Musicians. Freaks. Jugglers. Acrobats. And – just maybe – the sexiest man alive in Spandex.
This week the streets of downtown Vancouver come alive with street performances as part of the Vancouver International Busker Festival. Top buskers from around the city and around the world will converge on Granville Street, the West End and multiple satellite locations for a week of world-class street entertainment.
So what’s on tap? Organizers haven’t released a complete list of buskers yet, but we do know a few headliners. There’s Chalkmaster Dave, who hails from Toronto and creates mammoth works of chalk art right on the pavement. And the rowdy LOL Brothers, two hairy guys in white tank tops who juggle fire, swords and much more. Not to mention the comic stylings of Basketball Jones, who comes from New Zealand, wears an afro wig and juggles basketballs.
All this out-of-town talent is of course supplemented by Vancouver’s own robust busking community – magicians, musicians, rope skippers, acrobats and more.