This doesn’t help bars and restaurants who have just incurred an increase in fees attached to immigrating international touring artists to perform at their establishments, but if you’re an independently operating party [read: person not affiliated with bar or restaurant in question] with an interest in promoting a show for an international touring artist, here are 10 steps to do it without being subject to immigration fees.
Step 1. Make an offer sheet. A band or booking agent has asked you if you’re into doing a show on a certain range of dates. You are stoked. So you need to make an offer sheet. Do it in Word, or Photoshop or by hand for all it matters. But if you’re gonna do it by hand then you’re gonna either have to scan it into a computer to e-mail it or post-mail it, so you’re better off to just figure out Word. Include on the offer:
Cover letter addressed to Superintendant, Canada Border Services
Personnel Manifest of everyone travelling
Signed Artist Contract
Letter of Invitation addressed to the band / booking agent
Signed Venue Rental Agreement
Photocopy of ticket
Include your personal contact information on all documents and make sure you have these documents for each band crossing the border. In a case where there are multiple Canadian dates, you might not be the one in charge of faxing everything to the border for all the dates, so the band or booking agent might request that you simply e-mail all the documents to them for them to pass along. In any case, this is not legally binding, but if you follow these 10 steps you should have no problem getting any band into Canada legally.