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Well I'm in brantford Ontario (just west of Hamilton. 15 mins) and am looking to make some rounds in Ontario this month to see all the local displays! So maybe everyone in Ontario could list where they are and when they go live! Thanks and I look forward to seeing some great shows!

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Hey Jeff. glad to see you've got your show going.

I'm located in Sutton West, on the bottom end of Lake Simcoe. As of last year, there were 3 other animated light shows that are all about 15-20 min drive away from me.

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Cool, well I plan on hitting up your show for sure! I think I have another one very close to you that I will be going to as well.

Do you have a website with your address?

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Hi I am in Brantford just getting into animated shows

first year 80 chanels (lor)

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Figured I'd toss my hat in here. I'm in Mississauga and this is my second year going animated.

 

There's at least 2 shows within a 15min drive of me but I'd love to find some more.

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If you want at least a 48 hour drive you can come up the the Edmonton area. I had most of my display playing tonight for 2 hours. Looks ok in 40cm of snow. I believe we had over 50cm in two different snow falls. This year I made a 16 channel Pom, Pom Tree & a 15 channel "Festival of Trees" as I call it. It is made up of 15 artifical 2ft lights trees. Each tree has 60 lights on it.  I had to made trees that were never or at least rarley ever done (exspecily the Pom, Pom Tree).

 

The only thing that I cannot get working (via the G3/MP3/Director Unit) is my 12 channel ccr matrix. I cannot get the ccrs to work using that machine. I cannot get to to work using the laptop. Sucks big time.

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm in Curran, about 45km east of Ottawa (about half way between Ottawa and Hawkesbury).  I did go twice, on my own, in Gatlinburg for Christmas Expo (once by plane and the other by car, makes it easier to bring back stuff) and this year in Biloxi with my wife.  My wife really liked it.

I have a 20 foot mega tree with 3 colors, 16 3 colors mini trees, one 2 color weber tree, a plywood Santa Claus with lights, some inflatables and a few sets of CCP along the eaves

I'm adding 4 arches and a Pixel tree made with CCP's. I'm trying this year a medley of music, the medley is already created, now the gruesome part of programming.  Show will be just under 20 minutes.

 

I'm looking for a Santa Claus picture that I could use in Superstar for my pixel like tree, anyone?

 

Thanks!

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If anyone here is interested in joining our southwest Ontario light enthusiast group, we would sure like to hear from you. Follow this thread:

 

 

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