Canadian Venues Turn Red in Support of the Entertainment Industry
#LightUpLive raises awareness for "an industry that is still dark"
Last night (September 22), the #LightUpLive campaign saw spaces from coast-to-coast shine red to raise awareness for "an industry that is still dark."
"The effect of shutting down a $100 billion industry in Canada will have unimaginable impacts on both companies and individuals," organizers write on their website. "Already, the vast majority of live event workers have been out of work or on government support since March, with no end in sight."
The red hues shine a light on "the many performers, creators, technical, logistical, and management support personnel who drive a $100 billion Canadian economic engine."
Below, you can find Toronto's Opera House, Quebec City's L'ANTI, Edmonton's Starlite Room and more bathed in red, ahead of perusing a complete countrywide map of participating spaces.
While drive-in venues and physically distanced outdoor shows have allowed some to get their live music fix during the pandemic, a full-fledged return to "normal" could still be years away.
#lightuplive #imisslivetheatreTO This local initiative is related to another one that is national. On Tuesday, September 22 all public venues across the country — theatres, concert halls, attractions, convention centres, banquet halls, event spaces, anywhere and everywhere where people gather for special events — will paint Canada red. #LightUpLive is the name of this campaign. All participating venues will turn their marquee lights and other illuminated signs red, beginning one hour after sundown. The idea is to create a ribbon of red that will stretch across the country, hour by hour as the earth spins east and darkness falls, beginning in St. John's, NL and ending in Victoria, BC. In Toronto, the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, the Mirvish theatres and many other venues will be a festive red. It promises to be quite a sight. More information and resources can be found at https://lightuplive.ca/ and https://liveeventcommunity.org/. While we all miss live theatre, at Mirvish we especially miss you, our audience. We look forward to welcoming you back to our theatres when the time is right. Stay tuned for more updates soon. In the meanwhile, stay healthy and safe, recall your fondest theatre memories, and share them with us by sending us your short video. -Mirvish Productions
Tonight the lights are on, but we are still dark. The River Run Centre and Market Square are lit in red, joining venues across Canada for a Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community. Hundreds of thousands of people work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring live events to life. They are out of work while venues stay dark to support the safety of our communities. #LightUpLive #WeMakeEvents #DayOfVisibility #Guelph
Tuesday Sept. 22, was a Day of Visibility for the Canadian events and entertainment community (Red Alert!). The purpose was to draw attention to the live music and entertainment industry, as it was the first to shut down due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and will likely be reinstated last. The UK, Germany, and the USA have all successfully campaigned in the previous months. Sept 22, was Canada's day to shine red and build on the momentum generated internationally. Thanks to all the venues who participated throughout Victoria B.C. and special thanks to Doug from @dl_sound for asking me to document. #wemakeevents #redalert #lightuplive #EclaironsLesScenes #cancelledshows 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 #yyj #yyjshows #yyjconcerts #yyjvenues #cancelledshows#cancelledplans #cancelledevents2020 #yyjcovidsafe #physicallydistanced #safeshows #safeconcerts ovidsafe #covidprotocols #victoriabc #vancouverisland #concertphotos #livemusicshots #concertphotogtaphy #livemusicphotographer #photos #photography #photographer #colinsmithtakespics
Last night we were proud to help spread awareness of an industry in turmoil. We were the first to be shut down and will be the last to reopen. Employing over half a million people in Canada and bringing over $100 billion in revenue. Yet we've been forgotten in our time of need. Today marks 197 days with our doors closed to the public and have no signs that we'll be allowed to reopen any time soon. We stand together now in hopes to raise awareness so that one day we can all enjoy live music again. Check out lightuplive.ca and liveeventcommunity.org for more info #wemakeevents #saveourstages #lightuplive #lightuplivecanada #washyourhands
Tonight, The Great Hall is lighting up red for #LightUpLive - A Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community. We join hundreds of event venues, theatres, concert halls, convention centres and festival grounds across Canada to raise awareness for an industry that is still dark due to Covid-19. Learn more at lightuplive.ca #LightUpLive #WeMakeEvents #WeBuildEntertainment
Some of the arts, entertainment and recreation venues in Vancouver are lit red as a way to draw attention to the Canadian government and to request more support and attention to one of the most impacted industries due to covid. #LightUpLive #dailyhivevan #vancouver #bc #thegeorgiastraight #vancouveratnight #scienceworld
#LIghtUpLive Before COVID closed our doors, Lula Lounge, like most live music venues was also a community that supported hundreds of musicians, tech and staff. We hope that music lovers across the country will make sure that their elected representatives know that they value live music and want the artists, industry workers and venues to have the support they need to make it through the coming months. We can't wait to get back to doing what we love to do! @lulalounge
@liveeventcomm has organized a day of visibility for the live event industry. Today, we're joining alongside our friends across Canada who work in this sector to show our support. . Few have not been impacted by the pandemic. This is especially true in the live experience sector, which was the first to be impacted and will likely be one of the last to recover. . After sundown tonight, from coast-to-coast, hundreds of venues and buildings have lit their exteriors red to raise awareness for an industry that is still dark. #LightUpLive #EclaironsLesScenes