Super Bowl of Street Performers: 2013 Vancouver International Busking Festival

Photo credit: JoyVanBuhler | Flickr

Photo credit: JoyVanBuhler | Flickr

What do The Beatles, Barenaked Ladies, Justin Bieber and B.B. King have in common?

They all started out as buskers.

Vancouver is filled with busking talent, outdoor street performers who entertain crowds  on Granville Island, along Granville Street and beyond.  In fact, you can’t live in the city long without having a favourite busker (My pick: The inimitable Spandy Andy, who dances to an ’80s-style boombox in skin-tight spandex).

And this Canada Day weekend, June 29-July 1, Vancouver’s best buskers – plus comedians, acrobats, musicians and daredevils from around the world – will take over Granville Street for the second annual Vancouver International Busker Fest.

Some 250,000 people are expected to turn out for the three-day celebration of street art. If you remember what Granville Street looked like during the Olympics – when it was filled with guys on huge unicycles, jugglers, magicians with megaphones, fire eaters and more – that should give you an idea of what to expect.

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Super Bowl of Street Performers: 2013 Vancouver International Busking Festival

Super Bowl of Street Performers: Vancouver International Busker Festival, July 9-15

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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.

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Super Bowl of Street Performers: Vancouver International Busker Festival, July 9-15