There are at least 10 Canadian holidays in a year on a national level, but each province and territory also has its own separate public holidays, which makes it feel like there is a long weekend in Canada almost every month! While major Christian holidays are officially observed, other religious holidays are widely accepted as well in Canada. It’s normal for students and employees to take days off for religious holidays not observed officially. Below is a list of all the holidays.
National Canadian Holidays & Celebrations
First let me list the celebrations across Canada, which are not national Canadian holidays:
Groundhog Day – February 2
Valentine’s Day – February 14
FLag Day – February 15
Mardi Gras – February or March *
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
April Fool’s Day – April 1
Mother’s Day – Second Sunday of May
Father’s Day – Third sunday of June
Grandparents Day – Sunday after Labour Day in September **
Halloween – October 31
* Celebrated only in Quebec City, Quebec, but according to one feedback I got, it’s known as Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday across other parts of Canada. ** Not so well known yet in Canada.
New Year’s Day – January 1
Palm Sunday – Sunday before Easter Sunday
Good Friday – Around March/April
Easter Sunday – Around March/April
Easter Monday – Around March/April
Victoria Day – Monday preceding may 25
Canada Day – July 1, but if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the following Monday is observed as the Canada Day holiday
Civic Holiday – First Monday of August *
Labour Day – First Monday of September
Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday of October
Remembrance Day – November 11
Christmas – December 25
Boxing Day – December 26
* Not recognized in all provinces and territories (see below under Provincial & Territorial Holidays for the observation of this holiday).
Canada/USA Holidays & Celebrations
Here is a list of American and Canadian holidays and celebrations both countries share (apart from the holidays celebrated worldwide), either on the same day, on different days or under slightly different names:
Groundhog Day – February 2 *
Valentine’s Day – February 14 *
Mardi Gras (in Canada celebrated only in Quebec City) – February or March *
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17 *
April Fool’s Day – April 1 *
Memorial Day (USA) – Last Monday in May
Remembrance Day (Canada) – November 11
Veterans Day (USA) – November 11
Flag Day (USA) – June 14
Flag Day (Canada) – February 15
Canada Day – July 1
Independence Day (USA) – July 4
Labour Day – First Monday in September *
Thanksgiving Day (Canada) – Second Monday of October
Thanksgiving Day (USA) – Fourth Thursday of November
” Big Shopping Day” (USA) – Friday after Thanksgiving in November
Boxing Day (Canada’s “Big Shopping Day”) – Day after Christmas on December 26
Halloween – October 31 *
* Shared holidays and celebrations
Provincial & Territorial Holidays
Family Day – 3rd Monday of February
Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August
National Day – June 24
Natal Day – 1st Monday of August, except in Halifax where it varies from year to year, usually in August or July
New Brunswick Day – 1st Monday of August
Louis Riel Day – 3rd Monday of February
Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August
British Columbia Day – 1st Monday of August
Prince Edward Island
Natal Day – by proclamation, usually on first Monday of August
Family Day – 3rd Monday of February
Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August
Alberta Family Day – 3rd Monday of February
Heritage Day – 1st Monday of August
Newfoundland and Labrador Celebrated on nearest Monday:
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
St. George’s Day (April 23)
Discovery Day (June 24)
Memorial Day – always on July 1
Orangemen’s Day (July 12)
Regatta Day/Civic Holiday (fixed by municipal council orders)
It can be hard trying to find Electronic Dance Music Careers, although it’s possible. Many individuals choose to get involved in this electronic dance music field as a means of releasing their artistic talent into the general public. But, most who are successful have not simply chosen this career because it was “cool” or they thought it would make them some money. More often than not, these individuals have spent some time working with the music biz at the local level and understand how the business works. They understand what it takes to be truly successful in this field.
Most electronic dance music careers are short term, which makes the search for them even more difficult. This is because the DJ or the Music Producer must make contacts, which take time to develop. The producers then approach clubs and venues that will book them as a DJ, usually on a nightly basis. Once the DJ gets booked, contacts have to be made with recording studios and other promotional venues. Once those are in place, the producer’s schedule events and the parties start.
Many electronic dance music careers require you to be on call. This is because it’s difficult to keep in contact with your clients if you’re traveling around the country. When this is the case, the djs might want to consider taking Skype or Ventrillo as their method of communication. Both services allow the djs to make calls anywhere in the world and keep in constant contact with their client base.
