Canada for artists.

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  1. yumiko

    yumiko Newbie

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    I am a musician and want to get a job in Canada. I know that musicians usually have a hard time getting jobs but does anyone know what my chances of getting a job in Canada? In particular I want to move to Montreal because I heard that it’s the best city in Canada for artists.
     
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  3. Herr Durr

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    If all else fails, you can survive on les poutines :bleh:

    what kind of music do you do? Classical pianist? ROCK STAR? Banjoista?

    Parlez-vous français?
     
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    Getting money as an artist in Canada means making government endorsed art. If you like that idea, then good luck.
     
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    List of Canadian artists

    The following is a list of Canadian artists working in visual or plastic media (including 20th-century artists working in video art, performance art, or other types of new media). See other articles for information on Canadian literature, Canadian music, Canadian Cinema and Canadian Culture. For more specific information on the arts in Canada, seeCanadian art.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_artists
     
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    You can check your chances using the job tool on jobsaloon com. They allow you to check job prospects for different types of professions. what ever Jenre you are playing.
     
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    Have you looked into immigration laws of Canada? How might be qualified to work as a resident alien? Do you have anyone to sponsor you legally? What are your qualifications per the job market in Montréal? Have you ever visited there? Can you withstand arctic winters? Do you speak French? Do you really speak English? How does one emigrate to any foreign country, or find a job, or find success as any sort of artist? Why do employers have an aversion to hiring musicians - because they're flaky and always need time off? How does anyone do anything in life?
     
  10. Kookaboo

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    Come on man, the guy wants to work as MUSICIAN, not as employee!
    Best of is to visit the country first as tourist, then check the *scene* & if you like it.
    People (+politicians even more!) often make easy things just so complicated.
    Of course you may check the laws there & respect them.
     
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    The U.S. has secret plans to invade Canada. Operation Leaf Blower. We'll make them take back their hockey players and gives us back our baseball players.
     
  12. dikkiedik

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    G*damn what is it with people being so negative about these things? I personally have no experience with canada so I can't help you there but I'm from europe and have successfully jumped on planes and made it work in mexico, brazil, south africa, japan, and of course a bunch of countries in europe itself. i am about to do the same thing in about two months going to taiwan.

    Just go as a tourist first, feel out the scene, network, get around, network more, dive in the language, network, find some way of surviving first that is legal. do that, and network, you get the drift. then build on that.

    It's hard work but very rewarding. All the negative nancies out there are mostly just pissing themselves to make anything real happen.

    One thing about the language: In the more artsy places and anything where money rolls english will get you almost everywhere, but if you want to get to those places, be recommended, bump into odd opportunities and in any way have a good time and be in a different culture start learning the language the first chance you get and don't stop. That's where the real gold lies.

    Get ya hands dirty! Good luck!
     
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    You may want to look into joining the Canadian Federation of Musicians (associated with the American counterpart). Not only do they have good connections, can help you get your foot in the door but they also provide connections to important services like insurance, work visas and long-term benefits. As far as looking for work, the same applies to any city, just get out there and network. There are always people hiring musicians and audio specialists.
     
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    You won't make living from music in Canada unless: you make a platinum record or teach music to kids...
    All of the popular studios want you to work for free for up to six months or more. No one likes to pay you unless you invest 10,000 dollars on buying equipments and build a studio which charges 50 dollars an hour.
    In some provinces, you'll barely find any musician who makes living from just playing music.

    If you want to teach music at expensive schools, get your master's degree in music... but those schools, when compared to ones in US, are regional at their best.

    Toronto would be your best bet but it will rather be disappointing for some years until you make a mega hit song or build a very expensive studio which you can easily charge 80 dollars an hour. Honestly, besides some really popular artists, the way music studios and schools run in the majority of provinces is pathetic due to poor economy and population problems. Many of homeless musicians in New York are more qualified and educated musicians than some guys own studios in less populated provinces.

    The immigration program of Toronto is seriously expensive and time-consuming... it will destroy your life up to several years.
     
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