Canadian Government: Don't ruin live music with $425.00 charge per international artist per performance in Canada
  • Petitioned Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism

This petition was delivered to:

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism
Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Canadian Government: Don't ruin live music with $425.00 charge per international artist per performance in Canada

    1. Carlyle Doherty
    2. Petition by

      Carlyle Doherty

      Canada

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June 2014

Victory

Amazing news! The Federal Government has scrapped the "tour tax" which as you will remember imposed a ridiculous $275.00 processing fee on top of a $150.00 work permit per artist per performance in small Canadian venues.

Those of us in the industry know how tough this unfair policy has been on venues, international artists, and Canadian artists since last summer. This victory will bring so much life back to our live music scene.

The amazing outpouring of support that we saw globally on this petition last summer from music fans and artists alike is what, in my opinion, helped make it possible to have this fee overturned. It’s been a rewarding experience for me and the Concertninja team to witness and be a part of a change that means so much to so many. Our goal has always been to empower live music fans and artists and I feel this is exactly what has been accomplished with this victory over the ‘Tour Tax’.

Click here to tweet Jason Kenney with us! #Music4Canada

According to the Calgary Herald, many venues like bars, restaurants, and coffeeshops in Canada may pay four times more for international musicians as a new regulation says they will be required to pay “an application fee of $275 per musician and those travelling with the band (tour manager, sound person, guitar tech, etc.”) On top of that there is ”an extra $150 for each approved musician and crew member’s work permit.” And these non-refundable fees are for each venue that a musician may visit!

This means that a lot of small and medium size venues in Canada will no longer be able to afford to book international bands. That means A LOT less live music in Canada.

I’ve worked in the music industry in Canada for several years and am outraged that the government has taken steps which will hurt musicians, venues, fans, and others in the industry. This new fee is required to be paid by talent buyers in Canada when aiming to host an international touring artist, and it will inevitably cripple small music venues and small business talent buyers.
 
The Canadian government didn’t consult citizens like me when they decided to add hundreds of dollars in fees that will punish international musicians who want to play in Canada. This huge increase in cost hurts small artists and businesses because it has exemptions for big festivals and artists who have longer tours, but not the average up and coming artist just trying to build a fan base. Please sign and share to help change this regulation.
 
Today we take a stand for the development of culture and performance arts. The implications of allowing such additional fees will hinder the potential for talented international artists whom simply aim to perform for their fans and expand their recognition. This new regulation will impact fans of all music from electronic to punk to jazz.
 
Canada's introduction of such a fee should not be taken lightly, nor excused. The development of our culture on a global scale and the opportunity to invite talents from beyond our borders is something to be cherished and appreciated, not taxed in such a way that will only discourage Canadian talent buyers from welcoming international talent.
 
With this inflation of upfront fees associated to bringing an international artist to Canada, the government is taking a clear stance of desired control over a culture that blossoms with freedom and deserve support rather than increased financial responsibility.
 
Sign your name to this petition and share it with those whom you feel will also stand behind challenging such a greedy and unmerited demand that will strangle local small businesses and those attempting to welcome international talent to Canada, growing our cultural diversity and global notoriety. Learn more here and be sure to contact your MP if you live in Canada.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. We Won!

      Carlyle Doherty
      Petition Organizer

      Great news, music fans!

      The Canadian Federal Government has announced they're axing the ridiculous "tour tax" on international performers playing at small venues in Canada. As you will remember, last summer, Canadian Minister of Employment Jason Kenney announced a new $275.00 processing fee on top of a $150.00 work permit per artist per performance in small Canadian venues.

      The amazing support that we saw globally by music fans and artists alike is what, in my opinion, has made it possible to have this fee overturned. It’s a rewarding experience to witness and be a part of a change that means so much to so many. It's not often that the government is willing to admit they were wrong.

      Those of us working in the music industry have seen first hand how tough this unfair policy has been on small venues, emerging international and Canadian artists, and music fans since last summer.