While it might sound strange, two boyhood friends with nothing in common might find good careers in this industry. The two boys might have only one thing in common; they both like to be in electronic dance music careers. If they have hobbies that revolve around music that is popular, they can sign up for radio stations that cover their favorite genre. If they don’t have hobbies, they can simply get into clubs that specialize in electronic dance music careers. If they know somebody in a club that can get them a job, it’s worth talking to them about it.
There are other factors to consider when considering electronic dance music careers. For example, if a particular club is only getting a small amount of attention, a DJ might consider trying to work at a bigger venue. On the other hand, if a DJ already has a good reputation with one venue, he might feel less pressure there. It all depends on the type of DJ that you are. The Internet is a great resource for finding out more about the various DJ careers and the clubs that hire them.
One of the most common electronic dance music careers is being a dj. A DJ is responsible for turning music lovers into regular music lovers by providing them with a variety of songs at certain designated times. The songs that are played usually determine the time of day that the event will be held, so the DJ has to know what times people are more likely to be in front of the DJ table to be ready to dance. A typical dj salary is usually quite competitive but the better paying DJs often travel around and find gigs wherever they can. If you want to have the kind of career that makes you travel around, this could be an ideal choice for you.
Another common electronic dance music careers option is being in charge of promotions for smaller DJs who are school age kids. This might sound like a terrible thing to people who think of working as professionals, but because these children are school age, they have the ability to be managed by anybody, even older DJs who might be afraid of dealing with younger crowds. In addition to this, public relations experts might want to consider working with these two boyhood friends because they have something in common: they can both code, so it might be worth finding out if it would be possible for these two friends to work together.
The options mentioned here are just some of the many electronic dance careers options available to anyone with the passion and drive to make it in this industry. These careers options do not require experience, they do not require you to have your own equipment, and they do not even need you to know anything about computers. With just a passion for dance, you can be on your way to a new and exciting career tomorrow! Make sure to keep your eyes open for promotions, as there is always more coming out than coming in.
For A$AP Rocky, his new documentary is a chance to tell his truth, and he feels “truly blessed” to have the support of his celebrity friends and girlfriend, Rihanna.
Rocky spoke with ET on the carpet ahead of “Stockholm Syndrome”spremiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Sunday, and he opened up about the film and his ladylove’s appearance in it.
When asked how important it was to have Rihanna’s support for the doc, Rocky said it was “important having that support in real life, you know?”
“It’s amazing and I’m honestly truly blessed, for real,” Rocky added.
Along with Rihanna — whom Rocky recently referred to as “the love of my life” during an interview with GQ in May — the film also features some notable appearances from some of artist’s A-list friends — including Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Tyler the Creator.
The movie itself follows Rocky’s rise to fame, as well as his high-profile legal troubles which landed him in a Swedish prison, stuck for a time in solitary confinement, in July 2019. The artist explained that “nothing is off limits” when it comes to what the movie is willing to explore in his life.
“I think making a documentary is all about vulnerability,” he explained. “The documentary is all about showing honesty, authenticity, purity.”
For Rocky, it was important to him to explore the nuances of his life and career, as well as his imprisonment, without casting him in any particular light, or in a way that tried to get people to feel bad for his circumstances.
“I just wanted to tell my story without really complaining or without, you know, seeming like a victim, or like I wanted a pity party or what not,” he shared. “So, here it is.”
This documentary marks a return to professional life, of sorts, for the artist after more than a year of quarantines and lockdowns amid the pandemic, and Rocky explained what he’s planning to work on in the coming year.
“What’s next for me was what I was doing before I went to prison,” he shared. “Me and the prettiest muthaf**ker ever, we breaking headlines and making history with creativity.”
Footballer David James has revealed that he listens to classical music to help him stay calm, prepare for a game or gear himself up for working out. The former England goalkeeper told The Times, ‘I can very honestly say that classical music has kept me sane. It’s always been there for me and I will always listen to it.’
James also shared the classical music he listens to on a regular basis, with works by Beethoven, Holst and Saint-Saëns appearing among his favourites. Many of these works were featured on his new programme for Scala Radio, in which he explored the relationship between football and classical music.
‘The whole length of Beethoven’s Ninth is just long enough to do a good session on a gym bike,’ he told The Times‘s deputy arts editor Neil Fisher. He tells a story on his programme for Scala Radio about how the England football team created a playlist for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. ‘My fellow goalie Paul Robinson went for a Neil Diamond song; Peter Crouch chose Get Up (Everybody) by Byron Stingily. And I decided to have the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is about 24 minutes long.’ Unfortunately however, his track was skipped over. ‘Paul was the No. 1 goalkeeper,’ James admits. ‘If I had been the No. 1 goalkeeper I might have got my music played and pulled rank.’
