The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival (DVBF) is a FREE five-day family-friendly community festival that showcases quirky and unique street talent from around the world. From Thursday, August 30th to Monday, September 3rd, Victoria will become a hub of busking talent with performers coming from far and wide – with a good dose of some home-grown Canadian talent thrown in! The festivities will have talents scattered at busking “Pitch Stops” across the downtown core that make for a fun-filled day for people of all ages. So bring the kiddies, parents, grandparents, loved ones and even your furry friends along to check out some of the world’s best and brightest busking stars!

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is committed to being low impact.  The 2017 DVBF was a Carbon Neutral Festival and we are committed to keeping it green for 2018!!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, performers, sponsors, vendors, and most importantly, our audience who came out and supported our 2017 Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival! We had such a blast!

Check out our Facebook page for updates HERE, and toss us a follow on instagram HERE !!

Applications for the 2018 Festival are now closed.

If you have any questions or are interested in supporting this great community festival, please contact Michele Montgomery, Festival Organizer, at michele@downtownvictoria.ca.

2018 Talent

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ALAKAZAM If you’re one of those people who struggles to even cross your legs while sitting, your jaw will drop in awe upon seeing Alakazam. Through body contortions, truckloads of Aussie charm and daredevil-esqute feats, you’ll marvel at Al’s fast paced and hilarious show and see why he’s considered one of the world’s best buskers!

RHYTHM WORKS A rhythmic explosion of beats and energy. bucket drumming; music played on pots and pans and body percussion. Mixed in with some beat boxing and everyone gets involved!

GEORGE KAMIKAWA George hails from Japan and has honed his skills to become an exemplary blues artist. His playing is typified by its raw energy and broad tonal range-from delicate harmonics to searing rips and slides on guitar, soulful singing, multiple drum pedals by foot and driving rhythms on harmonica, almost a one man band.

JP KOALA With a slick selection of comedy, whip cracking, juggling, and character routines, J-P delivers the right show for every audience, every time. Every show is custom tailored to the event, the audience, and the atmosphere. With the help of Kenny the Koala, JP offers a family-friendly custom experience for all to enjoy!

MAT RICARDO A completely unique street performer in both style and content, Mat takes inspiration from the gentleman jugglers of the glory days of vaudeville, and updates the artform with jaw-droppingly original tricks and a wit honed over a three decade performing career. He can be relied on to pull a crowd and then reduce them to hysterics, all while showing them tricks they’ve never seen before, might still think are impossible, but will never forget. Fast hands, smart mouth, good suit.

SATYA BELLA A high-skilled, non-stop energetic interactive circle show. Satya spins hoops of all sizes to an upbeat soundtrack. Satya is the only person in the world who performs hula hoop on fire while spinning about within a cyr wheel at the exact same time! A singular talent beyond belief and not to be missed.

TIANNA THE TRAVELER Tianna travels the world collecting unusual stories and stunts. Her cheeky grin shines in the face of a challenge, and her charm pulls audiences into her brave world of wonder. The show includes whip cracking, balancing a brave volunteer, and an original ratchet strap escape.

LES DUDES Stories in the City is an interactive street theatre show inspired by the stories and imagination of the danish writer H.C. Andersen. In the world of stories anything can happen! With physical comedy, music and circus we invite you to imagine, enjoy and have fun with us–who knows, you might even get to discover your inner prince or princess during the show!

HER MAJESTY’S SECRET CIRCUS British super-Secret Circus agents Honeymoon & Butterfly are on a mission. Using their extremely high IQs, plunger arrows, and a huge stealth unicycle, their original comedy and “special” tricks save the day every time. The show is action-packed stunt-comedy for all ages!

KNUDSON & CONNAUGHTON Caden Knudson and Aaron Connaughton are the accountant & trucker acoustic folk duo playing intricate fingerstyle guitar accompanied by driving double bass, tied together with smooth harmonies. Knudson & Connaughton redefines easy listening music with their original rootsy-bluesy songs about life and loneliness in the Fraser Valley, as well as dancing spiders.

MISTER F/FRED PERFORMER Mister F is an artist of Cirque du Soleil, award winner of artistic diabolo European Championship, and international performer from France. His last show “The Bubble Man” combines traditional circus and street arts energy to bring the audience in a suprising and entertaining universe!

     

Volunteer

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Want to Volunteer?

Apply here to be a volunteer with us!

To get started:

  1.  Follow the link above
  2. Read and accept the Volunteer Agreement
  3. Create a Verably account through email or Facebook
  4. Complete “About Me” form (check your “Conversations”!)
  5. Apply for your desired role
  6.  Have a blast volunteering with us this summer!

Below is a breakdown of our volunteer roles this summer. Some roles may have special requirements; if you have any questions, please contact the volunteer coordinator at jodi@downtownvictoria.ca for more info on how to get involved!

2018 Sponsors

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Supporting Partners

  

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

 

Media Sponsors