A guide to metro busking in Montreal!

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Montmorency1 spotN/AN/AN/ALocation is in the City of Laval, and there is quite a lot of draft from the station doors.
Cartier1 spotN/AN/AN/ALocation is in the City of Laval, and there is quite a lot of draft from the station doors.
Henri-Bourassa1 spotN/AN/A1 spotA good spot to play at! One of these spots is reserved for Étoiles du Métro.
SauvéN/A1 spotN/AN/AA comfortable spot to play. Do not play loudly in this location. There are no musicians allowed between 16:00 and 18:00. This location gets a significant amount of traffic.
CrémazieN/A1 spotN/AN/AA comfortable spot to play. Do not play loudly. Good traffic.
Jean-Talon1 spot1 spotN/A1 spotInternal spots here are very comfortable and the crowd can get pretty big. Weekends are great between 12:00 and 21:00 thanks to Jean-Talon market. The external spot can get quite cold for playing. If you’re looking for traffic, keep your eye out for downtown locations and multi-coloured stations like this. One of these spots is reserved for Étoiles du Métro!
LaurierN/AN/AN/A1 spotThis spot can get noisy but is a good one to play. Only for Étoiles du Métro reservations!
Sherbrooke1 spotN/AN/AN/AThis spot can get quite windy for those busking. External spots tend to have this issue when they’re near metro doors. That being said, it’s a great spot.
Berri-UQAM2 spots1 spotN/A1 spotThis is always a busy station as there are multiple metro lines. All busking locations are comfortable locations except for the one by the Sainte-Catherine exit (this location can get pretty cold in the winter). If you like bustle this is for you. This spot is popular amongst buskers. One of these spots is reserved for Étoiles du Métro!
Square-Victoria-ICAO3 spotsN/AN/AN/AThis place has three lyres to play at. Just make sure to bundle up during the winter!
Bonaventure2 spotsN/AN/AN/AA very comfortable spot to play at. Don’t play too loud here.
Lucien-L’Allier1 spotN/AN/AN/AThis location is right next to the Bell Centre. It’s a great place to play, especially before/after a hockey game or concert. People usually have money on them and aren’t in a rush for work, and they’re there for entertainment. If this is your thing, check it out! It can get quite cold on occasion, but the traffic is great.
Georges-VanierN/A1 spotN/AN/AAn awesome, comfortable location. It can sometimes get noisy as the spot is right above the tracks, but it’s a great, spacious station to play at.
Villa-MariaN/AN/AN/A1 spotCan get a bit noisy at times, but the location is good. The spot is on the footbridge above the tracks, and the station is next to Villa Maria College. This spot is reserved for the Étoiles du Métro!
SnowdonN/A1 spotN/AN/ASnowdon is a great spot with great acoustics. The spot is a popular amongst buskers, and there is a good amount of traffic as well.
Côte-Sainte-Catherine1 spotN/AN/AN/AOne of the quieter stations (in terms of traffic), this spot is a good place to practice. There is usually a light draft around the busking spot.
Plamondon1 spotN/AN/AN/AA fairly good spot to play. It is not the most sought after by buskers, so the sign-up sheet is usually freed up.
Namur1 spotN/AN/AN/ADuring the winter, this spot is a pretty cold place to busk. It is also not a very busy station.
De La Savane1 spotN/AN/AN/ALike Namur, this busking spot gets pretty cold, and is usually pretty quiet traffic-wise.
Du Collège1 spotN/AN/AN/AThis is a good spot for busking and not the most sought after by buskers. It gets a steady bustle and is never too dead.
Monk1 spotN/AN/AN/AMonk is a pretty quiet place to busk and there is never too much activity. Good for practicing!
De l’Église1 spot1 spotN/AN/ANot the busiest location, but there is a steady amount of traffic. The external spot can get cold.
CharlevoixN/A1 spotN/AN/AA fairly good place to play.
Guy-ConcordiaN/A1 spotN/AN/AA great spot to play. Come here early to sign up, as the list will fill up quick. These downtown locations are always sought after due to the constant bustle inside the metro, especially this spot, since it is right before Concordia University entrances. Due to this traffic, the location can get both hot an noisy, but the crowd tends to be young, music-loving, and generous if they enjoy the music.
Peel1 spotN/AN/AN/AA great, downtown location. Lots of tourists (in the summer), always busy and a comfortable spot. Come early to sign up by the lyre! People tend to have more money at these downtown spots.
McGillN/AN/A1 spotN/AA great spot to play. These downtown locations are always sought after due to the constant traffic of people. This location is reserved for Étoiles du Métro, and is great because the station is always full of McGill students. The crowd are often young, music-loving and generous if they enjoy the music.
Place-des-Arts1 spotN/AN/A1 spotA great, downtown location. There tends to be a greater number of art and music enthusiasts since it’s at Place-des-Arts and near a UQAM building. Always busy, lots of tourists year-round (especially in the summer), and a comfortable spot to play at. Come early to sign up by the lyre! One of these spots is reserved for Étoiles du Métro! The Bleury spot can get quite cold.
BeaudryN/A1 spotN/AN/AThe spot here is right on the bridge and above the tracks. For this reason there is no busking between 16:00 and 18:00, during peak traffic. Having a spot like this means a great place to make money if you’re good, but potentially a lot of noise.
PapineauN/A1 spotN/AN/AThis spot can get quite cold, but a popular spot nonetheless.
Frontenac N/A1 spotN/AN/AA good, comfortable spot for busking!
Joliette1 spotN/AN/AN/AA good, comfortable spot for busking!
Assomption 1 spotN/AN/AN/AA good, comfortable spot for busking!
Cadillac2 spotsN/AN/AN/AThis location has two approved spots for busking. They can sometimes get cold.
Langelier 2 spotsN/AN/AN/ATwo good spots for busking!
Radisson 1 spotN/AN/AN/AAnother good spot to busk.
Honoré-Beaugrand1 spotN/AN/AN/AA good spot although it may get gusty at times (draft).
D’Iberville1 spot1 spotN/AN/AThis place is always quiet (low-traffic), unless you’re playing at the Iberville exit, which tends to get quite cold. The sign-up list usually has open spots. The other spot (Louis Hébert) gets quite warm.
Fabre1 spot1 spotN/AN/AThis place is always very empty (low-traffic). The spot by Fabre exit can get quite hot. Good for practice.
Acadie1 spotN/AN/AN/AThis station used to have the reputation of being pretty dead among buskers (low-traffic), but has grown a lot over the past few years. The location is really nice, and the bustle is pretty decent, especially around 9:00 or 17:00. The weekends are good too.
Outremont1 spotN/AN/AN/AThis spot gets very cold in the winter. It also has the reputation of being pretty dead (low-traffic). Good if you’re looking to practice, not if you’re trying to make money.
Édouard-MontpetitN/A1 spotN/AN/ABest to perform at this spot during peak hours.
Côte-des-Neiges1 spotN/AN/AN/AThis spot can get pretty hot in summer. The traffic isn’t bad and the spot is external so you can always take a quick break.

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