The Canadian Live Music Association Launches National Safety Training Program

The Canadian Live Music Association (formerly Music Canada Live) will partner with London-based Anova (working to create a future without violence in London and Middlesex County), Over the Bridge (connecting members of the music industry to mental health and addiction recovery, education, training, and long-term support services) and the London 2019 JUNO Host Committee to launch its new initiative, Raising the Bar (RTB) in London, ON, on March 4, 2019.

RTB is a program designed to deliver training and education to ensure safer spaces, harm reduction, and event safety in Canada’s live music industry.

The London event, programmed to precede JUNO week, will be made available to clubs (including JUNOfest venues), promoters, arenas, festivals, theatres, and others at no cost. It will focus on:

  • Bystander intervention training:
  • Identifying what sexual violence and harassment looks and sounds like
  • Gaining concrete skills on how to safely intervene when witnessing sexual violence and harassment through 5 specific methods
  • Naloxone training:
  • Introduction and the distribution of opioid overdose prevention education, instructions, and kits
  • The signs to look for and how to use a kit

The workshop will take place on March 4th at the John Kinder Labatt Lounge from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required. Training will be followed by a networking reception.

Stakeholders in the live music industry are encouraged to attend. They can register here and space is limited.

For more information, contact Victoria Shepherd, Director of Operations at the Canadian Live Music Association at or 647-502-3364. Or go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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