So what does it take to make it in Canada? Turns out, for musicians, you have to make it in America first.

Next week, CBC will be airing a special documentary that follows BC band Said The Whale as they travel down to SXSW in Austin, Texas.  On top of the huge music festival, it’s been an amazing year for the band that also picked up Best New Group at the 2011 Juno Awards in Toronto, but it seems to have come at a cost.

I can’t think of the last time I saw CBC air a documentary about the struggle to be a Canadian musician, so I’m really looking forward to watch how Said The Whale seem to be making it work, because it certainly can’t be easy.  Anytime I see a band live in concert, I’m always baffled by how many roadblocks they must breakthrough before they can even play one live show across this huge country, the cost of traveling alone is terrifying.

The documentary is called Winning America and airs on July 23rd on CBC

Mike Morrison


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