In 2020 all shows scheduled for the Lower Mainland were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Royal Canadian Circus hopes to return to the region in 2021, but exact details are to be confirmed.
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The Circus is Coming to Vancouver!
The Royal Canadian Family Circus is a wonderful family-oriented spectacle!
A couple of years ago the circus visited the above three cities (plus Abbotsford) and showcased equestrian acrobatics (as featured in the movie the Greatest Showman), the Guerrero High Wire Act (from Americas Got Talent) and so much more!
In 2020 the show was going to include performances by the Videla Circus Family from Argentina, the incredible Dominguez Brothers from Columbia and other international groups. Joseph Dominic Bauer was also going to be back for another year as the event’s ringmaster and Wheel of Destiny daredevil.
See below for more details about the 2020 lineup that should be comparable to the 2021 lineup.
About the Circus
The Royal Canadian Family Circus has been entertaining children and their families for half a century.
The show offers a modern, family-focused version of the traditional circus experience and showcases an international collection of top-rate circus performers.
The SPECTAC! tours feature no exotic animals or endangered species, which is great! In some recent years there have been amazingly-talented horses, but no lions, tigers or elephants. As of 2019 there are no animals at all – just phenomenal good-old-fashioned human talent! It’s amazing!
In 2019 Vancouver’s Best Places partnered with the Royal Canadian Family Circus to send a group of two dozen children and their leaders from a local Boy’s & Girls Club to one of the shows in Tsawwassen. We got a thank-you card from the kids afterwards and here are some of their comments about what they saw:
- “I give it 2 thumbs up!”
- “So much talent!”
- “Everything was awesome!”
- “The Ringmaster … Wow!”
- “We had so much fun. Amazing!”
- “I loved the motorcycle. It was cool!”
- “So, so, so much fun!”
- “Best time ever!”
Circus Dates & Locations
In 2020 the Royal Canadian International Circus was going to have shows in Richmond, Vancouver and Surrey. However, all shows were cancelled due to COVID-19. The tentative schedule for 2021 is outlined below. Information was last updated on December 22nd, 2020, so dates and details are subject to change.
- Thursday, May 20th, 2021 – at 7 pm
- Friday, May 21st, 2021 – at 4 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
May 28th to 30th at Concord Pacific Place near False Creek in Vancouver. Tentative 2021 show times are:
- Friday, May 28th, 2021 – at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, May 29th, 2021 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday, May 30th, 2021 – at 1 and 5 pm
June 3rd to 6th at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Tentative show times are as follows:
- Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 – at 7 pm
- Friday, June 4th, 2021 – at 4 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday, June 5th, 2021 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday, June 6th, 2021 – at 1 and 5 pm
In years when they do happen, the shows take place in a giant Big Top which holds up to 2400 people!
Circus Ticket Prices
Tickets to see the Royal Canadian Family Circus in recent years have cost between around $12.50 and $50 per person, depending on your seat type.
Ticket prices listed below were for 2020 and were all subject to GST and online service fees (of about $2.50 per ticket). Ticket prices were the same for all ages, although children ages 3 and under were free if they sat on an adult’s lap (and didn’t occupy a seat of their own).
Seating at the Royal Canadian Family Circus is usually not assigned; rather, it’s on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three kinds of seating are typically available at the circus: General Admission, VIP and Ringside.
More details about pricing in 2020 are listed below. 2021 will likely be similar, but exact details are to be confirmed.
General Admission ticket cost $25.
General admission usually features both bench and chair seating.
VIP seats cost $35 per person.
The VIP area is closer to ringside than the General Admission areas and the seats are slightly comfier. Promo codes cannot be used when purchasing VIP tickets. Also, as with all tickets, seating is not assigned (although VIP ticket holders are guaranteed a seat somewhere in the VIP area).
Ringside tickets cost $50.
Ringside seats are right up close to the action. They are also the most comfortable seats in the house! As another bonus, VIP and Ringside ticket holders both get priority access to their respective seating areas inside the Big Top (i.e., before the crowds of General Admission ticket holders get to go in).
What to Expect
At the Royal Canadian Family Circus expect to be thoroughly entertained!
