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Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept 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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Prism Sound Announces Maselec Master Series Rebranding

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Prism Sound has announced that from today (March 31st, 2016) it will no longer market its Maselec Master Series products, namely MEA-2, MLA-2, and MMA-4XR.

The MEA-2, MLA-2, and MMA-4XR products, designed and manufactured by Mases Electronics Limited, will in future be available under the Maselec brand from Mases Electronics Limited.

A limited quantity of remaining Prism Sound branded stock, new and used, is available. Contact sales@prismsound.com for details.

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Federal Budget Commits $1.9 Billion To Arts & Culture

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Finance-MinisterFinance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the new Liberal Government’s first budget yesterday, March 22nd, and in it the federal government made good on a number of campaign promises related to arts funding. In total, the Liberal Government committed $1.9 billion in new funding over five years to arts and culture programs and institutions.

In the 269-page budget, the government committed to investing an additional $675 million in the CBC/Radio-Canada over the next five years “to modernize and revitalize CBC/Radio Canada in the digital era.” This is divided into $75 million this coming fiscal year and $150 million in each of the next four years.

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Gefen Canada Changes Name to GCI Distribution

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Gefen Canada and officially changed its name to GCI Distribution Inc.  The new branding will be in use as of March 1, 2016.

Today, the company’s director of sales, marketing, and operation, Patrice Larose,  released the following statement to customers and business partners:

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InfoComm Releases New Standard to Harmonize Cable Labeling Practices

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Component-cablesInfoComm International has announced the publication of a new audiovisual standard, Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems (CLAS). The new standard defines requirements for labeling cables used in installed AV systems and provides guidance for the easy identification of all power and signal paths in a completed system. Proper cable labeling aids in the operation, support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of AV systems.

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Rode Microphones’ Peter Freedman Receives Order of Australia

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Peter Freedman

Peter Freedman

Founder and managing director of Australian audio company RØDE Microphones, Peter Freedman, has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division, in recognition for significant service to business, manufacturing and export, and his philanthropic support of cultural events.

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EAW Co-Founder Kenton Forsythe Announces Retirement

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Forsythe_kenton_bEastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the retirement of Kenton Forsythe, executive vice president of strategic engineering. Forsythe, one of the original founders of EAW, has spent his career advancing loudspeaker technology and design. In 2011 he received a Parnelli Award for audio innovation as further testament to his contributions to the professional audio industry.

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Open Control Architecture is standardized as AES70

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Open Control Architecture (OCA) – an open control and monitoring standard for professional audio and AV media network devices – has been officially standardized on 4 January 2016 by the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC) in the newly published AES70-2015 standard for audio applications of networks – Open Control Architecture. With the ratification of OCA as AES70, it is now an official public open standard.

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Eighteen Sound Purchases CIARE Brand

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Pierpaolo Marziali

Pierpaolo Marziali, Eighteen Sound CEO

Eighteen Sound Srl of Reggio Emilia, Italy has announced its purchase of the CIARE brand, of Senigallia, Italy.  The purchase takes effect immediately and broadens the scope of the Eighteen Sound product line offering, as well as expanding its access to new global markets.

“This is a direct response to our assessment of our product line offerings and will allow us to offer a broader pallet of products,” notes Giacomo Previ, director of global sales.  “Eighteen Sound will revitalize and strengthen the brand, while maintaining its focus on the professional audio marketplace.  The CIARE brand will be maintained autonomously and continue its storied 70 year history while catering to its loyal client following and maintaining its solid performance standards.”

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