Is B.C. Lacking Local Musicians?
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
I think this story is off the mark, there are plenty of Musicians in British Columbia, just walk down to any city street corner, shopping mall or liquor outlets or ATM Machine and "Viola" there they are Hat in Hand, guitar case laid out for your coinage! Some even have their pet with a fashionably knotted Bandana around it's neck as a hook to get passerbys on the sympathy level.
Now does BC have Great Musicians? Well of course we do, do they work in BC? Hell No! Just like Actors and Comedians, Canada ain't the place to make money, never has been, never will be!
When the USA is a film shot, a laugh, a song and a tank of gas away, Big Bucks come a calling for our Canadian talent, everything from Hockey to Doctors !
Will we ever get it back? ahhhh........ NO!
Will American Entertainers come here to British Columbia? Perhaps, only if Loitering Laws in the States prohibit panhandling! Because as they say, if you cannot make it there (USA) you can't make it anywhere!
Our Street Corners, Liquor store and ATM sidewalks and non paid community theatres are full of Entertainers, just ask any Welfare and Unemployment office.
But to be fair to Entertainers everywhere, they have the conviction to do what they love and you have to respect that.
CBC recently disbanded their decades old orchestra, if that is any indication of the Canadian Entertainment scene and the transient nature what is Entertainment Culture in this country.
The United States has the numbers (Population) we don't ! Plain and simple it is a numbers game and we don't got it!
Speaking of Numbers, British Columbia and in particular Vancouver
and outlying cities have large cultural populations as part of our
Multicultural makeup, many of these New Canadians have different tastes
than Whitebread music and theatre, that further dilutes the
entertainment dollar for venues, thus limits opportunities for
Mainstream Musicians. Go to any cultural festival and see the
attendance of thousands, they usually have great food to boot! That
is one of their hooks, food and music a sure fire combination.
go to a White bread Orchestra, Music theatre scene, besides a rock
concert and well it is pretty dismal compared to other cultural music
scenes. Anyways I'm just sayin! You asked why, and I am just
starting an obvious fact ! The USA is where it's at, and BC is where it
Is B.C. lacking local musicians?Apparently so, according to new data. More temporary work permits were granted in this category than any otherLori Culbert, Vancouver SunPublished: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
BRITISH COLUMBIA - Alberta is bringing in cooks and pipefitters. Saskatchewan is short of welders. Manitoba could use more farm supervisors.
And what are the most common job categories of people who come into B.C. on temporary foreign worker permits?
Musicians and singers.Temporary work permits were granted for 1,296 musicians or singers in B.C. last year, the highest number of any category, according to data obtained from Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
Each year Canada brings in thousands of foreign workers for a limited period of time, often about two years, usually to take jobs that the government says can't be filled by Canadians.
Musicians and singers from outside Canada require the same temporary work permits, but are an exception to the rule. They are not filling job vacancies but are frequently brought in for short periods of time to perform at concerts or festivals.
The fact musical artists hold the top ranked position in B.C. - as well as Ontario and Quebec - is likely a testament to the bustling music scenes in these provinces.