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High Density Urethane Signs For School Of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo

School Of Rock Opens In Kitchener Ontario

Who could forget Jack Black’s performance as Dewey Finn in the film School Of Rock?

Well the School Of Rock Kitchener Waterloo Ontario steps right in where this film left off. Their mission is to inspire the world to rock on stage and in life and they wanted to make a big impact upon their arrival in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario.

Custom Guitar Logo

The highlight of the School Of Rock’s branding is the letter “O” of the word “ROCK” customized to include a guitar in the letter’s centre

Custom Guitar Logo - High Desnity Urethane - The Sign Depot

This was created with our CNC Router Table program and cut from High Density Urethane otherwise known as HDU or Sign Foam in the sign industry.  It is a material that fully customizable.  It can replicate wood, stone, and many designer looks.  High Density Urethane can be used in both Interior and Exterior signage which makes it a substrate we use often for crafting our custom signs. The stylized guitar was added as an extra layer to give the sign dimension and finished in red to stand out from the other letters in the sign.

High Density Urethane - School Of Rock - The Sign Depot

Ready To Rock

Once the School Of Rock sign was fully finished it was taken to the location and installed to building’s exterior, making it a recognizable landmark in that area.

The full signage package was brought together in time for their Grand Opening and as you can see from the pictures on their facebook page it was a great success.

For Those About To Rock We Salute You

We want to hear from you! Have you been to School Of Rock or are you planning to soon? Leave a comment below, send us a tweet or post on our facebook page and let us know if you’ll be rocking out there!

Long Live Rock!!!


Artistic Signs, Sign Supplies, Street Art and Sign Depot at SGIA

Let the Networking Begin – SGIA Expo 2012

Las Vegas was a whirlwind of excitement and the SGIA Expo had a lot to do with it.  Sign Depot was invited to attend the SGIA Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, and I knew I needed to make the most of it.  It is not very often that you are surrounded by thousands of people in your industry, including suppliers, attendees and leaders in the Sign and Print Industry.  Navigating my way through the crowd was the easy part.  Finding ways to leave an impression on those I spoke with was what I set out to do.


The video above was only half of the crowd.  I was on a landing and there was a second level of the show behind me.  The SGIA Expo was an enormous trade show with over 22,000 people registered and I was determined to get Sign Depot’s custom artistic signs on the radar of those in attendance.

Finding Your Niche

To get a good feel for the show I started by visiting some of our equipment suppliers.  I found out what they had planned for new year and to see what new products would be available to Canadian Sign Shops.  Knowing all the new materials that would soon be available gave me a good idea on how Sign Depot could incorporate their new items into our artistic signs.  We always strive to be sign innovators because we want your custom sign to stand out and be noticed.

I also asked the suppliers what most attending the show were looking for info wise so I could be ready to converse about the hot topics happening at SGIA.  With a good idea of what those at the SGIA Expo were looking for, I was off and running.  Well, not running but ready to network my way across the sign industry.

Interestingly enough many had heard of Sign Depot and the work that was happening at our Kitchener Ontario workshop.  It was the article in Sign Media about the Award Winning Beertown Sign that made us recognizable in USA. Not only was it a great jumping off point, I was able to elaborate further about the custom signs Sign Depot manufactures and how working with our wholesale sign department could bring them a whole new revenue stream.  This was of interest to many and I found my ID badge being scanned for further contact info over and over.  Knowing the niche market I was targeting made all the difference.

Finding The Fun  

All work and no play would take all the fun out of artistic sign making.  Choosing to stay on top of trends and looking for new sign innovations is fantastic but a little outside inspiration can go a long way.  So I decided to take it to the streets!

SGIA Expo Las Vegas - The Sign Depot

SGIA artistic signs - The Sign Depot

SGIA Expo - The Sign Depot

SGIA Demo - The Sign Depot

Watching some of the live demonstrations reminded me of the Sign Depot workshop.  It is always great to see those in the sign industry show their skills, but after the SGIA Expo I decided I needed some real outside inspiration too.


