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.


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”


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.


NAMM Show 2017 Badge Registration Opens on July 27

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

C96A7080_0Badge registration and hotel bookings for the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA will open on July 27, 2016, the organization has announced. The show will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 19-22, 2017.

Last year a record 101,726 attendees explored products from more than 1,700 exhibitors showcasing over 6,000 brands. Plus, attendees were able to choose from 120+ educational sessions and 150+ networking events.


CMT Social Media Survey Results

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Canadian Music Trade surveyed MI store owners, managers, and staff to find out if and how they are using social media in their businesses. Here are the results…

When did your company begin using social media for promotion, customer engagement, etc.?

Within the last year     4%

1-2 years ago               26%

3-4 years ago               30%

5-6 years ago               4%

7-9 years ago               17%

10+ years ago              13%

We don’t use social media 4%


D’Addario Kicks Off Summer NAMM with Invite-Only BBQ

Friday, June 24th, 2016

DSC_6605D’Addario kicked off their sixth annual invite-only pre-NAMM party last night at Soundcheck rehearsal studios in Nashville, TN. With great Tennessee BBQ along with beer and whiskey, authorized dealers and endorsers enjoyed music from Stephen Mougin’s Bluegrass All-Stars, resonator guitar virtuoso Rob Ickes and guitarist Trey Hensley, ambient looper William Tyler, and the explosive Andy Wood Trio.

Endorsers attending included Craig Krampf, Myron Howell (Jake Owen), Lee Joe Young (Travis Tritt), Jay Weinberg (Slipknot), father and son session drummer/bassists Jerry and Dave Roe, singer-songwriter John Berry, Bucky Covington, Bruce Bouton (Garth Brooks), metal legend Wolf Hoffmann (Accept), famed fretted instrument repairman Wolf Hoffmann and engineer/producers Michael Wagener and Bil VornDick. Industry friends from Fender, Taylor, Fishman and many others were also there to help get NAMM week started.