Portage Avenue Heats Up


May 28, 2013

Annual Spring Busk Off to Animate Downtown on May 31 at 11AM

Downtown Winnipeg – With the city stuck in a cold spell over the last several months, Winnipeggers are relieved, if not thrilled for the arrival of summer – and what better way to celebrate the sizzling weather than to break out the sunscreen and attend the Downtown BIZ’s annual Spring Busk Off, scheduled on May 31st from 11AM to 2PM. Artisans and musicians will compete for cash prizes with winners selected by public vote at BIZ kiosks located along Portage Avenue.

“Last year’s Spring Busk Off saw a diverse and entertaining roster of break dancers, painters, jugglers, and rappers – all invigorating downtown from the street level,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ. “With thousands of people coming downtown, we’re putting our best foot forward, making our downtown fun, vibrant, and a hip place to enjoy.”

The Spring Busk Off welcomes any Manitoba performer to compete to win cash and other great prizes on May 31st between 11AM to 2PM.

Media are invited to see the top finalists perform and to take a photo of them with their giant cheques in hand:
When: May 31, 2013 (1:30PM)
Where: Portage Place (Outside Edmonton Court Entrance)
What: People’s Choice Busker Award

1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, and 3rd Place: $100. In case of rain, the Busk Off will be postponed to Friday, June 7.

Walk-ups must register with BIZ staff stationed at kiosks on the sidewalk or they can sign up in advance by contacting events@downtownwinnipegbiz.com or call 204-958-4640.

Thank you to sponsors: Portage Place, Forks North Portage, Air Canada, and Virgin 103.1.

For more information, visit: http://www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/home/events/portage_alive/

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For more information, please contact:
Jason Syvixay
Leader, Strategic Initiatives & Public Relations
Ph: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040