ETA: You can submit statistics for any festival’s 2016 lineup here.
As was outlined in the CBC Music Blog’s article “Dear Canadian Festivals: show us the women,” most Canadian festivals (large or small) are pretty abysmal at putting women on their stages, despite the overwhelming amount of terrific women performing in great bands or solo Canada today.
I think it’s time to hold their feet to the fire, and give them an annual report card on gender parity at their festival. Ideally, I’d love to do this with venues and concert series as well, but festivals are a good starting point.
Would you be willing to take a look at your local festival and break down the 2014 numbers for us?
– how many acts total?
– how many acts are fronted by women?
– how many acts have women in the band, total (including frontwomen)?
You can either leave your results in the comments below, or email them to email@example.com
Please email me the stats if you’d like them published anonymously; I’ll quickly vet the numbers you’ve provided before posting them under the ‘Anonymous’ account.
I will not reveal your name to anybody, for any reason.
If we get a dozen people looking at their local festivals across the country, we can get a really good sense of the national representation of women, and start talking to bookers and artistic directors about these numbers.