This Year’s El Paso, TX Elation Holiday Light Show Shines

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Once again this holiday season, El Paso is lighting up with a colossal synchronized Christmas light show that features products from Elation Professional. However,  this year, thanks to the introduction of Elation’s Platinum Beam 5R, the city of El Paso actually required “search light” permits. Continue reading

CDJ Show Expecting Greater Turnout For Third Year

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The 2012 Canadian DJ Show (CDJ Show) will be held March 17-18, 2012 at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport. The show is expected to grow yet again in its third year, thanks to this new and larger venue’s ability to accommodate more exhibitors and guests. Continue reading

The PAL Show Gets New Digs For 2012

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The 11th Annual PAL Show will be held May 13-14, 2012 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, ON. The show will be located in the newly-renovated Halls 1, 2, and 3, a unified space. Positioned on the airport strip, the International Centre is convenient for travel and offers free parking, competitive pricing on amenities, and affordable entertainment, restaurants, and hotels within short driving distance.

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Music Books Plus Launches New Website

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The new website includes over 13,000 titles including an extensive variety of new products. It features improved navigation, expanded search capabilities, improved checkout, faster access speed and a fresh, updated design. It has also been optimized for mobile browsers.

Music Books Plus is operated by Norris-Whitney Communications Inc., publishers of Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, Professsional Lighting & Production and Music Directory Canada.

Visit the Music Books Plus website at , For more information, contact: Maureen Jack,, 905-641-0552, FAX: 888-665-1307.

MIAC Announce New Chairman Of The Board

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Kroke received his B.Sc. in Music Education from North Dakota State University.  In 1993 he received his Masters in Music Composition from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. In 2004, Kroke received his MBA from Queens University in Kingston, ON.
Kroke succeeds outgoing chairman Julio Cotellesso of Steve’s Music Store.  In taking the reins of the MIAC Board, Cotellesso said, "I can’t think of a more critical time for leadership than right now, in the midst of overwhelming change. We look forward to working with Dale to take MIAC forward in the best interests of the Canadian music products market."
"We would like to offer our congratulations to Dale Kroke," said Barbara Cole, MIAC
Executive Director. "I’ve worked with Dale for some years and have always been impressed by his professionalism and integrity. Dale was the outstanding candidate for the role. He combines strong business and leadership skills with tremendous insight and knowledge of the music products industry."
Joining Kroke as Vice Chairman is Marc Bertrand. Bertrand is a 20-year veteran of the professional audio industry and CEO of TC Group Americas in Kitchener, ON. Bertrand is a well respected industry leader and has many years of executive leadership with TC Group Americas. He has been an active member of the MIAC Board for a number of years and also serves on the PAL Show Continue reading

Online Registration Open For CITT Rendez-Vous 2011

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Pre-conference workshops are being held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9-10, while the conference will span Thursday the 11th to Saturday the 13th. Trade show will operate on  Friday, August 12 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Attendees can pay with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and debit card, or mail in a cheque. Once registrations is completed your registration, an invoice will be sent in the mail. There is also an early-bird special for members registering before June 30, 2011.

For more information or to register, visit:

AirMagic Unveils World’s Biggest Burning School House

Friday, April 29th, 2011

To kick off this year’s Victoria Day, AirMagic is inviting everyone to the back parking lot of the company’s Toronto office headquarters at 30 Dorchester Ave., to watch their 2011 firework creation. This year’s creation is the world’s biggest burning schoolhouse.

The burning schoolhouse is a Victoria Day icon and was designed and invented in Hamilton, ON. The fun begins at 11 a.m. on May 7, and the main event is at 1 p.m. There will be prizes and refreshments throughout the day.

 Please bring a non-perishable food item to support the Daily Bread Food Bank.

 For more information please visit

Christie Named One Of Canada’s Greenest Employers For 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

On April 22, the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc. named Christie one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the second consecutive year.

“Christie is honoured to receive this award and it is a reflection of our commitment to the preservation of the environment today and for future generations,” says Gerry Remers, President and CEO of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. “We have numerous initiatives in place that are reducing our environmental footprint and will continue to explore new options for recycling and the reduction of waste.”

The environmental initiatives Christie has undertaken include:

·    Achieving a greater than 82 per cent waste diversion rate at the Canadian manufacturing facility through effective management of recycle streams including electronic waste and organics (food waste).

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LED Luminaire Draft Standard Wants Your Input

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

 New project BSR E1.41-201x, recommendations for measuring and reporting photometric performance data for entertainment luminaries utilizing solid state light sources, has been posted for public review on the PLASA website.

 E1.41 offers recommendations for measuring and reporting the output of LED luminaries used in the live entertainment industry, emphasizing on colour and colour rendering. Current methods for luminaire output measurement presume the use of broadband emitters, which LED’s are not.

 Public review will end on June 21, 2011.

 For public review please visit

Architecture And Theatre Students Win Ideal Theatre Design

Friday, April 8th, 2011

A team of students from Clemson University in South Carolina, US, received the Commissioner’s Award in the 2011 USITT Ideal Theatre student design. This is the highest award students are eligible to receive.

Winning the Commissioner’s award was Astro3 with a design team of Charles Kane, Allender Steward, Evaline Dadulla, and Michael Deere, along with Harry Averett, who served as the client.
The fifth annual design competition, sponsored by American Seating, brings together architecture students as designers and theatre students as clients as they work together to create an “ideal” theatre. A jury, with the top three teams selected to receive honour awards, reviewed all of the projects along with the spectators vote. The three finalists were invited to USITT’s 2011 Annual Conference and Stage Expo, where they presented the finished projects to an audience of conference attendees, architects, theatre consultants, and representatives from American Seating.

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