Busking has long been a staple of the busy streets of downtowns around the world. Musicians, jugglers and artists alike add vitality and culture to city streets.
Calgary has long since had a ‘Busking ID’ program to help track and curate buskers, but due to popular demand the program is being updated to make it more efficient and open it up to a wider number of performers. The pilot project coincides with 2016 as the Year of Music, and the upcoming JUNO awards coming to the city later this year.
New to the busking program are ‘Busk Stops‘; for a small fee buskers can now enroll to play at any of the 4 Busk Stops on Stephen Avenue where amplified instruments are now permitted. Only buskers with the new Busk Stop ID will be allowed to play amplified instruments in these designated areas. The spots are as follows:
- North west corner of 8 Avenue and 2 Street SW (In front of the Lancaster Building, 304 8 Avenue SW)
- South side of 8 Avenue (Alongside Flames Central, 219 8 Avenue SW)
- South side of 8 Avenue (By Contemporary Calgary, 117 8 Avenue SW)
- North side of 8 Avenue (In front of the Global Business Centre, 120 8 Avenue SE)
These busk stops can be used in 1 hour intervals, after which performers should move on to the next stop, or vacated for a new performer.
Updates to the program also include the ability to use amplification on Calgary Transit platforms with appropriate ID, and the ability to apply and pay online for IDs as well as several City of Calgary recreation centres around the city.
For full details on the new City of Calgary Busking Pilot Project please visit Calgary.ca/Busking or check out #YYCbusker on social media.