A performer entertains an audience outside The Empress Hotel. The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is on now through Sunday, July 7 at various venues. (Facebook)

A performer entertains an audience outside The Empress Hotel. The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is on now through Sunday, July 7 at various venues. (Facebook)

Dozens of performances part of Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

Five-day festival underway today, jam-packed schedule and four stages on tap

Some of the most wildly entertaining acts around have arrived in the city, to take part in the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival.

On now through Sunday (July 7) at various venues around the downtown, the festival showcases unique local, national and international street talent. From music to comedy to magic and everything in between, the festival has a packed schedule of performances for audiences of all ages.

The free (post-show donations are encouraged), family-friendly festival features both home-grown Canadian talent and international favourites performing at scattered “Pitch Stops” across the downtown core. Stages are set up in Bastion Square, Market Square and Centennial Square. A stage and outdoor beer garden will also be set up at Ship Point.

Here’s a look at who’s here:

Rhythm Works: The official drummers for the Toronto Raptors offer a high-energy funny percussion and drumming show.

Brent Tyler: A western Canadian talent whose intricate and skillful guitar style combines with a disarming, soulful voice.

Aidan And Mandy: Smooth harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and playful guitar are the main ingredients that make up this grounded, inspiring, and talented duo.

Magic Breakers: An explosive blend of 4 highly skilled acrobats and break dancers from Europe and the USA.

Allez-OOPS! 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: An actor, physical performer, MC and circus artist from Adelaide, South Australia.

Les Vitaminés: Modern dance parody using Pilates balls, clownish boxing, tragicomic trapeze number, or dynamic mano a mano are all part of the unusual circus numbers

Lukas Stark: See incredible feats of magic, mentalism and skill … all while juggling knives and walking through broken glass.

Sven From Sweden: Skillful juggling and a very special touch of Swedish humour.

Silver Starlets: An all-female aerial acrobatic show full of glam, glitz and glitter.

Andy Giroux: Highly-skilled Quebec acrobat, who has mastered the arts of handstands, floor acrobatics and Cyr wheel.

CirCo LocO: A unique gypsy blend of old-fashioned cabaret mix with contemporary circus skills and amazing stunts.

For more information and a detailed schedule or performance, check out the Downtown Victoria website.

READ ALSO: B.C music festival moves kids to tents because they’re ‘distracting’

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