Busker Festival


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Date: Saturday July 27, 2019
Location: Main Street, Newmarket (NEW LOCATION)
Time: Noon to 10 p.m.

Come and be amazed by incredibly talented and unique international street performers who will provide an afternoon of entertainment for the whole family on Main Street! This year's event features the following exciting performers:

Alakazam – The Human Knot (Sydney, Australia/Boston, MA)

John Higby – The YoYo Guy (Boston, MA)
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Rockabilly Joe (Ottawa, ON)

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Kobbler Jay (Windsor, ON)
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Seb Whipits


Incirque Stilt Walking (Roaming performer)
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And much more!

Plus vendors, patios, games, and fun activities for the whole family!


12:30 to 1:15      John Higby - Yo Yo Guy

1:15 to 2:00        Rockabilly Joe

2:00 to 2:45        Alakazam - The Human Knot

2:45 to 3:30        Kobbler Jay

3:30 to 4:45        John Higby - Yo Yo Guy

4:15 to 5:00        Rockabilly Joe

5:00 to 5:45        Alakazam - The Human Knot

5:45 to 6:30        Kobbler Jay

6:30 to 7:15        John Higby - Yo Yo Guy

7:15 to 8:00        Rockabilly Joe

8:00 to 8:45        Alakazam - The Human Knot

8:45 to 9:30        Seb Whipits

Newmarket Food Pantry

Guests are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Newmarket Food Pantry. Newmarket Food Pantry donation bins will be located on site at the Town of Newmarket booth. 

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Busker Bios: 

Alakazam – The Human Knot (Sydney, Australia/Boston, MA):

Comedic Contortionist and Daredevil ALAKAZAM is an International Street, Circus and Sideshow performer. He presents a high-energy comedy show that will have you reeling with laughter and twisting in your seat. Audiences the world over have been left breathless by Al'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! Alakazam was a grand finalist on "Australia's got talent" and has performed in 37 countries since 1996.

John Higby – The YoYo Guy – (Boston, MA)

Recently seen on ABC's "The Gong Show", John Higby has been performing his high skill comedy yo-yo show around the world in 26 countries for over 20 years. He has been featured on David Letterman, the Guinness World Record Show in China, Italy, and Spain and holds a World Yo-Yo Champion title.

Rockabilly Joe (Ottawa, ON)

Joey Albert is a professional circus and street performer.  His show is a one man comedy, juggling, acrobatic show with a rockabilly vibe.  With his experience on the street Joey's show is enjoyed by all ages.  Highly skilled in acrobatics and juggling Joey brings a unique twist when he mixes both together.  Joey prides himself on delivering a truly unique show with skills you won't see anywhere else. This show will have you consistently laughing while feeling nervous for Joey's safety.

Kobbler Jay (Windsor, ON)

He has the energy of ten puppies with none of the mess, and the attention span of a single gold fish (with none of the mess). He performs the fastest and most furious apple juggling routine you are ever likely to see, and walks barefoot on broken glass while juggling flaming torches. Pair that with tossing knives atop a terrifying tower of tables treacherously teetering on a tube, and you end up with a show that you just cannot miss!

Seb Whipits

Sebastian “Seb” Whipits is a suggestive German Whip performer with a relaxed presence and a charming personality.Growing up in the small town of Kleinstadt gave Seb ample time to perfect his art as the only whip juggler in the world. The show features whip cracking, whip juggling and an unbelievable duel fire whip finale.

Photos from 2018 Busker Festival:

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Unicycle demonstration on riverwalk commons

Photo & Video Release


Media and Town of Newmarket staff will be taking photos and video footage at Town of Newmarket Special Events. These images may be used, re-used and published in news stories, social media and on websites, in addition to distributed to our event partners. 

In the case of inclement weather, performers will be indoors at the Community Centre and Lions Hall and Old Town Hall. For up-to-date weather and/or cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events call 1-877-PLAY936 on the date of the event, 2 hours prior to the start time.​