In a bid to help slow the number temporary foreign workers coming into the country, the government implemented a work permit levy called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). It also affected foreign musicians who crossed the border to perform in Canadian bars and restaurants. Larger venues and concert halls were exempt from the tax, which lead to criticism that the fee unfairly penalized small and mid-sized businesses.
In a small but telling example of what happens when news media let go of experienced journalists, even the most upright of arts organizations can get away with an out-of-context message broadcast and published by people who re-write press releases.
UPDATE: As of the afternoon of Sept. 14, the Annex Quartet had nearly doubled their Kickstarter pledges to $3,087 coming in from 46 people. An update that morning added that the foursome already has in hand seven of the 12 arrangments they need to make the album.
Artistic director Douglas McNabney’s second year sees the début here of the Soul Spring Festival Ensemble, South Korea’s equivalent to the Musicians from Marlboro. There are many names coming more familiar to Torontonians, including baritone Gerald Finley, the Borodin Quartet, a return for the Nash Ensemble and Vienna Piano Trio and a festival-opening recital by pianist André Laplante, the man who opened the first Toronto Summer Music Festival.