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TransLink to audition buskers for Games

Vancouver-area buskers interested in performing at a transit station during the Olympics can start tuning their instruments.

A special audition — sort of a Busker Idol — is being held on Jan. 14 to add more performers to TransLink’s Musician Program. The transportation authority is looking at adding single and duo musical acts to its program before and during the Olympic Games.

Successful acts will be given a licence to perform at select stations, primarily in the downtown core from Feb. 1 to March 31 — a time when Vancouver’s transit system is expected to move as many as one million people daily due to Olympic visitors and local street closures.

Bill Knight, community relations officer for TransLink, said the buskers will make any delays more enjoyable for commuters.

“Because we know there could be times during this period when customers may have to wait for transit, we think that supplementing the current program during the Games makes a lot of sense.”

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