TTC subway musicians auditions kicks off on Friday

What:           34th Annual TTC Subway Musicians Auditions official kick-off.
Who:            TTC Commissioner Raymond Cho, CNE President Brian Ashton and TTC United Way Idol Sonya Davidson.
Where:         Exhibition Park, just outside the northwest corner of the Food Building.
When:          Friday, August 17, at 12:30 p.m. (auditions begin at 10 a.m.).

The 34th  annual TTC Subway Musicians Auditions get under way this Friday, August 17, with the official ribbon cutting by TTC Commissioner Raymond Cho and CNE President Brian Ashton, as well as a special appearance by TTC Wilson Carhouse employee Sonya Davidson, the seventh TTC United Way Idol.

This year, 185 musicians (or 175 acts) have signed up to audition for one of the 74 coveted licenses. A three-judge panel will assess each musician during a seven-minute audition performance.

Each year, for the last 33 years, musicians have entertained hundreds of thousands of TTC customers with a wide range of musical styles and instruments, using everything from guitars to flutes to bassoons to violins to kalimbas.

The TTC has been auditioning musicians since 1979. A detailed fact sheet and background material will be available to the media at the kick-off.

The auditions will be held on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The public is welcome to take a seat and enjoy the music.

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