Montreal, Qc, June 6, 2013 – One of the biggest covered stages ever designed in North America is going up on the Plains of Abraham this summer! In fact, at the request of The Festival d’été de Québec, a Canadian company based in Quebec designed and manufactured the biggest aluminium outdoor mobile covered stage ever-produced on this continent. To meet the diverse requirements of international bands and performers, the FEQ specially-ordered a custom stage compliant with the latest global standards. Unisson Structures, a company specialized in aluminium structures and staging equipment, was awarded to design what will be the Bell stage of the Plains of Abraham during the Festival. The first official raising of the HI-Roof stage begins tomorrow, June 7 on the Plains of Abraham.
A proud family-owned Canadian company located just north of Montreal, in St-Roch-de-l’Achigan Quebec, though still not well-known locally, Unisson Structures is definitely recognized worldwide for its expertise, creativity and dedication.
Unisson Structures was founded in 1977 by Pierre Jobin at the ripe old age of 21. The company soon became a leader in the manufacture of custom speaker boxes. Today with the help of his son, Olivier Jobin, and a team of designers, engineers and assemblers, Unisson Structures creates and manufactures aluminium stage components, architectural elements and commercial products for clients around the world (Canada, United-States, Mexico, France, Jamaica, Cuba, Singapore, Iceland, Spain, Vatican City, Dubai, Trinidad and many more…). International artists such as Beyoncé, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss, Rush, INXS, Mötley Crüe and Iron Maiden have all performed on stages by Unisson Structures, be it at festivals or on their own personal tours.
Unisson Structures is pushing the limits further with its new patented HI-Roof, a mammoth covered stage. “We are proud to offer one of the greatest technological achievements thus far in the world of stages. By working with the knowledgeable directors of the Festival d’été de Québec, folks who are the best placed to know the needs and requirements of major groups, we were better able to pinpoint and address the underlying challenges faced by our clients” explained an enthusiastic Olivier Jobin.
Festival d’été de Québec
Over the past few years, ingenuity has been a key element for organizers of the Festival d’été de Québec in order to integrate certain bands, notably Rammstein and Metallica. “We really had to expand our main stage and improve our technical capabilities while also increasing safety standards” commented Patrick Martin, Production Director for the Festival. “Unisson presented us with a totally new concept that met all the criteria.”
The HI-Roof Stage
After 5 years of diligent work in research and development, Unisson Structures now presents the HI-Roof, distinct for its colossal size and capabilities. A total span of 224’ wide by 86’ high and 109’ in depth, the stage provides a performance area of 90’ x 60’ (5,310 sq ft). It can support 150 lbs per square foot, in addition to an evenly distributed pre-rigged capacity of 150,000 lbs. The HI-Roof has a wind resistance of 120 km/h. Impressive numbers to those familiar with the industry.
From June 7 to 17, some 60 technicians will be working daily to set up the HI-Roof stage. The first show scheduled is on June 23rd celebrating the Fête Nationale.
Following that, the 11 days of the Festival d’été de Québec will take place, from July 4 to 14, where we’ll see on the Bell stage such famous performers as Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, M, MGMT, Weezer, Passion Pit, Tiësto, Def Leppard, Rush, Les Trois Accords and many more.
On this very same stage, ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney is set to perform on July 23.
On the morning of June 7, residents of Quebec City can watch the raising of this unique structure with their very own eyes...kicking off the 2013 festival season!