By Andrew Leyenhorst
While Major League Baseball did play throughout the 2020 pandemic season, there was one particular ballpark that did not see its team take the field at home; the lone Major League stadium in Canada, Toronto’s Rogers Centre. While the Blue Jays were situated in Tampa Bay and Buffalo ,a perfect opportunity had presented itself to completely replace the decade-plus-old sound system and improve the experience at the par for spectators and players alike. And now, with the club back at home, this state-of-the-art system has finally roared to life.Get It Now!
The Montreal-based programs at CBC/Radio-Canada have moved into a brand new,420,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art facility. Excitingly ,this move opened the door for a majo technological leap forward. With construction completed in 2020 and the move of shows and operations currently nearing completion, it is one of the first public broadcasters in the world to be powered entirely by Internet Protocol(IP) technology. This, of course, brings infinitely more flexibility to its production and distribution workflows across radio, television, and digital
One of Montreal’s premiere events, the world renownedJazz Fest, was sidelined last year as with most events of its kind. However, the festival is back for 2021, and punctuated by artists including Daniel Lanois, Charlotte Day Wilson, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Professional Sound gets boots on the ground to learn about the tech and the teams behind this triumphant return to big-ticket live music.
Women populate an unreasonably small part of the music industry’s technical side and with each study done on the matter, the only thing that’s grown is the massive number of articles with nearly identical headlines proclaiming, “Less than5% of music producers and engineers are women. ”Simply put, even though we continue to address this percentage time and time again, things have yet to significantly change for female-identifying producers, engineers, and mixers. But why is that? To better understand what changes are needed, we must ask ourselves a few questions; the first being, who do these stats really reflect?
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