TransLink Idol: Four buskers, one licence
Perhaps this is what TransLink means by "public consultation".
The regional transportation authority is taking a page—or episode, rather—from reality TV as it awards busker licenses for the coming year.
Buskers are set to audition on Wednesday (December 4) at TransLink HQ. While a panel of judges will select the winners of seven available licences, four buskers will be chosen to compete for an eighth licence.
TransLink plans to post videos of the four contestants' performances on The Buzzer Blog. The public will vote from December 5 to 15, and the winner will be named on December 16.
Cindy Bromley, TransLink director of communications and stakeholder relations, will be one of the judges. In a news release, Bromley says: "Buskers have been part of our transit culture since TransLink’s music program started in 1986. We are excited that for the first time, the public will help determine who they want to see and hear by voting for one of the busker license recipients."
Buskers perform at Waterfront, Burrard, Granville, Vancouver City Centre, and Commercial-Broadway stations. There are a total of 42 busker licenses, which are valid for one year. Thirty-four buskers renewed their licences for next year.