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Marie-Hélène Babin (Face Painter)

Marie-Helene Babin

Marie-Helene is a professional face painter and body painter with over 12 years experience. Whether it is for a special event, festival or a birthday party, she creates intricate designs to illuminate your child’s face and bring fantasy to the day!

She currently lives and works in Vancouver as a makeup artist and visual artist. Trained in stage, film and TV makeup, she achieves free handed or airbrushed fantasy makeup and is also available to give workshops.

She is delighted to be part of CelticFest Vancouver!

Times & Venues

March 17
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids’ area
(Smithe to Robson)

March 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids’ area
(Smithe to Robson)


Travis Bernhardt (Magician)

Travis Bernhardt

"Vancouver born and raised, magician Travis Bernhardt is known for his one man show, Things That Never Happen ("the real deal... amazing" -Al Rae, CBC Winnipeg), his work with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, and as one of Canada's top street magicians."

Times & Venues

March 17
1:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids Tent
(Near Smithe)

March 17
4:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids Tent
(Near Smithe)

March 18
3:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids Tent
(Near Smithe)


Christina Carr & Ed Appleby (Jade Dragon Pirates)

BC Renaissance Roving Characters

Christina Carr was born and raised in Toronto, and at the age of 8, this young shy kid became her father’s ‘tool’ in the world of media training. Her Reporter/Media Trainer dad found that by training his daughter all the tricks and bits that he was training the executives, he could have her do a mock interview and show the executive types how easy his techniques are. It got her hooked. Everything from the Mr. Toronto Show (age 12), to working for Paramount Home Video (in the 90s) as a character for store openings and product releases, brought Christina one step closer to living the artistic lifestyle she had become addicted to.

With a three page resume and experiences such as Stage Fighting, Camera work, Editing, Producing, Directing, prop making and costuming, under her belt, she continues her love for performance through the BC Renaissance Festival and The Jade Dragon Pirates. Being the originator of both, these projects are her ‘baby’ and alongside Martin Hunger, Ed Appleby and the rest of the cast and crew, she plans on bringing the public entertaining moments in time with a hint of education. After all... If the kids don’t know they are learning they tend to learn more.

Ed Appleby was born in Lumby, BC and it’s obvious that his farm boy ruggedness comes in handy today. With an acting career spanning everything from Shakespeare to professional wrestling, Ed simply loves to perform. To Ed, communicating a story either through his sword, voice or pen is the greatest gift that he can give to the World. Trained in stage acting and stage fighting, with a love of heroic swashbuckling and sword & sorcery movies, playing a pirate on The Jade Dragon is the perfect outlet for his skill and creative passions. When not acting, Ed spends his days as a full time cartoonist and graphic designer living in Burnaby.

www.jadedragonpirates.com

Times & Venues

March 17
12:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids Tent
(Near Smithe)

March 17
3:00 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids Tent
(Near Smithe)

March 18
1:30 pm
Celtic Village, Celtic Kids Tent
(Near Smithe)


Nick Norris & Julia Fox (King Henry VIII & Queen Catherine of Aragon, BC Renaissance Festival Roving Characters)

In 2011 The BC Renaissance Festival switched from King James to Henry The Eighth and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.  Working with these two 'historically based' characters provide an incredible range of stories, situations and moments no one will ever forget.

With Henry's boisterous disposition and KINGLY air about him, it makes it fairly easy for Nick Norris to find plenty of material to work with.  His interpretation of Henry makes for a great character for both adults and kids.  His kind hearted approach to the young ones is well received.  Never be uncomfortable to approach, bow and to ask to be knighted.  He'll be happy to oblige. Married to a 'Hot Blooded Spanish Queen' also leads to some typical wife and hubby situations that the king must make an effort to get out of.  At this point in Henry's life, there is no legal divorce for him. Don't be surprised if you catch him mumbling about the future possibility of it.  Do be kind though.  He does have to go home with her and a king on the couch is not a pretty sight.

And who is more perfect to play the lovely Queen Catherine of Aragon, then our lively Julia Fox. Julia puts a truly Spanish twist on the First Lady in Henry's line of wives. Instead of being the meek quiet flower of history, she reserves that's level of sweetness for the kids while listening to everything her husband says. They may be a couple but this Spanish rose is always looking for an opening that will get the parents chuckling. Always willing to turn any lady into a dame, her charm will delight you so never be nervous about approaching the Queen and bowing or curtsying to Her Highness. And don't be surprised if you hear her mumbling under her breath. It is not you she mumbles about... It's not easy being married to the King of England.

When you see the nobles, you will notice that they will always have an escort or two.  More often than not our brave and courageous Sheriff of Steller's Grove will be in attendance.  Chilam has been our Sheriff for the Renfest since the beginning and as an actor is an incredible improver.  The Sheriff will be watching you closely, in order to make sure no one pulls on the Nobles' wardrobe as well as assist with any knightings or blessings that the King and Queen perform.

http://www.bcrenfest.com

Times & Venues

March 10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celts on the Creek

March 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celtic Village
(Georgia to Smithe)

March 18
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celtic Village
(Georgia to Smithe)


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