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To combat the ever increasingly busy wireless spectrum, AV Strategies has invested in Shure Axient Digital wireless microphones for all our branches. Shure developed the Axient Digital wireless solution to provide superior RF and audio robustness, as well as scalability and connectivity.

wireless microphonesAxient Digital provides control for transmitters in a wireless system. Transmitter registration allows users to ensure that only desired units are passing audio, regardless of encryption status or model. Receiver channels can be linked to up to eight transmitters at a time, and the active transmitter can be managed and switched remotely. This enables the sharing of frequencies across transmitters that do not operate simultaneously, which is ideal for monitor mix tech’s that have to manage several bodypacks for their talent, or for presenters at corporate events, who may switch between a handheld or bodypack transmitter. Audio technicians have complete control over the system using Wireless Workbench 6, a powerful software suite offering command and control functionality.

Digital systems also tend to have ‘better audio’ from a dynamic range and frequency perspective because analogue wireless systems compress the dynamic range of the audio in order for it to be carried on a radio wave.

Our objective with any new equipment purchase is to invest in technology that addresses common problems and offers significant benefits to our clients. We are continuously researching the latest technology to ensure your event runs smoothly.

Last week, AV Strategies provided the complete audiovisual solution for the LINUX Foundation’s Open Source Summit North America which took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre WEST.

Open Source Summit is the leading conference for developers, architects, and other technologists – as well as the open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.

AV Strategies has been supporting The Linux Foundation since 2011. We handle multiple events each year across North America. At OSS NA we provided a full suite of technologies and the complete audiovisual package for the keynote room which featured our d&b V-series line array for audio, our Christie HD laser video projectors for content display and our Christie X20 Spyder switcher for seamless matrix routing. We also incorporated our EPIX modules as a key set element on stage. These LED light boxes display a variety of visual content from our one of our lighting media servers and create dynamic colour and movement for the stage.

The show featured a large tradeshow component which we supported with multiple HD monitor displays, including technical support for custom mounting monitors in a variety of portrait and landscape applications at sponsor booths.

In addition to the plenary sessions and tradeshow, AVS provided audiovisual support for 24 breakouts with concurrent presentations. Our team was instrumental in the seamless execution of this major learning conference.

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and industry adoption.

Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation provides unparalleled support for open source communities through financial and intellectual resources, infrastructure, services, events, and training. Working together, The Linux Foundation and its projects form the most ambitious and successful investment in the creation of shared technology. You can learn more about The Linux Foundation and the event here.

As many of you will know by now, our long-time friend and colleague Gary Power (Harley) passed away last week. Harley has been battling cancer for over 2 years and has shown great spirit and fortitude throughout his illness.  Harley was determined not to let cancer stop him. He continued to work during his illness and was even scheduled to work the morning of his passing.

Those of you who were lucky enough to have known Harley will miss his incredibly big heart and down-to-earth positive, genuine energy.  He has been in and around the rock and roll and A/V business for over 40 years and during that time he touched many lives.

We will miss Harley greatly and extend our sympathies to his family.

Once again, AV Strategies is proud to have been chosen as a key vendor to the Fair at the PNE. 

Our SL-100 Mobile Stage is featured as the centerpiece of Festival Park, along with a distributed audio system for the venue. Stop by at Festival Park to watch a live performance, sing along with a band, and be amazed by the nighttime finale show! Our SL-100 Mobile Stage will be home to nightly acts such as Dr. Strangelove, Side One, R&B Allstars, and Groove & Tonic.

We are providing lighting and audio for the beer garden, audio for Celebration Plaza and Miller Drive, and we are doing the lighting for the Summer Night Concert Series at the PNE Amphitheater.

The Concert Stage will feature artists such as Chicago, Boyz II Men, Goo Goo Dolls, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. This is a large venue and we are implementing a large spectrum of our intelligent and conventional LED lighting inventory.

The Plaza Beer Garden is a fan favourite at the Fair and will once again feature the Dueling Pianos. This interactive act is highly entertaining and includes great audience engagement. The Dueling Pianos perform nightly.

Don’t miss the best part of summer! Download the complete Fair Guide to plan your visit.

As part of our ongoing effort to utilize products that are efficient, innovative, and environmentally responsible, AV Strategies has invested in new Elation LED Blinders to add to our national lighting inventory.  

While blinders have been around for a long time, the new CUPIX Blinder WW4 from Elation is a marked improvement over older technology incandescent fixtures.  

Our new 4 light blinders feature a weatherproof housing, individual control over each of the 4 lights, and a decay feature. Lighting techs no longer have to pre-program a fade into our LED blinders, as the desirable decay effect is built-in to each of the fixtures.

They also feature long life 100W Warm White 3,200K COB LEDs, a 62° beam angle, individual control of each COB module, manual pan focus, variable and selectable dimming curves, strobe effects, flicker free operation for TV and Film, 3pin and 5pin DMX and powerCon in/out connections.  They also have LCD menu display with 4 button control panel, integrated yoke and side mounting brackets, and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply.

doobie brothersWe spec’d these lights for the first time at the PNE last summer for the mainstage which featured bands such as Tom Cochrane, The Pointer Sisters, ZZ Top, Huey Lewis and the News, and the Doobie Brothers.

Our strategy of continuously upgrading our inventory with the latest technology in all our departments provides significant benefits to our end customers, a better experience for production companies utilizing our products & services, and it means we are using products that use less energy and reduce our environmental footprint.

