‘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—with apologies to A Visit from St. Nicholas
“Happy New Year to all, and to all a bright light!”
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.
- 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.
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 wemakeevents.org organization in the United States.
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