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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Whites’ Announces Expanded February Freeze Tech Showcase for Next Month

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Feb Freeze 1William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced the return of its yearly technology showcase, The February Freeze.  This pre-NAB exhibit known for bringing together some of the brightest minds in the business with the latest innovations and technologies, will return to Toronto’s largest production support complex, the William F. White Centre, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, from 12-8p.m.

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AVL Media Group Takes on Distribution of GLP in Canada

Friday, January 13th, 2017
AVL's Steve Kosters

AVL’s Steve Kosters

GLP Inc has increased its North American presence with the appointment of a new Canadian distributor. GLP Inc President Mark Ravenhill has confirmed that Montreal-based AVL Media Group will take on distribution with immediate effect.

AVL Media Group company was founded by Steve Kosters, and is headed by experienced MD Andrew Hope, who has 30 years’ experience in the world of live entertainment.

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LFI 2018 Heading to Chicago

Friday, January 6th, 2017

10 WHILDSHOT LFILIGHTFAIR International (LFI) will produce its 2018 trade show and conference in Chicago, IL in a strategic move designed to accommodate its continuing growth, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of LFI managing partner AmericasMart Atlanta.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Third Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Benno Schmitz's winning design from the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Benno Schmitz’s winning design from the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has announced the third annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship. Current students and recent graduates from across design disciplines are invited to enter for the chance to win up to $10,000 USD. During this year’s competition, Vectorworks has expanded the duration of its submission period to accommodate varying academic schedules worldwide, while also allowing students the opportunity to submit multiple projects. Submissions are due July 15, 2017

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USITT Commits Half Million Dollars to Rigging Safety, Gateway Diversity & Innovation Research Programs

Monday, December 12th, 2016

USITT Terrence SpiveyThe United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Board of Directors has committed an record $500,000 to increase the impact of some of the organization’s most important programs: Rigging Safety, Gateway Diversity, and Innovation Research Grants.

“This significant investment increases our opportunity to advance three very different areas of the theatre industry, while reaffirming our commitment to our members and the future of entertainment design and technology,” says Mark Shanda, president of USITT.

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Kees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal

Friday, December 9th, 2016

keesweblogoKees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal. He has more than 30 thirty years of experience working for cultural organisations based in Québec, Ontario, and Europe in the fields of administration, human resources, and finance.

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BlackTrax recruits Andrew Gordon for Global Growth

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

andrew-gordonToronto-based CAST BlackTrax Ltd. Has hired Andrew Gordon as its new director of business development to work exclusively on growing BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system, globally.

Gordon brings over a decade of sales, marketing management, and operations experience working formerly as business development director at Freeman Audiovisual, Canada. From 2009 to 2014, he worked with CAST Group as the marketing and communication and business development manager across WYSIWYG , Vivien, and BlackTrax early stage products.

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February Freeze 2017 Fast Approaching

Friday, November 25th, 2016

03freezeWilliam F. White is preparing to host the 16th annual edition of February Freeze. This technology showcase is a pre-NAB exhibit that lets production professionals navigate the latest innovations and technologies while connecting with one another. The event will take place at the William F. White Centre on February 7th, 2017, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Production professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in these technologies are invited to take part in free workshops and seminars, participate in demos, ask questions to industry leaders, and test new equipment onsite.

Visit www.februaryfreeze.com for more information.

Lighting Added to Education Program at 2017 NAMM Show

Friday, November 25th, 2016

01nammThe NAMM Show 2017, running Jan. 19-22 in Anaheim, CA, will welcome lighting professionals to discover the latest products across entertainment technology, network with industry peers, and take in educational sessions as show organizers begin a process of expanding their focus on pro lighting.

NAMM tells Professional Lighting & Production that it plans to expand the January show’s lighting component in coming years, as well as the educational program for the lighting and video industry. For example, Richard Cadena, a freelance lighting designer and consultant, will present a session as part of the 2017 show’s TEC Tracks program.

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