CITT/ICTS Ready for Rendez-vous 2017 in Saint John

01 Rendez-vousRendez-vous 2017, CITT/ICTS’s annual trade show and conference, will be heading to the Imperial Theatre and Saint John Theatre Company in Saint John, NB from Aug. 9-12.

This year’s event will feature a similar schedule to that which was introduced last year. The trade show will have visiting hours over a two-day span on Thursday and Friday. The new Product Show ‘n Tell Breakfast will kick off the Thursday morning with a Corporate Luncheon to follow. Thursday night will feature the always-popular Swag Bingo. Friday will feature the Ladies of the Backstage Happy Hour and Saturday will be the Caucus Plenary Breakfast and CITT/ICTS Awards Banquet in the evening. The annual general meeting will return to an AGM Luncheon on Saturday.

The conference programming this year includes such topics as: Scenic Historic Techniques – Painting Masterclass; Major System Renovations in Existing Theatres; a Performing Arts Safety Awareness Workshop; and Prolyte Truss Training. Recently announced additions to the conference schedule include Microphone Techniques for Live and Theatrical Sound, Major System Renovations in Existing Theatres, and Staging the Scottish Rite: Masonic Scenery Design.

As well, CITT/ICTS and the Saint John Theatre Company have arranged a three-day ETC console training course running prior to the conference and tradeshow.

“At Rendez-vous 2016, Cole Alvis, former executive director for Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, challenged our delegates to consider Commemoration 83 from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Delegates were challenged to consider choices in their lives and workplaces that would contribute to the reconciliation process. We have worked to continue the equity and diversity focus throughout the year as a consideration in our planning. As the first female president for CITT/ICTS, I look forward to playing a role in furthering equity and diversity conversations ignited at Rendez-vous 2016,” says CITT President Elizabeth Wilkie. “Rendez-vous 2017 (RV17) will invite members to participate more fully in guiding and planning programming for future conferences. I know that taking time this year to inventory where we are within this industry and the skills, knowledge, and experience we want, and need, to move forward will be exceedingly rewarding. I am excited to play a role in this at RV17 and look forward to the outcomes from this peer generated work.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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