For signmaking professionals seeking to excel in the installation of digitally printed graphics, it can be very challenging to keep informed of both the latest trends in the industry and the best practices in their field.
Toronto’s fabled Maple Leaf Gardens—previously home to major-league hockey, big-name concerts, boxing and other sporting events—recently emerged from a decade of disuse. Its new anchor tenant was not a sports team or event management company, but instead Loblaws, a grocery retail chain with stores across Ontario and Quebec.
Mark’s, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Tire, is renovating and redesigning its clothing stores across Canada. Formerly known as Mark’s Work Wearhouse, the retail chain is incorporating digital signage into its new shopping environments in multiple forms, including both passive and interactive displays.
At the end of January 2012, Toronto Pearson International Airport went ‘zonal,’ implementing a new, uniform alphanumeric system for naming all flight gate lounges throughout Terminals 1 and 3 (T1 and T3). The renumbering project also entailed the need to retrofit and replace corresponding signs facing airline passengers in both terminals.
It took almost 40 years to establish a dedicated venue in Toronto for world-class cinema. What began in 1976 as the Festival of Festivals and was later renamed the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) finally found a permanent home in late 2010 when TIFF Bell Lightbox opened at the corner of King and John Streets.
Toronto’s Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA) supports local properties through investment and advocacy efforts aimed at maintaining the district’s position as a premier destination for shopping, entertainment and business.
In November 2011, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) announced the deployment of the Digital Advertising and Wayfinding Network (DAWN) at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, which it manages.
A typical tourist information centre usually welcomes visitors with a non-descript room, some photos on the wall, an outdated map, a rack of randomly organized pamphlets, a take-away guide listing some local businesses and a small staff on-hand to answer questions.
One of the most visible landmarks in Mississauga, Ont., is the bright red main identification sign for the Hershey Centre, a sports and entertainment facility located next to Highway 403 and near Highway 401. The 5,500-seat multipurpose arena is home to a variety of events, including Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors junior hockey games, festivals and concerts.
As one of Canada’s largest and most storied cultural institutions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Radio-Canada had a wealth of content to showcase in 2011 when the time came to celebrate its 75th anniversary.