InfoComm Donates Money & Organizes Relief in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Friday, November 16th, 2012

In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States, InfoComm International strained to get information from members in the hardest-hit communities. Many of those members — and their neighbours from all walks of life — are still struggling today. In an effort to help, InfoComm has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross and urges others to contribute what they can.

InfoComm also established an online community on LinkedIn where AV companies can connect and share with each other information, resources, and encouragement.

Finally, InfoComm is planning a special Regional Roundtable for the New York-New Jersey area in the coming months that will focus specifically on business continuity issues in the aftermath of natural disasters.

IALD Awards Extend Deadline Due To Hurricane Sandy

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has extended the final deadline for submissions for the 30th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards due to the widespread travel and business disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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NWC Welcomes New Assistant Editor

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Norris-Whitney Communications Inc., publisher of Professional Lighting & Production magazine and others, has welcomed Michael Raine as its new Assistant Editor.

A graduate of Humber College’s post-graduate journalism program, Raine will work alongside NWC Editor Andrew King on editorial content for Professional Lighting & Production and NWC’s other three magazines: Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, and Canadian Music Trade. Information on new products, industry or company news, events, or other subjects relevant to the Canadian musical products community should be sent to his attention.

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Pioneer DJ Hosting Launch Events for DDJ-SX Controller

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

SF Marketing, Canadian distributor of Pioneer DJ products, has announced the introduction of Pioneer’s DDJ-SX advanced performance DJ controller designed specifically for the Serato DJ Software. To celebrate the launch of this new product, Pioneer DJ will hold launch events on Nov. 1, 2012 at three authorized dealers across Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Pioneer DJ Ambassadors, these events will provide an opportunity to get hands-on and up close with the DDJ-SX.

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Solotech Honoured By CITT

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Denis Lefrançois

At the recent awards banquet of the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology (CITT) conference held in London, ON, the CITT Supplier Achievement Award for 2012 was presented to Denis Lefrançois, President of Solotech Inc.

The award is presented to an individual or corporate entity that has shown sustained commitment to providing excellent service and products to the Canadian cultural industries community. Continue reading

ArKaos Appoint AC Lighting As Exclusive Distributor For U.S. & Canada

Friday, September 7th, 2012

(L-R) Fred Mikeska, A.C. Lighting VP Sales & Marketing & Western US & Canada Sales Rep; Marco Hinic, ArKaos CEO & Jean Francois Canuel, A.C. Lighting MD

ArKaos has announced the appointment of A.C. Lighting Inc. as the exclusive US and Canadian distributor for the ArKaos range of show and lighting media server products. Continue reading

Ministry Identifies Companies Involved In Fatal Radiohead Stage Collapse

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Last Saturday, a temporary stage at Toronto’s Downsview Park collapsed just
hours before a sold-out performance by U.K. rock band Radiohead was set to begin.

The mass-failure resulted in the death of 33-year-old drum technician Scott Johnson who was crushed by the falling stage. Since then, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) has begun a complete investigation into determining the factors that caused the tragic event

So far, the MOL has identified four companies; concert promoter Live Nation, Nasco Staffing Solutions, Optex Staging and Servicing Inc., and UK-based Ticker Tape Touring LPP, as being part of the ministry’s ongoing investigation.

The collapsed stage remains onsite as investigators and engineers try to unravel what happened on the clear and calm sunny day. So far no company involved has yet made a statement or spoken to media.

PL&P will continue to monitor the situation. 

Trade Regrets: Eddy Shenker (June 11, 2012)

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Shenker (right) with JAM's Peter Patrick during the company's formative years.

With heavy hearts, the team at JAM Industries Ltd. has announced the passing of Eddy Shenker, Co-Chairman and partner in the company since 1974. Eddy died on Monday, June 11, 2012 after a short battle with cancer.

After graduating from Concordia University with a commerce degree, Eddy went on to attend McGill University while articling with Ernst & Young to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA). After four years with E&Y, he went into industry in 1967 to become VP, Administration and Finance of a large manufacturing company with over 500 employees. Eddy joined JAM Industries at the beginning of 1974 as VP and partner.

Shenker being interviewed for the NAMM Oral History Project.

A major figure in the music industry, Eddy was respected, admired, and loved by those who knew him. He was recently presented with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) for his many years of positive influence on the Canadian music industry.

Founded in 1972, Eddy contributed greatly in building JAM Industries Ltd. into a unique distribution network made up of 13 Canadian and US divisions serving markets segments from musical instruments and professional audio/lighting to consumer electronics, with over 500 employees and sales exceeding $225 million.

JAM Industries Co-Owners Eddy Shenker (right) & Marty Golden breaking ground for the company's current Baie d'Urfe headquarters.

Throughout 38 years of company growth, Eddy strove to maintain a very personal relationship with JAM’s suppliers and many of JAM’s dealers. He had a similar approach within JAM, with an open door policy welcoming anyone in the company to walk into his office and chat. His statesman-like balanced perspective will be missed by friends and colleagues around the world.

Eddy is survived by his wife Fran, two children, Brian and Robert, and five loving grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 13th. Arrangements can be followed by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eddy’s memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, 514-340-8251. Click here to make a donation.

The PAL Show Gets New Digs For 2012

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The 11th Annual PAL Show will be held May 13-14, 2012 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, ON. The show will be located in the newly-renovated Halls 1, 2, and 3, a unified space. Positioned on the airport strip, the International Centre is convenient for travel and offers free parking, competitive pricing on amenities, and affordable entertainment, restaurants, and hotels within short driving distance.

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