By Sarah Klein
Beginning today, buskers will provide free entertainment to passersby in front of Portage Place Shopping Centre as part of “Out on the Avenue.” The new initiative is put on by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and will run five days a week from Monday to Friday. Buskers will be located at the Edmonton Court entrance to the mall at the intersection of Portage and Edmonton between 12 p.m and 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The program will run throughout the summer with acts changing daily.
“This is a great way to get downtown workers engaged in their surroundings during their lunch break and on their way home,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “We’d like to create that positive kind of energy you experience at The Forks with music and entertainment in front of Portage Place.”
Additional programming will be added in the summer, such as a craft market, caricaturists and performance art.