Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I find an application form?
  2. Are there restrictions for certain instruments?
  3. What types of performers are NOT eligible to perform on Granville Island?
  4. What are the amplification and use of electrical power restrictions?
  5. Who attends the morning draw, and how does it work?
  6. I lost my pass, can it be replaced?
  7. Can I upgrade my Acoustic Pass to an All Access pass?
  8. Can I sell my CD/DVD or other materials?
  9. What other rules and restrictions are there?
  10. How are the rules enforced?
  11. Who manages the Granville Island Buskers Program? 
  12. Still have a question?  Ask us in the comment section below.


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Q: Where can I find an application form?
A: We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer of 2018.

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Q: Are there restrictions for certain instruments?
A: Yes, there are some restrictions in place; our Instrument / Performer Restrictions page outlines this in full detail. CMHC Granville Island reserves the right to amend this list as necessary.


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Q: What types of performers are NOT eligible to perform on Granville Island?
A: The Granville Island Busking Program does not offer busking licences to psychics and/or tarot card readers, balloon artists, roving artists, face-painters, portrait artists, painters, crafts people or any artists who provide a service or produce a physical product.


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Q: What are the amplification and use of electrical power restrictions?
A: Amplification is a privilege on Granville Island. Amplification must be used only in designated areas, and must be used with care and consideration for the visitors, tenants and nearby residents of Granville Island.  We abide by the City of Vancouver noise by-laws. Designated Sound Levels can be found on the Amplified (All Access) Performers page.


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Q: Who attends the morning draw, and how does it work?
A: The Morning Draw is for amplified musicians and circle/variety performers only.  It happens every morning at 10:00am sharp at the Picnic Pavilion behind. Each busker will draw a number which will determine the order they sign up that day.  Each busker signs up for one spot at a time according to the number they drew, until all the spots are gone.


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Q: I lost my licence, can it be replaced?
A: Yes, a lost licence must be replaced if you wish to continue performing on Granville Island. Please contact the Granville Island Busker Coordinator to arrange for a replacement licence (a service fee is applicable).


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Q: Can I upgrade my Acoustic Licence to an All Access Licence?
A: Yes you can for an upgrade fee.  However you are required to follow the registration requirements for an All Access licence and be subject to the same application process.


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Q: Can I sell my CD/DVD or other materials?
A: Buskers wishing to sell recordings must complete the Sale of Musical Recording form.  Permission to sell recordings will be granted only if the recording is of the Busker’s own work and is available for sale during their performance only.


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Q: What other rules and restrictions do I need to know about?
A: The Busker Terms and Conditions page provides a full description of the rules, regulations, and manner in which we expect Granville Island Buskers to abide by.


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Q: How are the rules enforced?
A: The Granville Island Busking Regulations are enforced by a three hole-punch system.  Each time a rule is broken the busker receives a hole-punch in their licence.  If a busker acquires a third hole-punch, their licence is revoked for the remainder of the busking year.

CMHC Granville Island Staff reserve the right to cancel, at their discretion, and without notice, any performance that is deemed to be inappropriate or disruptive.  Certain behaviour such as physical or verbal abuse to anyone on Granville Island, including fellow buskers, will result in disciplinary action and/or revoking of the busker licence.  Inappropriate behaviour includes but is not limited to: intoxication, intimidation, swearing, yelling, heckling passers-by, belligerence, harassment, manipulation and showing continued disrespect for the program.


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Q: Who manages the Granville Island Buskers Program?
A: CMHC Granville Island manages the Granville Island Buskers Program. All queries and concerns about busking performances on Granville Island should be directed to and will be handled by the Granville Island Busker Coordinator at 604-834-1567.  CMHC Granville Island retains the right to change or amend the Guidelines at its own discretion. CMHC Granville Island also reserves the right to refuse to issue a pass to an individual or group at its own discretion.


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