Category Archives: Updates

New P2 Visa Update

The Canadian office has made the decision to change the P2 Visa Regular Processing times. Although most files are processed within 45 days, recently a small handful hit or went over the 45-day mark. They are recommending musicians submit the P2 package to their office at least 60 days prior to the first performance for Regular P2 Processing. This is a precautionary measure as they are aware of some administrative changes at USCIS and don’t want to be blindsided by some potential backlog at their end. Please check the website for the most up-to-date information. The updated P2 documents with the new timelines are uploaded there.


P2 Visa Update

P2 Visa Processing Delay Alert: Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to the CFM at least 45 calendar days prior to the first performance. Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to the first performance. US Immigration processing times are out of the control of the CFM and may increase or decrease at any time, without notice. The recommended submission timelines are based on observed average processing times. New P2 fee of $460 USD is now in effect.

For equipment crossing the border, contact Canada Border Services Agency for an ‘Identification of Articles for Temporary Exportation’ form (Form BSF407). It must be filled out and stamped by the agency. This will make crossing back into Canada a little easier and it’s free of charge. Call 1-800-461-9999 for more info. Musicians can also apply for an ATA Carnet, a document which enables professionals to bring the tools of their trade across borders easily and without hassle, duties or border fees. For more info;  

For AFM members on the road, two important phone #s are: 1-800-ROADGIG (762-3444) in the US and 1-800-INFOFED (463-6333) in Canada. These numbers provide emergency help for members who have contract disputes while on tour.


Learn About the Canada Council’s Grant Programs!

Join us for an information session for individual artists interested in applying to the Canada Council. These sessions are designed to provide an overview on grants available to individual artists working across artistic fields of practice.


English-language session with possibility to book French-language individual meeting

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Where: cSPACE King Edward

4th Floor, RGO Treehouse South Room

1721 29th Avenue SW

Calgary, Alberta

You will have the opportunity to:  

  • learn about programs at the Canada Council;
  • get advice on how to prepare grant applications;
  • understand how applications are assessed.

RSVP by August 16, 2018! Individual consultations upon request.

NOTE: Please indicate in the subject line of your RSVP email, the city and session, you want to attend.

RSVPs and information:

Laura Beks

Program Assistant

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) ext. 4052

Universal Pharmacare

Folks just like you are super keen to tell their Members of Parliament why universal pharmacare makes sense.

So, we’re making it easy for everyone to do it.

Join us this Wednesday, August 8, at 12:30 p.m. EDT for a LIVE Webinar. Become an expert on pharmacare with quick and easy information that we’ll teach you to deliver with confidence.

We can’t assume the federal government will know what we want – it’s up to us to tell them. They need to hear directly from us. We need a plan that is universal, portable, accessible, comprehensive and publicly administered.

Can we count on you? Register now:

Laurie Antonin

The Pharmacare Team
Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada's unions


Len Lytwyn Passes

Len Lytwyn passed away peacefully at Southlake Village, Newmarket on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the age of 76. Dearly loved husband of Ellen Versteeg-Lytwyn. Loving father of Dawn (Danny Cirillo), Paul Versteeg-Lytwyn (Erin O’Brien) and Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn (Emily). Cherished Gigi of Eric, Evan, Cayman, and Maloh. Dear brother of Elaine (Don) and predeceased by his brother Fred. Len will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, especially by all those he mentored throughout the years. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place at a later date. Special thanks to all the staff at Southlake Village who took care and loved Len. In memory of Len, please consider a donation to the Margaret Bahen Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to M.W. Becker Funeral Home. Sign an online book of condolences at


CMA Members Nominated for YYC Music Awards

Congratulations to all CMA Members nominated for YYC Music Awards!!!

Country Recording of the Year - Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin''

Folk Recording of the Year - The Wardens - 'Across the River'

Jazz Recording of the Year:

  • Johanna Sillanpaa - 'Blue Skies'
  • Keith O'Rourke – ‘Sonny Tune’
  • Prime Time Big Band - 'Prime Time'
  • Tricia Edwards - 'Trainwreck III'

Rock Recording of the Year:

  • Kobra and the Lotus - 'Light Me Up'
  • The Static Shift - 'Wide Awake'Group of the Year:

World Recording of the Year – Brent Saklofske – ‘Barcelona’

Group of the Year

  • Kobra and the Lotus
  • Nice Horse
  • The Static Shift

Industry Person of the Year:

  • Pat McGannon
  • Stephanie Hutchinson
  • Deanne Matley

Single of the Year:

  • Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin''
  • The Static Shift - 'Wide Awake'

Songwriter of the Year - Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin’ '



For Immediate Release Toronto, On June 5, 2018 –  Earlier today, representatives of the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to outline recommendations for much needed amendments to the Copyright Act.   The consultation follows a presentation made to the Heritage Committee on May 29th.  In their statements Alan Willaert , Vice-President from Canada American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada and  Eric Lefebvre of the Guilde Des Musiciens Et Musiciennes Du Québec (GMMQ – AFM/CFM Local 406) called on the committee to lay the foundation for regulatory and policy tools and provide the financial support needed to ensure that Canadian professional musicians thrive in the digital environment now and for the years ahead. 

