03-26-2009 11:50 AM
Originally Posted by queen of the waterfront
No Email, No phone call
Queen, May I suggest that you carry your certificate with you that confirms you are a certified Nanaimo ambassador before doing a survey. I have a program on my computer that can print a catchy nametag for you with anything you want on it or any logo.
03-26-2009 11:53 AM
I already have my busking badges. Actually I think I have a name tag from Parks and Rec somewhere from when i did all those hours of volunteer work with the day care program at Beban and the Teddy Bears program at Bowen.
03-26-2009 02:39 PM
My youngest daughter will go next monday (over France) to London for one
The teacher promised them to have a lot of time for the music scene,
also for buskers. I hope she will make some films for me of buskers.
I am a little bit jealous, but she will enjoy London and the music scene.
They will go also to a concert in the evening.
What a busker place in the world.
03-26-2009 04:17 PM
Since this post back on December 4th 2008, I have had several meetings with Randy Churchill of bylaw services and during these meetings he has insisted that the DNPS was a stakeholder in the downtown and had to be involved in the process of renewing Nanaimo's busking bylaw. Not so says Carroll Xavier Office Administrator at the DNPS (downtown nanaimo partnership society) who I met with today according to Carroll the DNPS has nothing to do with buskers. Now I think someone is feeding me a bunch of BS. which one is it? who do I believe? I got into a debate about buskers on port athority property who are unlicenced and amplified and just like Mike Davidson of The Port of Nanaimo told us there are special permits for unlicensed buskers on Port property that again is not true as she failed to show me such permits and directed me to the Port of Nanaimo website to find these permits which are not their. Carroll also indicated that it's a great thing that students can go out and earn money $50 paid by the port or port merchants to put into music programs for schools, but she forgot to mention busk without a license amplified in a non busking spot. I agreed thats wonderfull but don't busk in a spot that I have paid for without a license and expect me to move off of a spot that I have paid for. Don't ask me to buy a busking license and obey the busking bylaw while other non licensed buskers can busk wherever they choose with no enforcement. Her answer to me was why don't you go get a job. I am on provincial dissabilty for health reasons and busking is my job. How my 5 kids would have loved to have been able to raise money in school to buy accordions so they would have instruments to play but unfortunately school music programs do not include accordions so I as a parent on disability pension end up buying the instruments for my kids with my busking money just like any other parent should do if their child who wants to be a musician most of them have more money than I do. The more I write about it the more I think I am being shafted so for now I will leave it at that.
Originally Posted by Piper
03-26-2009 04:23 PM
You forgot to mention that your kids helped buy their own shoes, clothes and earned their own spending money. You also forgot to mention that no one thought of that space as a performance spot until my two boys and I started drawing crowds.
What a load of baloney!
i sent a letter to Matt Hussman and City Council. You are being spun brother!
03-26-2009 11:15 PM
On a brighter note, Music can allways make you feel better when you have had a tough day and my music will never be taken from me and I will continue to share it as I have done for over 40 years and I don't plan to stop for at least another 40. Here is what I'm listening to tonight I hope you like it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAPpwBE8q0c
Tommorrow may be better who knows?
Last edited by Piper; 03-26-2009 at 11:24 PM.
Reason: spelling mistake
03-27-2009 04:59 AM
I do not like the sounds of the runaround you are getting. Reminds me of the classic Mom and Dad scene where dad tells you to go ask mom and mom says its up to dad and you never really get an answer.
03-28-2009 12:46 PM
I have just posted on a new thread a bit about busking as questions were being asked about busking spots. The thread started by Rick is called
How about it eh, spare a thought I will copy it to this thread as it is about busking in Nanaimo.
Rick I would like to answer the question put forward by Complicated about busking spots in the old city quarter, In 2003 there was a busking spot put on the corner of Wesley & fitzwiliam which has been covered over by a cement garbage can, there was also a busking spot in front of the Oxy hotel which has been removed. When I contacted Veneta Roberge at bylaw services to find out why these 2 spots were not available for buskers she did not have an answer for for me. As you continue down Fitzwilliam the next busking spot is across from the youth centre under a tree which I have never used. the next busking spot is across the bridge by the parkade which I have used twice but run into competition by panhandlers so I didn't go back. I have Talked to Matt at the DNPS and told him that good quality buskers will bring people to downtown and the old city qaurter if they would lighten up a bit on the busking bylaw it could happen. Bruce Bernard president of NCCA also is intrested in a busking spot beside his business as is Eric McKlean of the OCQA. And I'm sure Rick that as a knowledgable busker I can suguest good spots for buskers in the area where you manage properties. It's very simple and would take 2 days to put it together. Buskers are good for businesses and they do attract people. It's a fact and I can show you many places around the world where busking promotes business. the rest of the changes are up to the DNPS and the NCCA and the OCQA who I know are willing and ready to work with buskers. My oppinion Cheers
Last edited by Piper; 03-28-2009 at 12:47 PM.
Reason: spelling mistake
03-28-2009 06:43 PM
Moved from another discussion
I thought that even if a spot was covered or in case of the Modern Cafe, blocked by tables you could play as close as possible and still follow the bylaws. Are the maps a part of the bylaws or a separate part. I would ask for an up-to-date map of spots and play as close as possible. That would be following the bylaw, you would think!
Originally Posted by Piper
03-28-2009 06:57 PM
Originally Posted by Smokey©
Smokey the maps are called schedule B and seem to be part of the bylaw as an attachment. The bylaw does not say how far away from the spot you can perform But it's not right Smokey to give buskers an area to perform then take it away and say I'm not sure why that happened No explanation.