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).

·    Employing an innovative heat recovery system to recycle heat from its manufacturing processes to heat the facility in the fall, winter Continue reading

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 TheatreĀ 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.

“Watching the Continue reading

Production Resource Group (PRG) Acquires SHOWTEC

Monday, April 4th, 2011

SHOWTEC will operate as a full member company of the PRG group but keep its bran-name, with Wilfried Schiefer and Ralf Richrath continuing in their present leadership roles.

SHOWTEC is a supplier of lighting, audio, and a broad range of LED equipment to a wide range of market segments including trade fairs and expositions, public and corporate events, concert tours, and television productions. It was founded in 1983 and headquartered in Cologne, Germany, and subsidiaries in Berlin, and Munich.

“SHOWTEC has an excellent reputation in the industry for maintaining the highest standards of quality for its equipment and services,” says PRG Chairman and CEO Jeremiah “Jere” Harris.
Wilfried Schiefer
 “Their seasoned management team and experienced production staff will add depth to our organization and we are proud to welcome them Continue reading

SC Media Technologies Inks Deal With Barco

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

SC Media Technologies, a division of Soundcraft Canada, has formed an agreement with Barco to exclusively handle its lighting equipment and mid-market Elements LED products. SC Media will provide local support of sales, marketing, service, and parts for Canada-based rental and staging partners and integrators for these solutions.
“We are very proud of this new partnership with Barco. It is a great company offering quality products that meet or exceed professionals’ highest requirements. We are convinced that the synergy between SC Media Technologies and Barco will have a very positive impact on the brand’s leadership position in the market place,” commented Jean-Louis Blanchard, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for SC Media Technologies.

Tour Tech Grants You All Access!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I’ve been going the last couple of years and can attest that, if you’re at all involved in any branch of the professional audio, lighting, staging, or production industries on the east coast (or anywhere in the country, for that matter), you belong here. Plenty of high-profile exhibitors make the trip to show off their latest technology and services in a comfortable atmosphere while the conference programming offers helpful and insightful advice from industry experts.

Check out a full list of exhibitors and conference presentations and presenters here:

What’s more, Saturday night is the company’s annual fundraiser party which, in past years, has welcomed artists like Sam Roberts Band, George Canyon, April Continue reading

ESTA Boutique Now Open

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes Boutique is now open for online shopping at Following its debut at LDI, a range of items is available for purchase including holiday cards, note cards, apparel, and more. The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit

PIctured: Scenic design by David Korins for An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin, available on ESTA holiday cards & apparel. Photo by Andrew Hefter. Copyright 2010 The ESTA Foundation.

Roland Systems Group Showcase In Burnaby, BC

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Presented by Roland Systems Group Canada, this showcase is designed for AV professionals, production companies, and church AV staff providing an in depth look at the V-Mixing System, Personal Mixing Systems, Video Mixing Line-up, Video Conversion, and Presentation technologies. This showcase event will help users understand the real-world application of RSG products and their integration with other products.
The showcase takes place on November 10, 2010 between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Executive Hotel and Conference Centre located at 4201 Lougheed Hwy. Burnaby, BC
Attendees are asked to RSVP John Devries at before November 5, 2010.

XL Video Part Of Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

To pull off The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, described as the most intense 12-minutes in live entertainment, it takes a team effort and XL Video supported the creative team by supplying gear and crew. Production Designer Bruce Rodgers, Screens/Graphics Producer Lee Lodge and Lighting Designer Al Gurdon closely collaborated on the NFL Network Production with Executive Producer Ricky Kirshner and Director Hamish Hamilton to present an unforgettable performance. “We wanted a design that felt epic; we wanted a design that felt like the band was performing for the stadium and not just the TV audience,” explains Rodgers.

Rodgers designed a field-wide circular stage with over 3,000 Barco MiSTRIPs. “I came up with this idea to put the band on what I refer to as Captain Continue reading