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Old 08-28-2013, 11:36 AM
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Canadian Government to Charge International Touring Artists $425 per Band Member per

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An additional $275.00 fee has been added by the Canadian Government to the application for international artists to enter and perform within Canada.

This additional $275.00 fee - applications previously were a one time fee of $150.00, and now total $425 per band member - is required to be paid by talent buyers in Canada when aiming to host an international touring artist. This will inevitably cripple small music venues and small business talent buyers.

As the Calgary Herald reports,

"The new rules, which quietly came into effect July 31, will double, triple or even quadruple the cost of bringing in international artists to perform in bars, restaurants or coffee shops..."

Today we take a stand for the development of culture and performance arts.

The implications of allowing such additional fees will hinder the potential for talented international artists whom simply aim to perform for their fans and expand their recognition. Canada's introduction of such a fee should not be taken lightly, nor excused. The development of our culture on a global scale and the opportunity to invite talents from beyond our borders is something to be cherished and appreciated, not taxed in such a way that will only discourage Canadian talent buyers from welcoming international talent.

With this inflation of upfront fees associated to bringing an international artist to Canada, the government is taking a clear stance of desired control over a culture that blossoms with freedom and deserve support rather than increased financial responsibility.

Sign your name to this petition and share it with those whom you feel will also stand behind challenging such a greedy and unmerited demand that will strangle local small businesses and those attempting to welcome international talent to Canada, growing our cultural diversity and global notoriety.

https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitio...-150-fee#share


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Old 08-28-2013, 11:42 AM
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America's hat really screwed the pooch on this one. Sucks for the Canadians on this site.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:56 AM
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That means more smaller bands coming to Merica. Sucks to live in Canada.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:05 PM
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Yep, we are definitely going to be getting a lot less smaller bands from now on.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:18 PM
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Anyone have a link to a statement on behalf of the government for bringing this in? This isn't logical at all.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:45 PM
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Considering it is between 2-$4,000 per person to get a musician's work visa in America, that's really not as bad.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:18 PM
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With the cost of touring already prohibitive for new / smaller / extreme bands, I hope Canada doesn't spend all that money they will be making in one place.

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Old 08-28-2013, 03:21 PM
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Interesting...

In emailed responses to the Herald, officials note that the rules — which they assure were created with advance consultation from a “wide range of stakeholders across the country,” — “apply to all aspects of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, except primary agriculture.” That includes the new fee, which “ensures the administrative costs of the program are paid by employers” — who can’t recover the fee from the workers — “and no longer subsidized by taxpayers.”

They’re also quick to point out there are exemptions, which, on a musical level, includes “musicians in a band performing several tour dates in Canada” and “musicians and buskers coming to Canada to perform in festivals,” with the one major caveat being that they “must not perform in bars and restaurants.”

That’s where Brown and others take exception, noting that other venues that exist exclusively for concerts or other events such as the Saddledome and MacEwan Hall, or larger festivals, aren’t penalized despite having a greater opportunity to recoup financial investments.

“They are targeting the little guy, they’re targeting small venues, they’re targeting small business,” he says. “So, me, as the promoter at The Palomino, which will hold 200 people at the best of times, is paying out $425 per band member whereas a guy from a huge promotions company putting on a 20,000-seater for Elton John in the stadium is tax free.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:21 PM
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That's crazy to think about. Even small American bands that want to do a few Canadian dates will be charged $425 per show per member. Pure greed. Good luck on ever getting Therion back up there.
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That's crazy to think about. Even small American bands that want to do a few Canadian dates will be charged $425 per show per member. Pure greed. Good luck on ever getting anybody back up there.


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