Jim Marshall – 1923-2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Our best goes out to the family, friends, and colleagues of industry legend Jim Marshall, the man who’s name many of us see every single day. Marshall Canada is inviting folks to post on the man’s OBE page here. Please do so if you feel so inclined. I think I’m going to go practice my Megadeth riffs.


Shining The Spotlight On…

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

We’re currently readying our April/May 2012 issue of Canadian Music Trade, the one that’s coming to MIAC 2012 with us, and I just finished up our Supplier Spotlight article on the fine team at D’Addario Canada.

It’s always great catching up with Arnold, Larry, Brad, and the team, though this piece gave me the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the company’s operations and core values.

Lately, the team has been developing its Artist Relations program to better serve not only the artists themselves, but also the Canadian retailers – putting an emphasis on getting musicians into the stores so they can help build up their local communities.

This photo was taken when soon-to-be staples of the Ontario scene The Elwins stopped in at D’Addario Canada’s HQ for a performance. Check out the Supplier Spotlight on D’Addario Canada in the next issue of CMT, and check out The Elwins’ fresh take on 60s-influenced bouncy pop at www.theelwins.ca.

(Already a) Big Year for Yorkville

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

We’ve received word that, on top of recently taking on distribution for Fredericton, NB’s Los Cabos Drumsticks (a great line of product from a great, family-run Canadian company), the folks at Yorkville Sound have also just been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for Line 6’s wireless and pro audio product range. (To be clear, Line 6’s instruments, amplifiers, and guitar-related gear will continue to come through SF Marketing.)

Compound that with their acquisition of the Mapex brand at the end of 2011, and Yorkville has expanded their already-impressive catalog with some beautifully complementary brands. You’ve got to like seeing the development of a Canadian distribution dynasty…

The Taxman Cometh!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Are you dreading the upcoming tax season? Are you staring at a shoebox box full of receipts, invoices, and statements and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Canadian Music Trade has you covered.

We’ve enlisted the help of Chartered Accountant Dino Micacchi, who has over 32 years providing accounting and tax services to a wide variety of businesses, to provide some tips on filing your store’s annual tax return. Micacchi offers several valuable pices of advice, from best practices you can implement throughout the year to ensure all your records are organized and complete to what to do if your store is audited.

Grab the upcoming February/March issue of CMT to check it out.

NAMM 2012 Video Recap

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

It’s been three days since the 2012 edition of the winter NAMM Show wrapped and I am still trying to synthesis and make sense of the four days.

At show close, NAMM reported 95,709 registered attendees, a six percent increase from last year and representing a new record for the 110-year-old show. This fact was noted on the show floor as attendees remarked how busy the show was this year compared to the most recent shows. A positive sign for the industry, no doubt. (more…)

Working For The Weekend

Friday, January 13th, 2012

This video has been spreading like wildfire this past week. Walk Off The Earth is from Burlington, ON, and actually, we hosted an interview with them when they first formed on our sister magazine, Canadian Musician‘s blog. Not only is it a great performance of a great tune, but the interesting approach to the instrument is probably the most drawing part. Something cool to show shoppers and music school students about what’s possible on almost ANY instrument when you think outside the box a bit.

Happy NAMM planning. Hit Craig or I with any requests for things you’d like to see/have investigated at the show if you’re not going to be there yourself.