CALGARY – Local artists will now be able to perform at a number of amplified busking centers throughout the city.
The so-called “busk stops” will be in high traffic, high volume areas.
The City of Calgary made the announcement at a downtown news conference on Thursday while unveiling details of its new busking pilot program.
The first eight busk stop locations will be in Kensington, and along 17 Avenue and Stephen Avenue.
“The art of street performance adds vibrancy to public spaces like parks, streets and transit stations,” Sarah Iley, the city’s manager of culture said. “It helps attract tourists and entertains citizens alike. In fact, many highly successful performers have been discovered while busking.”
Every year, nearly 500 busking IDs are issued allowing artists to perform for donations on city streets.
The city said on Thursday artists will now be able to apply for three different types of IDs:
Buskers will now be able to apply for these IDs online.
The changes to the city’s busking program were put in place following a review of similar busking programs in other communities throughout Canada.
“We want to thank Calgarians for their input into the busking program review over the past season,” Iley added. “As we implement some of what we heard, we encourage you to stay engaged and give us your feedback.”
The city said if required, the program will be adjusted again for the 2017 season.
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