“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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!