Jun 27, 2014 — 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