Buskers celebrate $25M contribution to centre – Metro US

Buskers celebrate $25M contribution to centre

Rocking city hall and Plus 15’s across the core, more than a dozen city buskers celebrated the Calgary’s contribution to the Cantos Music Foundation yesterday afternoon.

The animated and enthusiastic buskers donned green shirts and, armed with stringed instruments and their voices, took to the core to thank city council for the $25-million commitment to the Cantos’ National Music Centre, says executive director Andrew Mosker.

“It’s very exciting and we couldn’t be happier with the support from the city. Today we wanted to show our appreciation through music,” he said before the event over the lunch hour yesterday. “We have a wide smattering of (music) going on.”

Mosker said the $25 million city commitment towards the King Eddy revitalization project will help put Calgary on the musical map for years to come. “This project will be a showcase of Canadian music.”

Busker Neil Gunhold said he was excited to participate in the event.

“We’ve been playing in this city for years so (we) jump at any opportunity to play and show appreciation. I just like to play when I can,” he said.

Ald. Druh Farrell took in some of the sights and sounds at city hall and said she was excited about the upcoming work to King Eddy. “This is great for East Village and great for the city as a whole,” Farrell said.

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