Canada - Award-winning musical Once returned to Canada on 10 February to start a 111-day run at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre. Having enjoyed a particularly successful stint in the city during the show's North American Tour in 2013, Once's producers decided to re-visit for an extended stay. Sound designer, Clive Goodwin, has created a new audio concept for the production that is, once again, formed around a Funktion-One sound system.

Set in modern day Dublin, Once is the story of a guy who gives up on his love of music and the girl who inspires him to dream again. The show is being performed by an all-Canadian cast of actor-musicians. A 63-day run was announced last year but demand for tickets, even before it opened, has seen that extend by almost seven-weeks.

Commenting on the production's continuing success, Goodwin says, "I think Once connect

USA - Seeking to provide exceptional audio quality for its diverse speech and music programmes, the Penn State Great Valley graduate school has recently installed a Meyer Sound Mina line array loudspeaker system in its 300-seat Warren V. Musser Auditorium.

"With Mina, we have future-proofed the room for any future needs," says Dave Brotman, president of Coatesville, Penn.-based DBS Audio Systems, which handled system design and integration. "Mina's clarity and coverage easily take care of all current speech requirements for educational uses and corporate conference rentals. Beyond that, the room is also ready for extremely high-quality music reinforcement, which allows it to double as an intimate performing arts venue."

Twin flown arrays of nine-each Mina loudspeakers seamlessly cover the steeply raked auditorium from front to back with a 500-HP subwoofer h

Canada - Elation Professional has announced that SF Marketing, Inc. has been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for Elation Professional products in Canada. SFM has been providing professional-quality products and services to the audio visual and live entertainment industries in Canada since 1978.

"As they say, timing is everything and as Elation's product range has expanded more into the pro-specification lighting professional market, now is the right time for us to find the right partners and sales team to push to the next level stated Eric Loader, director of sales for Elation Professional. "SFM is a well-respected distribution company with a long history of taking care of their customers with top-notch service / support and has the resources to help grow the business by offering inventory on demand and flexible financing terms allowing Elation customers t

UK - HHB Communications has been named RTW's distributor for the UK and Ireland with immediate effect.

RTW is a German professional audio manufacturer renowned for developing innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post-production and quality control. A leader in loudness technology, RTW pioneered the development of audio monitoring and metering with the TouchMonitor range by incorporating a top-notch loudness system.

RTW continues to innovate in the field of loudness monitoring with the introduction of the Loudness Tools Masterclass plug-in. RTW CEO Andreas Tweitmann commented, "The DPP's adoption of EBU R128 loudness standards has made the UK a very important market for innovative audio loudness tools. HHB is the UK's leading authority on loudness technology and we are confident in their expertise to deliver the best

Monaco - The Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo hosted a major gathering for Herbalife (the bio-nutrition global giant - The Future President's Team Retreat, which brings together the most successful leaders of the multinational. The result is an event lasting five days, with a daily audience of 2,500, carefully planned and perfectly prepared, in a district of professionalism that doesn't admit mistakes.

Once again the technical production of the event was entrusted to Planet Service, longtime partner of Herbalife in the design and setup of its most important projects worldwide.

And once again lighting - extremely important in an event that combines corporate message and visual appeal - was entrusted to the D.T.S. moving heads: over 90 units were installed by Planet Service, including RAPTOR, JACK and NRG 1201 models.

(Jim Evans)

South Africa - Gearhouse South Africa (GHSA)'s Ryan Dunbar became the latest South African lighting designer to be impressed with Robe's new BMFL fixtures after using the Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire at the 2015 CCI Call Centre Awards staged at Durban International Convention Centre (DICC).

The annual event welcomes 2000 guests for an evening of entertainment and fun. This year the organisers asked GHSA to design a custom stage - complete with runway leading from the main to a circular satellite stage where Awards were presented mid-audience - as well as supply the lighting, audio and video.

As well as the BMFLs, Ryan also used nearly 100 other Robe moving lights - 24 x Pointes, 48 x LEDWash 600s and 24 x LEDBeam 100s, together with 48 x Robe LEDForce PARs ... and a selection of other lights.

The BMFLs were positioned at the four corners of the stage on the floor and us

UK - With little over a week to go before this year's ISCEx2015, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers is reporting a record number of companies exhibiting.

