Tim Lander busted for busking

Anyone who has spent even one day in downtown Nanaimo has seen and heard our unofficial Town Minstrel and nationally renown poet Tim Lander, who on most days can be found playing his pennywhistle in front of the Harbourfront Public Library on Commercial Street with his dog “Doggie” at his feet.

Tim has now been fined $25 by the City for busking in the wrong spot. Read the full story here.

The City of Nanaimo and its antiquated killjoy bylaws seem to be perpetually at war with local street musicians. Helloooooo City officials. Music is NOT a crime!

Text and Photo (c) Kim Goldberg 2011

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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8 Responses to Tim Lander busted for busking

  1. daniela elza says:

    Wow. It makes me sad that we live in places where we can afford to ignore such human need: to play, to sing, dance, to appreciate. At minimum to acknowledge. And when it comes to our street for free, even then we get all worked up about it.
    Bureaucracy is not wise, and never will.
    But the human spirit can be.
    Thanks for posting.

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  3. Kim Goldberg says:

    Thanks, Daniela! Tim is very photogenic. 😉

  4. hg says:

    Good grief, Tim has spent his entire life supporting himself by busking. Nanaimo should designate him as an official local treasure and permit him to busk wherever he likes!

    Next time you see him, please send my greetings. I still remember buying one of his handmade chapbooks up at SFU. Tim was selling it for the whopping-fat price of one dollar.

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