“Thank you for bringing such a fun and high energy show! You have no idea how much we needed that!”

—Gretchen Jameson, Production Manager
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

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PNE Street Stars Program

In the Fall of 2004, The Checkerboard Guy was asked to consult with the Pacific National Exhibition on a revised grounds entertainment program for the fair. The plan was to bring the best from the world of street theatre to the 17-day fair the following year. Not only did David end up performing in the program, he was also the Host/Manager between 2005 and 2010. See the highlights reels from the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Fairs by clicking the links below.

2005 PNE Street Stars

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Acts featured at the 2005 PNE were The Acromaniacs, Mike Battie, Rob Torres with Hokum W. Jeebs, The Checkerboard Guy and Thom Sellectomy.

2006 PNE Street Stars

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Acts featured at the 2006 PNE were The Checkerboard Guy, Dan the One Man Band, Spring Action, Ulla Taylor, Mike Battie and Mike Wood.

2007 PNE Street Stars

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Acts featured at the 2006 PNE were OzStar Airlines, The Checkerboard Guy, Glenn Singer, Johnny 'Rains' Ullyatt - the Human Fountain and Mike Battie.

2008 PNE Street Stars

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Acts featured at the 2007 PNE were The Checkerboard Guy, Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein, Jon Hicks and Master Lee.

Performance Side Projects

So what does this world-class multi-lingual entertainer do when he's not performing as The Checkerboard Guy? Well, here are a few examples of the kind of craziness he gets up to.

The Peach Boys

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David Aiken and Iori Mikumo teamed up as The Peach Boys to retell the classic Japanese fairy tale, Momotaro, at the Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka, Japan.

The Executives

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Three Executives (David Aiken, Iori Mikumo and John Ullyatt) get their kicks by playing with toys at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival.

47 Dutch Lessons on Cassette

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This one's the "Art Piece." Shot with a friend at the Vancouver Film School, this video shows a very different side to David as a performer.

Professor Checkerhead and His Marvellous Case of Musical Wonders Show

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Professor Checkerhead uses juggling skills to visually demonstrate principals of music thus bringing new dimensions to orchestra music.

Team CACDUS

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The Canadian Australian Comic Daredevil United Syndicate - a wild romp involving Koalas, Beavers and one of the most ridiculously fun finales the street has ever seen!