He also chose to feature Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, which he ‘imagined filming a match set to some of the score’ and the hoedown from Copland’s Rodeo. He suggested that if England win the Euros this year, ‘it would be wonderful if someone could compose a new piece – an English Ode to Joy? A proper, classical salute to England.’
Saint-Saëns appeared several times in David James’s round-up of favourite classical music, as he remembered hearing Danse macabre when he was first learning the cello at school.
David James told The Times about his enduring love of classical music and how it intersected with his footballing career,’ he says. ‘I could be quite ritualistic about my music before big matches. To use a musical expression, you’d need to orchestrate the moments before a game to be in your best position — from time in the hotel room where you could play music, to getting on the bus. Some managers didn’t mind loud music in the changing room, but Fabio Capello was very against it. He wanted quiet.’
What is the relationship between football and classical music?
David James explores the similarities between top performers in the worlds of classical music and football. ‘It goes beyond choice: when you realise the amount of sacrifice, or the amount of time you have to put in — like nine hours practising the piano. Only a certain kind of person can do that.’
What instruments does David James play?
Although he started out playing the violin, he moved onto the double bass and ended up playing the cello, which he played until he was about 14 when sport took over.
What music did David James feature in Football Scores on Scala Radio?
Lerner & Loewe: Main Title fromPaint Your Wagon American West Orchestra/Nelson Liddle
Handel:Zadok the Priest Royal Choral Society/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davies
Verdi: La Donna e Mobile fromRigoletto Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera/Carlo Rizzi
Francis Poulenc: Gloria from Poulenc’s Gloria
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Seji Ozawa (Conductor)
Saint-Saens:Danse Macabre London Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th movement London Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Rodgers and Hammerstein: You’ll Never Walk Alone fromCarousel
Alfie Boe (Tenor), Crouch End Festival Chorus, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Owen Edwards
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No. 1(Land of Hope and Glory) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Jerry Livingston & Ray Evans:Que Sera Sera Andre Rieu (Violin), Johann Strauss Orchestra
Klaus Badelt:Pirates of The Caribbean: Suite Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Tolga Kashif
Parry:Jerusalem Leeds Festival Chorus, English Northern Philharmonia/Paul Daniel
Puccini: Nessun Dorma fromTurandot Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), John Aldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
Barry Stoller:Off Side(Match of the Day Theme)
John Rutter:Lord of the Dance Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia/John Rutter
Karl Jenkins:Palladio London Philharmonic Strings
Holst:The PlanetsJupiter (The Bringer of Jollity) London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis
John Hughes & William Williams:Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer(Cwm Rhondda) Fron Male Voice Choir, Czech Film Orchestra/Cliff Masterson
Eric Coates:The Dambusters Central Band of The Royal Air Force/Duncan Stubbs
Monty Python:Always Look on The Bright Side of Life
Where can you listen to David James’s show on Scala Radio?
Football Scores with David James is now available to listen back to on the Scala Radio website.
Ciao Bella! We were at Epcot today when we stumbled upon this new MagicBand style at Il Belle Cristallo in the Italy Pavilion. Along with other recent MagicBand releases, we think this could make a fun addition to your collection.
Arrivederci Magic Band- $39.99
The black band and the red front of the MagicBand appear simplistic at first glance.
But further inspection reveals Minnie looking particularly chic as she scoots through the Italian streets in her hat, scarf and sunnies.
For Italy enthusiasts, or particularly big fans of the Italy Pavilion, this MagicBand shouts “Ciao Bella” and includes images of St Mark’s Campanile and Doge’s Palace.
Minnie takes a break from her travels to pose for a fashionable photo atop her scooter.
The box even greets you in Italian!
There are only 500 of these limited edition MagicBands, so scoot on over to the Italy Pavilion to snag yours ASAP!
Will you be adding this MagicBand to your collection? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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Attendees will once again be able to take in the summer air while walking through the neighborhood’s 48 square blocks, sampling mouthwatering bites from over 20+ of Little Italy’s culinary gems, although this time in a slightly different format than previous years.
To prepare for new guidance regarding the reopening of California, Taste will now be held over two days, Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, from 4PM to 8PM each day, each evening showcasing different restaurants.
A Taste Passport is provided to ticketholders as a guide, listing all participating restaurants, menu offerings and COVID-19 procedures.
Be sure to bring your appetite!
