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In recognition of Autism Awareness Day 2015, we took on the challenge of Lighting it up Blue!
This time the Toronto guys joined iconic landmarks like the Great Sphinx and the Empire State Building and transformed their loading dock Blue using outdoor projection and LED lighting for Autism awareness day on April 2nd.
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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! (Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!) from all of us at avstrategies!

To mark the occasion our Toronto guys transformed their loading dock into a poster board with Irish imagery using outdoor projection. Including a 10th Century Irish Round Tower which was projected on a large smokestack, and an Irish Castle dating back to to the mid 1800’s, they finished the scene off with a cheeky Guinness on the side and some Green LED lighting on the remaining stubborn snow!

St Patricks Day AV Strategies Toronto

Senior Production Manager, National

AV Strategies is a Canadian Audio-Visual Event Services company with branch offices across Canada. We are looking for a Senior Production Manager to join our Vancouver team working on national event activations. The successful candidate must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working as a team leader/project manager in the A/V rentals industry.
They must be proficient and/or certified in various technical fields such as:

  • AutoCad 2014 3D drafting
  • WYSIWYG-Cast drafting
  • Meyer MAPP Online Pro – Proficient
  • Meyer Sound SIM-3 Analysis – Certified
  • AMX Control Systems
  • Crestron Control System
  • Knowledge and experience relating to ECTP Rigging Standards
  • Solid Computer Networking capabilities
  • Solid MAC & PC computer software suite capabilities
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required
  • Strong written and verbal skills in English
  • Basic written and verbal skills in French

This person must have a resume that includes live sound engineering for large scale concert applications, visuals engineering experience with multi-camera switching, HD projection, seamless graphics switching, LED Wall technology, simultaneous interpretation equipment, etc. A valid BC driver’s license or the ability to attain a BC driver’s license is required.

Job duties include:

  • Sound engineering for large scale corporate and entertainment events
  • Designing event floor plans and audiovisual layout using AutoCad
  • Mapping and engineering Meyer Line Array solutions for specific venues
  • Design and install AMX & Crestron Control Systems for permanent installations
  • Meet clients, analyze requirements, and design appropriate audiovisual solutions for large events, festivals and concerts.
  • Work effectively as a team member to execute multi disciplined audiovisual staging projects.
  • Manage and maintain internal network across three provinces

We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package including, basic and extended health, dental care plan, and disability and life insurance benefits.

Apply by email only with cover letter and resume/cv to:
careers@avstrategies.ca

Work location: 1295 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC

Title: Senior Production Manager, National

Employment type: Permanent/Full-time

Salary: $65,000 – $70,000 CAD annually, based on experience

We are pleased to announce that avstrategies has recently added the versatile QSC TouchMix-16 touch-screen audio mixer to our national equipment inventory.

Combining the power of a full size mixing console with a convenient compact size, these 16 channel mixers provide the ability to create advanced audio setups for complex events or keep it simple and precise for smaller event operations, providing impressive, crystal clear results for any application.

Their small size and versatility, including iPad app-based wireless remote control and on board MP3 recording and playback, make these  powerful digital audio mixers perfect for conference and reception applications. For more specifications see our Gear page, or the QSC website.

QSR TouchMix-16 New Audio Mixer

We have just wrapped up our support of the David Suzuki Foundation’s cross-country Blue Dot Tour. The tour covered 34 Canadian locations from St. John’s, NF to Victoria, BC and all points in between. The final show in Vancouver included appearances by Neil Young, Feist, Chantal Kreviazuk, Barenaked Ladies, Hey Ocean, Margaret Atwood, and Raine Maida.

avs crew chief, Martin Jordanov travelled with the Suzuki Foundation in their tour bus, receiving support from our local branch offices in Toronto, Calgary, Prince George, and Vancouver also. We provided full audio, video and lighting support along with venue technical integration.

It was great to part of such a positive undertaking. David Suzuki summed up his inspiration for the tour in the following way:

“I have lived an entire life, and if there is one unwavering truth I have learned it is that things change. Rights change. Our concept of who we are and what we hold our highest values to be change. But they don’t change on their own. It takes a million different people committed to a single, beautiful ideal, over a long period of time to make real change happen. This is what you are a part of now, and what the Blue Dot Tour has always been about…”

 

David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour

David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour

The David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour.

Please join us in welcoming Martin Jordanov to the avstrategies team as of September 2nd 2014. Martin will be located in the Vancouver office and will fill the position of Production Manager.  Originally from Czechoslovakia and having lived in Australia for many years, Martin has a world of knowledge to share. Welcome Martin! Martin-Jodanov-Basketball

We are excited to announce that Derek Orr has joined the avstrategies team as Branch Manager for our Calgary office.

Derek’s 17-year AV career has included stops at 3 other national audiovisual firms. He has worked in sales, production management & technical director roles on countless events of all sizes over the years. When not working he can often be found jumping from perfectly good airplanes, just for ‘fun’.

Welcome Derek to the avs team!

Derek Orr Heads Up AV Strategies Calgary Office

After a hugely successful year focused on opening and managing our new Calgary Branch, Christopher (Monty) Montgomery has now joined the growing avs National team as Senior Production Manager, National. In his new role, Monty will be responsible for planning and executing many of the larger avs activations across North America.

Monty’s most important role will begin this November as Monty and his wife, Isolde, welcome the birth of their first child.

Congratulations to Monty and Izzy!
Chris Montgomery Blog Photo

We recently provided full audiovisual staging services for the Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto.  This is the second year in a row that event producer Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP) has contracted us to provide end-to-end staging services for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Skills Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian Youth. The Canadian Skills Competition is an Olympic-style competition showcasing students’ technical and leadership skills.

We utilized one of our 12’x36’panoramic screens and 100 feet of our LED star drape to provide the scenic background.  Content was projected using two of our 15K Christie HD projectors routed through our Christie X20 Spyder to create a blended image.  We also customized our VH1 podiums with the event graphics and provided all of the rigging and lighting.

Our ability to deliver national service, along with the consistency of our equipment and expertise across Canada are some of the reasons why PRP chooses avstrategies as one of their preferred national vendors.

Skills Canada Toronto 2014

Skills Canada Toronto 2014

Skills Canada Toronto 2014

We have recently added low profile Meyer stage monitors to our national inventory.  The MJF-210 low-profile high-power stage monitor reproduces audio faithfully with high intelligibility at high outputs levels with ample low-frequency headroom. We now have these Meyer wedges in our avs Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary locations. This investment furthers our commitment to providing professional audio equipment and delivering full-service audiovisual staging, technical support, and show production services to our customers across Canada.