busker Festival.
Born in Hong Kong and raised on a diet of old spaghetti westerns in Edmonton, Alberta, nobody remembered to tell Eden that he couldn't grow up to be a fake cowboy. Whip cracking, wise cracking and irredeemably irreverent. He's got silver shoes and a silver tongue. Do try to keep...
Duke Dreamer is a street-savvy modern clown who has head-mounted airplanes, circus stunts, and inflatable illusions to complement his finely honed verbal and physical comedy. He will aim to sweep up downtown Vancouver in an impulse driven comedic world - developed over thousands of shows - and harvested real-time from the edge of consciousness for your...
Juggling, balancing, spinning suitcases and quirky tricks with a skateboard. Piper is acrobatic, hilarious friendly and sweet. A great show for the big kid in all of us....
Sons of Granville
Matthew and Thomas began their journey as humble buskers who sought to collaborate, with no real idea of where they were going or what they were aiming for. After their first busking session on June 9th, 2010, they both realized they had something special and they began to hone their sound. Coming from two separate backgrounds musically and personally has heightened, rather than weakened, their connections as musicians and as people and they count each other amongst their closest friends, as well as brothers in a musical sense. They hope to share that camaraderie with you! Feel the love.
Kutapira brings together the traditional sounds of Zimbabwean marimbas with the upbeat tempos of Afro-Cuban music and the rhythmic soul of West African percussion. Kutapira’s growing repertoire continues to explore the vast potential of their musical arrangements and they have gained a solid reputation among concert goers as ‘fire starters’. They have performed at festivals all over Canada, at the World Youth Music Festival and at Balmoral Castle for The Queen
Tomko Lamb has been mesmerizing audiences with his hammered dulcimer for over 25 years, often offering a "bubble of tranquility" amid the often crazy, hectic energy of street festivals. Tomko is self taught in the hammered dulcimer, having inherited a 120 stringed Ukrainian version that his Grandfather built. He enjoys playing festivals and has performed across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand bringing his unique blend of original acoustic songs to people of all ages, cultures and planetary...
Coldwater Road was built in early 2012 when Patrick Spencer and Greg Monforton (formerly of Case Closed) assembled a group to record 3 songs for a Music BC Demo Grant ("The Hippo Session"). The band describes its sound as "lyrical folk with cowboy tendencies." Patrick writes the songs and does the whining. Alex plays cello and also helps whine, as does Missy. "U-bass" Ben and drummers Emlyn and Steve provide the backbone of this beast, while Greg and Mark tattoo the hide with respective electric axe/keys and...
David Morin is quickly gaining ground as Vancouver's Soul and funk master. With just his mouth, guitar and a few fancy effects, he will blow your mind, sweeten your soul and make you fall in love along the way. Amazing rhythm, silky voice and good vibrations. Once you start listening to him, you won't want to stop! Since the new year, Dave's mega talent, has taken him to India, England and France and he's still on the move. And catch him while you can. ...
Is she real? Is she a doll? Watch her move and find out! Internationally recognized mime artist Kate Mior travels across the world performing her unique movement-based installations that will take your breath...
Boobily the Clown / All wound up
TorontoThere's more than meets the eye with this life sized wind up doll Interactive, playful and at times, downright silly, Boobily the Clown is "All Wound Up!" and having a blast being a living doll for your (and her own) entertainment. She has performed at festivals, corporate and private events and sometimes you can catch her busking on the street - she is a hit with all...
VancouverBoy Genius of the Yo-Yo, Harrison delights and amuses passers by with his calm demeanour, boyish charm and out of this world yo-yo tricks. Harrison is a familiar face around town, and has been performing regularly at local festivals for the last few years. We're delighted to have...
Victoria-based artist, Robin Seagrave, uses a variety of techniques to paint celestial, landscape and abstract scenes onto paper and canvas using spray paint. The vibrant beauty of his work has earned them a lot of local recognition. Robins' painting is spell binding. Often draws huge crowds and spontaneous applause. People are mesmerized by Robin's speed and precision as worlds come to life before their...
Public Events like busker fest empower our communities, strengthen the arts, and enrich the city. The festival team and board extends our sincere gratitude to our partners sponsors and friends for their support, assistance and enthusiasm in bringing the Vancouver International Busker Festival vision to life! Many many thanks!
These are the exceptional, talented, hypnotic, hilarious artists coming from around Vancouver, from Canada and around the world. Check out the photos and videos. Get excited. Come downtown and see them live Canada Day weekend!
