Justin Bieber is canceling the rest of his tour, the Maple Leafs are considering trading away Tyler Bozak and now one of the country’s best-known talent agencies is the victim of corporate downsizing, leaving the future of many great Canadian artists hanging in the balance.
Yesterday’s news that UTA was closing its Toronto office (which I exclusively broke first, pat myself on the back) has sent shock waves through the Canadian music industry and created uncertainty about the future of bands like City and Colour, Billy Talent and 54-40…as well as the fate of megastars Nickelback, who are repped by Ralph James.
UTA’s decision to shutter the Toronto office isn’t exactly a vote of confidence for Canadian music, and that’s sad because there are some insanely talented artists out of Canada – groups like Rival Sons and Marianas Trench or superstars Drake and The Weeknd. And, let’s not forget, the concert industry in LA is run by Canadians who have huge investments in Canadian touring and venues.
None of the Big Six agencies (WME, CAA, APA, ICM, UTA or Paradigm) now have operational offices in Canada, leaving the entire country to the Feldman Agency and whatever rises out of the ashes of UTA. For now, the Toronto office’s top guns are reaching out to clients to explain the situation. We’re even hearing that a few artists were caught off guard by the breaking news.
Editor’s Note: We understand that Trailer Park Boys’ Canada shows are actually booked out of UTA’s Nashville office and not Toronto—but here at Amplify, we have a policy of not letting the facts get in the way of a good LOL. Please direct all angry emails to Bubbles@ampthemag.ca.
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