Saying Goodbye To A Great Show

Sunday, January 26th, 2014


Sunday morning is here, and it’s feeling expectedly bittersweet. The halls aren’t nearly as full as they’ve been since Thursday, and the decibel level of the various halls is more relaxed, both of which I appreciate. It’ll be great to finally have a chance to visit our fellow Canadian exhibitors and maybe play around on an instrument or two…


Insanely Busy Day On The Show Floor

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Van Halen's Michael Anthony

Van Halen’s Michael Anthony

Yesterday was busy. Today is just bonkers. Now that the weekend has come, the aisles are clogged with people – many of whom are trying to snag autographs from the heaps of celebrities at the show this year – like Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony (pictured).

More meetings today, though I had a bit more of an opportunity to see some new gear. The Crush percussion booth is pretty impressive, as is the Lewitt Audio showcase on the second floor, where the demo performances are packing the house.

There’s still more to see before the show closes, so hopefully some more shots will hold you over for the time being…


Canadians Bring The Party To Anaheim

Friday, January 24th, 2014


Thursday. NAMM. Sheraton. CMT Canadian Reception. It’s a winning recipe every year, and 2014 was no different. Canadian dealers and suppliers came together (with a few honorary Canucks peppered in) at the Sheraton Park hotel for a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

The music, as always, was kicking this year thanks to Marc Cooper and CoopDeVille, who commanded people’s attention with a perfect hybrid of upbeat rock/funk/blues/jazz and some extraordinary showcases of musicianship here and there.

A big thanks to our sponsors, and of course all of the great folks that came out to make the night so special.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, please enjoy this 20,000+ word essay…


A Great First Day In Anaheim

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Sabian President Andy Zildjian

Sabian President Andy Zildjian

Day 1 of the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim is just about to be one for the books. It was a great day on the show floor, albeit a bit hard on the feet, but I’ll be back to top form soon. Two years away from the show will do that to you…

The day began at the Sabian booth, where the company was set to introduce some new products and partnerships, highlighted by the announcement of the 2014 Cymbal Vote winners. First, though, was a short but undeniable heartfelt celebration of the life of Sabian founder and friend of the industry, Bob Zildjian. I’m sure RZ would have been proud to have seen the display this year, and how enthusiastic its visitors were to celebrate the products he pioneered.


Plenty Of Exciting Pre-NAMM Happenings

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Roland Demo

Getting an up-close look at the new FA-06

There’s a buzz in the air in Anaheim leading into the 2014 NAMM Show, and come Thursday morning, that there will be plenty of fast guitar leads, trumpet blowing, and bass drum thuds added to that buzz as the convention centre opens its doors to swallow up members of the international music products industry.

CMT is down at the show and will be bringing you regular updates on what’s happening and what people are talking about. If you’ve got any new products you’ve heard about on the show floor and would like some inside info, definitely be in touch!

Leading in to Thursdays grand opening, Wednesday hosted its share of great events and exciting announcements. Fresh off the plane, I headed to the third floor of the convention centre for Roland’s press conference, where the company premiered a slew of innovations that are sure to have people talking.


Connect With CMT At The 2014 NAMM Show

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

NAMMManufacturers, retailers, and other professionals in the music product, instrument, production, and audio industries are preparing for the NAMM Show’s return to the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 23-26, 2014.Canadian Music Trade publisher Norris-Whitney Communications will be exhibiting at booth 4609, where you can visit to receive complimentary copies of CMT and its sister publications (Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production), see the latest titles from Music Books Plus, learn about NWC Marketing Services, and more.