Calls for Musicians, Community Programmers and Food Trucks

Each summer, the City of Victoria offers free outdoor concerts and activities at Centennial Square and Beacon Hill Park for the community to enjoy. The City is updating its 2018 rosters of pre-qualified, local musicians and community programmers to activate these venues from June to September, as well as at other City-programmed events throughout the year.

New for 2018 will be the food truck roster, from which vendors will be invited to participate in City-programmed concerts and events in Centennial Square.

Thank you to everyone who applied. The call for applications is now closed.

Application Process

To be considered, musicians, community programmers, and food truck vendors were invited to complete and submit the appropriate fillable application form below and include links to samples of their work or similar work.

Submissions were to be emailed to by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the Capital Region. Submissions will be reviewed by a City staff team. Successful applicants will be contacted in March

NOTE: Roster applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, the selection process takes place once a year. Late applications will be considered for 2019.

Musician Roster

The City selects musicians from the Musician Roster to perform at lunchtime and evening concerts in Centennial Square and the Cameron Bandshell from June to September. The City may also draw from this roster to program other events, such as Canada Day, or share the roster with external organizations wishing to hire local musicians. 


Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Diversity and broad appeal – the musicians selected will represent a wide range of music genres and appeal to a broad audience
  • Supports local community and economy – preference is given to musicians who reside in the Capital Region
  • Talent – a musician’s or band’s technical expertise and creativity will be taken into account 


Please indicate your performance fee range in the application form. Please note that all concerts are free community events.


Community Programmer Roster

The City organizes outdoor community programming in Centennial Square and Cameron Bandshell from June - September. Programming will ideally run weekly or monthly, be inclusive of a wide range of abilities and require minimal set-up.


Submissions will be assessed on:

  • Broad appeal
  • Creative proposal, which should be fully formed and not require further development
  • Focus on areas of arts, culture, wellness, culinary, children’s and recreation programming
  • Activity must be free and open to the public
  • Track record of applicant in delivering programs to the community
  • Viability of the proposed program
  • Applicant’s ability to work with the public in a safe environment and work independently
  • Innovation and creativity

Successful applicants will be expected to engage regularly with the City’s cultural programmer, contractors, and the community.


A small budget is available to cover costs associated with materials, production and instruction fees. Please outline the budgetary needs in your creative proposal/application form, keeping in mind that all programs must be free and open to the general public. 


Food Truck Roster

Each summer, the City of Victoria offers free activities in Centennial Square, including all-abilities dancing, craft workshops, fitness classes and lunchtime concerts. The City is seeking food vendors to set up shop in Centennial Square during these activities.

Additionally, the City of Victoria often receives inquiries about food trucks and may share the Food Truck Roster with third parties who wish to hire a food truck for their event, festival or catering. 


Applicants must have or comply with the following:

  • Vancouver Island Health Certification
  • City of Victoria Business Licence
  • Copy of Insurance no less than $2 million
  • Victoria Fire Department Certification if using propane
  • CRD guidelines on greywater disposal

Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Diversity and broad appeal – the vendors selected will represent a wide range of food styles and appeal to a broad audience, as well as fit within the theme of the activity happening (where possible)
  • Supports local community and economy – preference is given to vendors who reside in the Capital Region
  • Services required – Centennial Square has power and water access, but there is a hook-up fee. If vendors are self-sufficient and do not need power or water, the fee is waived. Generators are permitted only if they are quiet.

For More Information

Sarah Turner
Cultural Programmer