The two-day networking event, taking place at the picturesque rural location of Coombe Abbey, a four-star country house hotel outside Coventry, will bring consultants, specifiers and manufacturers together under one roof. Following the AGM during the afternoon of Wednesday, 3 March, a networking dinner, with comedian Lea Roberts, will serve as a curtain-raiser for the following day's exhibition.

Wednesday, 4 March will also feature an active programme of seminars - building on the previous day's RF address by Alan March, in which he will provide updates on the Radio Spectrum.

Topics for Day 2 include: Is the market ready for audio over IP (presented by Kevin Sherwood, sales director, CIE-Group): T

USA - The in-store radio architecture is typically a patchwork of systems and components from different sources to deliver music and advertising to businesses, with challenging scenarios for licensing music and audio content. The formation of StoreStreams aims to simplify the launch and management of a multi-site in-store radio system, cleanly integrating IT network infrastructure with audio players-and providing the content, licensing and user interface to ensure a unified and profitable service.

StoreStreams brings together the music catalogue and network intelligence of XYZ Stream Hosting, a specialist in live, multiplatform content delivery; with end point hardware supplied through LineQ, a distributor specializing in networked AV equipment. LineQ will supply Ecler Sound amplifiers, Cornered Sound loudspeakers and media players from Barix, an IP audio pioneer with hundreds o

USA - Barco, in collaboration with experiential design firm The Barncyz Group, is bringing the majesty of live Broadway shows and entertainment to the sidewalks of Cleveland's renovated theatre district with its innovative, interactive LCD advertising kiosks and outdoor LED displays.

With the goal of bringing its marketing power to the street while elevating the quality and breadth of the organization's digital assets, Playhouse Square is engaging audiences with a series of Barco advertising kiosks to promote its robust line-up of entertainment. The United States' largest performing arts centre outside of New York City, Playhouse Square has recently undergone an architectural transformation, with sponsors breathing new life into its historic theatre district to attract both old and new generations to the live performance hub.

Chief creatologist Danny Barnycz was engaged to con

Czech Republic - Karel Gott is the best known and most successful ever Czech singer. His career spans over 50 years and has been highly innovative, spawned numerous international hits, selling millions of records, earning multiple awards plus a devoted following as well as having to embrace political expediency during the years of (then) Czechoslovakia's Communist years and under occupation by the USSR.

He arranged a massive farewell tour in 1990, which was such a huge success ... that he decided to continue his musical career to the delight of his fans both in the Czech Republic, Germany, the many other ex-Soviet Bloc countries where he also has a huge following as well as his international fan-base. He has also become an accomplished painter.

Robe was proud to participate in Karel Gott's latest arena tour at the end of 2014 which featured eight high profile concerts, five in

Germany - In the film The Miracle of Bern, director Sönke Wortmann tells the story of the unexpected German victory in the 1954 World Cup in Bern and, at the same time, focuses on the difficulties of a prisoner of war who returns home and fails to re-adjust to his old life. However, in conjunction with the German team's success, the ex-POW draws closer again to his son and his family. Stage Entertainment took this story and made it into a musical, which was staged in Hamburg for the first time at the end of 2014 with the same title.

Among the equipment lighting designer Andreas Fuchs chose for the production were 53 Alpha Profile 1500 STs, 18 Alpha Profile 800 STs and 30 A.leda B-EYE K20s, all made by Clay Paky, along with one grandMA2 light, one grandMA2 ultra-light, two MA 8Port Nodes, two MA Network Processing Units (NPUs) and 26 12 x 2.3 kVA MA digital dimmers.


USA - First established in the 1980's, Centennial Covenant Church has continued to grow in the south suburbs of Denver and in 1997 they found their permanent home in Littleton, CO. Now 18 years later, the congregation found themselves in need of a complete architectural and entertainment lighting renovation.

Working with Cuningham Group Architecture, the architect turned to The MH Companies to create their dynamic new lighting design which consisted of 18 Showline SL PAR 150 ZOOM luminaires, seven Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires, and a 250ML lighting control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

"We moved into this site a long time ago and with two services every Sunday and multiple events consistently taking place during the week, we needed a full lighting renovation," began David Dillon, music director, Centennial Covenant Church. "In the early stage

UK - From Monday 2 March 2015, the Marquee Group, comprising leading UK installers Marquee AV and Marquee Home, will be relocating to Unit 5 Shepperton Business Park, Govett Avenue, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 8BA. The company's telephone number remains the same, 01784 430404.