"Our government must respect the contributions of our creative communities, and the indelible mark that recording artists and professional musicians have made on our cultural identity,” said Mr. Willaert.   "The amendments we strongly urge the committee to adopt would increase revenue streams to musicians, create sustainable employment and help to preserve arts and culture in our country”.

Among the list of recommendations, CFM identified changes to the definition of sound recording, eliminating the exemption for radio advertising, and expanding the definition of private copying to include new media devices to be its top priorities.

"Professional musicians are losing a significant part of their livelihood to streaming.  Many can no longer support themselves solely through their music career and are living in poverty,” added Mr. Lefebvre.  "Changes to the Copyright Act are critical to the long-term success of all content creators in this digital, globalized world”.

Singer-songwriter Damhnait Doyle, urges the committee to look at the issues on the table and make the amendments that will give the creative community the opportunity to make the choice to continue to be musicians in this country. "Throughout my 25 years as a long standing and proud member of Local 820 of the Musician's union, I have only seen the standard of living decrease for those of us who have chosen to make this our profession”, said Ms. Doyle.  "We are being hammered from every angle, from piracy to streaming, to being at the losing end of exemptions to broadcasters and losing our royalties for our work in film and TV because the definition of "sound recording” needing be redefined, while our American counterparts do get paid for their efforts. Meanwhile the cost of living is continually rising, and our middle class has been eviscerated”.


Canadian Transportation Act

Dear Members:

Since December 2014, the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has been lobbying to ensure safe carriage of musical instruments on Canadian airline carriers.

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) received Royal Assent, and, the Canadian Transport Agency have since announced the dates for public consultations, as part of the process to develop regulations in air passenger protection, including musical instruments.

The CFM was effective in ensuring that this legislation passed in the House of Commons and the Senate, and will make a formal submission in Ottawa July 4, 2018, but, comments from our professional musicians are also vital to ensure that the regulations truly reflect the needs of all musicians. We encourage you to send in thoughts and experiences through the CTA website If you do join this effort by sending your individual submission, we ask that you also mention that you are an AFM/CFM member who supports the CFM's initiative being that "the musical instruments as carry-on's regulations for Canada harmonize with the similar regulations in the United States". Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable in doing so, please feel free to instead send your thoughts to AFM/CFM International Representative, Allistair Elliott (, who will be presenting the submissions for CFM and who will be appearing in the interests of all Canadian musicians.

You may also visit their website for more information

Sincerely and fraternally, 

Alan Willaert

Vice President from Canada





May 23, 2018

Dear CMA Members, 
Please be advised the Vancouver Musicians’ Association (VMA) does not have an agreement in place with the Kamloops Symphony Society (KSS) for the Kamloops Orchestra Symphony (KSO) 2018-19 Season. Preparations are underway to negotiate a collective agreement covering working terms and conditions with the KSS.  Meanwhile, we are requesting all VMA musicians to refrain from signing any engagement contract with the KSS that does not conform to the Tariff of Fees or until a member ratified collective agreement is in place. Please note the following applicable bylaws:


Article 5 Section 27(a) 

All AFM members, by virtue of their membership, authorize the AFM and its Locals to act as their exclusive bargaining representative with full and exclusive power to execute agreements with employers governing terms and conditions of employment.  The AFM, by entering into CBAs, does so for the benefit of all AFM members, and each member is bound by the CBA’s terms.



(1) No member shall work, agree to work or solicit other members or non-members to work on an engagement for less than the minimum compensation applicable to the engagements, as set out in the Tariff, unless permission is obtained in advance from the Board.

KSO Musicians,  PLEASE hold the following applicable meeting dates in your calendars:

VANCOUVER: May 31, 11:00 am and June 2 1:00 pm at the VMA Office 100-925 W.8th Avenue, Vancouver

Vernon: June 4th  11:00 am VENUE TBD.

In Solidarity,

Secretary and Business Agent Dusty Kelly

Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of the AFM

Suite 100 – 925 West 8th Avenue 

Vancouver, BC   V5Z 1E4



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