Performances take place inside a giant Big Top tent and last for about two and a half hours with a 20-minute intermission in the middle.
During the show there are all kinds of acrobatics. Some are up high in the air overhead, some are down low at centre stage.
The cast at the Royal Canadian Family Circus is impressive. The show includes top performers from around the world.
The 2020 circus tour was going to include the following performers (and the 2021 lineup will likely be similar):
- Joseph Dominic Bauer – the Swiss ringmaster and a 9th-generation circus performer. He has entertained around the globe with Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, the Moscow Cirque and various other internationally-acclaimed circus companies. He hosted the Royal Canadian Family Circus shows in 2018 and 2019 and is back again! His Wheel of Destiny daredevil routine is amazing!
- The Dominguez Brothers – a trio of High Wire performers from Colombia. Huber, Jose and Diego are 8th-generation circus performers and have been seen in every major circus on the planet.
- The Xtreme Chinese Acrobats – a group of aerialists and performing artists who celebrate Chinese circus history. They specialize in aerial bungee, a vertical pole act and hoop diving.
Other performers in the 2020 tour were going to include an all-female aerial group, an Argentinian circus family and a comedic dance performance by The Valencia Gauchos. Also scheduled to entertain in 2020 were the amazing Sky Riders Motorcycle and Trapeze Act and the DC Riders’ Motor Bike Globe, among others.
Performers from Other Years
Some of the performers people saw at the Metro Vancouver shows in past years included the following:
- The Caleb Corinci-Asch Equestrians & Acrobats – a troupe of horses and acrobats that appeared alongside Hugh Jackman in the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman. If you enjoyed that movie and like horses, you would have loved seeing this group live! Caleb performers from Russia also performed in Cavalia Odysseo the previous year.
- The Duo Guerrero 4-Man High Wire Act – a Portuguese husband and wife-led troupe that performed at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994 and competed on America’s Got Talent in 2016.
- Andrea and Martin Gonzales – a Latin American duo who performed their Duo Strap Act high above the ring.
- Thomas Aguila – a talented juggler with world records for traditional speed juggling as well as for mouth-juggling ping pong balls! Also known as “Tommy Tequila,” he has performed in the past with global circus giants Cirque du Soleil and Barnum & Bailey.
Important Note: Not all of the above acts were at every show. 2020 performers and other details were also subject to change.
Tips & Advice
Below is a list of tips and information to help you make the most out of your circus experience whenever taking in a Royal Canadian Family Circus show.
TIP #1: Don’t forget that seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Arrive early to get your choice of seats (and to make sure everyone in your group can sit together).
TIP #2: The viewing area usually opens for seating half an hour before each show.
TIP #3: General Admission seating includes both chairs and bench seating. Re-read TIP #1 and be sure to arrive early if you want a chair!
TIP #4: The benches in the General Admission area are not uncomfortable. If your posterior doesn’t have lots of natural padding, however, it wouldn’t hurt to take your own cushion or something soft to sit on.
TIP #5: If you want VIP or Ringside seats, don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets. Those sections have limited seating and can sell out.
TIP #6: Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Beverages, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and other food items are available at the concession just before the show and at the intermission. Prices for most items are about $5 or $6 (plus or minus). Souvenirs are also available for sale.
TIP #7: Assuming performances don’t sell out in advance, tickets can be purchased for cash at the gate on the day starting 2 hours before each show.
TIP #8: Wheelchair-accessible spots are available in the General Admission section. If you need this kind of seating be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your show and identify yourself to a staff member at the front entrance.
To give you an idea of what to expect at the Royal Canadian Family Circus we’ve put together a video of the show we saw in 2019. As you’ll see, the acts are amazing and the experience is a lot of fun.
Performers in the video include the amazing Joseph Dominic Bauer (on the Wheel of Destiny), the Flying Cortes Family (doing their trapeze tricks) and the Extreme Chinese Acrobats (spinning their Diablos and then riding the unicycle on the slack wire).
Also featured in the video are George Aristov (spinning the Cube Maze), the Dominguez Russian Motoswing Team (sending one of their members flying into the air), Igor and Katiana (with their juggling) and the Mexican Dominguez Family (racing their motorbikes around in the metal globe).
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