The CERB and You

The Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) includes money designated for distribution to sole-proprietor and small business owners who don’t qualify for EI.

The CERB applies to an extremely broad group of workers in Canada.

The following is a list of questions and answers, which will be updated as new information comes up.

Update April 1: added navigation chart and filing instructions
Update April 18: You may now apply if you have made less than $1000 in the 14 days

Howard Ungerleider

Howard’s eclectic career has seen him work closely with such talents as Rod Stewart, Van Halen and Rush as well as many other esteemed artists and clients alike. He has also created custom environments for corporate and special events for the likes of General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and designed special effects for professional sports teams such as the Buffalo Sabres. The contacts he has made over 40 years in the business have opened doors for the Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community, and we sincerely appreciate the support.

You can also catch his artistry (and the Production Design International team) at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Tuesday September 22, when he rolls out the lasers to light up live events.

Howard Ungerleider

Production Design International

A message from Howard:

Hello, my Name is 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.

We are these people who bring the population enjoyment and pleasure while educating and exposing generations to an incredible art form.

Now this has all gone away as we are forced to shut down our Industry due to this horrible pandemic. Please extend your support to all of us by supporting our coalition to bring awareness to our government, so that they can assist us further enabling us to survive through these unprecedented times. Come join us on September 22nd when we shall turn the city Red and go to and enjoy the Day of Visibility.

Listen to his recent podcast interview with Chris Lose on PLSN


Arkell’s Max Kerman misses live events

Today on CBC The Current, host Matt Galloway talks to Max Kerman, lead singer of the Canadian band Arkells, about why he’s been offering music lessons, and the deep impact of COVID on live events.

“Your concerts are spectacles,” say host Galloway, “you haven’t played a while – what do you miss?” (3:50 into the clip)

“I don’t want to think about it, Matt, I get emotional.” says Kerman, “the rituals on the day are what I miss the most.”


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 océan à l’autre éclaireront leur extérieur de rouge pour sensibiliser l’opinion à une industrie qui est encore dans le noir – et qui sera l’une des dernières à se rétablir. Tout au long de la soirée, des images et des vidéos seront partagées sur les médias sociaux en utilisant les hashtags #LightUpLive / EclaironsLesScenes pour accroître la visibilité.

Jusqu’à présent, la liste des bâtiments participants (accessible à l’adresse ​​) comprend des lieux de représentation prestigieux, des arènes majeures et des points de repère emblématiques comme la Tour CN, la Tour de Calgary, les chutes du Niagara, la Rogers Arena, le Roy Thomson Hall, le Grand Théâtre de Québec, le Centre des arts de la Confédération, le SaskTel Centre, le Stratford Festival Theatre, le Royal Theatre Victoria, et bien d’autres encore.

“Ce mouvement populaire semble avoir pris feu”, déclare Morgan Myler, co-fondateur de Live Event Community et vétéran du secteur. “Notre objectif est de faire en sorte que le gouvernement reconnaisse que notre industrie a été particulièrement touchée par les effets de COVID-19, et qu’il continue à offrir un soutien financier aux travailleurs et aux entreprises du spectacle vivant tout au long de la chaîne d’approvisionnement jusqu’à ce que les grands rassemblements soient à nouveau considérés comme sûrs et que l’industrie reprenne vie”.

“Cette industrie est bâtie sur la passion, et cela la rend intrinsèquement résistante”, ajoute Rob Duncan, co-fondateur de Live Event Community. “Nous faisons tous de notre mieux pour traverser cette tempête et nous apprécions le soutien que nous avons déjà reçu des différents niveaux de gouvernement et du grand public ; cependant, nous sommes dans une situation particulièrement difficile et nous avons besoin d’aide pour que le spectacle puisse continuer une fois que nous serons tous de l’autre côté de cette pandémie”.

Pour plus d’informations et pour consulter la liste et la carte interactive des sites participants, visitez le site ​

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Media Inquiries:

Morgan Myler – Live Event Community – 416-720-6477,
Rob Duncan – Live Event Community – 416-809-2488, 

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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.

This industry is built on passion, and that makes it inherently resilient

So far, the list of participating buildings (accessible at includes prestigious performance venues, major arenas, and iconic landmarks like the CN Tower, Calgary Tower, Niagara Falls, Rogers Arena, Roy Thompson Hall, the Grand Théâtre de Québec, Confederation Centre of the Arts, SaskTel Centre, Stratford Festival Theatre, Royal Theatre Victoria, and many more.

“This grassroots movement has seemed to catch fire,” says Live Event Community co-founder and industry veteran Morgan Myler. “Our goal is to ensure the government acknowledges that our industry has been uniquely impacted by the effects of COVID-19, and that it will continue to offer financial support for live event workers and companies throughout the supply chain until large gatherings are once again deemed safe and the industry comes back to life.”

“This industry is built on passion, and that makes it inherently resilient,” adds Live Event Community co-founder Rob Duncan. “We’re all doing our best to weather this storm and appreciate the support we’ve already received from various levels of government and the general public; however, we’re in a uniquely challenging spot, and need assistance hardships to ensure the show can go on once we’re all on the other side of this pandemic.”

