Solotech Honoured By CITT

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Denis Lefrançois

At the recent awards banquet of the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology (CITT) conference held in London, ON, the CITT Supplier Achievement Award for 2012 was presented to Denis Lefrançois, President of Solotech Inc.

The award is presented to an individual or corporate entity that has shown sustained commitment to providing excellent service and products to the Canadian cultural industries community. Continue reading

ArKaos Appoint AC Lighting As Exclusive Distributor For U.S. & Canada

Friday, September 7th, 2012

(L-R) Fred Mikeska, A.C. Lighting VP Sales & Marketing & Western US & Canada Sales Rep; Marco Hinic, ArKaos CEO & Jean Francois Canuel, A.C. Lighting MD

ArKaos has announced the appointment of A.C. Lighting Inc. as the exclusive US and Canadian distributor for the ArKaos range of show and lighting media server products. Continue reading

New Regional Sales Manager At High End Systems

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Jean Lariviere

Jean Lariviere has rejoined High End Systems (HES), part of the Barco group, in a new role as a Regional Sales Manager. His new assignment includes sales development for the Canada region and also select U.S. key business partner accounts.

For the past seven years, Lariviere worked with equipment brokers SHS Global, where as CTO he was responsible for sourcing product and also client technical services. Lariviere previously worked at High End Systems from 1994-1998 as a product support specialist on the Studio Color automated wash luminaire development team. Continue reading

SF Marketing Sets Up SGM Canada

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

SFM Headquarters

SGM and its Canadian distributor SF Marketing have signed a new contract which will see the Montreal-based company represent SGM’s next generation of LED fixtures under the banner SGM Canada.

“We’re receiving great response from customers to the new LED-based products being introduced by SGM,” says SFM’s COO, Randal Tucker. “Being a leader in this industry means being able to boldly go where the competition isn’t, and with their uniquely engineered LED products this is what we’re seeing from SGM under Peter.” Continue reading

Ministry Identifies Companies Involved In Fatal Radiohead Stage Collapse

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Last Saturday, a temporary stage at Toronto’s Downsview Park collapsed just
hours before a sold-out performance by U.K. rock band Radiohead was set to begin.

The mass-failure resulted in the death of 33-year-old drum technician Scott Johnson who was crushed by the falling stage. Since then, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) has begun a complete investigation into determining the factors that caused the tragic event

So far, the MOL has identified four companies; concert promoter Live Nation, Nasco Staffing Solutions, Optex Staging and Servicing Inc., and UK-based Ticker Tape Touring LPP, as being part of the ministry’s ongoing investigation.

The collapsed stage remains onsite as investigators and engineers try to unravel what happened on the clear and calm sunny day. So far no company involved has yet made a statement or spoken to media.

PL&P will continue to monitor the situation. 

Trade Regrets: Eddy Shenker (June 11, 2012)

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Shenker (right) with JAM's Peter Patrick during the company's formative years.

With heavy hearts, the team at JAM Industries Ltd. has announced the passing of Eddy Shenker, Co-Chairman and partner in the company since 1974. Eddy died on Monday, June 11, 2012 after a short battle with cancer.

After graduating from Concordia University with a commerce degree, Eddy went on to attend McGill University while articling with Ernst & Young to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA). After four years with E&Y, he went into industry in 1967 to become VP, Administration and Finance of a large manufacturing company with over 500 employees. Eddy joined JAM Industries at the beginning of 1974 as VP and partner.

Shenker being interviewed for the NAMM Oral History Project.

A major figure in the music industry, Eddy was respected, admired, and loved by those who knew him. He was recently presented with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) for his many years of positive influence on the Canadian music industry.

Founded in 1972, Eddy contributed greatly in building JAM Industries Ltd. into a unique distribution network made up of 13 Canadian and US divisions serving markets segments from musical instruments and professional audio/lighting to consumer electronics, with over 500 employees and sales exceeding $225 million.

JAM Industries Co-Owners Eddy Shenker (right) & Marty Golden breaking ground for the company's current Baie d'Urfe headquarters.

Throughout 38 years of company growth, Eddy strove to maintain a very personal relationship with JAM’s suppliers and many of JAM’s dealers. He had a similar approach within JAM, with an open door policy welcoming anyone in the company to walk into his office and chat. His statesman-like balanced perspective will be missed by friends and colleagues around the world.

Eddy is survived by his wife Fran, two children, Brian and Robert, and five loving grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 13th. Arrangements can be followed by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eddy’s memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, 514-340-8251. Click here to make a donation.

Unisson Structures Appointed Exclusive Cosmic Truss Dealer For Canada

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Cosmic Truss has announced that Unisson Structures has been appointed as its exclusive distributor for the full range of Cosmic Truss products for Canada.

“Having Cosmic Truss as a line for Unisson Structures is a big advantage,” remarks Olivier Jobin, VP of Business Development at Unisson. “We can now offer a broader range of products, clients will benefit from our service and know-how while, as always, obtaining the best quality product at the best price.” Continue reading

Registration Open For Canadian Delegation To InfoComm12

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Those attending InfoComm12, happeing June 9-15 in Las Vegas, can now save over$500 by joining the U.S. Commercial Service’s Canadian delegation to infoComm12, which is set to bring together more than 33,000 global visitors and over 950 exhibitors displaying and demonstrating the latest technologies and solutions in the corporate, government, military, education, healthcare, and numerous other markets. Continue reading

WFW Launches New Education & Training Department

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Paul Bronfman, Chairman and CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. (WFW), has announced the launch of Whites Education & Training, a new department at WFW specifically dedicated to the empowerment of Canada’s production crews and emerging filmmakers. The program has been developed to facilitate new opportunities that teach hard skills and best practices, Whites Education & Training aims to foster a higher level work experience for people in the industry. Continue reading

SFM & Lighthouse Technologies Partner To Serve Canada

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Randal Tucker

Lighthouse Technologies Ltd. has announced the formation of a strategic partnership with SF Marketing Inc. (SFM) to distribute its line of LED video display solutions in Canada.

Under this arrangement, SFM will be representing Lighthouse’s DuoLED products and working with Lighthouse on further developing the Canadian market for two other products segments: the VideoBlades series of products and the Impact products for fixed installations. Continue reading