“We are so excited to be able to bring back Taste of Little Italy for our 13th year, especially after such a difficult year,” said Chris Gomez, District Manager of the Little Italy Association. “It’s an opportunity to enjoy the sights and delicious bites of Little Italy’s many eclectic and diverse restaurants, so be sure to bring your appetite! We encourage purchasing your tickets early, since the Taste of Little Italy sells out quickly.”
Upon arrival, attendees will check-in at their scheduled time in the Piazza della Famiglia where they will be given their Taste Passport. Guests will then make their way to each restaurant stop, taking away their “tastes” to enjoy at their leisure.
Current participating restaurants and their menus:
To ensure the safest experience for everyone, attendees are asked to maintain proper physical distancing and are required to wear face masks when they aren’t sampling their “taste.” Attendees will also be split into two different time slots each day to disperse guests more evenly during event hours.
After visiting every stop on their Taste Passport, guests can eat while they stroll or will be able to enjoy their bites and sips at one of the many open-air piazzas Little Italy has to offer.
Purchase tickets now!
Tickets are priced at $50 for advance purchase, plus a small service fee, and increase to $55 one week before the event. A portion of every ticket sold goes directly back to the restaurants to provide some financial relief from the hardships they have suffered due to COVID-19.
For a full list of participating restaurants and to purchase your tickets to the 13th Annual Taste of Little Italy, visit HERE!
The Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is a foodie’s paradise. Along with the production of some of Italy’s most prized commodities — Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto — the food of the region presents a satisfying and seductive gastronomic persona all its own.
More affordable and less crowded than other Italian regions, Emilia-Romagna is replete with stunning landscapes: mountains, rolling hills, rich, verdant farmland, and a 55-mile-long Adriatic coastline. The combination makes this region a treasure trove of extraordinary food production and consumption.
Emilia-Romagna is hot and more crowded in summer, and parts of the region see snow in winter. The best times to take advantage of fewer vacationers, off-season prices, and a bounty of fresh options are spring and fall.
The following food experiences are located in Bologna or are an easy drive from the city.
1. Trattoria Del Rosso In Bologna
Bologna is the capital of Bologna Province and the heart and belly of the Emilia-Romagna food experience. My husband and I have delighted in several meals at Trattoria del Rosso. Although the interior is welcoming, there’s nothing like sitting outdoors and savoring a light evening breeze along with pasta and wine. Service was efficient and friendly, but it was the outstanding food that drew us back.
Tagliatelle Bolognese, long wide pasta with a thick, robust meat and tomato sauce, is one of the region’s signature dishes, and Trattoria del Rosso’s is superb. My favorite, however, was Tortellini in Brodo, tender pasta circles filled with meat and cheese basking in a rich chicken broth. Next time, I’ll try the Gramigna with Sausage, a squiggly egg pasta that makes it easy for the sauce to cling to its curls.
Trattoria del Rosso is wheelchair accessible. Make reservations, as this is a popular spot with locals, students, and tourists.
Pro Tip: An excellent way to work off all that pasta is to take a paid or free (tip-based) Bologna walking tour. It also serves as a perfect introduction to this remarkable city.
2. The Quadrilatero In Bologna
In Bologna’s historic center lies a magical network of enticing shops near Piazza Maggiore. This is the oldest market in Bologna, with some structures dating back to the 13th century. Although food is by no means the only commodity vying for attention, it nevertheless will tempt and enthrall. Mouthwatering displays of freshly sliced cured meats, Parma ham, salamis, and aged Parmigiano-Reggiano will call your name. And gorgonzola so ripe it will appear to be rushing to rendezvous with your tastebuds will beckon you.
The Quadrilatero has expanded since its medieval beginnings. Today, the market area is bounded by a large quadrant of streets. High-end boutiques, jewelers, blade-smiths, fishmongers, produce stands, and more will occupy you for hours. Of course, a bounty of cafes and restaurants will see that you remain fully fed and hydrated.
The cobblestone streets may make walking less than comfortable, so leave the heels at home. The terrain will also give wheelchair users somewhat of a bumpy ride.
Pro Tip:FICO Eataly World is a 20-acre foodie’s playground located outside Bologna’s busy city center. It features vendors and restaurants showcasing high-quality foods from all of Italy’s regions.
3. Acetaia Cavedoni Balsamic Vinegar Tour In Castelvetro
Acetaia Cavedoni is a sixth-generation balsamic vinegar distillery owned and operated by Paolo Cavedoni and his son, Marcello. Take the small-group tour, and you will never see those mass-produced bottles of balsamic the same way again.
