Town of Canmore

Busking in Canmore

Busking returns to Canmore this spring! Keep your ears open for live music at key locations around Canmore including Riverside Park and Friendship Park!


Details

Busking is permitted only in approved areas between May 16-Oct. 12. Buskers must comply with the busking conditions. Read below for details. 


Busking Guidelines
· Buskers must be over the age of 12. Any buskers under the age of 16 must have an adult accompany them while performing. 
· Buskers must apply on an annual basis. 

· Buskers must always carry their license on their person, in paper or digital format, during their performances, and it must be supplied upon request of a Peace Officer. Failure to do so may result in a fine subject to the Business Registry Bylaw 2015-02 (253 KB)
· Buskers are permitted to sell recordings of their own performance and can display them in their instrument case. Sale of other forms of merchandise is not permitted.
· Bagpipes, horns, and bagpipe use are only permitted in the Elevation Place Plaza.
· Buskers must comply with the busking conditions (see application package). Please read carefully.
How do I become a busker? 

Buskers must be over the age of 12. Any buskers under the age of 16 must have an adult accompany them while performing. Buskers must apply on an annual basis. 

1. Complete the application form and sign-off on having read, understood and accepted the busking terms and conditions. 
2. Submit your busking license application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submission of this application does not guarantee approval for a permit.

Your application must include:

·  Busking pdf license application form (1.35 MB)  pdf
·  Parental or guardian consent, if applicable
·  Acknowledgement of busking conditions; refer to the application form

Busking license fee: $32.50 for the busking season

Notes:

Average processing time of complete applications is up to 10-15 business days. Processing times may vary. Incomplete applications can significantly impact processing times. Busking licenses are temporary and do not renew.  If you wish to return next season, please apply for a new license.
Where is busking allowed?
· Busking is permitted only in approved areas which currently includes Elevation Place plaza, Friendship Park, Civic Centre Plaza, Riverside Park, and on the street outside of 822 Main Street to the left of Rocky Mountain Soap Company. Buskers must comply with the busking conditions

· Busking is permitted only in areas identified on the Town of Canmore locations map from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with the exception of Riverside Park where performances are permitted from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, from May 15  to Oct. 12.

· Busking operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and maximum performance duration of two hours per location. After performing for a maximum of two hours the busker must move to a different location and may not return to that location for the remainder of the day.

· Any busking done outside of these and other busking conditions, is subject to penalties, including but not limited to a financial fine, revoking of license, and inability to apply for a license in the following calendar year. 


· Buskers must always carry their license on their person, in paper or digital format, during their performances, and it must be supplied upon request of a Municipal Enforcement or Peace Officer. Failure to do so may result in a fine subject to the Business Registry Bylaw 2015-02 (253 KB)
How can businesses become an approved location?
Business owners can request that the space outside of their business premises be added to the approved busking locations map.

How to make a request:

1.  Obtain letters/emails of support from your neighbouring street-facing business owners; if applicable, ground-floor, adjacent, overhead, and below.  Letters of support or opposition must all be submitted.  Letters are to include the name of the business, address, contact person, and position within the company, and if they support or oppose the request.
2.  Complete the application form pdf Click here (1.20 MB)  to download.
3.  Submit the application package, including all decision letters/emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Notes:

Submitting a request does not guarantee approval.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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