Sault Ste Marie Chamber Of Commerce

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Buskerfest

Starts: 2013-08-09 Ends: 2013-08-11

For immediate release - SAULT BUSKERFEST COMMITTEE - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Buskerfest and the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association combine forces to host Pitches and Patios this Friday night

The 10th anniversary event includes children's workshops and performances, and the best of the best street performers from Canada, the United States and Australia

SAULT STE. MARIE - Don't try this at home! Instead, let the daredevil danger junkie in you live vicariously through the world-renowned, slightly twisted, and completely zany antics of Buskerfest 2013. Thanks to continued support from United Steelworkers of Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Buskerfest Committee proudly presents the 10th annual instalment of Sault Ste. Marie's only professional street performers festival, August 9 through August 11.

In order to host this popular summer event, the Sault Buskerfest Committee wishes to inform the public that Queen Street will be closed to motor vehicles at the following times and locations:

- Pitches and Patios: Friday, August 9 from 6 to 11 p.m. between Pim Street and Dennis Street (performances begin at 6:30 p.m.)

- Saturday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. between East Street and Brock Street (performances begin at noon)

- Sunday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. between East Street and Brock Street (performances begin at noon)

Downtown businesses will open as usual.

The Buskerfest 2013 performance line up features artists from Canada, the United States, and Australia, including Reuben DotDotDot, Lisa Lottie, The Circus Firemen, Eden, Acrobuffos: Waterbombs!, and The Street Circus. We're also pleased to welcome back Hiccup the Clown as he roves throughout the festival site and presents children's performances at Jade Wellness Studio.

Don't forget to join the Buskerfest performers as they show their saucy side during the Saturday Night Buskerfest Cabaret at Loplops Gallery-Lounge (651 Queen Street East), starting at 11:30 p.m.  Admission to this event is $15. Tickets may be purchased at Loplops Gallery-Lounge or by calling (705) 945-0754. This is an adults-only event. You must be 19 or older to attend.

Buskerfest 2013 will also play host to a number of local vendors, artists and crafts people. Food and refreshments will be available on-site throughout the duration of the festival. Area artist, Chrissy Piche, will be busy Friday night taking in the excitement of the festival as she creates an original art piece to be auctioned of over the course of the weekend.

About Pitches and Patios

Through a new partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association, Buskerfest is thrilled to kick of its 10th anniversary with Pitches and Patios, a six-block street party featuring street performers, vendors, late-night shopping, and licensed patios on each block. On Friday, August 9, Queen Street will be closed from Pim to Dennis Street to allow festival visitors to wander freely and enjoy the Sault's downtown attractions and merchants.

About children's workshops and performances

Hosted throughout the weekend at Jade Wellness Studio (677 Queen Street East), Buskerfest is pleased to present kid-specific workshops and performances. Hiccup the Clown will entertain the kiddies on Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 10 at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 11 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission to these shows is by donation to the artist.

Vancouver magician, Eden, will host a magic workshop on August 10 at 1 p.m. followed by Lisa Lottie's hula hoop workshop at 4 p.m. Space is limited. Please register for these workshops by sending an email to: sault.buskerfest@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the children's' names and which workshop they wish to participate in. Sign-up sheets will also be available at the orange Buskerfest information tent located in Queenstown Square 1 during the festival. Admission to these workshops is by donation to the artist.

Buskerfest is the perfect event for the young and the young at heart, so prepare to have your jaw dropped, eyes bugged, and funny bone tickled as we celebrate 10 years of wonder, amazement and stunning feats of the incredible.

For further event details, please visit www.buskerfest.ca

Buskerfest wishes to acknowledge the following supporters, without whom the festival would not be possible: The United Steelworkers of Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association, the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Lucidia, Loplops Gallery-Lounge, Sault Ste. Marie PUC, Brookfield Renewable Power, Coca-Cola, Case's Music, Algoma University, Rayzr, Christie's Campers, SooToday.com, Gliss Resto-Bar, and USW Local 2724.

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Media contacts:

Donna Hopper, chair, Sault Ste. Marie Buskerfest Board of Directors

705-542-4543

sault.buskerfest@gmail.com

Tasha Varpio, manager, Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association

705-942-2919

tvarpio@saultdowntown.com