Music News Monday: International artist tax causes first gig cancellations, and more!

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And so it begins…
Brit-punker Hugh Cornwell, lead singer of The Stranglers, has cut his only stop in Southern Alberta at Calgary’s Broken City from his Western Canadian tour this fall, effectively becoming the first international musician affected by the new changes for bands touring in Canada.

As of July 31, clubs and bars in Canada operating as part-time music venues must pay an application fee for international bands worth $275 per musician and every member of the touring crew. An additional $150 work permit for every musician/member, per performance must be paid as well. This translates into a 300% increase at minimum in comparison to the previous cost of a one-time maximum fee of $450 for any international band to play on Canadian soil.

Musicians Dan Mangan, Hey Rosetta!, and Lamb of God, among others, are encouraging a petition to reverse the fees.
A little too poignant, perhaps?

The Stranglers, 1977, “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)”

“…but the money’s no good, just get a grip on yourself,” sings The Stranglers lead singer Hugh Cornwell.
On a cheerier note, Music PEI will be introducing four music supervisors from the movie and television industry as part of Showcase PEI 2013. The three-day music conference is part of Music PEI’s efforts to foster and promote the Island music industry and its artists.

Three of the four music supervisors are from Los Angeles, meaning the potential for some lucky Island musician(s) as Hollywood material is more than imaginary.

Meaghan Blanchard performs at the 2009 Music PEI Songwriter's Circle.
POP Montréal International Music Festival starts this Wednesday, September 25 until September 29, bringing more than 600 acts to stages and venues across the city for the twelfth year in a row. POP Montréal is as diverse as a music festival can get, complete with fashion shows, art exhibitions, film screenings, and a free kids program for children of all ages.

Included in this year’s lineup is Quebec DJ Adam Doubleyou, London, Ontario’s Grey Kingdom, and Hamilton, Ontario’s WTCHS.

POP Montréal 2013 Segments Preview.
Upon hearing news that the Nepean Redskins Football Club, ON, would change their name and logo amid filed reports of the current name’s racist connotation, “Deejay NDN” Campeau of A Tribe Called Red tweeted “It’s official. The Nepean redskins will be dropping the name and the logo at the end of the season. WE DID IT!!! #changethename”

Campeau said he would help offset the monetary cost for the name change to take place. A Tribe Called Red’s debut album Electric Pow Wow is available for free download on their official website
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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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