CircusFest – Get Involved!

Posted on 05/22/2014 at 2:35pm

CircusWest is organizing CircusFest, a multi-day circus festival, the first of its kind in Vancouver.

With a mission to engage, inspire and celebrate the Circus Community, CircusFest is poised to bring the best circus talent to the West Coast. The festival features leading circus acts and performers, Main Stage shows, hands-on workshops, installations, cabarets, industry panel discussions, during 4 days of circus exploration and inspiration.

To make this community-building festival a reality, we need your support. Please consider helping us by donating to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Every bit helps, and we are offering amazing perks to donors including circus lessons, meeting performers, and even exclusive, private showcases! If you are not in position to support CircusFest financially, please help by sharing this with your friends, and spreading the word.


CircusFest Website

We have just announced one of our headliners, Throw2Catch from Montreal! They are the first of many exciting announcements, so stay tuned and get involved in making this festival happen!


Circus fun at the Richmond Children’s Arts Festival

Posted on 02/06/2014 at 1:37pm


Celebrate BC Family Day with CircusWest! On Monday February 10, CircusWest will perform Wonderland Circus as part of the festivities at the Richmond Children’s Arts Festival. Join us for a delightful day of activities and fun during British Columbia’s newest holiday!

CircusWest’s performance of Wonderland Circus during Family Day is a featured event for our 30th Anniversary. Similar to last year’s May Show*, Wonderland Circus chronicles Alice’s journey as the Mad Hatter draws her through the looking glass and into a wacky circus Wonderland where up is down and back is front. This show is not to be missed!

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Since its inauguration last year as British Columbia’s first Family Day, the day is planned to be packed with fun at this year’s Richmond Children’s Arts Festival. With many activities catering to the young and the young at heart, don’t miss the chance to celebrate with CircusWest on a special day for families!

Tickets to Wonderland Circus are $7 per person, and your ticket includes a Festival wristband, admission for access to Imagination Stations, Imagination Performances, swimming, and skating!

Performances of Wonderland Circus are at 11:00am and 1:30pm, at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more info go to: CAF 2014

We hope to see all of your smiling faces there!

*Please note that Wonderland Circus is a similar, but different show to A Circus in Wonderland performed by CircusWest in May 2013 and the pictures featured here are from last year’s show.

We Need Your Vote to Win the Readers’ Choice Award

Posted on 03/26/2013 at 8:11am

CircusWest's Madagascar Penguins 

CircusWest and SilverBirch Resorts are very proud of their combined efforts over the weekend to create a 3800 can and 450 water/Gatorade bottle CANstruction Sculpture. After 13 hours, the Madagascar Penguin Vacation display was done after meticulous placing of foodstuffs for a competition aimed at raising food and awareness for the Vancouver Food Bank.

In 2012, CircusWest and Concert Properties won the Vancouver Sun’s Readers Choice Award and Best School with our CANvouver Public Library and we can repeat this year — with the help of all of you. Please vote for us at the link below!

PLEASE VOTE ASAP and send the link along for others to vote  CIRCUSWEST/SILVERBIRCH’S ENTRY in the Vancouver Sun Peoples Choice Award.  You can vote once per email, so if you have three email addresses, you can vote three times!

By voting, you will be eligible to WIN an $800 Night on the Town including

  • A room at the Four Seasons hotel
  • Dinner for two at YU Restaurant
  • Two tickets to Ballet BC’s Giselle
  • Lunch at the Copper Chimney Restaurant.

You can also visit all 22 CANstruction sculptures downtown in the Pacific Centre Rotunda, Four Seasons Hotel Lobby and at the HSBC Pendulum Gallery Lobby at Georgia and Hornby.


CircusWest and SilverBirch Resorts thank you in advance for supporting our community efforts for your vote!


Canstruction 2013 – CircusWest is In – The Penguin Will Win!

Posted on 03/23/2013 at 6:01am

Marthat T at Canstruction

CircusWest coach (and student) Martha Talbot helps with CircusWest’s and SilverBirch Resorts’ Canstruction preparations — it will be constructed at the Pacific Centre Rotunda today and tomorrow and will be on display for two weeks. Come down and see all of the amazing canstructions. And remember to vote for ours!

Get ready to vote on line for our fabulous creation – we’re after the People’ Choice Award for the second year in a row!

Summer Camps Fun + Kiwassa

Posted on 08/01/2012 at 2:38pm

Summer camp kids show their stuff!


CircusWest summer camps are anything but boring.

From wacky hair days and creative shows featuring killer cupcakes, neon kittens and pirates, these camps are jampacked with fun for kids ages 5-14.

One of the highlights of the PNE camps was having students from Kiwassa Neighbourhood House attend. Thanks to the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund, these kids were able to discover the joy of circus and spend their week developing skills, making friends, having a ton of fun and putting on a great show at the end.

CircusWest and Kiwassa have been working together ever since we’ve been part of the Hastings-Sunrise community and we’re delighted to be able to extend our already vibrant partnership. We can’t wait to continue working with this great community organization and to welcome more of their members’ smiling faces into our gym.

Though the summer is quickly coming to an end (we’re sorry we have to mention that!), we still have 4 weeks of camps left at our Bayview location. More details can be found here.

Deaf Youth Today @ CircusWest

Posted on 07/25/2012 at 11:16am

CircusWest was very excited to have had the opportunity of working with Deaf Youth Today program two weeks ago.

A group of 35 young students learnt how to juggle, walk hand stilts, perform acrobatics, build pyramids and learn skills on the trampoline. The group had a mixture of speaking and deaf students and their interpreters were on hand to relay the information from the coaches to the deaf students. As students achieved a new skill, it was awesome to see the group applaud for each other by raising their hands to shoulder height and shaking hands back and forth – much like if they were doing ‘jazz hands.’

The students attended a total of four circus lessons and took on  many new circus challenges like try aerials, unicycles and much more! As well, there was a small group of students in wheel chairs that took on juggling, object manipulation and balancing challenges.

CircusWest is excited to be working with a wide variety of diverse students and inspiring them through the magic of circus arts while allowing them to reveal their unique abilities.

CircusWest goes to Surrey

Posted on 06/28/2012 at 1:56pm

Some Surrey workshop participants try their hand at juggling!


CircusWest has long been established in the Vancouver community. Starting out in a South Vancouver gym, and now working out of the PNE Gardens, CircusWest is truly a Vancouver institution. This idea is furthered by camps being offered at Vancouver locations such as Bayview Community School.

At CircusWest we love Vancouver roots, but we’re ready to expand!

Since January, CircusWest has partnered with the Surrey School District to offer circus arts workshops for kids of all ages and skill levels.

Now having worked and played with over 500 kids, CircusWest has spread the fun of circus to many Surrey schools through lessons in juggling, acrobalance, acrobatics, clowning, and more.

This partnership is just the beginning of CircusWest’s presence in Surrey.

As Surrey continues to grow and become a more and more vibrant city, CircusWest wants to join this growth and build on the cultural successes Surrey has already demonstrated through events like their Canada Day Celebration in Holland Park.

The long-term goal? Having a CircusWest satellite centre in Surrey.

We always have big ideas, but we’d love to have our circus arts seen all around the Lower Mainland. Where would you like to see CircusWest next?

Stay tuned for more updates!