Sometimes, the things a government does don’t make any sense. Canada is trying to raise the cost of international talent for talent buyers. Previously, the charge was $150 once per band (making the total additional cost for a Canadian run of dates $150); now, the cost is $425 per band member per performance (making a hypothetical three person four date tour cost a minimum of $5100). While the government’s motives are probably along the lines of encouraging Canadian talent and their own economics, the fact is this could cripple DIY and small time venues, as well as destroy your favorite smaller bands’ potential to ever play Canada.
This actually came into effect on July 31 without much public outcry, according to the Calgary Herald. You can sign a petition to change this here. We encourage you to do so if you like music, art, or Canadians. Sweet, sweet Canadians.