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Officer Columns, Vice President from Canada

Allistair Elliott – AFM Vice President from Canada

First 30 Days—Keeping the Negotiating Train Rolling

Typically, when a new administration begins, there is a target to achieve some positive momentum within the first 100 days. I want to take some time to share my first 30 days in office. Firstly, I have spent some individual time with all staff in the office. We have a small, but dedicated, group and […]

Leading with Legacy—Stepping into the Office of Vice President from Canada

en français : Le legs de la direction: entrer dans la fonction de vice-président pour le Canada Having been sworn into office not quite a week ago, I am currently transitioning from my role as Canadian International Representative (IR) to my new position as vice president from Canada. There is a large void in our AFM […]

The Chess Match Between Canadian Airlines and Government

by Allistair Elliott, AFM International Representative for Canadian Locals In 2019, a new Passenger Bill of Rights provided musicians some protection when travelling with instruments on airlines in Canada. This was a significant step that, for the first time, recognized musicians with instruments on Canadian airlines as a specific group. It created an accountability structure […]

What Were They Thinking?

Membership in the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is indicative of arrival as a professional and carries with it a certain amount of respect and pride and has infinite monetary value. Many of the collective agreements negotiated on behalf of members are also administered by the AFM, but there […]

Well, What Do Ya Know?

As of this writing, the federal government has introduced Bill C-58, which is the culmination of decades of work by the labour movement in Canada. It aims to ban the practice of employers bringing in replacement workers during a contract dispute. There are two main components to the bill. The first makes it illegal for […]

Look Out – It’s Already Here

The nightly news has, for the past year at least, featured reports of how artificial intelligence (AI) has become significantly more intelligent. Examples of “deep fakes” permeate social media, depicting well-known celebrities in various questionable activities, while it was not that celebrity at all, but a computer-generated rendition. The use of AI has become so […]

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 […]

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