Newsletter – December 31 2020

‘Twas the night before year-end, and all through the land
Not a theatre was open, no props nor stagehand.

The audience was sent home, and so was the cast
The second wave of Covid arrived here so fast.

Since Springtime our gigs have been hung out to dry
For live event workers and business we cry.

On CERB cheque! On face mask! On 2 meter distance!
Now vaccine! Now restart! Now start a new project!

Although it’s been tough and a harsher reality
Know that you’re loved by your greater show family.

But let us exclaim, ere we close out the night—
“Happy New Year to all, and to all a bright light!”

with apologies to A Visit from St. Nicholas

As the final hours of 2020 wind down, we want to reach out to all of you – the live event community who have supported each other over the past 10 months – who lit up their office and home windows, arranged large installations and spread the word that our industry is alive and present, despite being closed for much of the year.

Many people have managed to get work in film, television, streaming or virtual events – this is heartening news, but it still doesn’t help most of the million Canadians who work or perform at music halls, cabarets, festivals, rodeos, theatres, convention centres and every other live event that is such an important part of the cultural and economic fabric of our country.

So, tonight we will hold up our red light, continuing to show that live events matter, and that we need the government to continue to provide support until the industry can safely restart. The news is full of photos ops of vaccinations, which should provide hope, but we know that there is much to be done, and that we will be the last to return.

Be strong, stay safe, wear a mask. Most of all, realize that when we can all gather again, it will be the biggest most raucous live event the world has ever seen, and it will need you – the event professionals of the world – to run it. 

Need help over the holidays?
Check out our mental health resources. Call someone, please.

International Update

  • 38 countries have engaged with We Make Events
  • Over 4800 buildings have been lit in red around the world
  • 15 countries have had direct meetings with their governments about supporting the industry
  • Numerous artists have supported our campaign by raising money and awareness

The Show Can’t Go On

Watch this beautiful counterpoint by Sam Bradford and Praxima, to Amazon’s “The Show Must Go On” video. Creative expression is important, but needs an entire industry to support it.

You can watch the Amazon commercial here.

Member Monday

Brent is a lighting and media designer who has worked throughout the entertainment industry for over 15 years. His Gingerbread Roadie stop-motion animation on social media received over 25,000 views in less than 2 weeks, and helped raise awareness and funds for the organization in the United States.

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Thank you, and Be Well

This Thanksgiving weekend we would like to express our thanks to the amazing live event community. In the absence of shows, concerts and conventions, we may not have not been as connected with our ‘work families’ as usual – it certainly isn’t the same. It might seem unusual to grieve this change, but know that it is allowed and acceptable. We hope that you found some hope and solace this holiday weekend. We are all in this together.We continue to post Canadian resources on that will provide you with financial, health and training support. If you would like to add your own resource, please let us know about it

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Today is the first day to apply for your initial 2 week CRB supplement. This program replaces the CERB, and can pay out if, during a previous 2-week period, you could not work or your income was reduced by 50% compared to last year.

Member Monday

For this Member Monday, we highlight each of you. If it wasn’t for the people who write, follow and perform scripts and runsheets, who build the sets and set the tables, who roll the road cases and sell the tickets
– if it wasn’t for YOU –
there would be no live events.

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Global Day of Action

Hot on the heels of a successful Canadian Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community, the global organization #WeMakeEvents is calling on live event companies and people to reach out across the world.


Harrison Bye

Harrison has been an instrumental past of the Live Event Community execution team since its early days as an important resource for out-of-work workers. His knowledge of technology and social media made him an ideal candidate to maintain communication though Instagram, an important conduit to younger workers. His countless hours preparing for the Light Up Live execution on 22 September definitely paid off with the result being a social reach of 9 million and almost 12k posts over the week.

