From posters to moving pictures, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts goes digital with the help of Design Electronics

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts has just made the move to go digital in its marketing efforts, thanks to the support from one of Ontario’s premier AV systems integration firms.

Adopting the Town of Oakville’s approach to smart technologies, the Oakville Centre now has digital displays rather than posters. One of the region’s most popular focal points for arts and culture immediately received the support from Design Electronics, an innovative and leading company with commercial and residential clients locally, nationally and internationally.

“Design Electronics is a big supporter of the arts and we believe in community outreach,” says Clinton Howell, Director of Custom Residential Sales and Marketing with Design Electronics.

Howell has long been a supporter of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts over the years and his philanthropy efforts have not gone unnoticed while also running his previous companies, Howell & Associates and H2 Systems Inc.

“When we learned that the Centre wanted to go digital in its marketing efforts, Design Electronics jumped right in to help them,” explains Howell. “Technology is taking over these days and we wanted to help the Centre make the transition from paper to digital seamless on every level.”

Design Electronics subsidized all of the costs for the flat-screen displays checkered throughout the lobby of the state-of-the-art-facility, as well as labour for installation. All the flat-screen displays are top-of-the-line, providing the best in quality. Sharp TV has also supported this unique initiative.

Robin Howarth, Manager of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, is thrilled with the support from Design Electronics.

“We applaud the tremendous support from Design Electronics,” says Howarth. “They are one of the busiest system integration firms going and we really appreciate them helping us go digital. The flat-screen displays are a perfect addition to the Centre as they look amazing and we know they will be a benefit for our clients and ticket holders.”

Howarth also indicates that the benefits of the new flat-screen displays extend beyond their look and feel.

“We are no longer relying on paper which means we are reducing our environmental footprint and this is a good thing,” he says. “And when utilizing new technology now means we can do more for less, which is great on the efficiency front.”

Howell indicates that he loves seeing the new displays at the Centre and how they have made a real improvement to the décor and the marketing opportunities within the facility.

“I, along with family and friends, are always checking out shows at the Centre, and it’s great to see the flat-screen displays advertising upcoming events. What’s really neat is seeing our efforts and knowing that we have worked hard to make a positive difference for the Centre and our community.

About Design Electronics

For over 30 years, Design Electronics has been the leader in the systems integration market nationally and abroad. Design Electronics focuses on providing custom-designed, state-of-the-art audiovisual; lighting; audio; security and surveillance; and access control solutions to the corporate, government, retail, institutional, industrial, and residential markets. Design Electronics has established itself as the trusted, go-to contractor when nothing other than professionalism, customer service, value, and cutting-edge technologies are required. They also have amazing installation achievements, including Great Wolf Lodge, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Saturday Night Live Museum in New York, to name a few.

For more information, please visit, or call 905-646-3333.

About The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Since its opening in 1977, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts has been a focal point for the cultural life of the Town of Oakville. The main stage in the Willson Auditorium has seating for 485 and the flexible studio theatre space accommodating 120.  The OCPA operates over 260 performances per year with 60 being of professional touring artists and 200 from the local community. The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts is a division of the Recreation & Culture Department of the Corporation of the Town of Oakville. Thanks to the support of the Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage and a number of generous sponsors, the Oakville Centre continues to offer top quality, live music and theatre that is alternately local, national and international in scope.

For more performance, membership, or ticket sales information visit or call the box office at 905-815-2021.

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Paul Fitzgerald
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