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Of course, a hybrid show calls for a hybrid set-up, so on top of the wireless components, reference for Raynault and the orchestra was fed via eight Nexo PS8 loud- speakers on stands and strewn across the deck while Reno relied on a complement of four Nexo PS15-R2 side fills and six 45-N12 wedges downstage. Overall, Gingras was pleased with how the evening unfolded. While hockey arenas typically aren’t ideal acoustic environments – especially when it comes to symphonic music – the engineer says the combination of the PA’s precision and the acoustic quality of the relatively new venue (the Videotron Centre opened in late 2015) made his job a lot easier. “That was a magical night,” he enthuses. “All of the time and effort we spent bringing the show together was instantly forgotten when Mme. Reno started to sing. It was a wonderful evening.” Ginette Reno has amassed count- less awards, achievements, and accolades throughout her long and storied career. In June 1982, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1999, she received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. In 2000, she was given a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in 2004, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. Most recently, though, in November 2017, she, a combina- tion of dozens of orchestral and pop musicians, and a crack behind- the-scenes crew earned a standing ovation from thousands of adoring fans who had just enjoyed a once- in-a-lifetime experience – even though a full stage and power- house performance isn’t all that new to her team. Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief of Professional Sound. PROFESSIONAL SOUND 37