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Kling & Freitag Americas announces GCI Distribution as new Canadian Distributor

December 20th, 2016

ref_corrosia-theater-almere_galerie-8German loudspeaker manufacturer Kling & Freitag has announced the appointment of GCI Distribution as its new exclusive Canadian distributor.

 Vaino Gennaro, General Manager at Kling & Freitag Americas, comments on the deal, “We are very excited to have GCI Distribution as new member in our family. GCI professionalism and extended market experience are the perfect complement to further the success of the Kling & Freitag brand in the Canadian market. GCI will soon be able to assist dealers and integrators with system design and commissioning on all the K&F speaker systems.”

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Music Group Hires Van Williamson as VP of Installed Sound

December 20th, 2016

van-williamsonMusic Group has appointed Van Williamson as VP of Installed Sound, with the stated responsibility of executing “a highly ambitious vision to deliver revolutionary installed sound solutions.” Music Groups’ brands include Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Tannoy, and Turbosound.

Williamson, who formerly led Harman Professional’s global installed sound, comments, “I am extremely excited to be part of a revolutionary vision to deliver outstanding customer experience and product solutions for our commercial customers. The incredible power and passion of MUSIC’s 4,000 people organization together with its industry leading technologies of its world renowned brands means that together with our global distribution partners we will provide life-changing solutions.”

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Primacoustic Launches New Website Featuring Customized User Experience

December 20th, 2016

primacousticlaunchesnewwebsitePrimacoustic has launched its new website featuring a streamlined user experience that customizes to the individual user’s needs, a brand new blog section announcing the latest product news, and featured applications as well an extensive library of educational resources. The site retains the online room calculator/quote feature from the previous site.

Primacoustic’s Steve Dickson, Business Development, comments, “The markets and applications for acoustic treatment continue to snowball year after year and we decided we needed to restructure our website to provide the optimal user experience. We know when a potential customer lands on our site, they need to find their application quickly and be walked through potential solution scenarios with as little fuss and distraction as possible. Users also have immediate access to case studies and stories about installations that relate closely to their own situation. As always, a free quote feature allows users to submit their room specifics and measurements to learn more about their solution and the associated cost of materials.”

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Kees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal

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.

After studies in history followed by diplomas in accounting and economics, Kees worked most notably for Cirque du Soleil as an administrative director from 1988 to 1993 in Canada and from 1994 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2005 in Europe. Upon his return to Canada in 2006, he consulted for the Palais Montcalm theatre to put into place its administrative structure. He then worked for Réalisations as its director of administration and finances and afterwards worked with the Grand Ballets Canadiens and, most recently, with RIDEAU – an independent network of presenters of artistic events.

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Techni+Contact Hires New Central Ontario Regional Sales Manager

December 5th, 2016
George Grech

George Grech

Techni+Contact Canada has announced the appointment of George Grech to the position of regional sales manager for Central Ontario, effective immediately.

Grech is a recognized professional in the Canadian audio visual technology integration industry with extensive experience in AV/IT technology sales and training. He has over 25 years’ experience in the conference and integration industry combining in-depth knowledge of audio and video solutions.

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February Freeze 2017 Fast Approaching

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.

NAMM Boosts Pro Audio Focus for 2017 Show

November 25th, 2016

01nammThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced it will feature Dante training and certification sessions on Jan. 20-21 at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, in addition to other pro audio show features. The 2017 NAMM Show will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center Jan. 19-22, 2017.

The Dante training sessions will be presented at the show by Audinate, and will offer attendees an intensive two-days, hands-on training program as part of the company’s Dante Certification Program. As an added programming bonus, TEC Tracks at The NAMM Show will host an “Introduction to Dante” session during its newly-announced Live Sound Day on Thursday, Jan. 19. On that day, participants can learn more about the multi-channel, digital media networking protocol.

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Theatre Sound Designer Peter McBoyle to Present at AES Toronto’s December Meeting

November 24th, 2016

peter_mcboyleThe Toronto chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that it’s next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 and will feature accomplished theatre sound designer Peter McBoyle discussing his career and specific productions, including this summer’s Stratford Festival production of A Chorus Line.

About the Event

Sound design for live musical theatre productions has significantly benefited from technological developments in digital audio and digital signal processing in recent years.

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Riedel Communications Expands North America Technical Services Staff with Two New Hires

November 22nd, 2016
Justin McClellan

Justin McClellan

Building out the technical capacity and capabilities of its North American team, Riedel Communications has hired Zach Funk and Justin McClellan as service and support engineers in the Riedel North America Technical Services department. Through their previous experiences in live-event production and broadcast television, both Funk and McClellan have overseen setup, implementation, and maintenance of Riedel signal distribution and communications systems.

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QSC Expands its Leadership Team with Senior Management Promotions 

November 22nd, 2016

QSC has announced the promotions of several long-term employees to senior leadership roles within its powerful global sales, engineering, and executive management teams.  The new promotions include Anna Csontos to VP, Chief of Staff; Perry Celia to Senior Director, Domestic Sales; and Arnie Marx to Senior Director, Software Development.

Anna Csontos, Vice President, Chief of Staff

Anna Csontos, Vice President, Chief of Staff

“QSC has been very fortunate to have an extremely healthy business that continues to grow year after year, and this is due in large part to the talented people who work here and continue to grow in their careers, “ says QSC CEO Joe Pham. “We congratulate Anna, Perry, and Arnie and I am extremely confident that QSC will continue to benefit immensely from all of their efforts and contributions.”

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