Each summer, the City of Victoria offers free outdoor concerts and activities at Centennial Square and Beacon Hill Park for the community to enjoy.
Typically, the City compiles a roster of pre-qualified, local musicians and community programmers to activate these venues from June to September. This year, food truck operators are being invited to apply as well.
“Free, outdoor, accessible civic events contribute to the vitality and livability of our downtown,” says Darb Erickson, Arts, Culture & Events Liaison for the City of Victoria. “These events showcase and celebrate our talented local musicians by giving them a platform to perform to a broader audience in a unique setting. Likewise, food truck vendors have increased opportunities to carry out their business and can capitalize on the momentum from these events.”
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Applying and getting on the list has proven to be a key stepping stone for local musical acts, Erickson says.
After busking downtown for a couple of years, local trio Funk Cannon played the opening set for the funk and soul Super Summer Jam in Centennial Square. The showcase launched the young musicians into larger events like the main stage at Car Free Day and the Spirit of 150 Victoria events in the Inner Harbour.
To be considered for these rosters, local musicians, community programmers and food truck vendors are invited to apply online and provide links to samples of their work or menus by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Preference will be given to those based in the Capital Region.
How applicants are assessed:
- Musicians: Broad appeal, technical expertise and talent
- Community Programmers: Quality and creativity of the activity proposed, and track record in delivering similar, successful programs to the community
- Food Trucks: Food offerings and their technical requirements
Successful applicants will be contacted in early March 2018. Roster applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, the selection process takes place once a year.
For more information and to apply, visit: www.victoria.ca/artsandculture.