      For example, under the 'tour tax':
      A 4-person band from Buffalo playing in a Toronto bar would pay $1700.00. Many international performers couldn't afford to play in Canada anymore;
      Small venues, who often cover the fees, (not large venues who were exempt) weren't able to book the artists their customers wanted to see. Some of them sadly closed down because of these fees;
      Emerging Canadian artists lost opportunities to open for larger international acts and grow their fan bases;
      Fans missed out on seeing up and coming acts;

      But no more, thanks to all the performers, small venue owners and music fans who raised your voices and made it clear to the Canadian Government that the 'tour tax' was a massive mistake.

      At Concertninja.me our goal has always been to empower live music fans and artists and I feel this is exactly what has been accomplished with this victory over the ‘tour tax’.

      Congrats and happy concert-going,

      Carlyle Doherty and the Concertninja.me team
      www.concertninja.me

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. 60,000+ Signatures!

      Carlyle Doherty
      Petition Organizer

      We have exceeded every expectation of support on this petition, and there is no signs of slowing down. News outlets are spreading the word and with your assistance disseminating this petition through your networks, there is no denying that those in power must pay attention.

      You can tweet to Jason Kenney at: www.twitter.com/kenneyjason

      Jason Kenney (kenneyjason) on Twitter

      The latest from Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason). MP for Calgary SE; Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism / Député; Ministre de l'Emploi, du Développement social & du Multiculturalisme. Calgary & Ottawa, Canada

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. 15,000 Supporters Strong

      Carlyle Doherty
      Petition Organizer

      We have officially hit 15,000 signatures in less than 10 hours.

      The efforts of those sharing this story on social networks, on the news, and in conversations elsewhere have been remarkable. We are starting to get some serious attention and we will not slow down.

      I want to thank you all for your efforts. It has become increasingly evident how passionate you all are about music and its value to our culture. This value lies within an artist with millions of fans, right down to artists with only a few.

      Thank You!

    6. Reached 15,000 signatures
    7. Increased Signature Goal

      Carlyle Doherty
      Petition Organizer

      Your support has been amazing!

      Already we have seen signatures from across Canada, as well as outside of our country.

      Due to the unanticipated and overwhelming positive response, we have increased our goal to 5,000 signatures. With the goal of obtaining as many signatures as possible, we will keep increasing our goal as we go if we continue to notice a strong response.

      The more the merrier!

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    @thursdayband

    Aug 29, 2013

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    thursdayband
    25.1k followers

    @popmontreal

    Aug 29, 2013

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    POP Montréal
    35.6k followers

    @ChuckRagan

    Aug 29, 2013

    “@danhand: here's the http://t.co/YjhwyaMYym link to let Canadian gov. know that this is not helping anyone/thing https://t.co/jsC8SFFQJl”

    Chuck Ragan
    46.3k followers

    @theneedledrop

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Anthony Fantano
    56.7k followers

    @AndrewPaiano

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Andrew Paiano
    37.4k followers

    @EmilysArmy

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Emily's Army
    50.8k followers

    @danmanganmusic

    Aug 28, 2013

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    Dan Mangan
    44.1k followers

    @hance_

    Aug 29, 2013

    Even if you're not from Canada, sign this! Please! https://t.co/pAjQQBbrdy

    Hance Alligood
    45.5k followers

    @sebastianbach

    Aug 29, 2013

    Really Canada? $425 per band member per show? Thank God Im not Slipknot! Obviously Canada has never been in a band

    Sebastian Bach
    349k followers

    @SoulRebelMusic

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Soul Rebel Music
    9.75k followers

    @silverstein

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Silverstein
    96.6k followers

    @DeLaSoulsDugout

    Aug 29, 2013

    All my Canadian people, and any non-Canadian artists who want to visit Canada, please sign this: https://t.co/Okl73cB6uu

    DJ Maseo; DE LA SOUL
    60.2k followers

    @F7A

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Front Line Assembly
    8.66k followers

    @Gigamesh

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Gigamesh
    9.35k followers

    @thestorysofarca

    Aug 30, 2013

    Hey Canada, We LOVE YOU, HELP US OUT! http://t.co/NONegLJZqf

    The Story So Far
    95.1k followers

    @austratalks

    Aug 30, 2013

    Here is the petition to stop our evil prime minister from destroying music: https://t.co/Bv5zM0nxBe

