After his stint on TV’s Canadian Idol, 18-year-old winner Kalan Porter announced his sold-out Canadian tour, performing songs from his recent release, 219 Days. London, Ontario–based The P.A. Shop provided the Electro-Voice sound system for the tour, opting for XLC line arrays.
The PA Shop sales and production manager Ryan Schroeyens reported, "The tour ran February 2 through March 26—we sold out 37 of 39 shows. Most of the shows were in theaters of around 1,500 seats, with the largest being Hamilton Place [Hamilton, Ontario]. We used ground-stacked arrays of six XLC 127+ boxes a side, with four E-V MTL-2 subs stacked each side on the outside of the arrays. Porter had [Juno Award winner] Sass Jordan's band backing him up for the shows—a great group to back him up on his first cross-country tour. The combination of a great band and a great rig meant Kalan was really able to rock hard onstage; this made the shows a really dynamic experience for the audiences, who had only seen him on their TV sets up until that point. Kalan did a mixed set of old and new tunes, heavy and softer tunes, which appealed to the entire crowd.
"Running LAPS gives you the difference between good and incredible sound—it's really worth getting the laptop out and investing the small amount of time needed to get big returns in terms of sound quality, even SPL coverage and intelligibility,” he concludes. “It's quick and easy to spec the venue properly, it's quick and easy to setup and tear down—it all adds up to a great system."