Friday, August 19, 2016

Part Of The Act

The Bang Bang Boys are an act consisting of two performers who have been in Ottawa before. One of them, David Aiken, was also doing a solo act this year under his professional name Checkerboard Guy. The other, Jean Michael Pare, has been featured here as part of the Flying Dutchmen. Their act is part vaudeville and part clown, and it was fun to watch them at work.


  1. You are capturing all the activities very well, William!

  2. Their acts are attracting a big audience.

  3. They sure look very fun to watch. I see they've drawn large audience!

  4. That's entertainment and they present it well!

  5. Checkerboard Guy???

    Looks like the audience is really enjoying their act!

  6. I can't get past their name. "Bang Bang"
    Have you seen the movie "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang"
    The song is looping through my head!


  7. It needs big concentration to do this.

  8. Sounds like this pair has all kinds of acts going on.

  9. It's amazing all the incredible talent you have walking up and down your streets!

  10. Many of these acts are multi talented as I see a unicycle at the side.

  11. @Linda: thanks!

    @Nancy: definitely!

    @Halcyon: and a lot of fun.

    @Tamago: they really did.

    @Bill: they're better jugglers than I could be.

    @Norma: in his solo act, he wears checkerboard pants.

    @Janis: full disclosure: I hate, hate, hate, infinity hate that movie.

    @Karl: it takes a lot of practice.

    @Sharon: they do, yes.

    @Lowell: it was a fun few days being able to see these acts at work.

    @Red: yes, that went later into the act.

  12. Looks like so much fun up there!

  13. I always wonder how much money they earn doing this. I'm guessing they don't do it for the money!

  14. not sure if he can still do it, but my bro could juggle as a kid. always did amaze me. i can do a bit but not for yrs like these folks. usually ones goes off crazy .. would never do it front of folks just me being silly. as per usual. giggles!! ( ;

  15. It is always fascinating to watch.

  16. We saw a number of street performers in Europe a couple of summers ago. It's fun to watch and a crowd gathers, as in your photos.

  17. @Cheryl: it's a wonderful event to take in each year.

    @Stuart: well, they do make enough to travel from show to show... I imagine those tips can add up. I also know it's common for them to get booked up for corporate events as well.

    @Beth: I could probably manage two items. These guys were tossing seven bowling pins between them at one point.

    @Marleen: it was a treat to take in.

    @RedPat: it certainly is. One of my favourite events here each year.

    @Linda: they really know how to work a crowd and get people to stop and take in the act.

  18. I have enjoyed this series of performers very much. Fun shots!

  19. fun fun fun
    they look very entertaining!

  20. The crowd looks pleased, but pictures cannot convey a vaudeville act without sound--unless one is Charlie Chaplin.

  21. Bang bang boys? That's quite a name! It looks like they got around on unicycles, too. What a fun event this is.

  22. @Janey: it was.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Tammie: they were.

    @Mari: that's true.

    @Revrunner: a lot of it.

    @Kay: somewhere on Facebook, the busker festival site warned not to google Bang Bang Boys. I can just imagine why!