Yesterday’s decision not only eliminated the LMO fee, it also did away with the work permit fee for touring acts. Lifting these fees provides much greater incentive for foreign acts to tour in Canada. It will be interesting to see if increased touring grows the live music market creates more opportunities for small Canadian acts to perform, ultimately leading to a bolstered Canadian music scene.
The Calgary Herald has written an excellent article explaining the new fees that will need to be paid if international artists want to book Canadian tours. Unfortunately these new regulations will greatly impact many of the bands covered on this website. A petition has been created and you can sign it if you're interested.
“If I have a one four-member American band at the Palomino, I’m looking at $1,700 Canadian just to get them on the bill — and that’s on top of paying out a sound tech, paying for posters, gear rental, paying the other bands, staffing,” Brown says, explaining there have been tweaks to the LMO in the past, but nothing this drastic or, in his eyes, damaging.
If you were expecting to see Circa Survive next week in Toronto on the Uproar Fest, we have some badnews. The band is facing some border issues that are out of their control, so they will be unable to make it. The band is working on smaller shows up there in the near future to make up for it.
Karl Schubach (Misery Signals, vocals), has released his solo album under the name Solace. Guest vocalists include Jonathan Vigil of The Ghost Inside, and Shane Ochsner of Hands. You can pick it up here. Hit the replies to check out "Our Father".
Canada loves them some digital music. They're now one of the world leaders in digital music sales, which paints a different picture than the CRIA (now Music Canada) who claimed that Canada has the highest music piracy rates in the world and the music biz in Canada was rapidly collapsing due to rampant piracy.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, covered the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" alongside world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Saturday Night. Video is in the replies.
Canadian AP.net peeps, we're participating in the Rise AgainstSMS Scavenger Hunt (Canada only) so you might notice a unique keyword lurking somewhere around the site. For information on how to utilize the keyword and participate in the game, click here.
The Expos, who are currently touring in support of their debut, full-length release, Old Friends, which was released earlier this year via Stomp Records, have been pegged as the main support for The Aggrolites' brief Canadian run. You can find the pair's route below.
The release date for Boards of Canada's new EP, Trans Canada Highway, has been pushed back to May 30th in the US. All orders from indie stores receive a free DVD of the video for "Dayvan Cowboy" (download that here). Just FYI, here is the track list again: