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.


Are You Properly Prepared?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Remnants from the fire that destroyed Thorold Music in St. Catharines several years ago.
Remnants from the fire that destroyed Thorold Music in St. Catharines several years ago.

We’re quite fortunate to have had Leila Brown, a well-respected emergency preparedness and business continuity specialist, contribute a piece to our upcoming issue of Canadian Music Trade. Leila helps companies be resilient through disasters and discusses some of the measures that should be taken to prepare for “worse” going to “worst.”

The article, titled “Being Prepared Is Everyone’s Business” and featured in our Business Matters section, will be part of CMT’s Dec/Jan 2014 issue and we invite you to have a look and be in touch with Leila with any questions.

Knock on wood this isn’t something any of us will have to see through…

CMT at The NAMM Show 2013 – Day 4

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

So the The NAMM Show 2013 is winding down for another year. As expected, Sunday has been the least busy day, with much more room in the aisles and and noticeably fewer people tending the booths and even a few of the smaller companies already packing it in completely.

However, NAMM staff has told CMT that registration is slightly up over last year, with 118 exhibitors returning this year who were not at the show in 2012. As well, there have been 289 new exhibitors representing over 700 unique brands. Additionally, NAMM staff told CMT that the numbers of visitors is slightly down from last year but the number of buyers is up, which has created a healthier business environment.