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Any Canadian bands here that've played in US (Or vice versa)
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Hellfire Commando



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US border is just as bad... my friend got denied at the border for having being caught with drugs 18 years ago. He even had a pardon and they wouldn't let him go through!

The BEST way to do it is saying that the band is going to record their album in the states. You just have to do a fake contract with your phone number on it, in case they want to call you. For merch, tell them they are appearing at radio shows and they will give them all away. This method has been used many many times for friends of mine and it works 95% of the time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Detest Records wrote:
Reading your posts folks is amazing for a EU citizen, believe me ...

Not only for an EU zitizen...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't blame him. I've known some cool Canadians, but the majority of them annoy the shit out of me....sorry. Just something "aboot" them.


That's rich. Someone from New york state mocking someone else's accent. I, nor anyone else I know here, have said 'aboot' in my life.

Anyway, my earlier point was merely if you 'blend in' at the border (ie: keep the inverted crosses/bloody stage props/etc to a minimum) you'll increase your chances of getting through. A little common sense goes a long way. Don't even wear a band shirt. A solid black tshirt causes less questions from the christian at the counter.

In Europe, the ONLY place I've had issues is the Uk. Otherwise border guards don't care... And sometimes they just want a free tshirt for their kid or something.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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God, I'd like to see that! Shocked


ehehe when I quit tapetrading I started videotrading for a couple of years (untill one of my vcr's broke). I got some nice things here in a closet like one of the first entombed german shows (excellent quality) with david blomqvist on bass and one show with orvar säfström on vocals
sooner or later I have to digitalize some vhs and put on youtube
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crossing the Canadian border is difficult but not impossible. Sabbat was able to cross without any problems.

I know Annick was recently denied acess to the US for whatever reason.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hellfire Commando wrote:
The US border is just as bad... my friend got denied at the border for having being caught with drugs 18 years ago. He even had a pardon and they wouldn't let him go through!


The funny thing is that they let him through just a few weeks earlier when his band went to play in NYC !!! It depends on the border guard's mood, really. Crossing into the U.S. I've met some very cool ones and also some real assholes (well, maybe not assholes, but they had an attitude problem - god syndrome or some shit.)

At Classic Metal Fest in Chicago in 2004, Celestial Dawn (from Montreal) were giving their CDs away because they were let across the border as long as they didn't sell any merchandise (although I don't see why they didn't end up selling them anyway - it's not like they had the border guard follow them all the way to Chicago...)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
I know Annick was recently denied acess to the US for whatever reason.


She's so metal that she triggered all the detectors at the border crossing.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

metalcrypt666 wrote:
NWN PROD wrote:
I know Annick was recently denied acess to the US for whatever reason.


She's so metal that she triggered all the detectors at the border crossing.


Haha... Spinal Tap style!

It was actually my friend that was denied access, therefore I couldn't go because he was the driver. We caught a chick on a powertrip. They made us wait 5 hours at the border before telling us we couldn't cross.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys... this is what we needed!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GROUND ZERO Entertainment wrote:
Thanks guys... this is what we needed!
Disappointing information? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a little, but we'll see...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Detest Records wrote:
Reading your posts folks is amazing for a EU citizen, believe me ...


Remember we have other absurds.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most people that find Canada / Canadians annoying (a retarded generalization to begin with) have -

a. never been here.
b. never lived here.

I lived in New York for a while and hands down it is one of the dirtiest fucking toilets that was ever built on this planet. Interesting place nonetheless but a 3rd world environment in one of the 'richest' countries on the planet.

Sorry, what..? Canada fucking OWNS.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed with most of the serious replies here. Try to minimize the amount of actual gear being brought over with you. If your band has a website etc. take it down as border guards will always try and google your individual and band names if they suspect you are a band trying to sneak over without proper work visas. Sounds retarded, but its true.

Work visas are a waste of time for small underground bands. They are fine if some coffee-fetching nerd at Relapse sorts it all out for you, but they take months and cost money. Always mail your merch over or simply have shirts printed in Canada before hand. Very easy to do and cheaper than you'd think. Bring passports if at all possible.

The "going to record in Canada" routine works well. Just make sure you have a reliable contact person in Canada who gets the ruse straight and who can follow up. Keep your story consistent and believable.

I have lived in Canada all my life and have played many, many shows in the USA over the years. Never been denied. I've had to sit in a detaining area for 5 hours and had my van torn apart and searched, but was never denied entry. There is also sheer luck involved. Some border guards are super cool, some are fucking cunts.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In UK airports they actually check Myspace for tourdates to stop bands coming over without work permits.
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