A history of balsamic from the Romans to today will lead to an introduction to the dedication, patience, and painstaking techniques that result in the world’s finest aged balsamic vinegar. A stop at the building where the aging barrels stand in perfect rows from largest to smallest will help put the process into perspective.
The Cavedoni family has been producing certified DOP, artisanal balsamic vinegar since 1860. Each generation has strictly adhered to the traditions and values that enable them to produce the finest balsamic on the market.
Shifting the focus from brain to palate. You will taste a range of vinegars from thin, lip-puckering acidity to smooth, thick, sweet liquid gold, giving you a unique understanding of how aging affects the final product.
Following the tasting, you will enjoy a generous sampling of crusty homemade bread, aged Parmigiano Reggiano, peppery mortadella, and of course, wine. The family also produces the ruby-red Lambrusco, a refreshing, slightly sparkling, organic wine.
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for something to take away for a treat or gift, you can purchase aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic, and Lambrusco onsite.
4. Casa Selene Outside Modena
Located on Via Monticelli, a country road a couple of miles off the main road running between Bologna and Modena, sits Casa Selene on an incline overlooking gently rolling countryside. Here we feasted on a traditional Emilia Romagna lunch. This restaurant/hotel is an agro-tourism business. We had high expectations of freshness and quality, and Casa Selene didn’t disappoint.
We lunched with a group, so our meal was served family-style. This enabled us to sample small portions of several dishes. From the thick and savory pasta e fagioli to the beautifully presented rich, sweet creme caramel, each dish was an edible work of art.
Casa Selene makes its own pasta, and makes it well. I dream of someday sitting down with a hot bowl of their tagliatelle Bolognese and nothing other than a glass of wine.
Casa Selene is wheelchair accessible, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.
Pro Tip: Even if you’re not a car enthusiast, the Ferrari Museum in the nearby town of Maranello will fascinate you and keep your mind off food, at least for a couple of hours.
5. Mercato Albinelli In Modena
Since 1931, this covered food market has been a go-to place for locals and tourists alike. We perused stalls offering fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as fresh and cured meats, cheeses, wine, flowers, and anything else one would want to grace a traditional Emilia-Romagna table.
Located near Modena’s Piazza Grande, this market is not as large as others in Europe, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality and charm. The corner restaurant where we had lunch tempted us with homemade baked pasta, pizza, roasted chicken, and a variety of cold offerings. We shared a cheese plate and a hot pork sandwich, washed down with Lambrusco. All were excellent, but the pizza will be my next choice.
There is plenty of architectural eye-candy on which to feast, as well. Wrought iron spirals and a sculpture of a little girl holding a flower basket on her hip lend an artsy touch to the homey atmosphere.
Pro Tip: You don’t have to be an opera lover to be fascinated by Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, the place Modena’s native singing son called home. Become acquainted with this operatic icon through his private collection of memorabilia, costumes, awards, and personal artifacts.
6. Italian Days Food Experiences Tour Originating In Bologna
The small-group tour includes transportation to and from your accommodations in Bologna and tours of a Parmigiano-Reggiano production plant and a prosciutto production facility not generally open to the public. Also included are a tour and breakfast at the aforementioned Acetaia Cavedoni, generous samples throughout the day, and a sumptuous late lunch at a restaurant or winery serving traditional Emilia-Romagna dishes.
We took this tour and developed a strong affection and respect for the families who keep alive the traditions that result in some of the finest foods in the world. Our guide was friendly, informative, and highly entertaining, making the entire experience all the more enjoyable.
Disclaimer: My husband and I were guests of Italian Days Food Experiences. However, all opinions are entirely my own.
Pro Tip: Resist the temptation to nap in the van between stops. Instead, take in the lush landscape rolling by, and glean as much information as you can about what else to see, do, and eat in the area from your driver.
Deloitte Legal advised AEGA ASA in the signature of the final transaction agreement with 3T S.r.l. to buy two 1 MWp solar parks in Sardinia, Italy. Grimaldi Studio Legale assisted the sellers.
Both of the 1 MWp solar parks in Sardinia are elevated ground mounted power plants, benefitting from Conto Energia 4. Feed-in tariff end is 14 years from cut-off date for Rio Verde S.r.l., and 13 years from cut-off date for S.T.A. S.r.l., out of their respective 20-year concession period. Both plants are expected to deliver an internal rate of return (IRR) in line with Aega’s current assets and the group’s overall investment target.
The two new parks are located close to Villapiana Fotovoltaico S.r.l., a solar power plant acquired by Aega last year. Aega thereby has a cluster of three parks in Sardinia.
