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Friday February 24th, 2023 with Zoë Argiropulos-Hunter
Paying To Play: The Price of Touring the United States for Canadian Musicians with fanclubwallet

While the concept of "paying to play" is unfortunately nothing new in the music industry, especially for emerging artists, its harsh reality has risen to a whole new level. Earlier this month, the United States Department of Homeland Security announced proposed increases to visa rates that would make touring in the United States significantly more expensive, if not completely inaccessible, for international artists. So, how much does it cost for a local musician to tour the United States? Why is this integral to a "successful" career in the music biz? What can we do to support musicians lobbying the Department of Homeland Security? I had the chance to speak with Hannah Judge, AKA fanclubwallet, an Ottawa-based indie artist, on the issues facing Canadian musicians in the current cultural climate and how the community can show up to help keep touring possible for artists from our own music scene. Use your voice! Leave a comment for the Department of Homeland Security on how these proposed changes will completely deplete the music industry of talent and jobs and make touring virtually impossible to international artists: Find out more about P and O Type visas here: Follow Hannah: Bandcamp: Instagram:
Downtown Rockers (Instrumental)
The Tom Tom Club - Downtown Rockers (2012 Remaster) - Nacional Records
Mother Tongues - Everything You Wanted (2020) - Self-Released Canadian
Jasmine Trails - Jasmine Trails (2020) - Self-Released Canadian
Catch Mother Tongues and Jasmine Trails at our next show on March 9th at LIVE! On Elgin:
Zoon - Single (2023) - Paper Bag Records Canadian New
Prettier Things
Sorry Girls - Bravo! (to-be-released May 2nd, 2023) - Arbutus Records Canadian New
Any Time Of Day
The Lemon Twigs - Everything Harmony (to-be-released May 5th, 2023) - Captured Tracks New
This Bus is 45 Minutes Late But How Can One Man Alone Stand Up To An Entire Municipal Government
Sorry Snowman - Say When (2023) - Self-Released Canadian New
Dry Cleaning - Swampy EP (to-be-released March 1st, 2023) - 4AD New
fanclubwallet - Single (2023) - AWAL Canadian New
Interview with Hannah Judge AKA fanclubwallet
That I Won't Do
fanclubwallet - You Have Got to Be Kidding Me (2022) - AWAL Canadian
Up 2 Me
Tess Roby - Ideas of Space (2022) - SSURROUNDSS Canadian
The Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars (2022) - Next Door Records Canadian
Interactive CKCU
Dylan K. Hunter (host)

3:09 PM, February 24th, 2023
Zoe Argiropulos-Hunter (host)
¸„.-•~¹°”ˆ˜¨ Hello ¨˜ˆ”°¹~•-.„¸

3:10 PM, February 24th, 2023
like the Sorry Girls!!! & now tooo!;-)

3:23 PM, February 24th, 2023
Local 586, hillbilly
All join Local 1000, AmericanFed of Musicians! & make em lobby US gvt.

3:29 PM, February 24th, 2023
@DKH...what a DRAG, eh!?;-) ("Moral Monsters", as per, James Baldwin)

3:32 PM, February 24th, 2023