05:16 PM on 11/04/10
Canada is in the middle. A lot of bands seem to think that Quebec doesn't exist. When small bands tour, they never play small towns, and if we're lucky, they'll play a crowded venue in Montreal. The thing about basement shows isn't only in Japan; where I live, you can play basements, but if you're going to play a show where people who aren't your close friends are going to play, then you have to go out, rent the VFC or the Youth Centre, sell tickets, promote on facebook, myspace, whatever, do flyers, and on the day of the show, you have to be ready to coordinate everything. It's super hard to start a band up here. Maybe it's the lack of musicians, but no one is into seeing underground shows, and a 20-30 person show is actually a decent turnout.