Canada raising fees for International touring bands

Music News | Aug 29th, 2013

Guess Canada doesn’t want international bands touring there anymore? Canada is set to raise their fees on international touring bands (ie. bands from the USA) so each member in the band pays $425. That’s a bit high don’t you think? Not like petitions do much these days, but there’s one going around to stop the Government from doing this. My advice, better get those passports up to date Canucks, since you’ll probably have to travel over the border to see your favorite band play.

Many bar owners, booking agents and promoters are bemoaning changes to the federal regulations surrounding foreign workers entering Canada which will see them hit with heavier financial burdens that could deal a crippling blow to live music at the club level.

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, affecting such local venues for music lovers as The Palomino, Ironwood, Broken City, Blues Can, and the Ship & Anchor, and their counterparts across the country.
[Calgary Herald]

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