And then they'll come for your poutine...
City readies crackdown on street performers
Monday, May 09, 2005
The city is facing off against face painters. And buskers and street artists.
Three days of public hearings begin this evening on proposals to rein them in on the streets, sidewalks and public squares of Old Montreal and downtown.
Among the Ville Marie borough proposals: Boosting permit fees and hiring inspectors and patrollers to police buskers on Ste. Catherine St. and in Old Montreal, and forbidding musicians from using spoons, triangles or castanets on Ste. Catherine between St. Mathieu and University Sts. (effectively silencing the famous "Spoonman" who plays in front of Ogilvy's).