Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 11:30am-10pm, Sunday 11:30am-6pm
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!
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.
Road closes at 6pm for BIA Merchant Sidewalk Sale and Festival Food
|FRIDAY||Music Pitch||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Fun Pitch||Stage 5||Kids Area|
|6:00||DRUM PARADE||DRUM PARADE||DRUM PARADE||DRUM PARADE||DRUM PARADE||DRUM PARADE||DRUM PARADE|
|6:30||Sonas||Alakazam||Snap Boogie||Circus Kronos||Peter Rabbit|
|7:00||Vinyl Burns||Mike Wood||Everything Rosie|
|7:30||Leave it to Carl||Waterbombs||Silver Starlets||Primal Melodies|
|8:00||Allez-Oops!||John Stork: The Chair Guy||Nik the Violin Kid|
|8:30||Everything Rosie||The Flyin’ Hawaiian||Bar Code Russian Bar||Mike Wood|
|9:00||Peter Rabbit||Snap Boogie||Sonas|
|9:30||Circus Kronos||Vinyl Burns DJ Show||Alakazam||Leave it to Carl|
Sidewalk Sale, Arts & Crafts, Exhibitors and street entertainment all day
|FRIDAY||Music Pitch||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Fun Pitch||Stage 5||Kids Area|
|12:00||Allez-Oops!||John Stork: The Chair Guy||Sonas||Primal Melodies|
|12:30||Everything Rosie||Bar Code Russian Bar||Alakazam||Kids’ Yoga with Ryan|
|1:00||The Flyin’ Hawaiian||Vinyl Burns||Laura Keating||Waterbombs|
|1:30||Circus Kronos||Snap Boogie||Silver Starlets||Bellydancing with Miss Jane|
|2:00||John Stork: The Chair Guy||Peter Rabbit||Everything Rosie||Allez-Oops!|
|2:30||The Vaudevillian||Waterbombs||Mike Wood||Crash Rhythm Play-Along|
|3:00||Vinyl Burns||Snap Boogie||Leave it to Carl||Bar Code Russian Bar|
|3:30||Sonas||The Flyin’ Hawaiian||Silver Starlets||Cirque Skills 101|
|4:00||Allez-Oops!||Alakazam||Circus Kronos||John Stork: The Chair Guy|
|4:30||The Vaudevillian||Peter Rabbit||Waterbombs||Kids’ Joke-Telling with Mike Wood|
|5:00||Snap Boogie||Silver Starlets||Sonas||The Flyin’ Hawaiian|
|5:30||Laura Keating||Vinyl Burns||Bar Code Russian Bar||Cirque Skills 101|
|6:00||Mike Wood||Allez-Oops!||The Vaudevillian||Primal Melodies|
|6:30||Leave it to Carl||The Flyin’ Hawaiian||John Stork: The Chair Guy|
|7:00||Silver Starlets||Waterbombs||Everything Rosie||Bar Code Russian Bar|
|7:30||The Vaudevillian||Alakazam||Vinyl Burns|
|8:00||Peter Rabbit||Mike Wood||Laura Keating||Snap Boogie|
|8:30||Circus Kronos||Everything Rosie||Leave it to Carl|
|9:00||CALLING ALL BUSKERS! FIRE & FUN SHOW ON STAGE 3|
|10:00||Vinyl Burns DJ Show|
Sidewalk Sale, Arts & Crafts, Exhibitors and street entertainment all day
|Music Pitch||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Fun Pitch||Stage 4|| Kids Area
|12:00||Alakazam||Waterbombs||Clark Schlesinger||Primal Melodies||Kids’ Yoga with The Flyin’ Hawaiian|
|12:30||Everything Rosie||Mike Wood||Bar Code Russian Bar|
|1:00||Vinyl Burns||The Flyin’ Hawaiian||The Vaudevillian||Allez-Oops!||Silver Starlets’ Dance Party|
|1:30||Madison Galloway||Waterbombs||John Stork: The Chair Guy|
|2:00||Silver Starlets||Alakazam||Sonas||Peter Rabbit||Vinyl Burns’ Disco Kids|
|2:30||Clark Schlesinger||Bar Code Russian Bar||Mike Wood|
|3:00||The Flyin’ Hawaiian||Snap Boogie||Madison Galloway||Vinyl Burns||Drum With Peter Rabbit|
|3:30||The Vaudevillian||John Stork: The Chair Guy||Allez-Oops!|
|4:00||Silver Starlets||Peter Rabbit||Lacey Lucidity||Primal Melodies||Circus Kronos|
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! Born in Sydney, Australia, Al is literally a human knot and has performed his one-man show in 36 countries over the past 20 years. Through body contortions, truckloads of Aussie charm and daredevil-esque 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!
BAR CODE RUSSIAN BAR
High-flying and quick-flipping acrobatics will blow your mind! These three graduates of the National Circus School bring their award-winning Russian Bar act to Dundas. With cigar boxes, balancing, and amazing circus skills, this crackerjack trio (L, M, and XS) will astonish young and old with their dazzling dexterity.