For more information and to see a list and interactive map featuring the participating venues, visit

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Media Inquiries:

Morgan Myler – Live Event Community – 416-720-6477,
Rob Duncan – Live Event Community – 416-809-2488, 

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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.

Light it up Red on 22 September

We already have 200 venues registered on the map. Let’s keep going! We have team packages including venue requests and media templates. Send out a press release to your local TV and newspapers.

We will be adding video assets and still images for use on marquees and projection this Thursday:

No Venue? No Problem!

What can I do if I can’t light up a building? Glad you asked!

  1. record a short video testimonial (here’s all the instructions)
  2. use your network and ask for a “celebrity story” (sample scripts here)
  3. sign up for our Facebook event, and share our content on social channels (@liveeventcomm on InstaTwitterFacebook and LinkedIn)
  4. take your “I AM LIVE EVENTS” selfie and post to social or send it to us.

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Tony Crea

There is no one better to launch our Live Event Community Stories video series than Tony Crea. He started the T.I.N cup busking fundraiser weekly outside of Long & McQuade at Bloor & Ossington in to raise funds for “techs in need”.

“There are thousands of technicians across this country” who are out of work, says Tony. An industry veteran of 40 years, Tony has worked with many of them.

Check out how you can be featured and help tell our story!


Three weeks to go!

As of today, the ​Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community has an event hashtag all their own. Event organizers are asking venues and landmarks across the country to light up their buildings and marquees in red on Tuesday 22 September to raise awareness for an industry that remains dark.

Early response has been overwhelming. Organizations, grassroots groups and individuals are coming together to ask and assist with illuminating landmarks in red, bringing to light the many performers, creators, technical, logistical, and management support personnel who drive a $100 billion Canadian economic engine.

The selected hashtag #LightUpLive #EclaironsLesScenes draws attention to locations that have been primarily dark for over six months due to social distancing restrictions. Live event workers are encouraged to participate using social media, and participating venues and installations can be tracked on an interactive map at the event website (​​).

“This grassroots movement has seemed to catch fire,” says Morgan Myler, co-founder of the ​Live Event Community group, which formed in March as a result of the cancellation of events worldwide due to COVID-19. “We started with a resource guide for workers to access critical health, financial and training opportunities when COVID-19 hit.”

I’m always impressed to see how quickly the event industry can respond

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According to Statistics Canada , the arts, entertainment and recreation sector lost 152,000 of 486,100 jobs between June 2019 and June 2020, and 86% of businesses experienced a high level of impact due to the decrease in demand or cancellation of services . Those that are still employed have seen a 45% reduction in hours worked​ . The corporate and business events sector directly employs an additional 229,000 Canadians according to a 2017 Oxford Economics3 study.

“I’m always impressed to see how quickly the event industry can respond,” says co-founder Rob Duncan “but considering how quickly the work stopped, people are really looking to do something, however symbolic it may be.”

The ​Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community will run Tuesday 22 September from an hour after sundown, coast to coast. Follow along at ​​. Live event workers looking for resources can visit ​

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Pete Kadelbach

I have admittedly, of my own choice lived life close to edge of financial insecurity or peril. It was always a thing…

Posted by Peter Kadelbach on Sunday, August 16, 2020

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I had my first gig in 160 days. The amount of joy I got from one day of working my dream job again and almost feeling…

Posted by Roz Allyssa Rawes on Thursday, August 20, 2020

I had my first gig in 160 days. The amount of joy I got from one day of working my dream job again and almost feeling like things were back to normal is too much to put into words. I’m so grateful for such a treat. The next couple days are going to be hard though. Knowing that this isn’t going to happen again tomorrow or even for the foreseeable future is beyond heartbreaking. Trying to just sit with the pleasures of today.

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Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Announced

CERB Extended

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended to a total of 28 weeks (from the original 26 weeks). This will extend the original CERB payments to 27 September 2020.

Beginning 27 September anyone who qualifies for EI will be migrated to this program, and anyone else can apply for the newly announced Canada Recovery Benefit.

*NEW* Canadian Recovery Benefit

CRB starts 27 September 2020 for people who don’t qualify for EI (freelancers)

This program will offer $400 a week for 26 weeks.

You can claim income but your benefit will be reduced by $0.50 for each $1 earned.

Employment Insurance Program

With the revised EI program, you will receive 55% of your former income up to $573/week, but the floor (minimum payment) has been raised to $400.

You will qualify for between 26 and 45 weeks depending on the worked hours you have banked. You have to have worked 120 hours to qualify for this year.

You must claim outside income earned, but your benefit will be reduced by $0.50 for every $1 earned.

Canada Recovery Care-giving Benefit

$550 for week per household caregiving benefit up to 26 weeks.

Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit

Also you can be eligible for $500 weekly for up to two weeks for those who don’t have paid sick leave or if you become sick or if you need to isolate for reasons linked to COVID-19