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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Music Directory Canada Online Version Released

Monday, September 12th, 2016

mdcomouthwithlogoAfter 30 years and nine print editions, Norris- Whitney Communication Inc. has announced the launch of Music Directory Canada Online. Music Directory Canada is a guide to all things musical and just as its printed predecessor, this digital version is an easy to refer to directory and the only one of its kind in Canada.

Music Directory Canada Online encompasses over 10,000 industry contacts within more than 60 industry categories from all across the country.

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Canadian MI Veteran Jim Verwoerd Sets Up Crowdfunding Page to Help with Wife’s Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Jim and GailCanadian MI industry veteran Jim Verwoerd has announced the extremely sad news that his wife, Gail, was recently diagnosed with stage two cancer of the uterus. In an effort to be by her side while she undergoes extensive treatments, Jim has set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for Gail’s treatments and help him take the time necessary to support Gail while she recovers from surgeries.

In Jim’s statement on the Go Fund Me page, he writes:  “The reason we are seeking funding help is because we want to do everything possible to ensure Gail’s best chance of survival and recovery and allow me to be at home as much as possible to aid her post operation .  I am sure many of you have heard of various alternative clinics and treatments to fight cancer but are not covered under the BC Medical System. We are very keen on including alternative treatments as part of Gail’s game plan in this fight and have done enough research to understand and believe we would be negligent to not include these methods. What we are able to do in this regard will depend on how much financial assistance we can raise as it is always pricey . Currently , we have started working with the Integrated Health Clinic in Fort Langley under the care of Dr. Parmar www.integratedhealthclinic.com/_aboutus/_bios/gurdevParmar.htm.”

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Submissions for Artist Performances at 2017 NAMM Show Now Open

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Trombone Shorty at the NAMM Show [Photo from Getty Images for NAMM]

Trombone Shorty at the NAMM Show [Photo from Getty Images for NAMM]

The 2017 NAMM Show seeking bands and solo artists all genres to showcase their talents during the annual trade show, held January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Called the Bands @ NAMM program, the platform offers artists the opportunity to submit their act to play one of 150 live performances on one of five stages during the annual event. The annual NAMM Show is the largest music products show in North America.

Artists interested in performing at the NAMM Show can apply online here, and will be notified by late October if they have been selected. The submission process will close on Sept. 12, 2016. Bands @NAMM is open to all artists, of all ages, genres and compositions.

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