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I stay in Detroit, USA. I am planning to try busking in Canada. I can understand we need to get a working permit for a paid job in a different country. But what about collecting donations as busking, do we need a permit for that too?
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Actually Mike you do not need a work permit to work as an entertainer in Canada. It is one of the things that is excluded. Have a look here-
http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLIsh/work/apply-......#artists
However, many of the border folks do not know this- You just need to bring the paperwork from the Canadian website.
As for a buskers permit to work the street in Windsor...I don't know.
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You'll probably do a heck of a lot better in Canuckland...
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There is a Catch 22, however, that you're going to run into. While you may legally be able to perform, you must obtain a Busker Permit from City Hall. HOWEVER, the permits are issued by the Dept. that handle all business and vendors licenses. And business and vendors licenses are issued only to citizens, residents, immigrants. Unfortunately busker licenses are grouped in and administered with these. So you need a valid drivers license or ID to prove you live there. It's not just Canada but a lot of bigger cities in the world.
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Oh Canada!!!!,... and I thought you were off to Minnisota!

break a leg Mike,....wish you lots of Looneys!
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Remember Gazzo's line "what's the difference between a Canadian and a canoe?"

The answer: "Canoes tip."
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Gettin a licence to busk in Canada is not so dificilt. I have herd of folk being turned away at the boarder on the other hand, Gazzo is one such story.
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On 2009-03-26 10:32, gallagher wrote:
Oh Canada!!!!,... and I thought you were off to Minnisota!

break a leg Mike,....wish you lots of Looneys!
gallagher

I have not over to Windsor in a while. Years ago I do remember seeing bigger crowds on the streets in Windsor than Downtown Detroit on an average night. I feel more wealthy people will come out too on Windsor streets because it is a safer territory compared to Detroit.

And Windsor is just over the border from me. It is not far at all.
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"Foreign artists coming to Canada to perform, as well as their essential support staff—the people that are integral to the performance—can work without a permit if they are only performing here for a limited period of time". A limited time? Well, 1 month is a limited time compared to 1 year, and 6 months is a limited time compared to a decade. I applied for a "Traders licence"/busker at a city for a year {I hadnt heard of any restriction in that city so went for broke - 1 year}, and I got given about 3 weeks. I thought that was limited compared to what I wanted. Just as well I asked for 1 year to start with!! Anyway, I just busked on and on for about 5 weeks total. Nobody there said anything about "overstaying".
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I went over to Windsor to see if I could pick up some papers today. The only problem is it is closed for Easter Friday. Just one of those days.
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On 2009-04-10 17:35, Dynamike wrote:
I went over to Windsor to see if I could pick up some papers today. The only problem is it is closed for Easter Friday. Just one of those days.


Canada closes for Easter? haha

Good luck with this mike. hope it works out.
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I should have been more specific, my bad. The city hall building was closed today. The border patrol told me to come back on Tuesday.
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Forget Windsor! I'm going to let up on busking in Windsor. First I went to the license department at the City Hall Dept. The lady sent me to the City Clerk's office in a different building. A worker in the City Clerk department put some time in looking for the bylaws for me, but could not find it. I also met up with a police officer asking him questions. He told me a person could get arrested or ticketed for busking in Windsor. Everyone knew what street busking was. They even knew of the Busker Festival. But since it is not prohibited over there, (or rarely done over there) no one could give me a right procedure to take.
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Hehehe It's just our way to keep all you pesky 'mericans on yer own side of the border! Smile

I'm not sure what the rules and regs are anymore for busking here in Ontario Mike. I live about 6 hours east of Windsor and though I have performed there often, I have never busked there.

I did busk occaisionally in Toronto in the late 80's and early 90's. Back then, you did not need any permit or special permission. You set up, drew a crowd, did your schtick and passed the hat.

Today, I have heard that it is not only regulated, but there are actually auditions and schedules for busking is certain areas of the city.

Good luck with it.
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