    AUSTRA
    16.8k followers

    @MA_Grondin

    Aug 30, 2013

    READ&SIGN: Canadian Gov: Don't ruin live music with $425 charge per international artists per performance in Canada https://t.co/pzS2OHbnTF

    Marc-André Grondin
    24.8k followers

    @MarnieStern

    Aug 30, 2013

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    Marnie Stern
    5.74k followers

    @DJ_Eco

    Aug 30, 2013

    This is kind of a big deal, my Canadian fans. Help us out by signing this petition: http://t.co/5lEfv2rAfI

    Eco
    21.8k followers

    @StoneTerm

    Aug 30, 2013

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    Stoneface & Terminal
    33.1k followers

    @dennissheperd

    Aug 30, 2013

    To all Canadian fans! Please sign this competition to still make it possible for me to visit your country & perform: http://t.co/BoQNhUwwlD

    Dennis Sheperd
    17k followers

    @Lambofgodband

    Aug 28, 2013

    Canada is changing the laws for bands. Sign this petition to help touring artist be able to keep playing there - http://t.co/3OpNgw9WS9

    Lamb Of God
    257k followers

    @AliShaheed

    Aug 30, 2013

    A note to all touring musicians heading to Canada;... http://t.co/1ZabK4nism

    Ali Shaheed Muhammad
    62.3k followers

    @heyrosetta

    Aug 30, 2013

    These changes make the already difficult lives of small to mid-level touring bands even tougher. http://t.co/pR8dBeDmPY

    Hey Rosetta!
    41.8k followers

    @Terravitabass

    Aug 30, 2013

    Hey guys, some of our favorite places to play are in Canada. The Canadian government is trying to make it almost... http://t.co/j8pAQfzJvJ

    TERRAVITA
    26.1k followers

    @themenzingers

    Aug 30, 2013

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    The Menzingers
    24.9k followers

    @MarkEitzel

    Aug 31, 2013

    Why I'll never perform in Canada again. Please sign: https://t.co/rkRgbAf6GV

    Mark Eitzel
    3.06k followers

    @theseahorse

    Aug 31, 2013

    Sign this ppl!! https://t.co/kKOIlIfZpM

    The Seahorse Tavern
    4.5k followers

    @Marqueeballroom

    Aug 31, 2013

    Reposting the petition for anyone that missed it--100,000 signed so far!! https://t.co/PcpPOK6ytd

    The Marquee Ballroom
    1.22k followers

    @marcopolobeats

    Sep 02, 2013

    Artists please take a minute to sign this and a huge SMH @ my motherland for this sh*t... https://t.co/7DlbvKwvsE

    Marco Polo
    39.2k followers

    @riseagainst

    Sep 04, 2013

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    Rise Against
    320k followers

    @RouReynolds

    Sep 04, 2013

    CANADA STEP UP https://t.co/JN6WBj2usP "Canadian Government: Don't ruin live music!"

    Rou Reynolds
    63.8k followers

    @Music_Canada

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Music Canada
    17.1k followers

    @lisa_TTRO

    Aug 29, 2013

    For everyone concerned about my last tweet, be sure to sign and share this petition. We can stop them: http://t.co/3ZrrMQ6IZQ via @change

    Lisa Lagace
    17.1k followers

    @GeoffRickly

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Geoffrey Rickly
    6.41k followers

    @RoadrunnerCA

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Roadrunner Canada
    8.54k followers

    @LifeforceRec

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Lifeforce Records
    1.79k followers

    @DefilerOfficial

    Aug 29, 2013

    PLEASE SIGN AND RT. WE WISH TO MAKE IT TO CANADA EITHER LATER THIS YEAR OR EARLY NEXT. https://t.co/ccrLWx7KXu

    DEFILER
    3.06k followers

    @BryanStars

    Aug 29, 2013

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    BryanStars
    215k followers

    @billverstein

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Billy Hamilton
    6.63k followers

    @allshallperish

    Aug 29, 2013

    Hey Canada: want bands like us to play in your country ever again? Us too. So read this and sign it now https://t.co/aTRMIdlyrE

