Canadian artists are quite blessed. Because we live next door to the largest exporter of popular culture in the known universe, we as a nation have to work very hard to make sure we’re not subsumed into ‘Murica’s idea of good art. This is why we have such things as CanCon rules, FACTOR, VideoFACT, Starmaker, Canadian Content Development funds from broadcasters, tangible benefits payments and a long list of grants, loans, bursaries and other financial instruments that help Canadian musical artists survive and thrive. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard foreign musicians, upon hearing how generous Canada is to artists, say “I’m moving to Canada.”
But things aren’t perfect. In fact, things can get a little weird. Take, for example, this situation with the Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto vs. a festival put on by Drake. Something’s wrong here. This is from FYI Music News:
From the same budget, Drake’s annual hometown music festival is receiving a generous helping of taxpayers dollars this summer in the amount of $300K, the same amount the Stratford Festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival, RBC’s Ottawa Bluesfest, and NXNE’s Dundas Square freebie receive (which, surely, isn’t why Now magazine so enthusiastically defends Drizzy’s lucrative pay packet)
Hmm. Keep reading.