"The new premises are just six miles from our current Egham location, so convenient for staff and no disruption in the service to our customers," said Marquee AV MD, Mark Brown. "The building provides well over double space and is located on a modern business park. Energy efficiency has been a high priority in the new lighting and heating systems we have installed throughout the building.

"The new building has also allowed us many opportunities," continued Brown. "These include the construction of offices with custom-built work stations, a well-equipped system build area, se

UK - For the most recent run of Thames TV/SycoTV's popular talent search, The X Factor, XL Video supplied custom video set-ups for several of the guest artist appearances.

Working with One Direction and their creative director, Lee Lodge, XL Video provided 144 Barco MiStrip LED batons which were housed in a custom structure created by design studio, Artisan, as a backdrop for the band's performance of their recent single Steal My Girl. The MiStrips complemented a sea of lasers behind the band, and content for the batons was controlled by two of XL's d3 media servers.

When Take That performed as a three-piece on The X Factor's Sunday night results show, their production director, Chris Vaughan, contacted XL Video to provide projection mapping for a multi-surface stage set which incorporated more than 40 blocks of varying sizes.

For this mapped projection,

World - The Philips Strand Lighting centenary competition to upcycle a vintage Strand PATT 23 or 123 lamp has announced its three finalists. The competition saw much success with numerous international entrants and 175 people following the Pinterest inspiration board.

Award-winning architectural lighting designer Paul Nulty's Anamorphosis, architectural lighting designer Joe Vose's Back to The Future and artist/designer Derek Goldsmith's 321 Zero have all reached the final round. The three designs artfully reflect the brand's significant history, whilst giving the iconic luminaires a new lease of life.

"The old Strand designs are classics so it was interesting to see how people responded to the challenge of upcycling them, whilst retaining the heritage of the original products," says Philips lighting application design lead and competition judge

USA - At the request of FOH engineer Jose Rivera, a Meyer Sound Leo and Lyon linear sound reinforcement system was deployed for Marc Anthony's recent mini tour. The shows - which included 360-degree productions in New York and New Jersey - were Anthony's first North American concerts to be heard through a Leo system.

"Everybody was extremely happy with the performance of Leo and Lyon, both on stage and throughout the audience," reports Rivera, who first used Leo at a stadium concert in Peru. "The overall sound was very transparent and open. Vocal intelligibility was impressive, and the separation of instruments made it easy to achieve clarity in the mix. Also, the 1100-LFC units are remarkably musical in the low end. The system did more than we expected it to do.

"Using another system on our last arena tour, we had challenges with sound bleeding back onto t

Germany - The long-running cult musical The Rocky Horror Show is back on stage for a six-month tour of Germany and features an array of Martin Professional lighting fixtures to underscore the production's more distinctive elements.

Since its first performance at the Royal Court Theatre in London 40 years ago, more than 20m people have seen Richard O'Brien's bizarre story about a newly engaged couple, the mad Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his artificial creature, Rocky Horror.

For the German tour, lighting designer David Howe specified a rig mostly comprised of fixtures from Martin Professional, including MAC Viper Washes, MAC Viper Performances, MAC Auras, MAC 700 Profiles and Stagebars.

"The lighting designer is always the guy who has the wild ideas," said Howe. "However, rather than creating an overwhelming light show, I wanted to draw the audience's attenti

USA - When exclusive Gold Room nightclub in Atlanta was looking to rejuvenate their entertainment lighting system they turned to Elation dealer Atlanta Sound & Lighting to realise the new look. Completed in summer 2014, the renovation features an all-new, all-LED lighting system from Elation Professional and ADJ lighting that has given Gold Room an exciting, new lustre.

Gold Room is a chic, elegantly designed club with a reputation for high-class events and an unbeatable party atmosphere. Unlike any other nightspot in Atlanta, the team behind the venue sought to maintain its exclusive reputation with a light show that was not only visually stunning but low maintenance and energy efficient as well.

When Scott Waterbury at Atlanta Sound & Lighting was asked to design an elegant 4D environment for the 7,500sq.ft club, he opted for a mix of Elation and ADJ lighting gear to give th

Australia - Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF) has announced the sale of its ENTECH trade show to the CX Network, which is headed by ENTECH founder Julius Grafton.

