150-plus attend first-ever virtual BOCSIes gala

More than 150 people attended the virtual gala—some gathered in groups at their shops as big as the respective pandemic restrictions would allow, while others participated from their family rooms or wherever they were on whatever device they chose to use that evening.

More than 150 people attended the virtual gala—some gathered in groups at their shops as big as the respective pandemic restrictions would allow, while others participated from their family rooms or wherever they were on whatever device they chose to use that evening.

The Sign Association of Canada (SAC-ACE), together with Sign Media Canada, honoured the outstanding work of signmakers from across the country during the first-ever Virtual Night Out at the BOCSIes, which was held on Sept. 25.th

More than 150 people attended the virtual gala—some gathered in groups at their shops as big as the respective pandemic restrictions would allow, while others participated from their family rooms or wherever they were on whatever device they chose to use that evening. To attend the event, SAC-ACE was collecting a donation that went toward Food Banks Canada and its special COVID-19 response fund. In addition to individual attendee donations, various companies also donated to the cause, including Access Signs Inc., Dominion Signs, Media Resources International, Permit World Consulting Services Inc., Pride Signs Ltd., Sign Up Signs, Signature Signs & Image, Signex Manufacturing Inc., Spectra Signs, and Turbo Images. A total of $3800 was raised.

Response to this year’s BOCSIes competition was once again outstanding with more than 300 entries pouring in from across the country.

In addition to revealing the 14 BOCSI winners via live stream, SAC-ACE also presented its awards of recognition virtually. Prior to handing out the awards, the show started with an industry address from Carl Weger, SAC-ACE president, and an inspiring video that encapsulated the heart and soul of the Canadian sign industry by showing how the trade has come together during these unprecedented times, as well as how integral the industry has been in designing/manufacturing various tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19.

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“Together with our SAC board of directors as well as directors of all the regional and chapter boards, we are here to celebrate our industry and the incredible talent in it. I’m so glad to see so many of you here, tuning in from across the country to celebrate our successes,” Weger said before passing on the mic to the evening’s co-emcee’s Francois Lussier, the 2020 Sign Expo Canada Task Force Chair and Jason Cramp, editor of Sign Media Canada.

To keep attendees on the edge of their seats, the virtual gala intertwined a perfect mix of entertainment—via trivia games that saw a number of participants win Amazon gift cards, which were made possible thanks to the evening’s prize sponsor, Roland—and networking opportunities.

This year’s BOCSI winners include:

  • Building signage (sponsored by Gemini)

Roberts Signs & Awnings—Ruby Soho

  • Commercial tenant signs

City Image Signs—Vandenberg’s Jewellers

  • Digital signage (sponsored by Libertevision)

Knight Signs—Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

  • Display graphics (sponsored by HP Inc.)

Forward Signs—Women’s College Hospital

  • Fascia signs/channel letters (sponsored by Channelume/Let-R-Edge)

Sign Up Signs & Graphics—Serendipity

  • Free standing signage

Media Resources—CF Water Tower

  • Historic signage (sponsored by Gemini)

Signature Sign & Image—2020 Stamp (City of Niagara Falls)

  • Illuminated signage (sponsored by SloanLED)

Access Signs – Tour des Canadiens courtyard

  • Out-of-home (OOH) media

Media Resources Inc.—Reese’s Pieces 3D Billboard Props

  • Sign systems

City Image Signs—West Block Glenora

  • Unique signs

TDH Experiential Fabricators—Skinny Dukes Neon Tiger

  • Vehicle graphics (sponsored by Orafol)

Turbo Images Inc.—Kobe and Gianna Bryant Tribute

  • Best in show

Media Resources Inc.—Reese’s Pieces 3D Billboard Props

  • Sign Company of the Year (SCOTY) (sponsored by Multicam)

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In addition to the BOCSIes, several other awards were also announced and presented virtually during the event, including SAC-ACE’s Volunteer of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Mentor of the Year, and Sign Professional of the Year.

  • Volunteer of the year
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Tim Pedrick, Hi Signs The Fath Group Ltd.

  • Young professional award

Lee Murphy, Access Signs

  • Mentor of the Year

Robert Blyth, Stalaich Installs Inc.

  • Sign Professional of the Year

Francois Lussier, Montreal Neon

Also popular amongst many attendees was this year’s mid-day virtual demonstration sessions. Five companies presented on topics such light-emitting diode (LED) signage solutions; channel letter technology and fabrication; next generation computer numerical control (CNC) router machines; the latest in dye-sublimation printers; and current technologies in intuitive web-based digital sign software.

Watch for the November issue of Sign Media Canada for full coverage on the BOCSI competition. To watch the virtual gala, click here.

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