Winnipeggers out on their lunch break along Portage Avenue were serenaded and entertained this afternoon.
Buskers were showing off their talents and competing for top spot.
People walking along Portage Avenue could hear singers strumming guitars and watch breakdancers showing off their tricks. In all 30 acts competed.
The annual Busk Off is put on by the Downtown Biz to encourage people to come downtown...and send out the message the streets are safe.
"Studio 393 Youth" won Busk Off with their dynamic breakdancing act. It's a $500 prize.
Bob Veruela is a member of the breakdancing act, the director of Studio 393, and a regular busker on Portage Avenue.
Veruela loves being out on Portage. "To share something that you love and are passionate about and to get people to really try and understand what we do it just makes me happy to do those things."
Veruela says he's part of a new movement. "We want to change the face of downtown and also we want to make this a safer place"
"The ambiance is starting to change in downtown," Veruela explains. "It's becoming more lively. Hopefully this summer we can make it a lot more exciting."
Cops are great but officials say the best way to keep people safe is to encourage people to be downtown.