Power Gems showcase latest ballast at February Freeze

Earlier this month Patrick packed a warm pair of socks and took Power Gems ballasts to Canada for the 16th annual February Freeze, hosted by William F White. The weather was a little kinder to us than in previous years, as Power Gems returned to take part in a significantly expanded technology showcase.

Over 1,000 production professionals came along to the William F White Centre on 7 February to test the new production tools available from over 40 of the world’s top vendors, including Power Gems.

Crowds and products at William F White February Freeze with Power Gems

Patrick was on hand to demonstrate the latest generation of HMI ballasts. Though he faced heavy competition for attention from the aerial Aerial performers at William F White February Freeze with Power Gems stand in backgroundacrobats – see right – you can just about make out the Power Gems stand. Patrick remained firmly grounded, giving visitors the chance to handle our innovative EB180PD, a ballast which operates on AC mains and DC battery power.

A big thank you to William F White’s Chairman, Paul Bronfman and colleagues who help to make this annual event an entertaining and rewarding experience.

After enjoying the delights of Toronto, we headed for Montreal and visited long-standing customers – Michel Trudel/Mel’s Cité du Cinéma Studios and Cinépool.

We’ve been supplying Michel Trudel with ballasts for over a decade, and as you can see Patrick always receives a warm Quebec welcome.

Judging by conversations with Michel Trudel and Cinépool, Montreal can expect to see many big productions coming to town, which bodes well for the year ahead.

The next time you can catch Power Gems is at the DCS Cinema Lighting Expo on 4 March in Burbank, California. Can’t make it? View the full list of events

Power Gems at Mel’s Cité du Cinéma Studios

[L-R] Thierry Garepian of K5600 Lighting; Patrick McGuane of Power Gems; Michal Trudel of Mel’s Cité du Cinéma Studios; Kyle Alexander of Wolfram Lamps; and Douglas Macaulay of Kingsway Sales.


Power Gems at Cinepool

[L-R] Patrick McGuane of Power Gems; Denis Paquette of Cinepool; Thierry Garepian of K5600; and Douglas Macaulay of Kingsway Sales.