Monday, July 16, 2012


City Seen

Live and Alive

Buskers provide some euphonious beautification downtown

Staff/Voice photos


lex Dyck walks up to the front of a local bookstore, sets his instrument case down on the sidewalk and flips back the lid to reveal a Yamaha 6-string guitar.


Dyck is a busker, aka street performer, engaged by the BIA and City to liven up the streets a little.


Some time in the spring, Carolyn Marleau, City of Chilliwack manager of leisure development put out a call for musicians.


Those who applied were screened in an audition by a selection review committee made up of staff from the BIA, and if accepted were asked to pay $40 for a licence to perform.


It was on Friday and "Party in the Park" was on that the Voice came across Dyck on Wellington Ave.


Dyck's case wasn't bursting at the seams with money he made playing. Just a few coins to pay for coffees.


But he's not in it for the money. He has a full time job at Odessa Farms with 79 cows to attend to.


"I just do it for fun, a hobby, whenever I can, like if it's a really nice day I'll try and be out here."


Dyck was born and raised in Chilliwack and has been playing guitar for 4 or 5 years and has already mastered a list of songs from Neil Young to Nirvana. He actually learned to play the bass first before moving to the guitar.


"I play pretty much whatever I feel like really," says Dyck. "I have a weird repertoire."


So far he plays alone but that may change.


"I've been thinking about starting a band sometime in the future," he says.


Buskers who are licenced can play from April 1 to September 30 from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. daily. There are even more rules such as they can only play for 3 hours in one spot before they have to move to another designated location.


Unlicenced musicians who busk in Chilliwack could be ticketed.



Salish Park 45820 First Avenue

Central Park 45951 Young Road.

Clock Tower Plaza 45972 Wellington

Corner of Wellington and Mills

Corner of Mills and Victoria

Downtown 45939 Wellington

Across from the Clock Tower (BMO)


Got talent? To apply with the City go here to download the application and review the guidelines.


For Busker heaven, go here.


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