Sennheiser Helps CTV Television Network Capture Canada’s Biggest Night in Music
Arkells perform at the Juno Awards of 2015, singing through Sennheiser MD 431-IIs (photo courtesy of CARAS/iPhoto Inc.)
This year’s Juno Awards of 2015, held at the FirstOntario Centre in March were a smashing success, due in part to the high-quality audio technology provided by Sennheiser. The Juno Awards were broadcast live on CTV Television Network and hosted by Jacob Hoggard, lead singer of pop-rock group Hedley.
The broadcast reached 1.6 million viewers in Canada and presented a staggering array of talent, featuring live performances and awards in a broad range of genres. Sennheiser was well represented both onstage and off, with Hoggard relying on a Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld transmitter and MMD 935 capsule for the duration of the ceremony—including for his live vocal performances with Hedley.
Other Sennheiser users that were recognized during the evening included The Weeknd, which picked up "Artist of the Year" and "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. “Singer Abel Tesfaye treated the live and broadcast audiences with a rousing rendition of hit Earned It from the blockbuster movie Fifty Shades of Grey, captured in immaculate detail through his customized, grey camouflage Sennheiser SKM 5200 which was coupled with an MD 5235 capsule.
The new group Arkells gave a heartfelt performance of “Come to Light” off the High Noon album, complete with a 16-piece orchestra and all vocals running through Sennheiser MD 431-II dynamic microphones. During an emotionally moving evening, the hometown favorite also picked up coveted JUNO awards, including “Rock Album of the Year” for High Noon and “Group of the Year.”
In addition to relying on Sennheiser MD 431-II mics, FOH engineer and tour manager, Dave Gardner used a Sennheiser 300 IEM G3 system for wireless monitoring and an assortment of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones for drums and backline; including Sennheiser MK 4 large-diaphragm microphones.
The Sennheiser MD 431-II is used by a wide variety of artists to capture their unique live vocal sound.
International music icon Sarah McLachlan came through this year for Canadian fans with a big win on Shine On, her new album that was recognized with ‘Adult Contemporary Album of the Year’. McLachlan, a longtime Sennheiser user, is currently on tour with her Neumann KMS 105 and Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphones.
Alex Fedrizzi, systems tech, Sarah McLachlan, Solotech, who works alongside monitor engineer David Retson, said they are carrying a combination of Sennheiser wired microphones, RF handheld systems and wireless in-ear monitor systems on tour; specifically the 2050 transmitters with A 5000-CP antennas, and we have been extremely pleased with the results.”
Mark Vreeken, main mix engineer of the Juno Awards of 2015, said the key to delivering a great show is ensuring first-rate audio quality and dependability. “There are many variables in a live TV show, and Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems help bring predictability,” he says. “For example, a lot of bands like to change their approach to these kinds of award shows by adding different elements such as orchestras or choirs which makes it interesting.
“Arkells added a 16-piece orchestra that sounded huge, and Hedley added 12 drummers to their lineup,” he continues. “Whatever the artists want to achieve creatively on shows such as this, we need to ensure the best possible audio results. The biggest reward is having a fantastic sounding show in the arena and on-air. To that end, the Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems are extremely dependable and sound great!”
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