Then the buskers

May 9, 2005 § 4 Comments

And then they’ll come for your poutine…

City readies crackdown on street performers

Montreal Gazette
Monday, May 09, 2005

The city is facing off against face painters. And buskers and street artists.

Three days of public hearings begin this evening on proposals to rein them in on the streets, sidewalks and public squares of Old Montreal and downtown.

Among the Ville Marie borough proposals: Boosting permit fees and hiring inspectors and patrollers to police buskers on Ste. Catherine St. and in Old Montreal, and forbidding musicians from using spoons, triangles or castanets on Ste. Catherine between St. Mathieu and University Sts. (effectively silencing the famous “Spoonman” who plays in front of Ogilvy’s).


§ 4 Responses to Then the buskers

  • Zeke's, the Montreal Art Gallery says:


    Congrats on figuring out Haloscan.

  • mtlanglo says:

    Buskers beware- if they were really worried about public annoyances they’d do something about those cars with rotating signs and the guys walking around with LCD screens floating above their heads…

  • Vila H. says:

    Excellent point, though the spoon man appears to present a far more imminent threat to our municipal overlords. Damn spoon man!

  • Vila H. says:

    Thanks, Chris — luckily, I had a little help. :-)

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