Getting Set For InfoComm 2014

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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.

InfoComm 2014 keynote speaker Mike Walsh

InfoComm 2014 keynote speaker Mike Walsh

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NWC Welcomes Brendan McMullin as Business Services Representative

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
NWC Business Services Representative Brendan McMullin.

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.

Brendan can be contacted at 905-374-9012,

In Memory of Graeme Nicol

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Graeme Nicol (left) with A.C.T. Lighting's George Masek.

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.

LFI Call For Speakers Deadline Extended

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

04 LFIThe 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.

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We’ve Moved Locations

Friday, June 21st, 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

Tel: 905-374-8878

NWC publishes of Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines as well as Music Directory Canada.  NWC also operates All existing email addresses and website URLs will remain the same.

William F. White Celebrates 50 Years With Multimillion Dollar Investment

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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.

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Philips Entertainment Announces Realignment of the Americas

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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,,

GE Lighting Announces Curriculum for 2013 Lighting & Electrical Institute

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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.

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Show Distribution Group makes Jean Lariviere VP of Sales Development

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Jean Lariviere and Shoiw Distribution Group President Jacques Tanguay

Quebec-based rigging and staging automation company Show Distribution Group has appointed Jean Lariviere as Vice President of Sales Development.

Lariviere most recently was regional sales manager at High End Systems, part of the Barco group, where he handled sales for Canada and select U.S. accounts. Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer with worldwide equipment brokers SHS Global, responsible for sourcing product and also handling client technical services. Lariviere established many of his global relationships within the industry during his earlier years at High End Systems, where he worked as a Studio Color product support specialist from 1994-98.

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CAST Software Accepting Submissions for 2013 Video Contest

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

CAST Software has announced its 2013 Video Contest, in which users of the new wysiwyg R30 are invited to submit their finest lighting designs for a chance to win one of three prizes. The creator of the winning video will land themselves a full one-year wyg membership, while second and third place runners-up will each get a half-year wyg membership.

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