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Brothers Benjamin and Graham Dawson earned one of the 11 busking licences at the So You Think You Can Busk auditions. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT WILLIS/TRANSLINK)
Commuters will soon be able to enjoy several new acts - including an original bassoon and guitar duet, as well as a traditional Chinese two-string erhu - on the SkyTrain system after TransLink announced the winners of the 2012 "So You Think You Can Busk?" auditions.
With 31 buskers renewing their licences from last year, almost 50 musicians battled for just 11 available spots remaining.
After much debate and some heartbreak, the judging panel - which included 24 hours - eventually selected in no particular order: Katie Yurychuk - folk, pop and indie guitar and vocals; Joanna Wang - the two-string traditional Chinese erhu; Dustin Hauschild - guitar and vocals; David Morin - jazz, soul and folk guitar and vocals; Luis Rodriguez - Latin American and Mexican folk guitar; Anton Sitnikov - Latin, jazz and classical guitar and vocals; Mike Sullivan - blues and folk guitar; Brothers Benjamin and Graham Dawson - rock, pop and folk guitar and vocals; Camille Fournier and Angela Sartoretto - harp, percussion and vocals; Tom Paleczka - guitar, harmonica and vocals; Liam Watson and Matt Canute - basson and guitar.
"This is a great opportunity for people to see and recognize you and go, 'Oh, that's the guy who plays classical. Oh, that's his name,'" said Capilano University music student Luis Rodriguez.
The licence is good for one year starting July 1.
Selected buskers will have to pay a $75 annual licence fee, a large portion of which goes to SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) for royalties, since many play covers.
Performers will be put on a rotation around six locations - Burrard; Waterfront at the Howe Street entrance; SkyWalk between the SeaBus and Waterfront terminal; Commercial-Broadway; Granville; and Vancouver Centre.
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