Harrison has been in the live event community for 12 years. Currently he is the head of audiovideo at Isabel Bader theatre at Victoria University. He also worked at TIFF Bell Lightbox as an Assistant Booth Manager before COVID-19. Pre-covid, Harrison spent his time supporting First Nations (1492 Landback Lane), Teachers, and the Encampment Safety Network (Instagram). During the pandemic he has learned how to make scrambled eggs like Gordon Ramsay (it doesn’t involve profanity or shouting).


Merci a La Communauté des événementielle


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Ce que nous avons vu mardi Ă©tait sans prĂ©cĂ©dent. Les lieux d’Ă©vĂ©nements en direct, les fournisseurs et les travailleurs du théâtre, du spectacle, des Ă©vĂ©nements d’entreprise et des secteurs connexes se sont rĂ©unis. Ils ont mis en lumière l’ensemble de notre industrie Ă  l’un des moments les plus sombres de son histoire.

Merci de vous ĂŞtre rassemblĂ©s (dans l’esprit, puisque nous devons tous garder nos distances physiques) lors de la journĂ©e de visibilitĂ© de la communautĂ© du spectacle vivant. Nous avons demandĂ© votre aide et vous avez rĂ©pondu: #LightUpLive #EclaironsLesScenes a Ă©tĂ© publiĂ© 11 000 fois cette semaine, atteignant 11 millions de comptes, et #LightUpLive s’est classĂ© numĂ©ro 2 au Canada pendant presque une journĂ©e FĂ©licitations !


Thank you to the Live Event Community!


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What we saw on Tuesday was unprecedented. Live event venues, suppliers, and workers across the theatre, performance, corporate event, and related sectors came together. They shone a light on our entire industry at one of the darkest times in its history.

Thank you for standing together (in spirit, since we must all keep our physical distance) on the Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community. We asked for your help, and you responded: #LightUpLive #EclaironsLesScenes was posted 11,000 times this week, reaching 11 million accounts, and  #LightUpLive trended to #2 in Canada for almost a day. Congratulations!


Howard Ungerleider

Once upon a time there was an incredible workforce involving thousands of people. These talented individuals ranged from musicians, actors, lecturers, creative show designers, stagehands, lighting and sound engineers, visual effects and laser technicians, transportation and logistics personnel, caterers, wardrobe assistants, bus drivers, structural engineers along with a vast array of support teams to backup and contribute their skills aiding all these people.


la communauté événementielle planifie une journée de visibilité le 22 septembre

Live Event Community​, une organisation formée pour soutenir les travailleurs canadiens du spectacle et de l’evenementiel qui ont perdu leurs gagne-pain en raison de la pandémie COVID-19 en cours, a organisé une journée de visibilité le mardi 22 septembre 2020.

Une heure après le coucher du soleil, des centaines de sites et de bâtiments d’un ocĂ©an Ă  l’autre Ă©claireront leur extĂ©rieur de rouge pour sensibiliser l’opinion Ă  une industrie qui est encore dans le noir – et qui sera l’une des dernières Ă  se rĂ©tablir. Tout au long de la soirĂ©e, des images et des vidĂ©os seront partagĂ©es sur les mĂ©dias sociaux en utilisant les hashtags #LightUpLive / EclaironsLesScenes pour accroĂ®tre la visibilitĂ©.


Final Planning for Day of Visibility

Live Event Community, an organization formed to support Canadian live event workers who’ve lost their livelihoods due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has organized a Day of Visibility on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020.

One hour after sundown from coast-to-coast, hundreds of venues and buildings will light their exteriors red to raise awareness for an industry that is still dark – and will be one of the last to recover. Throughout the evening, images and video will be shared across social media using the hashtags #LightUpLive / EclaironsLesScenes to boost visibility.


8 Days to Go

We are just over a week away from the Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community on Tuesday 22 September, an unprecedented and united show of support for the live event industries in Canada.

Live events span many industries, including music and the arts, corporate meetings and conventions, sports, and heritage.

Over one million Canadians work in these industries.

Well – they did, until the global threat of COVID-19 closed theatres and cancelled large gatherings earlier this year.

We want to ensure that these event professionals continue to have access to government support until events can safely return.