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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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!


Happy 10th, Lightemotion

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

A happy 10th anniversary to Francois and the team at Lachine, QC’s Lightemotion, an international design firm. We’re currently working on a feature story on a unique installation that took place in the Netherlands, celebrating the country’s iconic Ajax Football Club. The design was completed by Lightemotion, working in tandem with a number of European firms to bring an immersive experience to life. The firm has also recently completed work on The Revelry Casino and Resort in Atlantic City (pictured), the largest casino project in the US over the last 4-5 years – a great way to kick off its 10th year in business. Check the Summer issue for more on The Ajax Experience and the talented team at Lightemotion.

A New New Year’s Story

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The very-soon-to-be-released Spring 2012 issue of Professional Lighting & Production includes a feature story on the annual New Year’s Eve broadcast from Halifax’s Grand Parade Square by CTV Atlantic. It’s a cool project that relies heavily on the small broadcaster’s in-house resources to pull off, and comes off looking like a far more high-budget project than it is (which is the ultimate goal of any production, provided “high-budget” is synonymous with “great looking”).

In any case, it reminded me that our Spring 2011 issue also included a story on a New Year’s Eve event – the Marina Bay festivities from Singapore (pictured). See the colour on the water? That’s thousands of “wishing spheres,” buoyand in the bay and illuminated from above.

Two very different projects (with two EXTREMELY different budgets) that both came together thanks to the creative thinking of some key lighting and video personnel. Keep an eye for the Spring 2012 issue, and if you have it, take a look back at the Spring 2011 issue for some damn impressive visuals.

‘Tis The Season…

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

So save for LDI and a few others peppered throughout the year, the first half of the year is essentially trade show season for lighting, video, staging, and other entertainment technology professionals – particularly in Canada.

How have your trade-only experiences been thus far? Tour Tech East’s All Access, Cinequip White’s February Freeze, and the Canadian DJ Show have all come and gone; USITT and Prolight + Sound are happening within the next week; and then we’ve got NAB, The PAL Show, Solotech’s En Coulisse, InfoComm, and others right around the corner. Did any have more (or less) to offer than you were hoping? Have you noticed any of these shows growing more or less attractive over the last few years? We’d love your input.