I haven’t traveled much in my life but last year I was fortunate enough to make a trip to London, England. To my surprise I found that metal isn’t frowned upon or dismissed. People playing metal in the subway lines, everyone enjoying it, or appreciating it in some way. I saw musicians of all different genres and caliber all being supported. Not being judged or dismissed based off the genre of music. Canada sadly has less support in certain genres some would say thanks to over clutter, but I think it has to do with a lingering dislike for things that are different or that stray from the “main stream.” I remember when I would turn on the radio and hear bands like Alexisonfire. When bands were given equal play time not just on a “metal station". I miss the days where I could turn on the radio and hear an even mix of music from all genres. As someone who loves most genres I still find it difficult to want to turn on the radio. Same top 10 songs you heard all day repeated. I feel music of the less main stream appeal has been shoved under the rug and left under ground. I’m not saying that everyone lead us down this road; it was a collective change in society. I find its unfortunate for the people living out the dream of playing music. I always had the hope that one day I’d be able to play Warped Tour, but this is just another one of those things that just changed over time. A time that has passed. A dream that has gone, sadly. Overall, the opportunities for bands in your local scene suffer. Venues shut down. Festivals died out. Music scene is fading around us everyday. Maybe pressing play on that local bands tracks is all you can do now, in order to get them some chance in the spotlight.