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Officer Columns, Vice President from Canada


Alan Willaert – AFM Vice President from Canada

At Last!

Lire cette chronique en français: It was almost 30 years ago that the AFM International Executive Board (IEB) approved a document for use in Canada to cover theatrical motion pictures and episodic television film, which were considered Canadian content. More specifically, the productions had to comply with established criteria, such as certification through the […]


par Alan Willaert, vice-président de la FAM pour le Canada Il y a près de 30 ans, le conseil international de direction de la FAM a entériné un document pour le Canada s’appliquant au cinéma commercial et aux séries télévisées, qui étaient considérés comme du contenu canadien. Plus précisément, les productions devaient répondre à certains […]

Big Test for Labour Is Imminent

The following embodies a previously submitted article. However, given the political polarization now inherent in our country and the significant radicalization permeating both provincial and federal politics, the urgency of this message is even more pronounced than when first written. Add to that the war in Ukraine, and parallels are evident. When the gavel dropped […]

Yes, It IS a Union Gig! 

Maybe a full moon is to blame. In recent months, the CFM has encountered a spate of efforts to circumvent our agreements. These unscrupulous producers are, of course, attempting to a) get away with paying less, b) expropriate musicians’ rights and c) encourage musicians to act as nonmembers.  The first case in point is a […]

Wait … Fake What?

For the past 18 months, the National Music Centre (NMC), an organization based in Paris, France, has been involved in a study on the manipulation of listening on music platforms. The first of its kind, the research has gathered data on the extent of fraudulent or fake streams. After years of suffering due to file […]


One of the core services of the Federation is collective bargaining, headed by our national offices or within the locals. In Canada, locals have autonomy to bargain within their jurisdiction. Exceptions to this are the events which move from province to province on a yearly basis. To provide continuity, the Canadian Office is responsible for […]

Update on Bill C-11

As I reported in October, a last-minute amendment to Bill C-11, the proposed update to the Broadcasting Act removed the application of Status of the Artist legislation from online undertakings. In other words, the ability for artists’ unions to compel big tech to bargain collectively was suddenly excised. The bumbling and embarrassed excuses from the […]

Wooden You Know It … Canadian Office Lobbies for Less Restrictive Pernambuco Regulations

As a member of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), Canada was asked to participate in lobbying our government representatives who are attending the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to vote against a proposal by Brazil (CoP19 Prop. 49) to move Pernambuco trees from Appendix II to […]

More Silly Rabbits and Wily Coyotes

As I write this, Canadian locals have just attended a presentation by Lisa Freeman, executive director of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC). My sincere appreciation goes out to Freeman, who took the time to apprise those in attendance on the status and short-term objectives her team faces in anticipation of pending updates to Canada’s […]

Paying the Price for Union Strength

At the risk of being repetitive, I must lament at hearing nonmember musicians (and a disturbing number of members) parroting the corporate slogan: “perhaps there once was a need for unions, but not anymore.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Giving any credence to that statement is a recipe for disaster. Corporations, or any […]