Busk stops coming to Calgary under busking pilot program

The City of Calgary is introducing eight “busk stops” as part of a pilot project to promote street performers in the city.

Program promotes street performers as 'cherished art form'

Eight busk stops in the high traffic areas of Kensington, 17th Avenue and Stephen Avenue Mall have been identified for the pilot. (Mike Symington/CBC)

The City of Calgary is introducing eight "busk stops" as part of a pilot project to promote street performers in the city.

Busk stops in the high traffic areas of Kensington, along 17th Avenue and Stephen Avenue Mall have been identified for the pilot.

"Beginning with 2016 as the Year of Music in Calgary, a strong emphasis for the pilot will be on supporting, celebrating and elevating the profile of street performing as a cherished art form," the city said in a press release.

Performers will also be able to use amplifiers for their instruments and performances at busk stops and Calgary Transit stations.

Under the changes, buskers can now apply and pay for busking IDs online.

Busking is free for performers in parks and streets. But a $25 fee applies to busk at transit stations and $50 for busk stops.

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