WHAT ARE BUSKERS?

Busking (Street performance) is the act of performing voluntarilyin public places for gratuities from members of the public. Granville Island has a strong history of busking with local and international buskers participating in the licensed program. From musicians and magicians to circle acts (juggling, etc.) entertaining year round, buskers contribute significantly to the culture, character and ambience of the Island.

Sarah Ann Chisholm

Sarah Ann Chisholm

Sarah Ann Chisholm is the recipient of a prize from Glor na ngael (The Voice of the Irish) for a Celtic theme song in Irish Gaelic “Ó A Ghrá Mhín (Oh Gentle Love)”, which she co-wrote for the score of the multi-award winning short film…

LOCATIONS

Amplified Locations

There are 7 amplified outdoor busking locations on Granville Island. You must have an All Access License and attend the daily 10 AM daily draw at the Picnic Pavilion to sign-up and perform.

Acoustic Locations

There are 4 acoustic outdoor busking locations on Granville Island. You must have an Acoustic or All Access License to sign-up and perform at these locations. You can sign up throughout the day at Festival House. Attendance at the morning draw is not required.

Outdoor busking slots are 1 hour long between 11 AM and 7 PM. The one hour includes setup, performance, and takedown.

Island Plaza*, Boatlift Lane, The Kids Market Courtyard,
Railspur Alley Park*


*Alternates between acoustic and amplified.

Indoor Location Map