Buskers battle new rules on Granville Island

When Mike Bonnici decided to leave Mormonism six years ago, he turned to his life’s other passion: street art. Today, knife juggling, riding a 10-feet tall unicycle and performing for passersby attracted to his art is his full-time job.

According to Bonnici, leaving the religion he was raised into allowed him to break away from the “severe constraints” of Mormonism and fully embrace the “powerful force of freedom” embedded in a busking lifestyle.

Busking is divine, he says. He sees art as something that has allowed him to connect with people in a meaningful way. Busking is also “a way I have been able to deal with some of the weird ideas about trying to reconcile my past with my future,” he says.

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