Having acquired ENTECH in 2004, ETF successfully operated the event for some time and also launched a satellite event, ENTECH-CONNECT which has run successfully in Melbourne in alternate years to the main ENTECH trade show in Sydney. ETF have advised that the forthcoming Sydney ENTECH, scheduled for July will now not proceed.

CX Network operates the CX Summer Roadshow, a touring 'pop-up' trade show. They plan to re-name the Roadshow as 'CX presents the ENTECH Roadshow' for 2016. CX Network head Julius Grafton confirmed today they have no intention of running a traditional trade show in any form.

ETF Managing Director, Gary Daly said: "We are pleased that the CX Network will continue with ENTECH. They an integral

USA - Syncrolite played its part in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, working with Full Flood, Inc. Full Flood's Bob Dickinson, lighting designer for the 2015 Grammy Awards, chose Syncrolite fixtures for the opening act of this year's show. Dickinson remarked after the show that "the crisp clean look and the punch provided by the Syncrolite fixtures complemented the energy of the AC/DC performance and set the mood for the night." AC/DC's hard rock medley was backed up by twelve SXL 7k luminaires hitting the Staples Center audience with Syncrolite's signature solid beam of light.

Joining Dickinson in making the evening a non-stop avalanche of lighting artistry were Jon Kusner and Noah Mitz as lighting directors; Andy O'Reilly, Harrison Lippman and Patrick Boozer as lighting directors/programmers; and Mike Berger and Madigan Stehly as associate lighting direc

USA - Back in the 1950s, noted psychologist BF Skinner grabbed headlines by using controversial behavioural modification techniques to teach pigeons to play ping pong. Today Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is making waves again, not with psychology, but with psychedelic riffs along with some funky rock and extended jams that are attracting an ever-expanding flock, as their fans like to call themselves, to this up-and-coming band.

Lighting designer Aaron Kovelman (aka Ronny RedRocks) is having fun keeping pace with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong's improvisational performances with the help of eight Rogue R1 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Kovelman worked with 4Wall Entertainment Lighting to include the powerful LED spots on his client's national tour for reasons both practical and passionate. "For sure, there are a lot of things about the Rogues to like, and 4Wall helped con

UK - VisionEvents, an event production agency offering full design, management, and audio visual talent for events across the UK, produced the annual Scottish Sports Awards event at Glasgow Thistle Hotel in December 2014. Hosted by journalist Jim White, the ceremony celebrated excellence throughout Scottish sports, recognising athletes and teams for their outstanding achievements throughout the year.

The stage consisted of three LED screens at 5.4x2.3m each, resulting to an impressive 17m wide LED backdrop. The three LED screens worked independently to showcase graphic animations, video clips and live camera footage, and together to display moving content across all three for dramatic effect. Screen content was driven by two Avolites AI media servers (main and backup) distributing the content across three separate outputs. Other sources included VT playback from various Macs and

UK - Who Dares Wins, the prime time Saturday night quiz show, hosted by Nick Knowles, sees two teams of complete strangers compete by completing a series of lists. The team who names more correct answers on a list gets the chance to play...and win £50,000.

Martin Kempton has lit the show for a number of years, with the help of Richard Martin Lighting (RML). The set and grand design of the show doesn't make it easy to make changes or freshen up the look. However when RML announced last autumn the investment in the new Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot, Martin knew this was the perfect new fixture for him.

"The VL4000 Spot includes all the tools needed to create dynamic and useful lighting on any stage. Every aspect of the luminaire has been designed with performance in mind," he says.

With low ambient noise, high lumen output, amazing optics and a full feature set anythin

USA - From its start in 1996 as a small independent plant by Grandville, Michigan's Resurrection Life Church, Radiant Church in the Richland suburb of Kalamazoo has steadily grown its membership to 3,500. Recently expanding its service count to four each weekend - two on Saturday and two on Sunday - the church also freshly upgraded the audio facilities of its 1,050-seat sanctuary with a new ARCS WiFo (Wide and Focus) loudspeaker system from L-Acoustics.

Parkway Electric & Communications of Holland, Michigan provided the design and integration of the new system, which replaced an outdated PA rife with hot/dead spots and uneven low frequency coverage. The installation and commissioning process took Parkway only four days, which also included repurposing the previous rig for the church's youth facility.

Today, the main sanctuary system features left and right arrays each comprise

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