The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) has decided that the fourth annual Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival (DVBF) will not proceed in 2020.
The current climate of uncertainty around COVID-19 complicates planning a summer festival such as the DVBF significantly. The festival, focused on bringing international talent to Victoria to delight our local community and tourists alike, requires significant travel from performers and elicits large groups of people congregating together. As stated by DVBA Executive director, Jeff Bray, “The DVBA was in the process of reviewing all of our events just as outbreak of COVID-19 started. As a result, and given the unprecedented nature of this situation, we will be putting the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival on hiatus for 2020.“
The organization’s staff believes resources will be best used promoting local businesses and supporting Victoria’s community directly both during and after the Coronavirus crisis. The DVBA team and partners will assess the feasibility of the festival returning for 2021 later this year.  


The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival takes place July 3 – 7, 2019






Head downtown for five days for live entertainment featuring local and international comedians, contortionists, magicians, musicians, and much more.


This year our community festival offers:

  • Four stages: Ship Point, Bastion Square, Market Square, and Centennial Square
  • An outdoor beer garden at Ship Point
  • A dozen performance artists
  • Five days of free all-ages fun


With laughter by day and excitement by night, the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival showcases quirky, funny, and sublime international talent. Visit for more info.


Want to volunteer? Email



Read about last year’s showcase.




Black Press Community News Media

Destination Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria Festival Society

Hotel Association of Greater Victoria

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Market Square

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Please note applications for talent closed in February.  Applications for the 2020 downtown Victoria Buskers Festival will open in 2020.

Want to audition next year? Email our events manager at


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Rhythm Works

The official drummers for the Toronto Raptors are super happy to be back in Victoria for 2019 DVBF. Come and join in on a high-energy loud funny percussion and drumming show. Rhythm Works has been rocking audiences for nine years all over Canada, lead by Troy Sexton from Toronto. Troy is the only Canadian to perform with the show STOMP and toured everywhere in the world sharing the love of rhythm. Alonzo Moore, a drummer, DJ, dancer, model, and comedian joins Troy and together they make beats on buckets and drums, and will blow your mind with drum stick tricks, beatboxing, flips, and high-energy fun. Get ready to clap along and maybe be part of the show.



Brent Tyler

Brent Tyler has an intricate and skillful guitar style combined with a disarming and soulful voice befit of his literal seven-foot stature. He balances the soft subtlety of honest and introspective folk music with catchy and powerful roots & soul hooks and melodies born of his childhood influences and contemporary crushes. With a voice that bellows the foundation, yet dynamically delicate and sincere, Tyler draws people in with his physical stage presence and energy, authentic delivery, and surprisingly elastic vocal range.

Brent Tyler is a western Canadian giant. Big man. Big sound. Big love.



Aidan and Mandy

Similar but different. One listen and you’ll hear it; powerful and soft, edgy and smooth, poignant and lyrical, passionate and soothing. Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole combine these seemingly opposite elements with deft simplicity.  Smooth harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and playful guitar are the main ingredients that make up this grounded, inspiring, and talented duo. They might tell you openly that their heroes are Janis and Joni, Fiona and Tori, but secretly they’d whisper their love for all things musical theatre. So it’s fitting that it was their love of musical theatre that brought the two together, during the Soundstage production of the rock musical Hair in Penticton, B.C.



Magic Breakers

Magic Breakers is an explosive blend of 4 highly skilled acrobats and breakdancers from Europe and the USA. Together, they have been dancing their way across the globe for the past 8 years whilst captivating all types of crowds with world-class breakdancing, seemingly impossible acrobatics and hilarious witty comedy. Professional, surprising and dynamic, Magic Breakers has continually stood out amongst other acts.




Allez-OOPS! A Bodacious Bonanza of Brilliant Balancing and Bonafide Bravado. Married duo Rob from New York City and Miss Jane from Ukraine invites 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 spectacle of slapstick will engage all audiences and be a guaranteed crowd favourite with their comic sight gags and visual humour.



Kate Wright

Kate Wright is an actor, physical performer, MC and circus artist from Adelaide, South Australia.  Kate has performed in 33 countries at hundreds of festivals since she started performing in 2005. Kate started her training as a child at Adelaide’s Cirkidz Circus, has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Drama and A Diploma of Circus! She has worked with theatre companies, circuses and in street theatre. She is also a series regular on the popular Australian TV show ‘Hoopla Doopla’.



Les Vitaminés 

A duo of comic acrobats, Les Vitaminés dazzle audiences of all ages. Modern dance parody using Pilates balls, clownish boxing, tragicomic trapeze number, or dynamic mano a mano are all part of the unusual circus numbers performed by Les Vitaminés to suit all tastes. Add a touch of humour and zaniness to your events and festivals with this explosive duo.



Lukas Stark

This “Mystery Entertainer” has trained his body and mind to perform incredible feats of magic, mentalism, and skill. Like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes he’ll get inside of your head, display his superhuman memory, turn an audience member into a body language detective, and last but not least reveal the childhood dreams of one lucky subject all while juggling knives and walking through broken glass. 



Sven from Sweden

This Swedish performer has performed in 22 countries with skillful juggling and a very special touch of Swedish humour.



The Silver Starlets

The Silver Starlets is an all-female aerial acrobatic show. Full of glam, glitz, and glitter, the Starlets use a 20-foot free-standing trapeze rig as their stage. 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!



Andy Giroux

Originally from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec, Andy Giroux has been bringing life to the streets of the world for more than 15 years, with his high energy, unique shows that resonate with audiences across the globe. A highly-skilled acrobat, he has mastered the arts of handstands, floor acrobatics, and Cyr wheel.

Having been trained at the National Circus School in Moscow and graduating from the university Cirkus Piloterna school in Stockholm in 2005, Andy has since performed more than 600 shows in 20 different countries as one half of the comedy duo The LoL Brothers, he also performed in theater with different companies like Cirque du Soleil , Les parfaits inconnus, and Disney World. 


Circo Loco

CirCo LocO will charm you with “GiTango Show”, a unique gypsy blend of old-fashioned Cabaret highlight features mix with contemporary circus skills & amazing stunts. Patto & Julie have been traveling and entertaining the world for the past 22 years in more than 50 countries.


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