Fabio Buonsanti has led the process from Aega’s side. He has been assisted by the legal team of Deloitte Legal Italy lead by Managing Associate Emanuele Bottazzi alongside Associate Manuel Marangoni.
Grimaldi Studio Legale advised the sellers – holding 3T S.r.l. and Gas Più S.r.l. – with a team led by Partner Sergio Massimiliano Sambri (Picture) and Associate Sara Marini.
Castelnuovo del Garda, Verona, ITALY — November 2020 Located near the southeast banks of Italy’s Garda Lake, the Gardaland Theme Park is one of the oldest and most loved theme parks in the country.
Opened in 1975, Gardaland’s theme is inspired by the world of history, geography, space, and fantasy with many rides to match. With over 3 million visitors each year, eight roller coasters (five rated as “extreme” by the Roller Coaster Data Base), three different water rides, over two dozen other rides, and a huge variety of attractions and shows, Gardaland satisfies the needs of a very diverse public from early childhood and adolescence to young adults and families.
Despite the park’s love by locals and tourists alike, Gardaland’s audio system had significant problems. Wear and tear of the components in place and the lack of flexibility of the signal distribution system posed issues that couldn’t be resolved with the system in use. It became very difficult for the technicians to evaluate the state of the audio signals in the various areas of the park. Constant failures, little to no flexibility, and non-existent ability to monitor remotely led Gardaland’s AV Technicians to seek a better solution.
Led by Eurolab SRL’s Managing Director, Alberto Colombo, in collaboration with Sisme SPA’s Sound Engineer, Simone Santarelli, Gardaland was presented with a new solution to provide audio distribution, processing, monitoring, and real-time system control throughout the entire 50-acre park. Combining years of audio and control system experience with powerful products from Symetrix gave Gardaland the confidence that they would have a world-class solution for their park.
At the core of the system, fiber optic lines link seven technical rooms in various parts of the park and are used to carry sixteen tracks of synchronized audio throughout the park. A Symetrix Radius NX 12×8 processor with a 4-channel analog input expansion card brings those sixteen channels of audio into the system, provides audio processing as needed, and transmits the audio over the park’s Dante network.
Symetrix xOut interfaces (seven xOut 4 and one xOut 12) in the park’s various technical rooms convert the Dante network audio back to analog audio for the 40 channels of zone amplification. Designed exclusively for use with Dante-enabled Symetrix DSP units, the xOut 4 and xOut 12 are configured using Symetrix Composer software.
The Composer Software allows Gardaland’s technicians to quickly configure the entire audio network from anywhere in the park and SymVue control interfaces provide immediate control over all input and output processing, network routing, and paging. The fully custom SymVue interface provides Gardaland’s AV Technicians with simple and intuitive system control as well as the ability to have the features of the interface modified or expanded as needed.
Symetrix’s Web-Based Event Scheduler provides Gardaland with automatic activation of each zone’s audio when the park opens in the morning and automatically deactivates each zone when the park closes. Park staff can access the Web-Based Event Scheduler with a web browser from any phone, tablet, or computer to make temporary or permanent schedule adjustments as needed.
Creating a large, flexible system with simple management and monitoring is always a challenge. When that system is spread out over 50 acres of roller coasters, water rides, shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, the challenge becomes enormous. Combining powerful, flexible products from Symetrix with the expertise of Eurolab and Sisme made it possible to quickly and easily design and install a park-wide solution for Gardaland that’s reliable, simple to manage both centrally and remotely throughout the park, and easy to expand as Gardaland’s needs evolve.
“The system has allowed us to obtain a truly optimal result, thanks to the great reliability of the Symetrix products and the simplicity of configuration and management through the Composer software,” said Santarelli. “Symetrix products and technology made it possible to create a scalable system, suitable for any future audio expansions in the park.”
Ecstatic with the results, Gardaland Park’s AV Technicians now have flexibility in their audio routing, the ability to remotely monitor any part of the system, and peace of mind that their system will reliably perform every day for years to come. The audio quality in all areas of the over 2,150,000 square foot park has significantly improved and as the park and attractions continue to expand, the new system in place is ready to adapt to the upcoming additions.
“Our favorite thing about Symetrix is the excellent scalability and flexibility in large systems that allows us to manage complex installations very easily,” said Santarelli. “We are very happy with the result and with the trust that our customer has placed in the Symetrix brand, identifying these products as the perfect solution for the renovation of the Gardaland Park.”
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