It’s expensive for most bands to do anything. From the cost of instruments, studio time, printing records, creating merch, and of course, touring – it adds up. And it just got even pricier for Canadian acts, and all international acts, to tour the states with a 42% hike in immigration fees to go on the road in the states. Which is ridiculous.
Obviously, this won’t affect the bigger bands AS much, but for the little guys it’ll be quite the hit for them to try and make a name for themselves across the border. This is just another reason why you need to pay to go see your favourite Canadian talent. Buy records. Buy merch. Help them out as best you can.