The Human Knot presents a 100% high-energy show that will have you reeling with laughter and twisting in your seat. Audiences all over the world have been left breathless by Alakazam's incredibly freaky body contortions, cheeky comedy, and ridiculous sky-high feats of danger. A mix of traditional vaudeville, circus sideshow and twisted comedy, The Human Knot is a self-contained freak-show suitable for the whole family.
Barbara is a film, TV, and theatre actress living in Vancouver. She is also an experienced improviser, having started performing improv in her hometown of Calgary with The Improv Guild. Barbara is currently a proud member of The Fictionals Comedy Company, The Critical Hit Show, and The Vancouver Theatre Sports Rookie League. Other talents include impersonating Marilyn Monroe, Fire Dancing and Poi (a traditional dance of New Zealand). Check out Barbara’s many skills at our 2015 Late Night Madness show!
Bob Rasko, a.k.a The Drummer, has been keeping the beat in his hometown of Edmonton since 1999. Inspired by both Stomp and Mr. Dressup, Bob’s specialty is storytelling with percussion instruments, or as he likes to call it, “artistically hitting things.” His rhythmic skills have taken him throughout Canada and the US, including previous stints at StreetFest. Come check him out in Kids’ World where he enthusiastically spreads his life philosophy that hands are for hitting…drums that is.
Chris has been a part of the Canadian festival scene for over 30 years. As a performer, writer, director, producer, audience member and even a cultural bureaucrat, Chris has seen all four corners of the festival world. Since his beginnings as a performer at Vancouver Theatresports and Expo 86, as Producer/Co-Founder of the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, up to his time as Entertainment Manager at Ontario Place, Chris has been involved in all aspects of the festival biz. Chris joins StreetFest as an instructor of the Site Animation Workshop, which brings him back to his first loves - creating characters and putting them on the street.
Dan the Balloon Man has been entertaining the young and the old for 15 years and is happy to return to StreetFest. Check out his spectacular creations on the Square. Dan boasts that he will create "one of the best balloon animals you have ever seen or I will eat a bug!"
Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up to the Street Circus: A Complete Circus Spectacle. It's everything great about going to a modern circus PLUS everything fun and spontaneous about street performing. These two bring the whole circus experience to the street, performing over 100 tricks and stunts throughout their show including cyr wheel, hand to hand acrobatics, hula hoops, handstands, contortion, fire juggling and of course comedy. As two award-winning performers with over 30 years of combined world-wide performance experience, you're guaranteed non-stop, high energy, and upbeat entertainment.
Denis Lock and Hamish McCann are theEnglish Gents, two delightfully devilish and cordial English gentlemen who perform inconceivable feats of acrobatic skill, strength and balance, whilst casually sipping tea, reading the newspaper or whatever tickles one's fancy. The act mixes highly skilled acrobatics with a dry English wit, unexpectedly climaxing with the two hilariously bearing near all for Queen and country. The English Gents have delighted audiences all over the world, including the likes of Uma Thurman, Shakira, Geoffrey Rush, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Sondheim and Brendan Fraser, to name a few. Don’t miss the return of this mind-boggling balance-act…with a cheeky twist.
Glen the Balloon Guy has been entertaining people for over 15 years with his balloon creations. He has won top place at international balloon conventions for his creative balloon costumes. Glen truly loves watching people’s eyes widen as he quickly creates amazing figures out of thin air and enjoys their delight when he hands them their unique balloon sculpture. His quest is to make the world a better place through the magic of balloon art.
Grant Goldie presents That Man Show. A man and his case, in a world of chance and opportunity, create a happening of interactive participation, acute absurdity and mesmerizing manipulation. With a wordless performance of charming virtuosity and high skill, this is not merely a juggling show; it’s more of a projectile assault on gravity. Performed in over 20 countries worldwide, Grant has won awards for everything from ‘Best Hair Cut,’ to five-times People’s Choice Golden Hat winner at Scharbeutz in Germany. We are thrilled to welcome him back to StreetFest.
Harvey programs Kids' World at StreetFest and has been with the festival for over a decade. Trained as an actor, Harvey has had the pleasure of performing on many stages in Saskatchewan and Alberta as well as touring internationally. He has choreographed for Edmonton Fashion week, designed costumes for various theatre companies and been an artist-in-residence at many schools throughout Alberta. From puppets to parades, Harvey brings joy to the thousands of kids who visit Kids’ World each July.
Hilby the Skinny German Juggler is a comedic circus stunt performer. Originally from Berlin, Hilby eventually realized that Germany was just not going to get any funnier. After a brief career as a social worker, Hilby felt prepared to move into a line of work making people laugh. The New York Times calls Hilby “rivetingly absurd.” One cannot help but be charmed by his impeccable timing and extreme skills. You’ll find Hilby atop unicycles of all shapes and sizes manipulating objects ranging from bowling balls to hedge trimmers.