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Buskers Auditions

The Forks is a favourite haunt for buskers (street performers). Visitors will often find family entertainment at distinctively marked “Busk Stops” throughout the site and inside The Forks Market where their light-hearted entertainment adds to the special ambience.

This year, The Forks has partnered with Manitoba Music to help facilitate The Forks Buskers Program. As the local music industry association, Manitoba Music is dedicated to fostering the music community and promoting Manitoba’s musical talent abroad, and right here at home. The Forks Buskers Program with MB Live is an exciting opportunity for entertainers to develop performance skills while connecting with new fans at The Forks.

Applications for 2018-2019 Busk Passes are now open.
Applications close Monday, May 7 at 11:59 PM. 

Click here to apply for a 2018-2019 Busk Pass.


The Forks Buskers Program FAQ:

What's new in 2018?
The way you apply for your Busk Pass is new. Rather than performing before a table of judges during a 2-day Buskers Festival, you will apply online and submit a video of yourself performing.
You will be contacted:
a) If you automatically qualify for a Busk Pass
b) If you are invited to perform in front of an audience at a closed-door audition
c) If you do not qualify for a Busk Pass

Why the new partnership?
The partnership with Manitoba Music allows The Forks Buskers Program to extend into other music communities, generates awareness for the Buskers Program, and it helps The Forks to curate and foster excellent live performers by partnering with experts in spotting great local talent.

I have been a Busker at The Forks in the past. Do I have to submit a video?
Yes, all new and returning Buskers must go through the same application process.

Can I/my child be a Busker at The Forks if I/my child is under 18?
Yes. Up-and-comer passes are available for those under 18. The application process is the same. Buskers under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when they busk at The Forks.

More questions?
or 204-806-2049

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Busk Stops were introduced at The Forks in 1992. Since then, thousands of visitors to the site have been treated to a delightful and eclectic mix of local and touring talent by entertainment from musicians, puppeteers and magicians to jugglers, stilt walkers and face painters.

A seletion process is held annually to determine who will earn the privilege of holding a coveted Busk Pass. 

Traditionally the audience offers payment based on the level of enjoyment they’ve received from the performance. While we playfully suggest that entertainers be reimbursed for their talents, the performers are prohibited from suggesting an amount or requesting a contribution. The Busk Stop program has received international recognition and awards.

Buskers rules and regulations are located here.

For more information please call 204-947-9236 or email