Win a Martin Guitar by Attending MDA 2017 Show & Tell Day

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

feb16_lnu_martindreadjr_webThe Music Distributors Association (MDA) is hosting its annual Show & Tell Day at the Hilton Anaheim on Tuesday, January 17th, just ahead of The 2017 NAMM Show. MDA’s Show & Tell Day is a one-day, private table-top show of supplier member companies displaying exclusively for MDA distributor-buyer members.

Attendees at this year’s edition will be entered for a chance to win a C.F. Martin Dreadnought Jr. guitar, which will be given away at the end of the day. The winner must be in attendance to claim the prize.

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Yamaha Canada Dealer Trip to China & Japan – Part 5

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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I’ll keep this one short…

We woke up in Hamamatsu and took the bullet train into Tokyo, where we had a very full day that included a visit to Tokyo’s ultra-trendy and ultra-expensive Ginza shopping district. It’s here that the flagship stores for brands like Louis Vuitton, Armani, Boss, and more line the streets and it’s here where the world’s biggest music company has the opportunity to do a bit of showing off.

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Yamaha Canada Dealer Trip to China & Japan – Part 4

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Hamamatsu is known as Music City, as in addition to being the home base of Yamaha Corporation Japan, it’s also where Roland and Kawai are based. What’s cool is that the city’s tallest building, the ACT City Tower, is designed to look like a harmonica – and its top 17 floors are the hotel where we’d spend the next two nights.

The first night, we dined at a Bavarian restaurant that brewed its own lagers and ales onsite – and served them in two-litre jugs. The fare was a mix of German, Japanese, and Italian (right?) and had us all in a great mood.

There, we met a few members of the Berlin Philharmonic who were in town for a reason that I don’t recall, but it was nonetheless cool to be making musical connections in Music City.

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Yamaha Canada Dealer Trip to China & Japan – Part 3

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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We arrived in Osaka on Friday night, giving us a couple of days dedicated to sightseeing and taking it easy before our time at Yamaha Corporation Japan HQ on Monday and our trip to Yamaha’s flagship storefront in the ultra-expensive Ginza area of Tokyo on Tuesday.

Kansai airport in Osaka sits atop an entirely manmade island that actually sinks a few inches every year and has to be “re-jacked” regularly, which is a cool bit of trivia. Our hotel was on that very island, so we kept close to home that evening, with a few from our group meeting at the hotel bar for a cocktail or two before responsibly retiring early ahead of a busy next day in Kyoto.

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Yamaha Canada Dealer Trip to China & Japan – Part 2

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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The itinerary for our next two days in China was tightly packed, so the majority of the group members that were able to shake the jet lag considered themselves lucky.

The first day centred around a visit to the Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments manufacturing facility, so we boarded the bus for a three-hour ride that offered an interesting look at what can accurately be called Chinese suburbia. The bus full of Canadians found it kind of funny when our guide, Cindy, told us that Hangzhou is considered a medium-sized city, with a population of “only” around 9 million people.

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Yamaha Canada Dealer Trip to China & Japan – Part 1

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai Skyline

As the plane descended from 30,000 ft., it was clear the moment the landscape came into view that we were somewhere very different from Vancouver, which we’d left 11 hours earlier.

On that flight was a group of 22 Canadians (with three set to join days later) coming from Corner Brook, NL to Vancouver, BC and many places in between on route to Shanghai for an eight-day trip led by Yamaha Canada Music to visit the company’s manufacturing facilities and offices in China and Japan and also get a short-but-immersive taste of these two countries’ very unique and rich cultures.

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