Air Canada Centre in Toronto hosted the International Reggae Superstars Concert on June 26, 2005, which featured artists Elephant Man, Buju Banton, Lady Saw and many others.
Handling the live sound responsibilities was Sound Explosion Productions (Ontario, Canada). President David Gardner specified a sound system based on JBL VerTec line arrays. The system featured 16 VT4889 full-sized line array speakers, 24 VT4887 compact line array speakers and 16 VT4880 subwoofers, all powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers. “The Air Canada Centre has a challenging architectural shape, so we flew the VerTec system in multiple arrays and added some JBL SRX728 speakers for additional area coverage,” Gardner said. “This was one of the biggest reggae festivals we’ve done. In our region, they’re normally held in large auditoriums, but this arena concert had over 10,000 in attendance.”
Because of the venue’s large size, Gardner was initially concerned with being able to provide adequate coverage. “It’s such a big arena and I was a bit concerned at first, given how light and compact the VerTec system is,” Gardner said. “But once the arrays went in the air and I heard the drum kit, I was blown away. How can a line array this small and discrete be so powerful?”