Dundas International Buskerfest

June 2, 3, 4, 2017

Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 11:30am-10pm, Sunday 11:30am-6pm

Welcome

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Welcome back to the 2017 Dundas International Buskerfest!

This year we’re all about SPECTACLE! Trapeze rigs and coconut trees, stacked chairs and giant unicycles—Build it high, build it big, build it best in honor of Canada150! We welcome performers from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

For big thrills, check out Alakazam’s high-pole contortion, The Flyin’ Hawaiian’s amazing hooping, the Silver Starlets’ 20-foot trapeze rig and Bar Code Russian Bar’s flips and flights!

For big laughs, enjoy the wild and wet Waterbombs!, Vinyl Burns Rock&Roll Circus, stilts and stunts with Alléz-Oops! and ace comedian Mike Wood the Cabbage Catch Kid.

For big energy, watch John Stork The Chair Guy tackle his stack of sketchy chairs—and his first international busker festival! As our Debut Busker, we’re proud to introduce his show to Canada.

Hey parents! For clean all-ages entertainment, take the whole family to Waterbombs!, Bar Code Russian Bar, Alléz-Oops!, The Drum and Didge Circle, and watch for roving entertainers Lacey Lucidity and Everything’s Rosie.

And to get your body moving, head for the B-Boy dance party of Snap Boogie, Peter Rabbit’s bucket drumming, and NEW this year, the Vinyl Burns DJ show for that smooth, chill groove at the end of the night.

We’re proud to bring full-time artists with incredible skills, outrageous comedy, and impeccable credentials to the Dundas Buskerfest. Our festival—your festival!—is committed to actively seeking performers from different backgrounds and experiences. Do you know an act—local, regional or international—you’d love to see here? Please let us know at the info booth or on social media.

Welcome to the party!

Allison Williams

Artistic Director

 

BIO

Artistic Director Allison Williams has managed events for Disney, Avenues Kuwait, Eid in Qatar, Dolphin Creative Dubai, Chrysler, TD Bank, Ritz-Carlton, Chiros Care, and the Chateau Laurier. She’s thrilled to return for her fifth year at Dundas Buskerfest! She performed here with Aerial Angels in 2006 and 2009, and at busker festivals around the world, including Waterloo, Victoria, Halifax and Ottawa in Canada, festivals in India, Singapore, Macedonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Austria and Belgium, and the Street Performer World Championships in Dublin, Ireland. Aerial Angels’ company outreach program, Starfish Circus, trains 2000 K-12 students every year in circus arts, problem-solving and courageous action.

A performer, writer and storyteller, Allison trained in mask and movement theatre and playwriting. Her solo show, TRUE STORY, toured the Canadian Fringe circuit and won Best of Show at the London Fringe. She has received numerous grants and awards, and won a $250,000 investment from Dragon’s Den. Most recently she played the title role and fight-directed an all-woman production of Macbeth for the National Theatre of Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s Constellation Productions.

As a writer, Allison has covered race, culture and comedy for National Public Radio’s The Moth and Snap Judgment, CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera and Love Me, and The New York Times. She has just finished a Young Adult novel that may never sell—go ahead and ask her why.

 

 

Performance Schedule

Please check back in for updated 2017 Schedule

Road closes at 6pm for BIA Merchant Sidewalk Sale and Festival Food

Friday, June 2nd   6:00 pm-10:00 pm

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Saturday, June 3rd   11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Sidewalk Sale, Arts & Crafts, Exhibitors and street entertainment all day

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Sunday June 4th ~ 11:30am to 6pm

Sidewalk Sale, Arts & Crafts, Exhibitors and street entertainment all day

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Festival Map 2016

 

Download Event Map here.

Performers

 

 

 

HAMILTON-AREA STARS! The Dundas Buskerfest is thrilled to showcase greater Hamilton’s talent throughout the festival! Check out roving entertainment from crystal-ball juggler LACEY LUCIDITY, enjoy juggling and comedy by LEAVE IT TO CARL, rock-n-roll ragtime from THE VAUDEVILLIAN, and Irish melodies from SONAS. Join the jam with the drums and didgeridoos of PRIMAL MELODIES. And watch out for our cutest busker on four legs—EVERYTHING’S ROSIE!

