Barco in Discussions Over Acquisition of High End Systems by ETC

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

ETC and Barco announced today that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties say they are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.

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RIP: ETC’s David North

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

DavidNorthETCWith great sadness, ETC has announced the passing of David North, the company’s Rigging General Manager.

ETC’s announcement reads:

We at ETC lost a friend, a mentor, and a great role model this weekend with the passing of David North. He died peacefully on Saturday, February 25th after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

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A.C.T Lighting Launches Redesigned Customer Support Hub

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 2.54.43 PM (2)A.C.T Lighting, Inc. has redesigned the customer Support Hub on the company’s website ( creating a single, centralized resource for all online support needs.

“Our new Support Hub is better organized, has a cleaner layout than our previous support page and is now searchable,” says Will Murphy, director of software support and development at A.C.T Lighting.  “The Support Hub is the central point for learning about our products and how they work.  It’s easy to navigate there from our home page, and quick and easy to use once you get there.”

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Pete Heffernan Joins Christie Lites Rentals

Monday, February 27th, 2017

pete_heffernanLongtime industry veteran Pete Heffernan has joined Christie Lites. Heffernan was president of Bandit Lites for eight years prior to joining Christie Lites and his career spans more than three decades, including as promoter of an Elvis Presley concert, lighting designer, production manager, and finally as corporate executive.

“Christie Lites is a company that puts the client first and has a methodology that in my opinion is tops in the industry,” Heffernan says. “I have always placed the client’s needs first and then provided the support to make the production a success. Christie Lites is the perfect place for me to take this approach to the next level.”

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The CETEC Group Announces Vivitek Canadian Manufacturers Rep Agreement

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Wayne Korhonen

CETEC Group Owner Wayne Korhonen

Wayne Korhonen, principal and owner of The CETEC Group, has announced a manufacturers representative agreement for Vivitek products. Vivitek, a brand of Delta, is a manufacturer of visual display and presentation products and will be represented across Canada by the CETEC Group.

“The CETEC Group’s expansion to represent Vivitek visual displays and presentation products fully integrates our customer focused technical, design and support capabilities, delivering class leading value to integrators, specifiers and resellers,” says Korhonen.

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Réalisations adds Four Teams Members

Friday, February 10th, 2017
(L-R) Catherine Landry, Catherine Landry, Amélie Masson-Labonté & Maryse de Lottinville

(L-R) Catherine Landry, Catherine Landry, Amélie Masson-Labonté & Maryse de Lottinville

Roger Parent, president and head creative director, has announced the recent arrival of four new members of the Réalisations team.

Catherine Landry studied industrial design in France before settling in Montreal to pursue further studies in event and environment design. Le Roux participated in several public art installations prior to her work on Réalisations’ Renaissance Midtown New York, One World Observatory and Doha International Airport projects. She then worked on the coordination and logistical aspects of several major events before recently rejoining the artistic direction team.

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William F. White Announces Exclusive Representation Agreement Drone Company Aerial MOB

Monday, February 6th, 2017

WFW AerialPaul Bronfman, chairman and CEO of Comweb Corp. and equipment provider William F. White International Inc. (Whites), has announced that the company has entered into a first-in-Canada exclusive partnership/representation agreement with California-based drone company, Aerial MOB.

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GerrAudio Names Peter Snelgrove as Director of Marketing & Education

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Peter Snelgrove

Peter Snelgrove

GerrAudio has announced the appointment of Peter Snelgrove to the newly-created position of director of marketing and education.

Snelgrove has 10 years of experience in sales and marketing, initially with the Canadian division of News America Marketing and, most recently, with the mobile application Checkout51. He will be handling GerrAudio’s social media and online presence and will also be co-ordinating all print advertising and online news activities. Snelgrove will also focus new attention on the development and implementation of GerrAudio’s product training seminars and special events, including an expansion of Rational Acoustics Smaart Training across Canada.

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PureLink Names Erikson Commercial as its Exclusive Canadian Distributor

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

PureLink, a provider of HD and UHD/4K video connectivity solutions, has signed an distribution agreement with Erikson Commercial, will now be selling PureLink’s catalog of audio and video matrix routing, signal distribution, extension, and conversion systems.

“Erikson Commercial is very excited to partner with PureLink,” says Erikson VP, Christian Bouchard. “They are an innovative and established company that was first to market with several now standard technologies that shaped the nature of our industry,” he added. “We feel privileged to be introducing to the Canadian marketplace the many solutions PureLink offers, they are indeed a rare commodity, a high quality manufacturer that can offer both affordable and competitive solutions. Consultants and dealers alike will come to realize the high levels of integrity and professionalism that PureLink brings to the table. And all that both on-time and within budget; that’s the edge that makes the difference,” concludes Mr. Bouchard.

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Ontario’s ‘Isabel Bader Centre’ Among USITT’s 2017 Architecture Award Winners

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

USITT’s 2017 Architecture Awards feature three top honor award winners this year: Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH; The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON; and Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s UniversityThe Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University, designed by Snøhetta at a total cost of $72 M, is a catalyst for the arts at the University. An 80,000 square-foot building unites a diverse range of the University’s performance and creative art disciplines under a single roof. With a 566-seat performance hall, classrooms, rehearsal and performance spaces, the Isabel provides a supportive learning environment for young artists and performers to grow in their discipline.

The Maltz Performing Arts CenterThe Maltz Performing Arts Center

The Maltz Performing Arts Center, designed by MGA Partners Architects is a nationally registered historic synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio at the performing arts center for Case Western Reserve University. The renovations included the addition of an acoustic canopy, theatrical lighting, a stage and piano lift, acoustic wall panels, as well as restored seating and interior finishes. In addition, a chapel in the rear of the building was converted into a recital hall, and support spaces such as a green room and control rooms were added.

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