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IN HIS BLOOD | Installer Profile | Christopher Labonte

Name of Shop: Vibe Car Audio

Location: 5125 76a Street Close, Red Deer, AB, T4P 3M2

Skills: Car Audio | Multimedia | Security/Remote Starters | Motorcycles | Marine/Powersports | RV/Campers | Lighting | Custom Fabrication

Specialties: Proficient in all areas but enjoys making custom dash kits from scratch


Christopher is a 26 year veteran of the car audio industry. His love of cars and car audio started at a young age when he’d help his father in the shop of his van conversion company.

His professional career began with Advance Electronics, working with a team of technicians who competed and won numerous IASCA and USAC competitions, so he learned proper installation techniques right from the start. He further honed his skills at RTTI (Rockford Technical Training Institute) in 1999 .

He worked for a number of shops through his career and is currently one of the top techs at Vibe Car Audio in Red Deer, Alberta. Achieving Top 50 Installer status three years in a row, Christopher is focused on being the next Canadian Installer of the Year.


Q: What made you get into car audio as an installer?

Christopher: My love of cars and music mostly, but it’s in my blood… I knew early on it was going to be my passion.

Q: Where did you go for your internship as an installer?

Christopher: I started at Advance Electronics and worked with 12 other installers. Four of them were IASCA and USAC competition winners and they taught me proper installation standards and techniques. That’s where I really started to learn my craft.

Q: How many shops have you worked for?

Christopher: I’ve worked for 7 different shops in my career.

Q: Are there any installers/fabricators that inspire you?

Christopher: Too many to mention… I’ve learned something from virtually every installer and many have become good friends.

Q: What is most important to you when designing a system for one of your clients?

Christopher: Making sure that when someone opens up the vehicle that they see the attention to detail and that it looks like factory.

Q: Do you have any favourite music styles or artists?

Christopher: I have a huge spectrum of musical styles I really enjoy.

Q: Are there any brands of equipment you really like working with?

Christopher: Focal, JL Audio and Kenwood because they’re solid products that don’t have issues and sound amazing!

Q: Have you ever competed or judged in car audio competition?

Christopher: When dB Drag first started years ago I was a judge for a short time.

Website – www.vibecaraudio.ca

2020 Installer of the Year Submission Video


By Moe Sabourin

Senior Contributor, 40 year industry veteran

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