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How Much Should I Give?

After each show, the performers will “pass the hat” for your tips and donations. This is the only way our buskers make their living. The festival provides a travel stipend and accommodations, but a busker’s paycheck is literally in your hands.

If you enjoyed the show enough to stay to the end, please contribute an amount you can afford that expresses your thanks to the busker for a job well-done!

It’s truly up to you how much to give. If their show was pretty good and you appreciated the effort, $2-5. If you loved their show and had a great time, give more. You won’t be the only person dropping in a $10 or a $20! If you truly can’t afford a tip, shake the performer’s hand and let them know you enjoyed the show. If you can afford more, put in a little extra to cover someone else who can’t afford to give.

Street performance is a group effort! The artists train their whole lives to present a skillful, funny show for your family to enjoy–your part is to show up and show your appreciation by enjoying the show, and giving what you can to keep street theatre alive!

Sponsors

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The Downtown Dundas Business Improvement Area (BIA) is made up of a group of over one hundred businesses…located between Cross Streets and John Streets in Downtown Dundas. For over 30 years they have dedicated their efforts to planning free family events throughout the course of the year as well as projects to beautify our downtown with hanging flower baskets and planters in the warm weather and Christmas decorations during the holiday season…. all paid for by those members. Hundreds of volunteer hours are given to plan and execute programs resulting in the vibrant downtown we all enjoy!

For more information and a business directory of BIA members, please go to www.downtowndundas.ca
The Dundas BIA would like to thank the many sponsors and all of our very special volunteers who make Buskerfest possible!!!

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Applications

Performers  |  Exhibitors  |  Food Vendors  |  Volunteers

Performers

We are fully booked for our 2017 main pitch artists

Thank you if you have applied to perform at the 2017 Dundas Buskerfest! Please note, we book the main stage acts each year in January. At that time we will contact you one way or the other. It is not necessary to contact us again to follow up.

We are looking for acts for our 2017 Local Pitch

Hamilton and surrounding area performers please send the following information to info @ downtown dundas .ca for consideration for the 2017 Festival:

Your name, the name of your act, type of act [music, juggle, acrobats, magic etc], the number of performers in your act. Where your current home base is, we are looking for performers who live within 160 km. Links to your website and any promo videos. The local pitch is smaller than the main pitches and does not have power or a sound system. Any music acts must be acoustic only and by acoustic we mean no amps or mics….at alllll.

The Kids Try Anything Pitch

New for 2017: The Kids Try Anything pitch! If you are 18 and younger and would like to present music, dance, juggling, magic, or anything cool you think an audience would like to watch, please email us at info @ downtown dundas .ca with your name, age, and skill. If you have a Youtube video, send that too, but it’s OK if you don’t. We’ll schedule you for up to three 30-minute performances on the Kids Try Anything pitch.

 

Vendors

2017 Dundas Buskerfest Exhibitor
Click here for the 2017 Exhibitor Application Dundas Buskerfest PDF

2017 Dundas Buskerfest Food Vendor
Click here for the 2017 Food Concession Application Buskerfest PDF

2017 Public Health Special Event Food Vendor Application [must be submitted with all Food Vendor Apps]
Click here for the Special Events Food Vendor Application [we know the form says 2016 a 2017 version is not yet available]

Volunteers

Click here for a PDF version the 2017 Volunteer form

Online form available by clicking HERE

Media Contacts

For festival interviews, festival information, sponsorships, media & marketing contact:

Phyllis Kraemer, Executive Director

For festival interviews, information, sponsorships, media, marketing, volunteer info contact:

Lisa Anderson, Associate Director

For performer information and interviews contact:

Allison Williams, Artistic Director

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Contact

Dundas International Buskerfest is a street festival in Dundas Ontario. King St is closed from Cross Street to John Street for the duration of the festival.

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289-775-1620

info@downtowndundas.ca

Mailing Address c/o Dundas BIA PO Box 65601 Dundas, Ontario L9H 6Y6