Canada (August 24, 2004)–Toronto-based PA Plus handled the sound duties for pop star Nelly Furtado’s Canadian tour, which took place in July. The sound system for the tour featured 16 JBL VerTec VT4889 line array elements, powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers.
The tour’s largest show took place July 15 at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, an open-air facility that includes a covered pavilion with reserved seating for 9,000 as well as lawn seating for an additional 7,000. Neil McDermott, vice president of PA Plus, recounted, “The Molson Amphitheatre is always challenging in that its construction is mostly glass and concrete surfaces. The venue is reflective and very hard-sounding, so the challenge is precision focus for system control-keeping the speakers focused to take the architectural elements out of play as much as possible.”
PA Plus was able to address the venue’s acoustical challenges with the VerTec rig. “The best-sounding shows I’ve witnessed at the Molson Amphitheatre have all been line array systems, and those with JBL VT4889s have been the best,” McDermott said. “We’ve had our VerTec system for about a year, and it never ceases to please in its application. The FOH engineer, Jeffrey Holdip, had never mixed in the venue before, but was able to dial everything in quickly, and our VerTecs maintained his mix and the focus of the show’s energy throughout the evening.”