Busking involves a person or group who provides entertaining street performances for public enjoyment. A person who does this is called a Busker. Busking is an important part of our city’s identity, culture and spirit. Buskers add delight, interest and energy to festivals, events and afternoon strolls. Calgary streets provide a wonderful opportunity for buskers to showcase their art and for citizens to be entertained and show their appreciation.

The City of Calgary is implementing some exciting changes to the busking program for 2016, including more flexibility for busking IDs, online application process and payment options, and the introduction of amplification at designated “busk stops” and Calgary Transit stations. Beginning with 2016 as the Year of Music in Calgary, a strong emphasis for the pilot will be on supporting, celebrating and elevating the profile of street performing as a cherished art form.

For more information on Busking in Calgary or the Busker Program Review and Pilot, visit the project pages.


In conjunction with the 2016 Busking Pilot, The City of Calgary asked Calgarians for their input during Summer 2016. The What We Heard Report is a summary of that input. The City of Calgary will incorporate the feedback from the this report in the 2017 Busking program.

John Rutherford performs on Stephen Avenue