It was that time again for Metro Vancouver’s finest to audition for 11 busker spots TransLink put up for grabs for the next busking year. Yesterday, there were 48 applications for 11 performing licenses available July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. The 11 winners of the licenses are being told this week if they will be joining the 31 other license holders who have renewed their licenses to busk at the following stations: Waterfront (Howe Street Entrance and skywalk), Vancouver City Centre, Burrard, Granville Street and Commercial-Broadway.
There was a bevy of different instruments (sitar, wooden slot drums, electronic devices and string instruments or all kinds to name just a few) and styles on display. I was only able to catch a handful of the performances myself, but as you can see from this video, there was a little bit of everything for almost any musical taste.
Our judges, TransLink’s Drew Snider and Paul Cheng and 24 Hours’ Erica Bulman, told me that they had a difficult time choosing just 11 winners.
This was the 26th annual busker event, which started as an experiment during Expo ’86. Thanks to everyone who came out to audition! I can honestly say that there wasn’t one dud in the lot. Here’s to another great year of being entertained on the system!
Here’s the list of winners of this year’s licenses:
Katie Yurychuk – guitar and vocals
Joanne Wang – Er-hu player
Dustin Hauschild – guitar and vocals
David Morin – Guitar and vocals
Luis Rodriguez –Guitar – Latin American and Mexican folk * (4:04 on the video)
Anton Sitnikov – Guitar
Mike Sullivan – Guitar
Benjamin and Graham Dawson – Guitar and vocals * (7:40)
Camille Fournier and Angela Sartoretto – Harp and vocals
Tom Paleczka – guitar and vocals
Liam Watson and Matt Canute – Bassoon and Guitar