Where else but Las Vegas can you find artists creating right in front of you? 


They say What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas but I think these signs are meant to be displayed for all to see.  I think you may recognize a few.


Treasure Island Sign - The Sign Depot

Hoover Dam Sign - The Sign Depot

Cirque Du Soliel Beatles Love Sign - The Sign Depot

 But it seems where ever I go, I always manage to find a pirate ship.

Sign Structures - Treasure Island - The Sign Depot

Do you attend conferences and events in your industry?  Let us know your experiences.  Leave a comment below, send us a tweet, or post your comment on our facebook page.  We want to know if it made an impact on your business.




Wholesale Wood Signs – Testimonial


We Specialize In Wholesale Wood Signs For The Sign Industry

Being a sign shop in Southwestern Ontario that is know North America wide for our sandblasted wood signs is quite an accomplishment and we thought we would share these recent accolades with you.  Creating carved cedar signs for the sign trade is something we specialize in here at The Sign Depot and we always welcome wholesale inquires from sign professionals.

recent wholesale job : Sandblasted Cedar finished in Cetol
Wholesale Wood Signs - The Sign Depot
Scutt Signs Guelph Ontario ” We have dealt with The Sign Depot for many years and our experience has always been a positive one. They understand the fast paced sign business and their pricing always allows us to be competitive without sacrificing quality.”
Thanks Louise, nice to hear a great testimonial – we look forward to our continued business relationship.
We have been servicing other sign companies locally, across Canada and as far away as Texas with wholesale wood signs for many years.
In fact 80% of our business comes from repeat customers and of our new business 70% of that is referrals.
That’s a Testimonial in numbers
recent wholesale job : Sandblasted Cedar Finished in Walnut Cetol
Wholesale Wood Signs - The Sign Depot

How To Order Wholesale Wood Signs From The Sign Depot

To learn more about what is required in order to get a wholesale sign quote, please visit our post Wholesale Wood Signs.  There you will learn more about the specifications we will need, and find out how to add a revenue stream to your sign business by offering custom wood signs to your clients. Variety is the spice of life so they say. At The Sign Depot we embrace that saying, but we have one more saying to pass along.  As it says on our Wholesale Website Page  We’ll look after the dust while you look after your clients!



Wholesale Wood Signs At Imagemakers 2009

The Sign Depot - Members Of Consac - Imagemakers - Sign Association Of Canada

Wholesale Wood Signs For The Sign Industry

Last week we were displaying are Carved Wooden Signs at the Consac Imagemakers Show. This is a well known Canadian Sign industry trade show hosted by The Sign Association Of Canada (of which we are members). Being an award winning Canadian sign company we do our best to show our wholesale wood sign offerings to others in the sign industry.  Many would see others in their industry as competitors, but we see them as potential clients.  Most sign shops are constantly looking for new ways to add revenue streams to their business.  By offering custom wood signs to their clients they are able to do just that. 

Add Revenue With Custom Wood Signs

When we talk about wholesale wood signs, many think that they come in a standard size and finish.  This is not the case. Cedar signs are easily customized to suit each business.  We give sign companies lots of choice when it comes to size, shape, text and graphics. Additionally there are options when it comes to the final sign project.  It can arrive as an unfinished piece or a fully painted sign complete with outdoor finish and optional gold leaf guilding. All of these options are available in both single sided and double sided sandblasted signs. We can provide lots of options designed to fit your budget.  

How To Get An Estimate On A Wholesale Wood Sign

Once you have design and budget set follow these simple steps and we able to provide you with your wholesale sign estimate

  1. Change all fonts to curves or line art
  2. Send us vector file formats – .ai – .eps – .dxf – .cdl or .cdr
  3.  Confirm overall dimensions
  4.  Let us know if the wholesale sign is to be Single sided or double sided
  5.  We will need to know if the sign is to be Finished or unfinished

By providing us with the information listed above, the wholesale sign experts here at The Sign Depot will be able to estimate the cost of creating your cedar sign and will contact you regarding your wholesale quote.