Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission

June 24, 2008 14:00 ET

Just a Few Days Left to Apply to Be a TTC Subway Musician

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Applications for the 30th Annual TTC Subway Musicians Auditions will be available for just a few more days. Twenty-nine years ago, in 1979, eight musicians were selected to perform in eight stations. Today there are 86 musicians performing at 25 stations.

Application packages are available at the TTC head office, 1900 Yonge Street, at the Davisville Station, Monday to Friday only, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or on the TTC website, www.ttc.ca.

Up to 175 solo or duo acts that apply by June 27th will be invited to audition at the Canadian National Exhibition, from August 15 to 17 inclusive. The top 74 acts, as voted by a panel of judges, will be selected to play in the TTC subway system for a year, from October 8, 2008 to October 7, 2009. One entertainer, Billy James, who has been with the program since its beginning, has been declared a honourary subway musician and is the 75th musician.

Musicians must be 18 years of age or older. Completed and signed application forms must be returned to the head office reception desk by June 27, 2008.

For more information, interested musicians can phone 416-393-3902.

The Toronto Transit Commission moves 460 million people every year - about 1.5 million riders every weekday. The TTC is the third largest public transit system in North America servicing some 4.5 million people in the Greater Toronto Area, with a network of subways, streetcars, buses, and a specialized service, Wheel-Trans, for people with disabilities. An arms-length agency of the City of Toronto, the TTC is committed to meeting the growing needs of the region with subway and light rail expansion, carrying an additional 175 million riders by 2021. For more information, visit www.ttc.ca.

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