100 Lombard Street
Suite 303
Toronto, ON
M5C 1M3
Tel: 416-536-4827
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Entertainment Rigging 101 with Gary MacLeod

May 28, 2022 - May 29, 2022
9:00AM - 6:00PM

Location: 2D House Studios
Instructor: Gary MacLeod
Cost (Members): $100
Cost (Permittees): $200
Maximum Class Size: 15 participants per session


Gary MacLeod (B.F.A., ETCP Certified Rigger, W.H.S.C. Certified Instructor) has over 40 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry working as a studio consultant, supervising staging and aerial rigger, designer, props maker, sculptor, painter, stagehand, and grip. Conducting training workshops since 1999, some clients include CBC, NABET 700-M UNIFOR, William F. White, Sheridan, Niagara and Humber Colleges. 

This 1-day intensive teaches key fundamentals and rigging principles in the entertainment industry through theory presentation, live demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. Throughout the workshop Gary will cover and emphasize the following learning objectives:

  • Competency and the importance of creating a rigging plan
  • Design and safety factors, risk management
  • Explain use and inspection of engineered and rated hardware for controlled overhead lifting of a secure load
  • Discuss load forces on rigging systems and show practical examples
  • Demonstrate use of hitches, slings, bridal points, connectors, and anchors
  • How to read all manufacturers' warning labels and understand working load limits and breaking strength of materials
  • Understand fiber rope properties, use, handling, knot tying, coiling, and load limits
  • Demonstrate wire rope, handling, coiling, load limits, and tools needed to swage eye terminations
  • Understand single and multiple line rigging, block and tackle, mechanical advantage, and counterweight rigging
  • Exposure to principles of manual and motorized chain hoists
  • De-rigging plan - same importance as principles of creating a rigging plan

As an introductory-level training course, it does not qualify any participant as a Certified Rigger.

To Register: Call 416-536-4827 with your VISA, VISA Debit, MasterCard or AmEX details. Registrations accepted Monday to Friday during business hours. Payments are not processed on weekends. Payment is required up front to secure your spot. No holds or reservations. If you need to pay with debit card or cash (exact change only), you must make an appointment to visit the office in person. 


Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm OR

Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


$100 for Members

$200 for Permittees


2D House Studios (230 New Toronto St., Toronto, ON M8V 2E8)


15 participants per session

Must have valid Working at Heights certification. Proof required.

For a comprehensive learning experience, technicians should operate as if this training is a daily call. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early as latecomers will not be granted entry into the course after it has begun and be prepared with your:

  • Working at Heights ticket (mandatory)
  • Safety boots (mandatory)
  • Face mask/covering (mandatory as per venue's COVID-19 safety measures)
  • Hand tools/kit (optional but highly recommended)
    • adjustable wrench
    • tape measure
    • work gloves
    • ear and eye protection
    • hard hat

Light breakfast + lunch provided. Please specify dietary needs, food allergies, restrictions, etc. when signing up.