Niagara Parks Power Station Opens ‘Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed’


Thinkwell Studio Montréal designed and produced the all-new immersive experience at Niagara Parks Power Station, working in close collaboration with the Niagara Parks Commission.

Montréal, Quebec, Canada (9/3/2021): Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed, presented by Thinkwell, is an epic sight and sound nighttime show situated in the heart of a century-old hydroelectric power plant, which follows the spectacular transformation of water to electricity. Featuring immersive, interactive storytelling techniques, Currents offers an incredible multisensory experience amongst the massive decommissioned generators housed within the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Thinkwell Studio Montréal designed and produced the all-new immersive experience at Niagara Parks Power Station, working in close collaboration with the Niagara Parks Commission.

Spanning a 61,000 sq. ft., 115-year-old industrial space, Thinkwell created over 40 minutes of projection-mapped content and lighting design for the nighttime show. In lieu of using off-the-shelf solutions, Thinkwell created fully custom tools for the project, utilizing a network of 23 projectors, 35 speakers, and full-fledged proprietary projector autocalibration and interactive tracking systems in order to bring the power plant to life.

While the intent of the project originally began as a traditional, seated multimedia show, Thinkwell’s team saw even more promise in the beautifully dormant power plant, envisioning a fully interactive and immersive experience—one that audiences won’t just watch, but can experience all around them, as the nighttime light and sound show fills the building’s generator room.  

Since operations ceased in 2005 and the plant decommissioned from active service, the power station has been reopened as a historic visitor experience and now transformed into a spectacular immersive and interactive light and sound show through projection mapping, a breathtaking original score, and reactive technologies that Thinkwell Studio Montréal designed and developed custom for the project. Visitors of all ages are invited into the show’s story of following water’s transformation into electricity, beginning as one tiny drop of water in the Horseshoe Falls, moving through the turbines, and transforming into a spark of electricity. 

“It’s not a show just for adults. It’s inspired by children and their wanderlust. Their desire to explore these really unique places and to look under and all around. We introduce children as characters very early on in the show, so that hopefully they inspire people to stay connected to that playfulness and this desire to explore” states Émilie F. Grenier, Thinkwell Studio Montréal Creative Director.

Providing design recommendations, creative concepts, projection technologies, and execution of the project, Thinkwell Studio Montréal is proud to introduce a unique and immersive experience for the global visitors of the Niagara Parks Power Station. 

Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed will run four shows per night throughout the next year, opening on September 3, 2021.


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Strategic Alliance Announced Between Réalisations-Montréal and Thinkwell Group

LOS ANGELES / MONTRÉAL  – Thinkwell Group and Réalisations-Montréal are pleased to announce a strategic alliance between the two companies. This partnership will allow Réalisations-Montréal to further develop its creative laboratory for both multimedia content and interactive and video mapping technologies for projects initiated by both companies, while it will provide Thinkwell with a direct point of access to the cutting-edge research and technology initiatives driven by Réalisations-Montréal.

Roger Parent, President of Réalisations-Montréal, comments, “Réalisations-Montréal is an ideas-driven company that creates and masters technology to reach the full potential of each project and each client’s vision. Our research into the creation of meaningful experiences generated through interactive technologies is now strengthened through our alliance with Thinkwell. Réalisations-Montréal will continue to nurture its relationships with our existing clients and will have the opportunity to partner with Thinkwell on projects where our creative collaboration can benefit an exciting new portfolio of clients.”

As a result of this alliance, Réalisations-Montréal will be adding new members to both its creative and research teams in Montréal. A unique advantage of this partnership is the location of Réalisations-Montréal in a city that offers a rich basin of multicultural creative and artificial intelligence (AI) technology talent that brings a focused and strategic approach to projects.
François Bergeron, COO of Thinkwell Group, adds, “This partnership allows both organizations to expand our capabilities and reach in the global market, and we are thrilled to make a commitment to forward-thinking, technology-centric design solutions through this alliance. The integration of Réalisations-Montréal’s research lab initiatives as well as the direct access to the creative energy in Montréal are two of the many reasons why this strategic partnership makes sense for Thinkwell.”

Réalisations Inc. Montréal was founded in 2000 by Roger Parent, former Vice President Production and Executive Producer at Cirque du Soleil. During his time in the live entertainment industry, Roger came to appreciate and recognize the potential for interactivity technology to serve meaningful experience design. The approach at Réalisations-Montréal is that guest experiences are made by real people doing real things. Whether it pertains to hospitality, smart cities, corporate brand and edutainment exhibits, or interactive installations – everyone experiences things differently. That’s why Réalisations-Montréal strives to present dynamic solutions that make creative use of cutting-edge technologies on every project. The company’s investment in R&D and partnerships with several North American and European universities helps support its creative and technological expertise, encouraging co-creation with clients and collaborators to ensure delivery of tailored solutions that celebrate the infinite perspectives of experience design. For more information visit: