Join ‘Professional Lighting & Production’ at the InfoComm International Reception

Friday, June 13th, 2014

giada-infocomm-las-vegasIn cooperation with InfoComm, Professional Lighting & Production magazine invites all Canadian InfoComm visitors to attend the InfoComm International Reception. The reception takes place 5:30  to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 18 at LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), in Pavilion One.

This is a unique chance to network, relax and socialize with Canadian AV professionals, production companies, consultants, educators, manufacturers, distributors, and reps.

Visitors will have a chance to meet Johanne Belanger, the new president of InfoComm and president of Freeman Audio Visual Canada.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 18th.

Lighting Life Underwater at Ripley’s Aquarium

Friday, November 15th, 2013

RIPLEY'S AQUARIUM OF CANADA LP - Dangerous LagoonWe’re quite excited to be bringing you an exclusive look at the lighting systems deployed at the brand new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, located at the foot of the iconic CN Tower in downtown Toronto.

This project was a massive one with years in design and development being realized at the grand opening in October 2013. PL&P’s Kevin Young spoke with the teams from Mulvey & Banani as well as Guelph’s Sceneworks to get the scoop on what went into the illumination of these underwater worlds.

The story is on the cover of our Winter 2013 issue, dropping in just a couple of weeks, so keep an eye out and let us know what you think of the story, or the attraction itself if you’ve been one of the lucky ones to have been through already.

Visuals & Lighting Making Lasting Impact At InfoComm13

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

So a great first day is in the books at InfoComm 2013. The organization’s slogan of “Communicate. Collaborate. Connect.” applies as much to the various technologies and systems on display here as it does the professionals gathered to experience them all.

This show has not only been resilient over the years to trends – and attendees – coming and going, but it’s been extremely prosperous, attracting a steadily increasing and widening array of attendees and exhibitors from various fields. Lighting and staging are becoming increasingly present while more and more technologies from IT, security, and networking sectors seep into what’s traditionally been known as “A/V.” There’s no question the show’s growth is directly connected to the expanding-at-both-ends market it represents.

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En Coulisse Concludes Succesful 14th Edition

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

It was a long day, but a good one. Today was the second and final day of the 14th edition of Solotech’s En Coulisse trade show and the general consensus from exhibitors is that a lot of good business took place on the second floor of Montreal’s Palais des congres.

It was a pleasure to catch up with Solotech president Denis Lefrancois and talk about his plan for the company’s operations and growth over the coming years. The company’s ambition was certainly apparent with yesterday’s announcement that new Sales & Integration offices have opened in Halifax and Vancouver.

Beyond that, there’s not much more to be said; En Coulisse is a world-class event that grows each year and continues to deliver. Check out some more photos from the event by clicking “Read More.”

Cheers from Montreal. And go Habs.

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Conference & Cocktail Reception Ends Day 1 Of En Coulisse

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The first day of Solotech’s En Coulisse trade show is now one for the books – quite literally. As previously mentioned, the 2013 edition was the largest of the event’s 14-year history, and the word is that next year’s will, as it has the last several, expand.

On a very positive note (for this writer, anyhow), about 80 per cent of the copies of Professional Lighting & Production and sister publication Professional Sound we brought with us disappeared today, meaning we’ll probably run out before tomorrow’s show is even an hour old. Plenty of great feedback and suggestions – the former of which is always appreciated and the latter of which is highly valued.

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En Coulisse 2013 Kicks Off With Major Announcement

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Andrew here, reporting from Solotech’s En Coulisse trade show, happening today and tomorrow at the Palais des congres in downtown Montreal. The show kicked off with a major announcement today – that Solotech has officially opened Sales & Integration division offices in both Vancouver and Halifax, giving the sound, lighting, and video mammoth a literal coast-to-coast reach. For the full story on that, click here.

I arrived at the convention centre good and early to get the latest copies of Professional Lighting & Production and sister publication Professional Sound set up for attendees. The show didn’t officially open until 10, though there were already swarms of curious production technologies professionals outside of the hall when I arrived.

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Introductions..

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Hi there. My name is Rick De Vries and I will be writing for Professional Lighting & Production this month. I have been studying journalism at Niagara College’s Welland Campus for the last two years and, as a way to practice the skills I learned through the course, I maintain my own online publication which showcases the work of professional and amateur photographers from around the globe. I am interested in learning as much as I can about the magazine industry and am thoroughly excited to be here.

Women In AV Seeking Industry Support For Hurricane Sandy Victims

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Women in AV are asking all industry professionals to join them in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy by contributing much needed support and technical solutions to help people rebuild and return to their lives with hope and encouragement.

The immediate goal is to equip shelters with a portable projection screen and projector or a flat panel display in time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. This is a cherished and long standing tradition for the people of New York and New Jersey and assistance from AV professionals will help bring the sense of community and togetherness that makes up the very fabric of who they are.

For more information or questions, you can contact womeninav@gmail.com, info@itdrc.org, or sarah@accessca.com.

Read more about how you can help Hurricane Sandy victims.

Roger Waters’ 1,000-ft. Wall

Friday, July 20th, 2012

While in Quebec City for the annual Festival d’ete de Quebec, I had the pleasure of joining Technical Director Jean Richard behind the main stage on the Plains of Abraham for a quick walk-around the structures and systems being employed for the show. It took me a while to notice, but there was a massive plywood wall flanking the stage, breaking only where the Bell Stage sat.

Turns out Quebec City is making Roger Waters of Pink Floyd’s dream come true. Waters’ current The Wall Tour has hit a slew of cities across North America, each with its own 400-ft. wall (some a bit longer, some a bit shorter). Whereas most of these shows were arena dates, Roger Waters’ spectacle is one of the first two “private” productions happening on the historic Plains, and for the show, producers in Quebec are building a wall 1,000-ft. long.

Sounds like Mr. Waters is quite excited to perform the QC date considering the site’s natural and awe-inspiring beauty. And who wouldn’t be? It’s a magnificent site.

35 Years Of Solotech

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Check out the latest issue of PL&P with our extensive profile of Solotech, the Quebec-based production and A/V powerhouse. The firm’s success and international reach is quite astonishing considering their humble roots.

A huge thanks to Ron Morissette and the team at Solotech for their help in bringing the story together. Any comments are more than welcome!

www.solotech.com.