Roster of Musicians and Community Programmers

Each summer the City of Victoria offers free outdoor concerts and activities in outdoor spaces such as City parks, the Cameron Bandshelldowntown pedestrian zones and other public spaces for the community to enjoy.

Every two years, the City updates its rosters of pre-qualified local musicians and community programmers to activate these public spaces from June to September. This includes participating in other City-programmed events throughout the year.

Application Process

Roster applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, the selection process takes place biannually. Applications for the musician’s roster and community programmers roster for 2022/2023 are now closed. The next call for musicians and programmers for the 2025/2025 season will be in December 2023.

A selection panel of local music community professionals will select the musician’s roster, and community programmer applications will be reviewed by a City staff team. All successful applicants will be contacted in March.

2022/2023 Call to Musicians

The City selects musicians from the Musician Roster to perform at lunchtime and evening concerts in the the Cameron Bandshell, downtown pedestrian zones, City Parks and other public spaces 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.


Selection Criteria
Submissions will be assessed on:

  • Quality of music, talent and potential.
  • Diversity and broad appeal.
  • Quality of recent performances. 

Musicians are asked to submit a fee range for their perforamce, as there are different perforamnce locations and durations.

2022/2023 Call to Community Programmers

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

Selection Criteria
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.

For More Information

Cultural Programmer