Buskers Wanted!

Posted on January 18, 2010


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Got this from the SEARCHgrads email put out by the Alliance for Arts and Culture:

I Heart VAN ART is a new organization started by artists who are dedicated to upholding the value of Art and Culture in Vancouver.


– Held in the busiest area in Downtown during the Olympics (Yaletown on Hamilton & Mainland)
– Expecting 10,000 people per hour to walk through the streets
– A family-friendly, not-for-profit festival put on by people (majority volunteers) who are passionate about seeing local Vancouver Arts & Culture showcased before world audiences
– A festival showcasing ONLY VANCOUVER-BASED talent: musicians, visual artists, dancers, films, entertainment, etc.
– Going to be one of the biggest showcases of local talent for the biggest audience of world visitors in VANCOUVER’S HISTORY

WE ARE SEEKING TALENTED BUSKING ACTS to complement the diverse talent on the stages of the festival


(These are special passes issued by the Yaletown BIA specifically for the Made in Vancouver Festival. Busking licenses issued through the City of Vancouver, Translink and all other licenses are not valid in this area. This is to enforce that only festival accredited buskers are ensured busking positions in the festival.)

To be considered for one of these passes, you must SUBMIT AN ONLINE VIDEO AUDITION.

STRICT DEADLINE: Monday, January 25

Email your audition video to at busking AT iheartvanart DOT com with the following info:

– Name & Phone Number
– Description of your Act
– Amplified? Yes or No
– Number of Years Experience:
– Link or attached of Video of your work: (mandatory)

If sending a video via email, please send only low-res videos.

NOTE: Incomplete information WILL NOT be accepted.

Only accepted busking acts will be notified via email by Wednesday, January 27 and will move on to the accreditation process.



Accreditation passes must be purchased and picked up IN PERSON:

When: Monday, February 1st, 1pm – 6pm.
Where: Chapel Arts 304 Dunlevy @ Cordova.

Bring your ID and payment in CASH ONLY.


$120 Individual or Duo FESTIVAL Accreditation Pass
$170 Group FESTIVAL Accreditation Pass (3 or more people)


– All passes are GUARANTEED up to three (3) 1-hour slots every day (subject to foot traffic regulations)
– Up to 15 Busking stations throughout the area (locations to be determined)
– Buskers will be exposed to professional photographers and videographers who will be documenting the entire festival, as well as possible media coverage.
– Networking opportunities with a huge array of Vancouver artists, organizers, business and other professionals
– Being part of a supportive artistic community who value the art of street performance.


WE WELCOME all types of street performance acts including: musicians, dancers, live statues, magicians, children’s entertainers, singers, circus acts, clowns, jugglers, other eclectic performers.

We are looking for performers who:

– Show respect for their fellow buskers
– Respect their audience
– Will not aggressively impose any personal political opinions or address any controversial issues in the performance
– Have a positive disposition and will enhance the celebratory atmosphere of the festival
– Are representative of the amazing talent that Vancouver has to offer
– Use and play ONLY ORIGINAL music (otherwise, proof of SOCAN license required)
– Understand the value of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of performing in front of world audiences who HAVE COME TO SEE YOU

For any questions and submissions email: busking@iheartvanart.com


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