Solotech Named Lighting Company of the Year at the 2020 Parnelli Awards

Solotech was recently recognized with the Parnelli Award as Lighting Company of the Year for their work supporting P!nk’s The Beautiful Trauma World Tour. The 19th edition of the Parnelli Awards were held on January 17, 2020 in Anaheim, CA during The NAMM Show. The Parnelli Awards honour the best of entertainment technology in the live event and concert touring industry.

This marks the fourth Parnelli Award won by the Montreal-based company in recent years. Solotech has previously been recognized as Best Video Production Company and Best Sound Company of the year. In addition, Solotech Account Executive, Paul Becher won the Video Director of the Year Parnelli Award for his role on Paul McCartney’s Freshen Up Tour.

In attendance was Martin Tremblay, CEO of Solotech, who commented on the recognition of Solotech and its team. “I was very pleased to be able to attend the Parnelli Awards and support our team in Live Productions, as well as the many Solotech clients that were nominated. We were all very happy to receive four nominations covering audio, lighting, video, and rigging in recognition of the industry-leading work of our teams on so many of the year’s top tours and events, including P!nk, Michael Bublé, Hugh Jackman, and Lady Gaga,” he states. “We take a tremendous amount of pride as a company in the Live Production team and the support they provide to clients around the globe. They not only bring but set the highest level of customer service in this market segment. Like our immensely talented and creative clients, Solotech sees entertainment technology challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities to innovate. It is great to see the industry acknowledge that and reward the expertise and talent of our Solotech team with the Parnelli Award.”

“We are very honoured to have so many nominations this year and are truly proud of this win for our lighting support on P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma Tour. Our work is a team effort both within Solotech and with our clients. We would like to thank everyone who voted for Solotech,” says Mickey Curbishley, President of the Live Productions Division, US & UK at Solotech. “We would like to especially thank Baz Halpin and his team at Silent House, Roger Davies and Malcom Weldon for placing their trust in Solotech and our amazing lighting team. We would also like to recognize Lighting Director, Steve Schwind and the extremely talented lighting crew for their hard work and dedication. I also want to congratulate Paul Becher. His win as Video Director of the Year is very well deserved. Paul’s work on the McCartney tours over the years has been truly outstanding.”

Surprised by his win at the Parnelli Awards, Becher notes, “It is a great honour to be recognized as Video Director of the Year, especially for the McCartney tour. Being in the business for almost 40 years I’ve worked with so many great artists in the industry, but I can honestly say that Paul McCartney is on the top of that list. And although the award singled me out for this achievement, it would not have been possible without the help and hard work of so many people on Paul McCartney’s Freshen Up Tour—Production Manager Mark “Springo” Spring, Show Designer LeRoy Bennett, Tour Producer Barrie Marshall and their teams as well as my Video Engineer Christian LaVoie, Crew Chief Mike “Sinky” Sienkiewicz, and the rest of the video crew. I also have to give a special shout out and thank you to Solotech for providing state of the art equipment and unparalleled support.”

As well as its win for Lighting Company of the Year, Solotech was also was nominated this year at the Parnellis for Sound Company of the Year for the An Evening with Michael Bublé tour, Video Production Company of the Year for Hugh Jackman’s The Man. The Music. The Show. World Tour and as Rigging Company of the Year for Lady Gaga’s Residency in Las Vegas.

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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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