The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT)’s annual Rendez-vous trade show and conference has released its full conference schedule. The event will be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre from Aug. 14-16, 2014.
The conference offers three days of sessions, workshops, backstage tours, social events, and networking opportunities. Specific to lighting and visual professionals, conference programming includes sessions on counterweight rigging, making sustainability matter to your company, using special effects and firearms onstage, LEDs, rigging certification, stage fire safety, projection, the future of theatre design in Canada, and many more.
Now in its 27th year, LDI is gearing up for its 2014 run from November 17-23, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Close to 10,000 attendees working in theatre, concerts, houses of worship, corporate presentations, clubs, theme parks, and any other live venue, come to LDI annually from dozens countries to see the latest gear in action, refresh their knowledge, and replenish their creativity. More than 350 exhibiting companies provide attendees with live demos and the opportunity for face-to-face discussions about equipment, including lighting, sound, projection, staging and truss, and special effects.
The Professional Lighting & Production team touched down in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning for the 2014 edition of the InfoComm show, which finds the association celebrating its 75th anniversary.
While the exhibit halls don’t open until Wednesday, the 18th, there was some programming on the books for the pre-show evening, including the rather interesting keynote address by “futurist” aike Walsh and the show’s welcome reception.
NWC Business Services Representative Brendan McMullin.
Jim Norris, President of Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. and Publisher of Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines, has announced the appointment of Brendan McMullin as Business Services Representative.
Brendan is a graduate of the Sales and Marketing Program at Niagara College, an amateur musician, and an avid sports enthusiast.
He will be assisting with the marketing needs of Norris-Whitney clients in the music, pro audio, and lighting fields.
Graeme Nicol (left) with A.C.T. Lighting’s George Masek.
PL&P regrets to report that Graeme Nicol, the longtime lighting designer for Sarah McLachlan, passed away on Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 52. In addition to his work with McLachlan, Nicol also lit shows for Diana Krall and Jann Arden. He had also spent time with Christie Lites’ Vancouver office and IATSE Local 891 in the Vancouver Area. He was originally from Edmonton, AB.
Family and friends have planned a memorial service for Nicol on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 4-10 p.m. at the Anza Club (3 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC). We at PL&P offer condolences to Graeme’s family, friends, and peers in the industry during this difficult time.
The LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2014 Call for Speakers is open in a global invitation seeking responses from top lighting and design practitioners looking to participate in the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference in Las Vegas, June 1-5, 2014. The deadline for the Call for Speakers has been extended to Sept. 23, 2013.
Norris-Whitney Communications has moved to a new office. The new location and phone number are:
4056 Dorchester Rd., Unit 202
Niagara Falls, ON, L2E 6M9
NWC publishes of Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines as well as Music Directory Canada. NWC also operates MusicBookPlus.com. All existing email addresses and website URLs will remain the same.
Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and equipment provider William F. White International, is marking his company’s 50th anniversary with the announcement of a multimillion dollar investment in new production equipment and technologies.
Philips Entertainment, representing Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon, and Showline, has announced the realignment and consolidation of its Americas commercial group with the purpose of providing better service to its authorized dealers, sales representatives, and lighting professionals throughout North and South America. The realignment includes changes in the management, sales, and support teams within Philips Entertainment, and will focus on continuing technology innovations while creating a streamlined customer experience.
Julie Smith, Commercial General Manager of the Americas, comments, “We have great brands with great histories and this consolidation will better allow us to grow the resources within each brand while refocusing on technology innovations within each product line. As our current sales channels for each product line will remain unchanged, we are confident that the consolidation of all our resources will provide a more unique, supportive, and valuable customer experience.”
With the introduction of Julie Smith as Commercial General Manager of the Americas, the Philips Entertainment realignment also includes the appointments of Leonard Miller as North American Sales Manager, Jaime Friedstadt as Latin American Sales Manager, and Pete Borchetta as Marketing Director. As part of the consolidation, Philips Vari-Lite announces the retirement of industry-veteran Bob Schacherl.
For more information, contact Philips Entertainment: 214-647-7990, email@example.com, www.philips.com.
GE Lighting has announced its 2013 Lighting & Electrical Institute curriculum. These courses are for designers, facility managers, specifiers, consultants and other interested professionals to learn about the latest innovations in lighting technology led by the Institute’s world-renowned staff. Each course also carries continuing education credits.