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!

 

FESTIVAL INFO

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
PRICE: Free
AGES: All Ages
BRING: Your Camera

 

VIBF-Festival-Map-Schedule

Map & Schedule

 

 

Testimonials

"Your support and dedication greatly enrich Vancouver's Downtown core and contribute to our reputation as a highly livable...

VIVA Vancouver

"Your team continue to inspire us with what is possible when passion, talent and hard work...

Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, Downtown Vancouver BIA

Latest Blog Post

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.

 


 

PRESS

Vancouver International Busker Fest opens on Friday night

DH Vancouver Staff / Jun 26, 2014 / http://dailyhive.com

The Busker Fest begins with the sound of the gong! Friday night at the Vancouver Art Gallery (North Side), the Vancouver International Busker Festival ceremoniously launches its third year.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with music by Vancouver’s favourite indie rock busker heroes, Sons of Granville. At 7:30 p.m., the festival official begins with the ringing of the gong, followed by a cabaret styled show featuring the international performers, who have just landed in Vancouver for the festival.

As much as the festival is a lot of fun for everyone who comes, it’s also a part of city history, and an exploding international trend. The inauguration will be both funny and impressive, and it will also be a special experience for all who attend.

Come early to enjoy an eclectic mix of street cuisine by several of the festival’s amazing vendors,  who will be from 5 p.m. to feed the happy masses through the evening.

Growing the arts matters. Bringing people together matters. Having fun matters. The Festival team hopes everyone will come to be part of the event.

Eden performing at the Vancouver International Busker Festival. Photo: vancouverbuskerfest.com

Eden performing at the Vancouver International Busker Festival. Photo: vancouverbuskerfest.com

The Busker Fest includes many awesome photo ops! So bring your cameras and capture awesome shots of enormous happy crowds and amazing talent throughout the entire weekend.

Post your best shots on Instagram with the hashtag #VancityBusk. Whichever photo gets the most likes will garner a $200 gift card from Future Shop. The contest runs from June 28 to 29.

 

DH Vancouver Staff / Jun 05, 2014 / http://dailyhive.com

Mike Bonnici is a producer of the Vancouver International Busker Festival, having begun the festival in Vancouver in 2012. He is also a busker himself, having been in the game for almost 20 years. His act involves plenty of humour, a crazy high unicycle and – get this – juggling a running chainsaw. There’s no wonder they call him DynaMike.


DynaMike in Dubai

What made you want to bring Busker Fest to Vancouver?

Busker Fests are happening all over Canada and all around the world and have been for decades in a few cases. I felt like it was prime cultural real estate just sitting there; the opportunity seemed obvious. The reason I was attuned to that potential is that I’ve been a busker my whole life, starting when I was 16 and now I’m 34 – so I’ve been doing it forever. The fact that it wasn’t happening in Vancouver just seemed like a prime opportunity that needed to be activated. Putting a busker fest together the magic of busker takes care of itself; it’s just instigating bringing the artists and the crowds together so the magic can happen. It’s gratifying.

Why do you believe in Busker Fest?

Busker Fests are growing around the world, and they work in different cultural and social contexts; they do so much good, bring people together, to laugh, scream, whistle, ooh and ahh and cheer. The world’s full of a lot of confusion, a lot of trouble, but this festival, like any great arts event allows people to step out of the challenge of daily life and have a magical experience, and it works everywhere. It wasn’t a big leap of faith of was it going to work in Vancouver; the answer was that it was just waiting to happen here. As I’ve been traveling I’ve been exposed to the level of talent out there on the street, it’s diverse, it’s exceptional and it’s international to boot. The story of busker fests and buskers are intrinsically interesting; we all read stories about the wandering heroes. Buskers sort of relate to that; every busker is living their own legend. When you see an artist on the street come out in front of everyone and transform a regular space to a connected experience for hundreds, sometimes thousands of people it’s beautiful. I believe in busking, I love it.

What is the appeal of an outdoor performance event like Busker Fest?

When you go out on the street, there’s a guy wearing a suit and a guy wearing dirty pants he’s been wearing for four days; there’s rich, poor, young, old, people from everywhere. All the world’s a stage, and on the street every sort of audience member is there. In terms of bringing people together, when people are coming from all different walks of life, bringing them together is even more significant; there are no barriers. It’s totally barrier free, which is something that we’re proud of. It’s for everybody, and because busking happens in the public realm it informs what happens as well. One of the nice things about having such a diverse audience especially for performers who are going to be interacting with the audience is a lot more fodder to chew on.

How does Busker Fest connect to its eclectic audience?

