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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe And More Decry Canada’s New Venue Taxes


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The Government Of Canada has been the source of much ire from musicians this week after passing new regulations on July 31st, 2013 that tax certain venues for booking artists from outside of Canada. The regulations require venues whose primary business is not music-related (aka bars, cafes, etc.) to pay an application fee of $275 per musician and crew in order to book them at their establishment.

The fees then also include an additional $150 for each approved musician and crew member. An article at the Calgary Herald lays out the new changes and its impact on smaller venues.

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Numerous artists have since taken to pointing out this petition in a bid to get the Canadian government to change the regulation. Among them was Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe, who offered the following through his Instagram:

“For some insane reason the Canadian government has decided to enact absolutely ridiculous fees for foreign touring acts to enter their country. To tell you the truth, this will not affect a band the size of lamb of god that much- promoters make enough money off of us to figure this expense into the cost of bringing us to Canada- we do very well there, & fill every venue we play.

But for smaller acts who wish to tour Canada, those just getting their start, this will make it absolutely impossible- smaller booking agents can’t afford $425 per band member per show to bring in acts from outside Canada.

I have absolutely no idea why they would do this, since touring bands already have to pay taxes out the wazoo in Canada anyway. Now they will not be able to come, the venues lose money, the fans don’t get to see shows, the businesses around the venues lose money, the government will get NO TAX instead of their normal cut from touring artists, & most important the music & arts scene suffers. WTF? It makes zero sense.

If yer Canadian, you might want to check out this petition one of your countrymen started. https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/canadian-government-to-charge-international-touring-artists-425-per-band-member-per-performance-in-canada-previously-a-1-time-150-fee

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