Oh so very true my friend. I along side you are from Western Canada (Calgary) and it is a sad state of affairs these days when it comes to touring American bands comin through our way. We are not piss ant towns, we have a million people... Bands like Rise Against have seen the progress of coming through and building a fan base where the shows get bigger and bigger over time. Iam starting to see that with LWL's now.. I hate to say it about a band I love but The Swellers are a band that just dosent get it at all. Maybe its their label who tells them to never tour any part of Canada other than one offs in Ontario and Quebec, maybe its them. They will always stay the same as long as they just keep going to the same towns over and over again.
I saw your blog comment and I'm glad Living With Lions gets bigger crowds in Calgary. Their crowds have been growing here too, just not nearly as much and I'd like to think population has something to do with it, not just the fact that Winnipeg doesn't get it. We are
a small city, we don't have a million people. I can somewhat understand why Manitoba and Saskatchewan get shafted, even though I don't like it.
Either way, I agree the bands have to make an effort and I wonder why bands like Rise Against make that effort while others do not. I think the long driving distances deter bands, but I don't know if it's much of an excuse.