Sandy Audio Visual Celebrates 25 Years

Sandy Audio Visual reached its 25th anniversary in September 2020. SAV Productions has been providing comprehensive audio-visual services to the corporate, multi-cultural, and worship communities and has produced some of the largest events and festivals in Canada. Sandy Audio Visual, over the years has been a leader in professional high-definition webcasting throughout North America and the Caribbean.

"The vision for our existence and growth as a company stems from our father, Dr.Cleve P.Sandy's, love for the audio visual field," says Cleve Sandy (pictured above). "Our father was an early adopter of the technology, at the time being 16mm film cameras, multi-slide projectors, analog audio mixers, and reel-to-reel tape machines. As children, Colin and myself learned how to develop film in our darkroom, synchronize multi-projector slide shows, and splice analog audio tape together. The dream for SAV had its humble beginnings in Trinidad & Tobago with our father. The idea started with a wooden box cart sporting a music system powered by car batteries. Our father's vision was simple — to provide music and entertainment for Trinidadians."

Since then, SAV has grown and diversified substantially opening offices in Toronto and Laurel, MD.

"Conceptually speaking, SAV started to formally materialize with my enrolment at The Harris Institute in 1995. Harris Institute was a great incubator for new concepts and ideas fostered by insightful faculty. Graduating from Harris with honours equipped me with the theoretical and technical skills required to launch Sandy Audio Visual," adds Cleve. "As a Black business owner, you quickly learn that you need a custom suit of armour and a diverse toolbox. Equipped with both you also require those that will open doors for you and help you stand up when you fall."

Over the years, SAV has been proudly involved such event as:     Spirit of KALAYAAN '98 SkyDome, The Harry Jerome Awards, Pinoy Fiesta & Trade Show Toronto, the Tamil Street Festival, ARIBANA, Choir Fest, Martin Luther King Celebration, Blackstreet, Toby Mac, and many more.

Sandy Audio Visual (SAV) is very proud of its long-standing post   secondary scholarship to Kingsway College out in the Durham, ON region. Over the years they have had several students that were recipients of the SAV scholarship. Keeping in line with learning, SAV has recently started an SAV school of training for live event applications.

As with life, the Live Event industry has been dramatically changed due to COVID-19 and will employ new strategies to navigate within the pandemic. SAV has been blessed and will continue to provide top notch services for years to come, says Cleve.  

"Cleve is a consummate pro. After 25 years SAV has done just about everything in AV with great success, " attests Rob Sandolowich, VP at Westbury National.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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