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TransLink Busker Program

A busker performing music at the SeaBus terminal

The Busker Program is an integral part of TransLink's commitment to making transit a unique experience for customers, and to reflect the vibrancy of the music and art scene of our region. Since 1986, the program has provided low-barrier opportunities for musicians to generate income while entertaining large crowds of commuters at key locations throughout the transit system including SeaBus Skywalk, Burrard, and Canada Line stations. The program has featured thousands of artists, and has been an important platform for professional buskers, as well as emerging turn professional musicians.

Program Details

TransLink releases an open Call for Musicians on an annual basis each fall. The Call is open to solo and duo musicians. Interested applicants submit a short video and professional bio listing past busking and performance experience. Submissions are juried by a 5-person panel composed of notable music professionals and TransLink representatives. Successful musicians are issued a licence valid for one year and perform at designated times and locations across the system. The program is overseen by TransLink’s Arts and Culture Program.

TransLink Buskers receive:

  • Opportunities to showcase their music to a large and diverse public, at ten of the busiest TransLink stations in Metro Vancouver

  • An opportunity to sell recorded music

  • Artist profiling and promotion

Join TransLink’s Busker Newsletter to receive the annual Call for Musicians each fall.

Selected applicants must:

  • Submit a clean Police Information Check*

  • Enter into a musician’s license agreement with TransLink

  • Attend the Annual Busker Orientation Meeting in December

  • Purchase a TransLink Busker License ($75.00 annual fee)*

*Police Information Check and payment of License fee are only required upon successful acceptance into the program.

Have questions?

To contact the busker program, email

Art Moves Music and Performance Residency Series

Art Moves artwork of overlaid colourful shapes

Art Moves is our new and exciting music and performance residency series bringing vibrancy to the transit system. The program features a diverse roster of local, world-class musicians and performance artists scheduled to appear throughout the year in various locations. Reflecting our region’s deep diversity, Art Moves showcases a line-up of multi-disciplinary talent that includes musicians, dancers, live painters, spoken word artists, magicians and more.

Visit our Art Moves program page to learn more about what it's like to perform on our transit system.

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Program Inquiries

Have any questions about the busker program? Our program coordinators can be reached through email.


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