The following quote is from a fan in Kamloops who has something important to say about supporting Canadian artists:
“Dear Canada Jams, thanks for responding and letting me write in to you guys. My name is Chris and I live in Kamloops, British Columbia with my sister and my dog. I was googling around the wide web trying to find support for my sister because she’s a guitar player, and I was touched by your motivation to support Canadian artists. Now I would love for this message to get shared and heard across Canada. I hope your blog can do this for me.
“I truly believe my sister has the talent to make a great career out of singing and playing the guitar. But I’m so annoyed by locals in Kamloops because rather than giving her attention they’d much rather listen to popular American music. To combat this everyday I listen to her music as loud as I can in my tow truck around Kamloops. Already by doing this I have managed to glean her some support by catching the attention of listeners who wonder who made that fabulous music. People are often shocked and surprised to learn that the music they call “magical” is in fact made by a local right here in Kamloops. I think knowing the fact that my sister is a local makes them love her even more. If only there was a way to get more locals to know of her, I think she could become a celebrity fairly quickly. But this is hard to do with all the American trash music coming in across the border via radio waves and the internet. To help our local artists prosper I truly believe we need to shut the borders off from music so to speak. I mean we should block all American music from making its way onto Canadian avenues of entertainment so that we can start to appreciate our own artists more. Our economy would benefit greatly from seeing our own artistic creators benefit from their skills rather than giving all our money and time to those idiots across the border.
“So today if you’re looking for tow truck Kamloops, don’t be surprised if you hear the beautiful singing and guitar playing of my sister. I think towing cars for my auto shop in Kamloops is a great opportunity for my sister to get heard, but I know there’s better ways out there. If only Canadians could understand the importance of appreciating local artists rather than media-induced superstars in America, people like my sister would actually be able to follow their dreams and make a profitable career here in Canadian borders. Who knows, perhaps even Americans would start to dig her like they did for Drake. Well, that’s my rant for you guys and I hope your readers see the importance of it. Thank you for allowing me to share and I look forward to your response.”
Thank you, Chris. You put in better words what we’re trying to do here with this blog than we could ourselves. It’s very true that Canadians have built the habit of praising American artwork rather than looking here for undiscovered talent which in many cases is even better than top 20 hits in America. If I’m ever looking for a tow truck service in Kamloops BC, I hope I get your tow truck and you as a driver because I’d love to hear your sister play. I know you didn’t wish to share her name because you didn’t want this to come across as a pitiful way to get her more listeners, but I really wish I could know her name just to share her music here.
If only every tow truck driver in Canada let alone British Columbia was as serious as you about this, playing Canadian music, I think that alone would be enough to solve the problem, and that says a lot about how serious I think you are. It’s people like you, Chris, that will make the great difference for us as Canadians in deciding where our music comes from. Your powerful words have touched me and I hope they do the same for our beloved readers. So once again, thank you Chris. You’re the best Canadian tow truck driver ever! I wish your sister the best of luck!