Any busker who is worth their salt is able to appeal to everyone with intelligent comedy as well as cool flashy stunts. Buskers are kind of like mavericks, forging their own path, which appeals to young people. Having raw talent appeals to everybody – they like talent, they respect excellence. There is an athleticism that is brought out at busker fest, physicality is very strong. There’s a cheeky comedy aspect to it. When people pass through to wherever they’re going, see if they don’t find the massive cheers from massive crowds irresistible. Give it a try.

DynaMike in Macedonia

What do you hope to achieve from Busker Fest Vancouver in its third year?

When we first started, the first kinds of promotional material we started to send out used the phrase ‘the worlds full of trouble and confusion,’ and as such it’s really important to bring people together. Mass connection revives our sense of community. The ideals that informed the beginning of this whole process are still there. What makes the world a better place? Growing up, recognizing that we can each make a modest contribution to the world, and this festival, modest or not it’s real, it’s sincere. When people are together laughing and cheering I think it’s rejuvenating, it informs connection. At the base of it all, the more things we have happening where people are together, the better the world is for it.

What are you looking forward to most at this year’s festival?

Last year at 11:45 a.m., Nick, who was our marketing director, and myself were doing an interview with CBC, 15 minutes before the festival started. The interview ended; we were kind of saying ‘what’s going to happen now?’ It seemed like every door opened and people walked out onto the street and then one of our buskers from Australia did a show and it went massive. You know a lot of dreaming has gone into this, a lot of planning and I think I’m looking forward to the magic happening and being reminded that the effort was worthwhile. So I think the thing I’m most looking forward to is experiencing it as it happens.

What is your favourite memory from last year’s festival?

There’s a few. There’s this 12 year old kid named Thomas, his mom and dad are often at the art gallery selling knitting stuff on the steps, and he does devil sticks. At the end of the festival last year at our closing ceremonies it was a cabaret style show and everybody did a short piece and we put him in it. He was just glowing; I think it was the highlight of his life. It was really beautiful. In terms of making a difference that matters that certainly mattered for him. He still talks about it! That was a really special moment.

Then there’s a local band here called Kutapira, a calypso five piece percussion band, I loved walking by their crowds and seeing everyone grooving on the street. There was an artist we had last year called Pogo Fred from California; he does acrobatics on this high powered pogo stick – just hearing the crowd roar was awesome.

 

 

What is your hope for the future of Vancouver’s Busker Fest?

The first year we did this the festival it was pretty small, the second year it was pretty big, from like 40,000 people over seven days to 100,000 people over seven days. I hope that Vancouverites will catch the vision and run with it, and be excited to be a part of the growth of this thing. Halifax and Edmonton have 30 year old festivals – we’re going into year three.

The vision we have for the future includes circus stages throughout the city, indoor cabaret events and concerts. We hope that Vancouverites will be excited about the growth of this great festival in their city because it really is good for everybody.  I’m really excited to see where this goes in the next few years and I hope Vancouver is too.

Vancouver International Busker Festival 2014

When: June 28 and 29

Time: noon to 10 p.m.

Where: Granville Street between Smithe and Dunsmuir

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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
    Lisa Lottie
    Basketball Jones
    Street Circus
    Jackie Sparrow
    Mr Fish
    Billions Cobra
    Byron from England
    DynaMike
    Eden Cheung
    Duke Dreamer
    Piper McKenzie

  • MUSICAL ACTS

    Sons of Granville
    Kutapira
    Dianne Cruz
    Tomko Lamb
    Coldwater Road
    David Morin
    Diane Cruz

  • NOVELTY ARTISTS

    Kate Mior
    Boobily the Clown / All wound up
    Harrison Lee
    Spray Bombs

 



 

SOME of OUR AMAZING BUSKERS

CIRCLE SHOWS

Reuben Dot Dot Dot

Australia

 

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.”

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Lisa Lottie

Netherlands

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...

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Basketball Jones

New Zealand

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.

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Street Circus

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...

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Jackie Sparrow

Calgary

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...

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Mr Fish

Australia

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!...

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Billions Cobra

Toronto

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...

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Byron from England

Vancouver

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.”

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DynaMike

Toronto

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...

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Eden Cheung



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...

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Duke Dreamer

Australia

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...

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Piper McKenzie

Cranbrook

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....

 

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MUSICAL ACTS

Sons of Granville

Vancouver

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.

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Kutapira

Vancouver


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

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Dianne Cruz

Vancouver

Bio coming...

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Tomko Lamb

Calgary

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...

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Coldwater Road

Vancouver

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...

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David Morin

Vancouver

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. ...

