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Bob Shindle, FOH/Recording Engineer, Father, Husband, and Friend

Bob Shindle was an extraordinaire person with deep ties to the Canadian Entertainment industry. He was generous with his time and guidance and touched many backstage and in front of house. Unfortunately, on January 17, 2023, Bob passed on from this life at Princess Margaret Hospital while bravely combating cancer. Those closest to him, we give our deepest condolences, and we all have suffered a loss. 

On Sept 22nd, 2020 and the days before, Bob Shindle was instrumental in #lightuplive in Toronto and across Canada. He advocated for the Canadian Music and Theatre industry, the industry and friends cared for dearly that was in dire distress due to the pandemic.  In the days leading to that night, he supported his peers and made those connections that helped make that night a success in Canada and raised awareness for what we all were experiencing.  We appreciate what you did for us all. You will be missed and remembered for your industry achievements, the many gifts to family and friends and your work on .#LightUpLive and #EclaironsLesScenes .

 Rest in Peace, Bob. You earned it.

The Live Event Community 

https://www.roadhouseandrose.com/memorials/robert-shindle/5121901/index.php

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IATSE Canada, with the generous support of the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund, is excited to offer Mental Health First Aid 

Date: December 7th & 8th

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST each day 

Location: ON-LINE Space is limited. Mental health first aid is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. Most people are familiar with CPR and know what to do when they are faced with a cardiac emergency. However, would you know what to do if you were faced with someone having a mental health emergency? Now more than ever, it can be vital to understand the signs and symptoms of someone in a mental health crisis and know how to help.

The course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. During the course, the participants will learn how to:

  â–Ş Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health

 crisis.

â–Ş Find and reach out to professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-

being.

â–Ş Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis.

â–Ş Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being.

 COURSE DETAILS

  â–Ş 8 hours of instruction: 2 hours of self-directed study, plus two 3-hour virtual classroom sessions.

 â–Ş Self-study Online Module 1: access link will be sent to course participants by email after their registration has been processed but not later than 2 weeks before the course start date.

â–Ş Virtual Classroom Modules 2 and 3: delivered via Zoom.

This course is open to all performing arts workers and is being offered at no cost as part of the trainings the IATSE is providing through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund. To access this training free of charge, you must register through this link : https://tinyurl.com/IACourses2022

Further registration may be required by the vendor

Employers: Are you interested in accessing training funding through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund? Contact International Representatives Jason Vergnano jvergnano@iatse.net or Cindy Jennings cjennings@iatse.net to discuss how to apply to receive support for your training initiatives.

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Pyrotechnics Safety and Legal Awareness – DEC 10 2022

Presented by Gunsmoke Canada

December 10, 2022
10:00am – 5:00pm ET
ONLINE

This course is the prerequisite for Pyrotechnics Certification in Canada. Special Effects Pyrotechnics are regulated by a division of NRCAN (Natural Resources Canada), ERD (Explosives Regulatory Division). This course allows the successful participant to apply for certification as a Pyrotechnician; the entry level of pyrotechnics certification. After successfully completing the course, participants will receive an ROT (Record of Training) from Gunsmoke, which can be submitted to the ERD to receive a certificate.

Further information regarding this course can be found here:
https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/explosives/fireworks/9889


Normally $240.00, this course is open to all and is being offered at no cost as part of the trainings the


IATSE is providing through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF). To access this training free of charge, you must register through this link: https://tinyurl.com/IACourses2022


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be required to registered with the Explosives Regulatory Division in order to receive your licence, at a cost of $102.00. This amount will be refunded by the CPAWRF by submitting a copy of your license and proof of payment to either Jason Vergnano at jvergnano@iatse.net, or Cindy Jennings at cjennings@iatse.net.

Space is limited!

** Further registration information may be required by the vendor.

Employers: Are you interested in accessing training funding through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund? Contact International Representatives Jason Vergnano jvergnano@iatse.net or Cindy Jennings cjennings@iatse.net to discuss how to apply to receive support for your training initiatives.

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Pyrotechnics Safety and Legal Awareness

Presented by Gunsmoke Canada

December 4th, 2022   

10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

ON-LINE

This course is the prerequisite for Pyrotechnics Certification in Canada. Special Effects Pyrotechnics are regulated by a division of NRCAN (Natural Resources Canada), ERD (Explosives Regulatory Division). This course allows the successful participant to apply for certification as a “Pyrotechnician”, the entry level of pyrotechnics certification.  After successfully completing the course participants will receive an ROT (Record of Training) from Gunsmoke, that can be submitted to the ERD to receive a certificate.