Reuben Dot Dot Dot
Sons of Granville
USA Break Dancers
HOST – Downtown Vancouver BIA
Prior to the production of VIBF, the Downtown Vancouver BIA coordinated an incredibly successful activation downtown during the 2010 Olympiad. That busking mega event served as the platform on which we began to build the Vancouver International Busker Festival in 2011. Ever since our first meeting about the project, the DVBIA has been an active supporter of our efforts; providing leads, advice, mentorship and ideas about how to maximize our effect. We are thankful to have the DVBIA as an ongoing host and funding partner.
HOST – Viva Vancouver
ViVa Vancouver is a progressive department within the City of Vancouver, which creatively transforms city streets into vibrant public space. One of ViVa’s programs is a summer long series of events on Granville Street during weekend closures. The buskerfest was this year’s kick off event, as it will be next year. We were honored to work with the city to create wholesome and barrier-free activities for everyone on Canada Day Weekend. And we look forward to continuing to help make Vancouver an even more livable city.
MAJOR PARTNER – The Letter Shop
Working with Julio Giron and his colleagues at The Letter Shop was a joy. From our first meeting Julio embraced the festival project and added his creativity to produce beautiful custom signage for each of our performance stages. We’re delighted to have both the Lettershop’s expertise and enthusiasm as we work together to dress Granville St for the 3rd Annual Vancouver International Busker Festival..
The Vancouver International Busker Festival is brought to you by the aMillion BaZillion Arts Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit society that exists to grow the arts in the public realm.
MAJOR PARTNER – Metro
In both years the festival’s tagline has been “Tell Everyone”. This year, Bruce Beil, and everyone at the Metro made that possible in a huge way. Not only were Metro staff professional and helpful, but they were excited about what we were doing and inspiring to work with. The Metro helped us design a campaign that was far-reaching, well-timed and robust. When our 8-page festival guide went out in the middle of the June 26 Metro, the whole lower mainland took notice. And this year, when the people came in droves, many of them came because they had heard about the festival in our Metro campaign. In addition to being a Major Partner, the Metro also sponsored the people’s choice award, and created an attractive trophy to use for year’s to come.
MEDIA PARTNER – Vancitybuzz
Our partnership with Vancity Buzz is really exciting. Vancity Buzz is a media outlet of the future. Diverse, replete, and engaging. The staff have been interested and enthusiastic about spreading the busker fest message through their very groovy channels. What’s more?
MEDIA PARTNER – Breakfast Television on CityTV
We invited the good people at Breakfast Television to the Busker Festival last year, and were delighted by their enthusiasm to host some of our visiting artist on their popular program in the days leading up to the main event.
MEDIA PARTNER – sonic 104.9
“We love buskers!” That was the first thing we heard when we spoke to Aaron at Sonic. We’re so happy to have this great radio station on our side. Many of the people who come to the fest, (likely many who are reading this paragraph) discovered the fest, because they heard about it on Sonic.
HOSPITALITY – Holiday Inn
Busking can be as arduous as it is fun. And The Holiday Inn is ensuring that our hard working international visiting artists can sleep as hard as they play. Given the incredible demand on hotels during that time of year, we are particiularly grateful to the Holiday Inn for their support keeping the artists comfortable.
ARTIST PARTNER – Hive
The HiVE is an exciting place to be. It’s full of inspired and innovative people working on inspired and innovative projects across a spectrum of progressive disciplines. The energy in the air is palpable: encouraging and friendly. And we benefitted greatly from the modern facility, passionate community and warm hospitality shown to us by Aaron Cruikshank, Marg Fernandez and the many friendly people we worked alongside during the months leading up to the festival.
ARTIST PARTNER – Blue Lotus Creative
Gabe at Blue Lotus is a joy to work with. Gabe is passionate about the arts, a clear and articulate communicator and a flashy web-savvy designer. He helped us clarify our vision for our online and designed a site we are proud of!
ARTIST PARTNER – Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire is a quintessential Canadian brand, and we appreciate their coming on board this year, and look forward to growing a great event together for years to come.
ARTIST PARTNER – Natasha Kudashkina
Natasha Kudashkina is an award winning painter and visual artist. Natasha participated in the festival last year doing her trade human painting. In addition to her fine art work, she is also a trained graphic designer par excellance, and we were fortunate to have her on our team to create the outgoing graphics for our various marketing campaigns.
PRODUCERS – aMillion BaZillion Art Society
The aMillion BaZillion Art Society exists to grow the arts in the public realm.
SPONSOR – The Government of Canada
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.