Holds Rendez-vous 2008
Stage Expo Sales Manager
CITT held its 18th Annual Conference & Trade
Show in Ottawa August 14 to 17. The trade show was in
the historic Government Conference Centre, which opened in 1912
as Ottawa's Grand Trunk railway station. The lovely Beaux-Arts
style building stands across from the stately Chateau Laurier
hotel on the banks of the Rideau Canal. The monumental waiting
room of the former train station, called the finest room in Canada,
was modeled after the great thermal baths of Rome. The building
hosts a variety of conferences, including the G20 in 2001.
It was a unique setting
for the CITT trade show, where many USITT member companies
were spotted, including AC Lighting, A.C.T Lighting, Cirque du
Soleil, Electronic Theatre Controls, GALA Systems, Jack A. Frost
Ltd., MDG Fog Generators, Ontario Staging Limited, Osram Sylvania,
RC4 Wireless Dimming, Robert Juliat, Rosco Laboratories, Show
Distribution, Stagestep, Staging Concepts, Strand Lighting, and
A wide variety of conference sessions were
held in the Arts Court, formerly the Carleton County
Courthouse, and now the home of the professional arts in Ottawa.
Off-site activities included a venue tour of the Irving Greenberg
Theatre, new home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, a backstage
tour of Wicked at the National Arts Centre, and a tour of the
Parliament Buildings Chamber and Sound & Light
Pre-Conference workshops included Fall Arrest
Certification, Pyrotechnics Certification, Fireworks Display Certification,
RF Microphone Master Class, and The Basics of Rigging and Flying
Performers. Attendees enjoyed a variety of special events,
including the Junk Challenge Adventure, the New Products Breakfast,
the Corporate BBQ Luncheon, SWAG BINGO, the Health & Safety Breakfast,
and the Awards Banquet.
Ottawa is a charming city and a lovely
setting for the CITT Conference, with the majesty of
Parliament Hill towering above the Ottawa River. The National
Capital region includes Gatineau, Quebec, which is just across
the river, and home to the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
2009 will be held August 13 to 16 at the Citadel Theatre
in Edmonton, Alberta.