Alanis Morissette, Metric, Grimes and The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie were among the signees.
Alanis Morissette, Metric, The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, Gordon Lightfoot, Grimes, The Sheepdogs, Blue Rodeo, and producer Garth Richardson are among the names on a growing list of nearly 1100 individuals who have signed a letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau which outlines creators’ continual struggle to make a living due to outdated Canadian laws and to “put creators at the heart of future policy.”
“We are Canada’s musicians, songwriters, composers, music producers, authors, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and visual artists -- a creative class of artists and entrepreneurs that has defined this country. We’ve done so through creativity, innovation and hard work. Yet economically we’re worse off today than we were in the 1990s,” the letter begins.
“…while some of us have found success, too many others are being squeezed out of the marketplace. The middle class artist is being eliminated from the Canadian economy. Full-time creativity is becoming a thing of the past.”