City of Vancouver Street Entertainment (Busking Info)
Street entertainment can be a positive addition to city streetscapes. Content may vary greatly by performer or group. Currently we have performers from every walk of life, novice to professional that include a good range of instrument, vocal, dance, mime, jugglers, face painting and balloon sculpting and caricature artists. We encourage a wide variety of street entertainers and review performance type and content on a case by case basis. Loud and/or repetitive performances are disruptive to people living and working in the area. Please respect the wishes of nearby residents and businesses. In order to ensure your performance remains a pleasant experience for everyone, the following guidelines must be followed.
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1. Do not begin your performance in a block face where 2 others are already performing. The exception to this is Robson Street, west of Burrard, where a maximum of 4 performers per block face is acceptable.
2. Your permit is only valid between the hours of 10 am to 10 pm and you are limited to less than 60 minutes at any one location. After 60 minutes, you must move to a new location at least one full block away.
3. You are responsible for ensuring that doorways, display window and pedestrians are not blocked by your performance or your audience.
4. You must comply with all City of Vancouver By-laws and Street Entertainment guidelines. 5. You must not in any way jeopardize the comfort or safety of others. Please respect the wishes of nearby residents and businesses.
5. The use of sharp or dangerous objects is prohibited (for example, juggling knives, chain saws or flaming objects is not permitted).
6. Musicians are permitted to sell recordings of their original work during their performance without a Street Vending Permit. No other sales are permitted.
7. Permit holder must be present during the performance.
8. Battery operated amplification approval is subject to the following conditions: selecting locations where your performance will not disturb anyone, keeping the volume at a reasonable level, and responding to the concerns of your neighbours. An amplification system will not be approved to enhance acoustical instruments and/or vocals.
9. Portrait artists may use 1 easel, 2 small folding chairs, display up to but no more than 3 pieces of their art including the working drawing. The sale of pre-drawn work or photocopies is prohibited.
10. This permit is not valid within 10 Metres (33 feet) of the Gastown Steam Clock located at the corner of Water St. and Cambie St.
Failure to comply with the above guidelines may result in fines, confiscation, suspension or cancellation of your permit.
Listing last confirmed: May. 15, 2006