2008 Old Quebec Hair Wrapping

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 7:35 am
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My 15th Summer Hair Wrapping in Old Quebec

§ 1. Québec, QC, is 400 years old this 2008!

§ 2. This slide-show will reveal you a glimpse of some of the 12 hair wrappers in our association and of some of our customers; we’ll have our yearly general meeting this next week, so as to vote in our functioning rules for 2008…

§ 3. Yesterday, ‘A’ and I got our work permits from Quebec City, @t $285 a piece! Having had a permit the year before gives us the privilege to renew it, but we had to renew it before the end of the week, or lose that privilege… Since we didn’t work at all last summer, for all kinds of good reasons, we will be starting our season with $1070 in the red…

§ 4. Last year, the permits were at $250; so as to justify that increase of $35, this year’s big boss of public entertainers, that’s what they call us, or rather « amuseurs publics » in French, told me that they reorganised the informatics system and that there had been no increase in the price of permits for 10 years…

§ 5. Apart from hair wrappers, public street entertainers, sometimes also called buskers, include artistic face painters, musicians of types ‘A’ and ‘B’, magicians, acrobats, and so on… Some people will say that there are far too many rules and regulations regarding street performing, but I reply to them that things are much better now than they were, before permits came into existence…

§ 6. In fact, before Quebec City decided to emit permits in 1994, there was no clear rules, as to who could busk or not, when or where; it often depended on whether the one cop, who patrolled Old Quebec, liked what you did or not… At least, now, there are rules, working spots and arrangements between performers and associations, which allow us to work in peace…

§ 7. All that to say that we obviously don’t live in a perfect world, but at least, we, public entertainers or buskers, now know the existing rules and regulations… Better those than whims!

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