The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival continues to provide world class entertainment through their flagship event, Kidsfest at The Forks on June 9-12, 2016.
The lineup for the 34th annual Kidsfest will feature a plethora of new and exciting superstars of family entertainment alongside some old favorites. Kidsfest’s 2016 headline artists include:
Al Simmons, Manitoba, www.alsimmons.com
Juno Award winner Al Simmons is a creative genius whose charm and humanity have won over a legion of fans at theaters and festivals around the world.
Jonathan Burns, USA, www.flexiblecomedy.com
Jonathan Burns always thought he was special. He was the kind of kid who would put his leg over his head at the family reunion or perform musical armpit farts to impress the girls. In 2004, contorting his body and impressing people with his unusual talents became his full-time job. Since then he has performed at over 300 colleges & universities, at festivals and theaters in 9 countries, and was recently featured on the Jay Leno Show & the Late Show with David Letterman. When he’s not performing he can usually be found in an airport terminal or spending time with his lovely wife & daughter (I guess the armpit farts worked!).
H’SAO, Quebec, www.hsao.ca
H’Sao is one of the most prominent vocal groups of any genre in Québec. Yet, its members are understandably also drawn to their generation’s urban music and activist streak. This time, the Rimtobaye brothers and their accomplice Dono Bei L. return to their vocal origins, which is precisely the meaning of Saar in Kabalai, their Chadian language.
Carmen Campagne, Saskatchewan, www.carmencampagne.ca
As a teacher, songwriter, and performer, Carmen Campagne has captured the hearts of children, parents and educators throughout French Canada. Through her own compositions and traditional folk songs, she encourages Francophone youth to discover their heritage, and helps young Anglophones to learn French.
Circus Incognitus, Quebec www.jamieadkins.com
An expert at comedy born of desperation , Jamie’s performance is humble and unguarded. Adkins deftly escorts the audience along his poetic journey with sidesplitting wit.
Fred Penner, Manitoba, www.fredpenner.com
The guy who crawled magically out of that hollow log is back for two shows only!
Jake (Jacques) Chenier, Manitoba, www.jakechenier.com
Dedication to the educational entertainment of children, Jake Chénier has been warmly received in over 600 schools, fairs and festivals across Canada, and the United States. Jake’s multimedia planetarium show Dancing With The Dinosaurs garnered rave reviews at the Pacific Space Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Lisa Odjig, Ontario
Lisa is a 2-time World Champion Hoop Dancer – the first woman to ever win this title. She has danced all over the world and was a finalist on the television program “Canada’s Got Talent”.
Mr. Circus, Manitoba, www.mrcircus.ca
Believe it or not, Mr. Circus does not appear on any birth certificates. He is in fact a small town boy, named Isaac Girardin, who fell in love with juggling and circus arts after a fateful week in Istanbul.
The Silver Starlets, Ontario, www.silverstarlets.com
An all female aerial acrobatic show. This duo is full of glam, glitz and glitter. But don’t let their tutus fool you, The Silver Starlets captivate their audience with charm, grace, and amazing strength.
The Street Circus, Manitoba www.thestreetcircus.com
As two award winning performers with over thirty years of combined world-wide performance experience, they bring an immense and youthful energy to the street with non-stop, high energy, upbeat circus entertainment!
W.I.C.F. values dynamic and interactive activities and one way this is delivered is through workshops hosted by performers. http://www.kidsfest.ca/kidsfest/schedules
Kidsfest also presents more than 24 lively hands-on activity centres where kids can make and take a variety of crafts and other goodies, and educate themselves at a wide variety of our Community Partner activities.
Gate prices are $14 each and patrons get a 15 percent discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets. Children under two are free, and kids under 12 only need to pay once for the entire four day festival, provided they keep their wristbands on. Kids’ wristbands can be exchanged daily at the box office.
Check out what Winnipeg International Children’s Festival Executive Producer, Neal Rempel has to say about this year’s line up! https://youtu.be/scsz0icwTYk