Design unveiled for new home of Sam’s signs

Toronto’s Ryerson University has revealed the architectural designs for its new student learning centre, which is planned to house the famous, heritage-designated signs of Sam the Record Man, the defunct music store it is replacing. Designed in part by Toronto-based Zeidler Partnership Architects, the eight-storey, 14,443-m2 (155,463-sf) learning centre will be built on the corner…

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Laurentian Bank builds video walls

Working with two Montreal-based digital signage firms, Laurentian Bank of Canada recently implemented custom-configured video walls shaped like its logo at new ‘boutique’ financial services centres. Vif Télé designed and installed the dynamic displays, while iGotcha Media provided the back-end technology to control them. The logo-shaped configurations (example pictured right), installed at branches in Lasalle…

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Coffee shop keeps streetcar passengers alert

Grinder Coffee in downtown Toronto is using a wall-mounted digital sign to help keep customers aware when the next streetcar is arriving. The café, which opened last year on Main Street, serves Montreal-style bagels and coffee to many waiting Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) riders. The screen uses real-time updates to show them when the next…

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Plumbers and mechanics raise video wall

At its new global headquarters, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has installed a liquid crystal display (LCD) array to help showcase its initiatives around the world. The video wall, comprising six 1.2-m (46-in.) LCDs manufactured by NEC, displays a world map to demonstrate the organization’s sphere of influence, including its various…

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Montreal restaurant introduces touch-screen tables

Now open in downtown Montreal, iBurger is a new fast-food restaurant where customers can order their food and drinks directly by interacting with customized, high-tech ‘touch menu’ tables. The restaurant’s owners, Alexandre Maher and Frank Roche, reportedly spent a year developing the tables, which are similar to other restaurants’ Microsoft Surface systems and Apple iPad…

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Immigration monument debuts in Halifax

The Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) recently unveiled the Wheel of Conscience, a new monument designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, at Pier 21, Canada’s immigration museum in Halifax. The 1.9 x 1.9 x 0.8-m (6.2 x 6.2 x 2.5-ft) steel monument memorializes the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees who arrived aboard the MS St. Louis in 1939,…

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LED wall scores at NHL Heritage Classic

Light-emitting diode-based (LED-based) panels were assembled to construct a 10.4 x 18.3-m (34 x 60-ft) video wall for the 2011 Tim Hortons National Hockey League (NHL) Heritage Classic, which was held on February 20 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. The panels’ supplier, GoVision, shipped them to Calgary from Arlington, Texas, where they had been used…

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Valentine’s Day made sweeter by chocolate billboard

A confectioner in Japan celebrated Valentine’s Day by unveiling a gigantic fibreglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) billboard in the shape of a chocolate bar adjacent to its factory. Meiji Seika Kaisha produces milk chocolate and other sweets in Takatsuki, about halfway between Kyoto and Osaka, and its factory sits near the Japan Railways (JR) Tokaido Line and…

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