The Town of Newmarket is turning up the dial on its weekend scene with the introduction of the Busk till Dusk program. Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, street performers will entertain Newmarket’s Main Street during the dinner rush from approximately 5 to 7 p.m. The program kicks off this weekend, on Friday, June 24 with very talented musicians, Glenn Marais and Manny DeGrandis set to entertain at the corner of Park Avenue and Main Street and Bex in Motion around Main Street and Timothy Street. Saturday, June 25 will feature music by Zach Motjala in the same location and Bex in Motion in the same location (Main Street and Timothy Street).
“Newmarket’s historic Main Street truly comes alive on summer nights and the pre-pandemic energy we remember of patios filled with friends and people touring our shops is back and bustling,” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “We created this program to give artists a much needed platform, to give back to our regular visitors and to add even more reason for those near, and far to come down and check out our vibrant Main Street.
Residents are encouraged to shop, dine and unwind on Main Street this summer with entertainment set to run from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from June 24 to September 3 (excluding July 1).
From musical performances to dancing, juggling to standing statues and miming, busking brings a variety of performance art forms to the street, offering close-up entertainment for a tip in the hat which goes to support the entertainers themselves, and provides a sense of energy and buzz to the area.
The Town is opening up this paid opportunity to local and regional buskers to participate in the program this summer. Those interested in performing as part of this program are asked to email Janet Raponi at email@example.com to express their interest. With 21 evenings and multiple designated performer areas available on Main Street, it’s a great opportunity for approved musicians and performers to get back out in the community and showcase their talent.
Visit newmarket.ca/busktilldusk for more information. Share the excitement! If you catch a performance and share it on social, tag @TownofNewmarket and use #MyNewmarket.