Can you juggle, eat fire, play music, ride a unicycle, make balloon art or use slapstick comedy to draw a crowd?

On days with no scheduled events, we invite our fantastic team of street performers to come down and liven up the Heart of the City! We have jugglers, unicycles (6 foot unicycles of fear and intrigue!), flying cabbages, talented musicians and plenty of laughs for audiences of all ages.

Applications are now available for the 2017 Busker Permits! Thank you for your patience! 

Here's the thing though, our buskers have to play friendly with the buskers across the street, our surrounding local businesses and everyone else doing stuff and enjoying the neighbourhood. That means managing volume levels. We want performers who can do good size circle shows, but who are not audible all the way up Yonge Street (or even the back of the Square) - musicians included. If you are looking to draw people from Bloor Street to your show, we're going to have a problem, so take note, you will be given one warning for being too loud then (for the good of the program, our relationships with our neighbours and the sanity of the people just trying to eat their lovely sandwich on the Square) your permit will be revoked. Sounds fair, right?

Permits will be issued for the period April 4, 2017 - April 3, 2018.

Submissions will be accepted throughout the year until such time as our roster of performers is full. Please make sure you have completed all aspects of the application, and signed the declaration at the end. No money is required upon submission, as not all applications will be accepted. Please also ensure that you will be able to provide the insurance requirements (including type of insurance and additional insureds) should your application be successful! Policies can be emailed to, or faxed to 416 979 8836, or mailed to 2 Carlton Street, Suite 1707, Toronto, M5B 1J3.






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