The head of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association says he will be meeting with the city and is “disappointed” to first hear about a proposed street performer policy, which would impact the area, through the media.
“It’s unfortunate that the city didn’t take the time to engage with the stakeholders, as they should have,” KCBIA executive director Carl DeSantis said.
The city has come under fire from artists for a proposed street performer policy, which would require anyone wishing to perform on city streets or parks to have a permit at a cost of $40, including a mandatory membership to the Kamloops Arts Council.
The KCBIA is also criticizing the idea.
“The problem that we struggle with downtown is the requirement to regulate anybody to perform on the streets,” DeSantis said. “We’re looking to have a vibrant downtown and animated downtown and the feedback we continually get from businesses, from visitors, from tourists, is that people don’t really appreciate being approached by individuals asking for money.
“In the spirit of trying to do something to earn their tips, why is there a problem? Why do we have to regulate somebody picking up a guitar and offering some form of entertainment?”
DeSantis said he was invited by the city to meet ,along with the North Shore Business Improvement Association, likely next week. He said he is optimistic.
“To their credit, the city has given us a heads-up on various things,” he said. “This one slipped through the cracks.”