THE FLYIN’ HAWAIIAN
Sweeter than a pineapple and as strong as a coconut! Sara takes you to the iconic moments of her tropical home with a nonstop holiday party of hula-hoops, contortion, and coconut-tree climbing. Her high-flying finale is one of a kind and a spectacle you must see to believe—Bring your sunnies and the family, sit back, relax and enjoy the only show made with Aloha!
Sara’s entire name is 21 letters long, which is pretty normal in Hawaii!
JOHN STORK: THE CHAIR GUY
John Stork stacks five sketchy chairs high into the air and performs a handstand on top with fire-breathing, whip-cracking, handstands, acrobatics, juggling and comedy along the way. He also wears a top hat. John lives in Boulder, Colorado where he performs on Pearl Street, but Church Street in Burlington, Vermont is his home pitch.
John writes a webcomic about treasure-hunting in space. Check it out at www.tombbusters.com
Classic vaudeville acts with a comic twist! Married duo Rob Lok & Ievgeniia Sergievna Pokrovskaya Lok (whew!) aka Miss Jane invite the audience to play with them as they waltz on wine bottles, skip on sky-high stilts and even tame the terrifying TIGER BABY. Blending circus thrills, deft pacing and spontaneous comedy, this family-friendly dialogue-free spectacle delights young and old!
Rob & Miss Jane were engaged at a circus festival in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Rob didn’t have an engagement ring yet, so he proposed in the circus ring. It WORKED!
This Boston native is a beast on the dance floor! From his early days performing in the streets to his national debut on America’s Got Talent in 2011, Snap Boogie has blown the minds of audiences and judges alike with his incredible high energy and sick moves. His unique combination of breakdancing, acrobatics, tap and comedy has been seen around the world including halftime shows for NBA and NCAA basketball games, and now Snap Boogie brings his style to Dundas!
Snap Boogie was chosen our 2016 Crowd Favorite—welcome back!
Drumming like no other—style, talent and sass on the street! Peter Rabbit began performing in the New York City streets, then was discovered and cast as one of the original members of the Tony Award-winning smash hit “Bring in 'da Noise Bring in 'da Funk”. After six years on Broadway, this phenomenal talent performed with artists including The Neville Brothers and Kanye West on the 'West College Dropout Tour'.
Peter Rabbit plays halftime shows for the NBA, NHL and NCAA, and won People's Choice Awards at the 2009 Halifax Busker Festival and 2012 Port Credit Buskerfest.
This all-female aerial-acrobatic show is full of glam, glitz and glitter! Look for the 20-foot free-standing trapeze rig. They twist, tumble, bend, climb and fall, getting the audience cheering, laughing and sometimes even dancing right along with them. But don’t let their tutus fool you. The Silver Starlets captivate their audience with family-friendly charm, beautiful grace, and amazing strength. These girls don’t sweat...they sparkle!
Molly grew up as a farmer’s daughter on a vineyard/chicken farm just down the road in Beamsville. Danielle is getting married this summer—Kyle liked it and is putting a ring on it!
MIKE WOOD: THE CABBAGE CATCH KID!
Mike Wood is a natural-born comedian. He does dumb things the smart way, and smart things the dumb way. If he's not catching a catapulted cabbage on a spike on his head, he's probably riding around on a bicycle that steers in reverse. Mike made thousands laugh at the National Theatre in London, England; hosted the main stage of the Dawson City Music Festival; and caught a cabbage on his head in a TED Talk.
Mike Wood is also a beekeeper. There's not a lot of skill overlap, but he's very comfortable around large groups.
An exciting mix of didgeridoos and drums with storytelling and group jamming that will keep you moving! Darryl Switzer from The UltraSonic Flow joins forces with Jason Maraschiello of The Mantra Movement to create improvised soundscapes and heart-stirring rhythms. Bring your drum and join the circle—audience participation encouraged!
Hey—Look behind you! Darryl owns the Down To Earth Shoppe, where you can outfit your body to match your spirit.
New York City
Draw your swords! A hysterical water-balloon gladiator show with comic antics, flying water balloons, and loud opera music. Using no words, Seth and Christina deliver a gut-busting, interactive show that has thrilled crowds in over 20 countries. An audience and press favorite around the globe. Great for all ages!
Seth and Christina met in Kabul, Afghanistan!
THE VINYL BURNS ROCK&ROLL CIRCUS
Everybody loves him, and that's not even his demographic. Dramatic! Silly! Beautiful! Hilarious! World-class, blistering diabolo juggling and wry, self-deprecating magical illusions and physical comedy, building to a climax of live guitar anthems and a high-altitude 80’s hair-rock sing-along finale. Brimming with inept sophistication, extreme stunts and surprisingly polished skills, Vinyl rides in hot pursuit of his destiny…to deliver a glittering, escapist adventure just for you.
Catch Vinyl Burns late-night DJ show on Friday and Saturday—the perfect chill ending to your festival day to usher you into a night of magic…we hope you’ve planned some magic, because we end at 11PM.
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!
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!
Presented by the Dundas, Ontario, BIA.
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!!!
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.
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.
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]
Click here for a PDF version the 2017 Volunteer form
Online form available by clicking HERE
Phyllis Kraemer, Executive Director
Lisa Anderson, Associate Director
Allison Williams, Artistic Director
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.
Mailing Address c/o Dundas BIA PO Box 65601 Dundas, Ontario L9H 6Y6