FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS HST AND WHY DO YOU CHARGE IT?
HST combines PST with GST to create one tax. Because I operate in HST-participating provinces, I collect sales tax at the following rates:
New Brunswick: 15%
Newfoundland and Labrador: 15%
Nova Scotia: 15%
Prince Edward Island: 15%
Businesses or self-employed individuals who make more than $30,000 are required to charge HST to their customers and report that to the Canada Revenue Agency.
ARE YOU IN ANY UNIONS OR ORGANIZATIONS?
I am a proud member of the Toronto Musicians' Association 149. By joining the TMA you also become a member of the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM), the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) and after two years as a TMA member, with periodic work (at least every six months) under TMA/CFM/AFM contracts you become a member of the Musicians Pension Fund of Canada.
DO YOU HAVE COSTUMES? CAN YOU COLOUR MATCH TO MY EVENT?
Before I was a full-time musician, I worked as an agency model - so I'm very into fashion! I still do photoshoots frequently and have all of my closet documented for easy access. If you let me know your colours with enough time before an event, I will do everything I can to colour match. If I have something in my closet already, great! If there is something I would need to potentially make/purchase, additional fees may apply.
I also have costumes for various events. I've dressed as an angel with light up feathered wings for a first communion; a futuristic violinist with a holographic PVC skirt/top (complete with an LED light-up violin!); a Bridgerton-style character complete with a ruffled shirt and full-length waistcoat; a 1920's flapper with a fascinator and sequin dress; and an elf complete with pointed ears and leaf boots.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL POLICIES?
I still actively gig in the United States and hold a US passport; therefore, I am able to provide my services throughout the US and Canada. Gigs booked in the United States are subject to half or full day rates depending on the location, and also must be accompanied by overnight accommodation and a meal stipend.
I travel all throughout Ontario for events of all sizes. However, I charge travel fees depending on the amount of time spent getting to the location. Travel rates are added if a location is outside of Toronto by more than an hour roundtrip.
ARE YOUR RATES FLEXIBLE? WILL YOU WORK FOR FREE?
Though I would love to charge rates that only include performance fees, there are a lot of factors that make up a quote. Travel time/distance, instrument maintenance, practice time, equipment management, music procurement and performance complexity are all taken into account when providing a quote. I strive to provide high quality, beautiful, engaging performances that are tailored to clients' individual needs. I hold a Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance and have performed thousands of hours at hundreds of venues all over the world. Therefore, my rates are non-negotiable. On rare occasions, I am able to do charity work or passion projects - but ultimately, I cannot be paid in exposure. If you're wanting to ensure that your event has memorable, high quality live music, you've come to the right place! I offer competitive, fair pricing so reach out now to see what can be in store for your next event!
DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT? WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
To secure any booking, I require 20% of the total amount paid via e-transfer. Upon receiving a deposit, the gig is marked as booked (yay!) and receipts can be provided. Without a deposit, I am unable to do anything other than hold a date. The final balance and HST are due the day-of the event. I accept cash or e-transfer at this time.