News

Merchants agree to close Government Street for buskers

After a successful first run, the Victoria International Buskers Festival has sold business owners on the idea of shutting Government Street to traffic in the evening.

Festival organizer John Vickers announced he has received support from affected merchants, from View to Yates streets. The closure would only be in place starting at 6 p.m. daily for the 10-day festival starting July 20.

"The overwhelming consensus is the merchants are excited to bring the buskers' festival to Government Street and we hope that a successful effort this July will mean increasing the performance locations on the street in years to come with merchant support," said Vickers in a press release.

The street closure still requires support from Victioria city council. Support from the business community, however, increases the likelihood of approval.

Last year, Vickers tried but could not convince the Downtown Victoria Business Association of the benefits of the street closure. Instead, he got approval to close Langley Street, a much less travelled corridor.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Community cleanup crews sought for plastics program
 
Victoria MP caught in Ottawa shooting drama
 
Security stepped up in B.C. after attacks in Ottawa
City acts on three nuisance properties
 
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere facing uncertain future
 
NDP hold on to Alberni-Pacific Rim
Dateline: Cowichan 1947: Basketball excitement grips the valley
 
Blasting causes headaches for Langford homeowners
 
The Week — Jan. 19

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.