    All Shall Perish
    54.3k followers

    @fredeverything

    Aug 29, 2013

    Canadian gov is now charging 425$ per international artist for performing in Canada. Please sign against it : https://t.co/J4b6O3VEG3

    fred everything
    9.68k followers

    @wearestructures

    Aug 29, 2013

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    STRUCTURES
    19.1k followers

    @IncendiaryHC

    Aug 29, 2013

    Canada has always treated us well. We wouldn't want anything stopping us from playing there again. Details here : https://t.co/IHRAbc9ynD

    Incendiary
    4.85k followers

    @TheSword

    Aug 29, 2013

    Apparently the Canadian government doesn't like it when foreign bands perform for their citizens... http://t.co/BrtK1l8v4i

    The Sword
    11.7k followers

    @ChrisLeDrew

    Aug 29, 2013

    If you're a musician, music fan, or work in any facet of the music business, please sign this important petition: https://t.co/tSKmnlh3Zm

    Chris LeDrew
    910 followers

    @ecityevents

    Aug 29, 2013

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    ElectriCITY Events
    317 followers

    @warbringerband

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Warbringer
    11.1k followers

    @wearemansion

    Aug 29, 2013

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    MANSION
    1.17k followers

    @terrorhardcore

    Aug 29, 2013

    Help keep Terror & other international bands coming to Canada. Please read & sign this petition: https://t.co/wf9RSnWnM3

    Terror
    46.6k followers

    @WeArePalisades

    Aug 29, 2013

    Please sign this if you want bands to keep touring Canada https://t.co/dvtoNZtBPc

    Palisades
    14.6k followers

    @BSOMF

    Aug 29, 2013

    Do you agree on new international performing artist fees? We sure don't, read more here https://t.co/KvASxi2sFD what are your thoughts -Paul

    SOUND OF MUSIC FEST
    12.1k followers

    @capsizehardcore

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Capsize
    15.9k followers

    @RedFang

    Aug 28, 2013

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    Red Fang
    13.5k followers

    @earlygraves

    Aug 28, 2013

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    EARLY GRAVES
    2.73k followers

    @mintrecords

    Aug 28, 2013

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    mintrecords
    5.06k followers

    @RigidDigits

    Aug 28, 2013

    It has always been expensive getting into Canada to play. To be honest, it's a big factor in why a lot of smaller... http://t.co/Ah5CuLqwqy

    Stiff Little Fingers
    8.6k followers

    @sargenthouse

    Aug 28, 2013

    CANADA if you ever want to see bands play in your country sign this - Your government looking to make it impossilbe https://t.co/x1dF8zsMaj

    Sargent House
    13.1k followers

    @cadenceweapon

    Aug 28, 2013

    please sign this petition re. removing $275 application fee for international touring musicians - https://t.co/9S2TGjHcKB

    Cadence Weapon
    14.3k followers

    @thecliks

    Aug 28, 2013

    @MusiciansUnion What are you doing to help us in this? RIDICULOUS. https://t.co/uFjYjqZ6nZ

    thecliks
    4.92k followers

    @OFFICIALKITTIE

    Aug 28, 2013

    EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT CANADIAN PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!!! although as a canadian it has become increasingly more... http://t.co/cFumN97yNk

    Kittie
    18.1k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Shaun Jertte TORONTO, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Music from artists who are just climbing up the charts is very important to me and our culture. Smaller bands will not be able to afford this and thus will not come here. It is an outrageous amount of money and it will mean the death of the small music scene in Canada. The Conservative government should be ashamed of itself.

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    • Christine Webber TORONTO, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Because many of the Latin Salsa, Bachata and other artists play at smaller venuw, and it would be very hard for them to come here OR venues will charge more per ticket to help with these costs. Either way very bad. Charge the bands/venues that can afford it!

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    • Matt Feffer PORTLAND, OR
      • 3 months ago

      im a touring musician.

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    • Carlo Romagnolo MONGRANDO, ITALY
      • 3 months ago

      I believe italy was the worse land in the world about live music... i was in wrong... Government, you are a thief!!!!!

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    • Fiona Nemeh AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      So that musicians that only play smaller venues can still perform

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