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Diane Cruz

Description coming...

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NOVELTY ARTISTS

Kate Mior

Toronto

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

Toronto

There'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...

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Harrison Lee

Vancouver

Boy 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...

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Spray Bombs

Victoria

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!

 



 

2013 PRESS


The Buskers
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!
Basketball Jones
Bendy Em
Byron Bertram
Chalkmaster Dave
Coldwater Road
Daniel Waples
Eden Cheung
Kutapira
Lauren Preston

Michael Fraser
Natasha K
Piper McKenzie
Pogo Fred
Reuben Dot Dot Dot
Sharon Mahoney
Sons of Granville
Spray Bombs
USA Break Dancers

 

Second annual festival unfolds Canada day weekend

Drew McLachlan / Vancouver Courier JUNE 20, 2013

On Canada Day weekend, Granville Street will become a cacophony of street music, as musicians and performers from around the world descend on our citys downtown for the second Vancouver International Busker Festival.

Five blocks of Granville Street, from Smithe to Pender, will be closed to traffic from June 29 to July 1, allowing pedestrians to crowd around local and international talent, including contortionist Bendy Em, sidewalk artist Chalkmaster Dave, and a multitude of musicians.

Musicians and buskers like Dawn Dreams performing at the Vancouver International Busker Festival. Photo: vancouverbuskerfest.com

Musicians and buskers like Dawn Dreams will occupy Granville Street for the second annual Vancouver International Buskers Festival, June 29 to July 1

Despite the first festival officially taking place in July 2012, the seeds were planted during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Barbara Fairbrother of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association reached out to local buskers to fill the streets and entertain tourists.
[This years festival] is the same format and same place, said Mike Bonnici, founder and artistic director of the festival. Prior to the Olympics, Barbara sent out emails to the busker communities in order to activate the streets during the Olympics. It was a massive success, there was a diversity of art and some epic, epic, epic shows.

Bonnici has travelled around the country and abroad, taking his craft knife juggling and unicycle riding to the streets of Ottawa, Amsterdam and London, among other cities. Bonnici said the festival isnt only about entertainment, but an opportunity to rethink how the public uses public space.

From a Canadian history point of view, the outdoors are for public use, Bonnici said. The more it is regulated and the more uses are prohibited, the less people interact at the same level. When its successful and well coordinated, everybody wins. Artists can communicate to each other without a boardroom.

On Granville Island, Bonnici is active in the ongoing battle against licensing changes imposed by the Granville Island Cultural Society. The new rules include a fire ban, a doubling of licensing fees (from $55 per season to $110,) a reduction in circle shows (where an audience gathers around the performer) and mandatory auditioning for buskers. Bonnici also said that he disagrees with how the city handles noise regulation. The current limit is only 75 decibels in six metres, which he claims is almost inaudible, and wants to see the distance moved to 20 metres. However, he said that he is very grateful of how supportive the city has been with the Busker Festival, and pleased with how Vancouverites compare to audiences in other cities.
The most exciting thing about Vancouver crowds is the politeness, intelligence and diversity, Bonnici said. People here are very articulate, but also respectful they like to get engaged. In other places, youll sometimes get drunk people yelling at you while you perform, but its pretty rare in Vancouver.

Bonnici said he hopes the festival will inspire attendees, and bring more variety to Vancouvers busking community.

The arts matter, the arts inspire people, Bonnici said. When people are inspired theyre better friends and theyre better neighbours.
The Vancouver International Busker Festival takes place from June 29 to July 1, on Granville Street from Smithe to Pender. Over 150 performers will be in attendance.

 

Host Sponsors

HOST – Downtown Vancouver BIA

downtownvancouver.net
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

http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/reducing-cars-on-city-streets.aspx
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 Partners

MAJOR PARTNER – The Letter Shop

www.lettershop.ca

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.

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MAJOR PARTNER – Metro

metronews.ca/news/vancouver

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 Partners

MEDIA PARTNER – Vancitybuzz

http://www.vancitybuzz.com

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

http://www.btvancouver.ca/

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

www.sonicnation.com

“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 Partners

HOSPITALITY – Holiday Inn

http://www.holidayinnvancouverdowntown.com/

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 Partners

ARTIST PARTNER – Hive

http://www.hivevancouver.com/

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

http://bluelotuscreative.com/

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

www.canadiantire.ca/

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

natashadesign.com

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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

PRODUCERS – aMillion BaZillion Art Society

amillionbazillion.com

The aMillion BaZillion Art Society exists to grow the arts in the public realm.

 

Canadian Heritage

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.

 


 


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