08-29-2013 07:55 AM
Wow. So what if it's a small gig? It's just a flat rate period? for International touring artists. I suppose you could somehow change the verbage that it's not an actual "tour" to bypass it? Obviously aimed at touring artists only. USA have such a fee?
08-29-2013 08:39 AM
08-29-2013 12:40 PM
I haven't played in the States in over ten years but from what I can remember (when my band went from Canada to the U.S.A.) we did it through the American Federation of Musicians with a visa called a P2. I used to play about six to eight weeks a year in Portland OR and about eight weekends a year in some of the border towns.
IIRC it was a one time processing fee, that was not all that onerous. Closer to what the one time fee mentioned in the article was.
But this new fee for American artists would be crazy. It might be doable for some major A and B acts but it would be prohibitive for many others. And would this fee be based on a per day or a per venue fee?
I've heard of artists like Ellen Mcllwaine (who still tours Canada), that travel by car from gig to gig picking up a band in each city (don't know if she still does that). I can't imagine her paying $425.00 per gig. Countless other bands and artists would also be prohibited from playing in Canada, strictly from a financial point. And this would certainly effect crew hiring decisions.
What I'm hoping is that the AFM will step in, or already has a process in place to lessen the blow. I know that when I did tour the U.S., the cost was much greater if we didn't go through the AFM.
08-29-2013 04:19 PM
This tightening is a result of large companies who were abusing the foreign worker process (non music industry) and laying off higher paid Canadians to hire temporary foreign workers. Royal Bank was one of the biggest abusers but so were many chain restaurants like Tim Hortons and McDonalds. It caused a lot of embarassment for the government as it basically exposed their process was to rubberstamp applications with no follow-up process after the LMO was approved.
What they have done as a result is to make every situation more costly to deter people from abusing it; this also applies now to sports teams or racing teams etc. The petition is a waste, this isn't going away as there was far too much political damage done and the people making the rules are following the typical government approach of applying 0 logic to what should be in and what should be out.
09-02-2013 07:01 PM
It looks like a pain in the ass. It won't last long (or shouldn't...)
It also looks like it only affects smaller places where the music is not the primary business, so bars, etc... Couldn't the bar owners start a separate company that has a primary focus of promoting musical acts, then book bands under that company and not have to deal with this BS fee?
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