Toronto - The 29th Annual TTC Subway Musicians' Auditions get under way tomorrow, Friday, August 17, with the official ribbon cutting by TTC Commissioner Suzan Hall and CNE President Knox Henry, as well as a special appearance by Streetcar Operator Jeff Vogyesi, the TTC's newest music idol.

This year, 169 musicians (or 154 acts) have signed up to audition for one of the 74 coveted licenses. A three-judge panel will score each musician during a seven-minute audition performance.

Subway performers come from all walks of life and some have played underground for decades. Each year for the past 28 years, these musicians have entertained hundreds of thousands of subway riders daily with a wide range of musical styles and instruments, including guitars, violins, dijerridoos, bassoons, kalimbas and a lot more.

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 on opening day at the CNE.

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 marathon show.