Prior to 1979, the TTC didn’t allow musicians to perform in the subway. However, after a pilot project at eight stations in 1980, nearly three-quarters of customers indicated that they were in favour of music in the system, inspiring the Subway Musicians Program.
The Underground Sounds TTC Subway Musicians Program enriches the atmosphere of TTC subway stations for our customers, brightening their daily commutes and improving their overall transit experience.
Every three years, approximately 175 musicians audition for the chance to obtain a subway musicians license. The top 89 musical acts, as selected by qualified judges, are given the opportunity to perform at one of the 29 dedicated spaces throughout the subway system.
Past subway musicians have included two Juno winners, Royal Conservatory of Music graduates, symphony performers and published musicians.