In May, AV Strategies provided the audiovisual support for the G7 Finance Ministers Symposium in Whistler, BC.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, along with Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, co-hosted the meeting of G7 Finance and Development Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

G7 finance ministers symposiumCantrav, one of Canada’s premier destination management and event production companies, hired us to deliver the audiovisual solution. That solution included audio, lighting, large LED flat panel displays, multi-camera video production, and a live stream of one of the sessions using IBM Cloud Video. Through our partnership with IBM, we stream video through our webcasting portal which provides a highly scalable and reliable platform for streaming both live and on-demand video.

The secured closed-circuit stream was viewed by media and government staff in other venues throughout Whistler, so they could remotely participate in the meeting.

This was another high-profile event that required AVS to deliver a multi-disciplined approach with complex technical and logistical requirements while having a minimal impact on the meeting.

G7 finance ministers symposium

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AV Strategies has partnered with Vancouver Civic Theatres and 102.7 THE PEAK Vancouver’s Modern Rock, to present a FREE pop-up concert series, Summer Sounds, throughout July and August this summer. This 4-concert series will feature top music headliners, delicious food trucks, and the always popular patio bar.

Headliners for the pop-up series will remain top secret leading up to the event, so you’ll have to follow along on social media or listen to 102.7 The Peak for clues before the official announcement two weeks prior to each show.

We will be utilizing our S100 mobile stage and providing full concert audio production.

AVS will be posting the headliners on our Twitter feed as they are announced. The first headliner, performing Friday, July 20th has just been announced.  Jon and Roy, a Victoria-based folk rock and reggae band, will kick off the series at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza).

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It was a busy Canada Day weekend in Vancouver for AV Strategies.  On Friday our client, GB Sound hired us to provide the audiovisual support including multi-camera IMAG, video projection, our D&B Audiotechnik V-series line array, and lighting for the President Bill Clinton along with James Patterson, who spoke about their new book, “The President in Missing” a novel that provides a front-row seat to the inner workings of the US political system and the Presidency. This highly attended event held in the West Ballrooms at the Vancouver Convention Centre required our team of audiovisual technicians to be extensively vetted by the US Secret Service.

canada day 2A day later, we provided our Stageline SL260 portable stage to help Vancouver celebrate the 151st birthday of Canada at Canada Place.  This award-winning event, presented by the Port of Vancouver, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital.

Our client, BRANDLIVE, deemed the SL260 to be the perfect stage to handle the variety of acts performing and to accommodate the City of Vancouver’s stringent time requirements for load-in and load-out.  We set-up the stage and lighting, on the evening prior to the event and were ready for performances that took place throughout the day on July 1st.  The performances concluded at 6:00pm and we had the stage packed up and cleared by 8:30pm, well before crowds moved in to enjoy the fireworks.  While the weather cooperated for the most part, it was nice to have the covered wing for the monitor mix position.

canada day

A special ceremony was held in Vancouver today to announce the names of two high-profile public plazas will be given Indigenous names.  Our client, The City of Vancouver, hired AV Strategies to provide full audiovisual support for the event. We deployed our SL-100 Stageline portable stage to provide the outdoor venue for this significant announcement.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was joined at the event by the Honourable Jinny Sims, the provincial Minister of Citizens’ Services, and others from the City to preside over the announcement.  

In addition to the SL-100 Mix Mobile Stage, we provided audio support and lighting.  Our new Elation LED Blinders were used to eliminate shadows and enhance the camera shots for the media who were on hand to cover the event.  

Large meetings and conferences involve many moving parts.  There’s F&B, transportation, vendor management, presenter support—the list goes on.  While an extraordinary amount of thought and energy goes into the stage design, décor, lighting, and audiovisual components of large plenary sessions, often the breakout rooms are given less consideration.  But in fact, some of the most relevant and valuable content at a conference is delivered through the breakout sessions, so making sure they go smoothly is vitally important.

At AVS we understand this.  Our years of experience supporting conference organizers and presenters at breakout sessions tells us that the information delivered at the breakouts is equally as important to the presenter and the audience, as it is to the keynote presenter in the main tent.

We strive to deliver quality and consistency in each and every breakout room. We have developed equipment packages in truck-pack, tour rugged road cases that include everything required.

qcs touchmixFor audio support, we deploy QSC Touchmix series digital mixers, which include EQ, time alignment, and compression built in. We carry Shure Wireless microphones and use the Shure Wireless Workbench software for frequency management. Each room includes a PC DI box for computer audio inputs and a wireless cue advance device with integrated laser pointers.   

For visuals, our clients can select between our complete line of LED flat screen displays ranging from 40 to 90 inches or for larger rooms, we are now spec’ing our inventory of Christie DHD630-GS 5K Digital laser projectors.  These laser projectors have the advantage of providing a very bright, crisp, HD picture with an incredibly high contrast ratio, making the content look amazing.  They’re also whisper quiet, which is important in smaller rooms.

christie dhd630 projector

The breakout experience can have a huge impact on the attendee experience and an even bigger impact on the presenter experience.  To manage specific breakout requirements, we have an electronic form that can be completed by the presenters, so they fill in exactly what they need.

These days there are numerous types of proprietary connections and adapters to connect laptops and projection devices.  Presenters don’t always travel with the adapters they need, nor do they necessarily have the knowledge to connect their device to a projector.  Our breakout room packages include all the technology to provide seamless support and our competent technicians ensure the breakouts run smoothly.  We staff breakout rooms to ensure presenters always have the support they need. And because our breakout packages include digital mixers, our roaming audio tech can visit each room and adjust audio levels directly from their iPad tablet interface.  

Event planners shouldn’t have to be chasing down the in-house AV tech who is on another floor setting up equipment for another client.  The right equipment along with dedicated resources will prevent the 15 minutes of panic that is all too common every time a breakout session starts.

breakout room equipment