Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada's Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.

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PLASA Launches ‘National Event Lifting Certificate’ Qualification

Monday, April 18th, 2016

PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.

Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it.  LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.

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Online Program “My Canadian Studio” Launches

Friday, April 15th, 2016

17 WILDSHOT MyProjectStudioMontreal’s Mathieu Marano has launched a new online program at called My Canadian Studio. Produced by ÜberMedia and The Montreal Creative Front and shot a Coup Monté Studios in Montreal, this series is a spin-off the popular web TV show Mon Studio au Canada that has been going for three years. It is a weekly online show aimed at educating and advancing Canadian media professionals, touching all aspects of live production, performance, and distribution.

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Christie Canada President Gerry Remers to Step Down in July

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Gerry Remers Headshot

Christie Canada President Gerry Remers

Christie has announced that Gerry Remers, president and COO of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., will step down from his current role effective July 8, 2016. Following his departure, Remers will continue to assist Christie as special advisor to Jack Kline, chairman, president and CEO of all Christie operating companies, worldwide, for an indeterminate period.

“Gerry has been, in numerous ways, a key architect in building Christie into the successful, global company it is today and while reluctant to part with such a valued contributor, I understand his motivation, which is to embrace new horizons,” says Kline. “On a personal note, Gerry has become a close friend and I’m delighted that he will be advising me going forward, and I wish him continued success in his new career.”

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Expo-Scène Returning For Second Edition In May 2016

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Expo-Scene 2015 [Photo: Mauricio Garzon/milemot photographie]

Expo-Scene 2015 [Photo: Mauricio Garzon/milemot photographie]

CITT/ICTS is expanding the exhibition space for the second annual Expo-Scène trade show and conference, which is returning to Montreal from May 2-3, 2016, a month later than last year’s event.

There will be 50 per cent more space at the Palais des congrès de Montréal and organizers expect to welcome over 1,000 professional attendees. Seminars and workshops will cover health and safety, new and future technologies, and real-world technical advice.

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Solotech Appoints Rob Poretti as Director of Integration Sales for Toronto Office

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

news_mar_2016_Rob_Poretti_nominationSolotech has named Rob Poretti as the new director of sales for the Integration Division at the Toronto office. Poretti joins the company with 30-plus years of experience in the broadcast, production, and post-production industries, and he will lead the Toronto sales team with the primary goal of expanding Solotech’s presence in the GTA market.

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Christie Appoints Former BlackBerry Exec

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Gary Klassen

Gary Klassen

Christie has announced that Gary Klassen has joined Christie as the director of solutions software. Klassen will focus on growing a development team to expand Christie’s software capabilities, which will enable the creation of shared experiences such as large-scale projection mapping projects. He will be based in Kitchener, ON.

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LIGHTFAIR International 2016 Announces Keynotes & Impact Speakers

Monday, March 14th, 2016

10 WHILDSHOT LFIGensler principal Daniel Stromborg leads a field of celebrated speakers delivering LIGHTFAIR International 2016 keynote and impact addresses all focused on advancing a global vision for the future of lighting and design. Stromborg and other experts will take the LIGHTFAIR Conference stage at the San Diego Convention Center where more than 140 top presenters will appear April 24-28 (Pre-Conference LIGHTFAIR Institute: April 24-25; Trade Show & Conference: April 26-28).

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TARM Becomes a Member of the Laserworld Group

Monday, March 14th, 2016

TARM laser technologies has become a member of the Laserworld Group.

Richard Krumhus, CEO of TARM Laser Technologies tlt GmbH, says, “Joining the Laserworld Group, the largest manufacturer and distribution company of show laser light systems worldwide, offers us completely new possibilities in terms of synergies in product development, logistics, marketing and sales. Several development projects have already been initiated.”

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Fourth Annual Backstage Access Show Brings Together Alberta Theatre Pros

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

19 BackstageAccessOn Tuesday March 1, 2016, The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium hosted Backstage Access Production Expo.  This was the fourth year that the Jubilee Auditoria team presented this event to Alberta theatre venues, including community theatres, high schools, colleges and universities, houses of worship, and professional theatres.

The event featured a trade show with over 30 theatrical equipment manufacturers from across North America as well as education sessions on such topics as theatrical lighting, theatrical audio, stage management, and design.  The event alternates yearly between the twin Edmonton and Calgary Jubilee Auditoria.

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