Wenger Buys SECOA

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, MN, which, along with its subsidiary J.R. Clancy,  serves the performing arts, music education, and athletic segments, has acquired the assets of SECOA, Inc. of Champlin, MN. SECOA is a national integrator of theatre equipment and systems.

“Our strategy is focused on providing superior customer solutions and driving growth in each of our market segments,” says Chris Simpson, president and CEO of Wenger Corporation. “The addition of SECOA builds on the momentum we are driving with the J.R. Clancy and Wenger brands to offer the most comprehensive integrated project solutions in the performing arts market. This acquisition further complements our integrating manufacturing model by bringing on board some of the key talent who have executed a similar model very successfully over the years at SECOA.”

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AVL Hires Claude Viens as Product Specialist/Technical Support for Lighting

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Claude Viens

Claude Viens

Andrew Hope, managing director of AVL Media Group, has announced the appointment of Claude Viens to the position of product specialist/technical support for lighting. With more than 25 years of experience in all areas of professional lighting, Viens will spearhead AVL’s continued growth in the professional lighting and visual effects marketplace.

“He has done it all in lighting,” says Hope. “Claude comes to AVL from Kloda/Focus where he has headed the lighting department for the past three years. His international experience as a lighting designer, programmer, and board operator in every type of production from music to dance to film will be of great benefit to our customers as they look to our industry leading technology to help them wow their audiences.

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Theatrixx Wins LDI Award for the xVision Converter

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

theatrixx-awardMontreal-based AV distributor and manufacturer, Theatrixx, picked up an award at the recent LDI Show in Las Vegas for the new xVision Converter in the widget best debuting product category. The award was accepted by Theatrixx Preident Jacques Tessier and Gabriel Duschinsky, CTO.

The award represents the company’s second recognition from the LDI organization. In 2013, the organization was awarded best debuting product in the rigging category for its xVision Channel Truss. The company says the xVision Video Converter represents a new take on a popular device. The xVision Video Converter is the first video converter specifically designed for the harsh environment of rental and staging, touring, A/V presentations, and broadcast, and offer unique features such a built-in AC power supply, built-in convenience outlet, magnetic stacking system and many rigging options.

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PixelFLEX Announces the Appointment of Senior Project Manager Jon Chavez

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Jon Chavez

Jon Chavez

In a move to continue the growth of their project management team, PixelFLEX has appointmented Jon Chavez to the position of Senior Project Manager. As part of the technical sales team, Chavez will assist clients with the application and implementation of PixelFLEX LED video display technologies into video designs across multiple industries.

“In response to the growing interest in our complete line of LED video solutions, we are very excited to continue the growth of the PixelFLEX project management division,” says Monty Rains, President and COO. “Capitalizing on his vast industry experience, Jon joins our team of talented project managers with a special focus on LED video design and event execution for our clients working in a number of different industries.”

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XYZ Cultural Technology Hires Joël Beauchamp as Director of Facilities

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Joël Beauchamp

Joël Beauchamp

Jacques Larue and Éric Cyr, partners at Montreal-based XYZ Cultural Technology, have announced the arrival of Joël Beauchamp, CTS, as director of facilities. Beauchamp brings more than 15 years’ audiovisual experience in key positions with companies such as Allied Systems and Solotech, where he worked as director of operations for the last three years.

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AVL Media Group Now Distributing Pliant Technology’s Wireless Intercoms in Canada

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
AVL Managing Director Andrew Hope

AVL Managing Director Andrew Hope

Pliant Technologies, the new professional products division of CoachComm, has appointed AVL Media Group as the exclusive distributor of its wireless intercoms in Canada.

“The superior performance and scalable nature of the CrewCom system makes it a future proof investment for our customers and will help ensure excellent long-term ROI for them,” says Andrew Hope, managing director for AVL Media Group. “In addition to the exciting new CrewCom products, Pliant’s exemplary customer service and deep understanding of wireless communications technology create an obvious opportunity for a successful partnership.”

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LD Richard Cadena to Present TEC Tracks Session at 2017 NAMM Show

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

namm-lightingThis coming January, The NAMM Show will welcome lighting professionals to discover the latest products across entertainment technology, network with industry peers and hear from some of the top influencers in the lighting field today.

One such leader is Richard Cadena a freelance lighting designer, lighting consultant, and the author of Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving LightLighting Design for Modern Houses of WorshipElectricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, and Focus on Lighting Technology.

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CAST Owner Gilray Densham Wins the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
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CAST’s Gilray Densham demonstrating the BlackTrax

Gilray Densham, owner and CEO of Toronto-based CAST Group, has won an Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award, a prestigious innovation award in Canada.

Densham has been awarded the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, the second highest achievement of the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards, and a sum of $25,000 in recognition for the BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system.

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IIDEXCanada Show a Month Away

Monday, October 24th, 2016

iidexDetails are emering for IIDEXCanada, which is a national design and architecture-focused exposition and conference, to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016. It is co-presented by the Interior Designers of Canada and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The annual show focuses on all areas of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, residential, education, architecture, landscape architecture, lighting and sustainability, wellness and accessibility. The 32nd annual IIDEXCanada will be held in the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Registration Now Open for Expo-Scene 2017

Monday, October 24th, 2016
EXPO-SCÈNE 2016 [Photo by: Marco Laperrière]

EXPO-SCÈNE 2016 [Photo by: Marco Laperrière]

CITT/ICTS is preparing to welcome more than 60 exhibitors and over 1,200 visitors to Montral for the third annual Expo-Scène trade show and conference, which is returning to the Palais des congrès de Montréal on April 12-13, 2017. Expo-Scene is currently the only major Canadian event dedicated to professionals in the pro audio, sound, lighting, audiovisual, video, and multimedia technologies.

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