Further information regarding this course can be found here: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/explosives/fireworks/9889

This Course, normally $240.00  is open to everyone and is being offered at no cost as part of the Canadian Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund if you register through this link   https://tinyurl.com/IACourses2022

But space is limited. Register Now

Employers: Are you interested in accessing training funding through the Canadian Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund? Contact International Representatives Jason Vergnano jvergnano@iatse.net or Cindy Jennings cjennings@iatse.net to discuss how to apply to receive support for your training initiatives.

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Arts Workers Resilience Fund – TRAINING FUND

IATSE Local 58 is now Offering training that is in whole or in part funded thru the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund TRAINING FUND.  This training is open to anyone interested in working in live events. Course such as working at heights, Machine safety and Operation as well as entertainment skills training could be covered by this fund.

To be notified of these opportunities please follow the following link 

https://forms.gle/iYFW3hzrAy9CwTZu5

To find out more about this program Follow this link 

“This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada.”

“This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada.”


La section locale 58 de l’IATSE propose dĂ©sormais une formation financĂ©e en tout ou en partie par le FONDS DE FORMATION Fonds du Canada pour la rĂ©silience des travailleurs des arts de la scène. Cette formation est ouverte Ă  toute personne intĂ©ressĂ©e Ă  travailler dans des Ă©vĂ©nements en direct. Des cours tels que le travail en hauteur, la sĂ©curitĂ© et le fonctionnement des machines, ainsi que la formation aux techniques de divertissement, pourraient ĂŞtre couverts par ce fonds.

Pour être informé de ces opportunités, veuillez suivre le lien suivant

https://forms.gle/iYFW3hzrAy9CwTZu5

Pour en savoir plus sur ce programme Suivez ce lien

Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.
  • Ce projet est financĂ© [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.
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#LightUpLive 2021

A little under a year ago, the entire Live Event Community came together to demonstrate to Canadians that we were strong, and in need of support.

Through the advocacy of many members, we have come a long way towards a restart, and it is time to celebrate those milestones. It’s election time, and it is more important than ever to show that we are not back to normal.

The people, companies and venues who are the heart of this billion dollar business are still vulnerable across Canada. Many have left the industry altogether, and those left still need financial support until we can get back to full capacity events. Partial audiences and enhanced health and safety requirements make it difficult or impossible to financially sustain many productions.

Political parties are listening, and candidates need your votes. Make sure that YOU are seen and heard.

On 22 September, we are calling on you to light up your venues in red in support of the vibrant live event community from coast to coast. Mark the date in your calendars, and help Canada #lightuplive #eclaironslesscenes next month. #wemakeevents

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Brent Sandrock

Brent is a lighting and media designer who has worked throughout the entertainment industry for over 15 years. He spent time video directing tours, programming lights for concerts, corporates, and cruise ships, and shooting and editing custom content with his company Creative Lumens, Inc. With a passion for music and the live event experience, Brent has always looked for ways to showcase the amalgam of art and technology that exists uniquely in this industry. He looks forward to once again experiencing the high we get when everything is set up, thousands of people are gathered together, and the show is about to start.

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 wemakeevents.org organization in the United States.

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Mike Maclean

Mike has been working 38 years in the live entertainment industry.  He is a proud member of  IATSE Local 357 and is the Head Stage Electrician at Centre in the Square.  Currently, they are working a modified contract recording symphony concerts with drastically reduced hours.  Mike is also an Entertainer Motorcoach Fleet Owner.  COVID has forced to cancel the touring schedule completely for the past 8 months. Mike says “It has been tough to lay off staff, keep the fleet in good mechanical order, and keep current with expenses like insurance, taxes, etc.  But on the bright side, we have been able to expand our fleet in order to be ready for when our industry reopens.”   Mike has hope and looks forward to the day where we can be working together again!

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Antony Kahil

Antony is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been in the entertainment industry for 7 years. Working from general AV to lighting/video. Antony now lives in Toronto and freelances for various companies pre-covid. He currently does lighting and video for live music, broadcast, and corporate events. Currently, Antony is waiting for the world to recover so the industry can get back to doing what we all love the most and that we so desperately miss.

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Sabrina Mueller

Sabrina has an 18-year career in live events that has included both theatre and corporate events. She is currently the Operations Manager of the Pumphouse Theatres in Calgary and freelances as a Production Manager and Lighting Technician. The Pumphouse Theatres have a focus on education as well as supporting community, small and emerging organizations produce live events safely. Assisting the live events community to navigate safety, government regulation, and best working practices is something that is very important to Sabrina. This is why she joined the committee for the Calgary effort for #Lightuplive. Being able to draw attention to the size, scope of the impacted people, and supply chain for live events in Calgary was a privilege currently unparalleled in her career. There is currently no safe way to gather in large groups all we can do is work together to mitigate the risks of gathering, keep humanizing the statistics for our industry and support each other during these unusual times.