Meyer Sound’s Bob McCarthy to Give AES59 Conference Keynote Address in Montreal

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Bob McCarthy

Bob McCarthy

The keynote address at the 59th AES Conference on Sound Reinforcement will be presented by Bob McCarthy, director of system optimization at Meyer Sound. McCarthy is an international authority in sound system design and optimization. His book, Sound Systems: Design and Optimization (Focal Press), is considered a definitive work in the field of sound system measurement and tuning. Bob McCarthy designed countless systems around the world of all scales and types including more than 10 Cirque du Soleil productions and seven productions of Wicked.


Electric Violin Inventor Mark Wood to Lead Clinic at Bloor St. Long & McQuade

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Mark WoodLong & McQuade on Bloor Street in Toronto and Counterpoint Musical Services are presenting a free clinic by Mark Wood, member of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and international electric violinist, on Saturday, June 20th from 2-4 p.m.

Mark Wood has collaborated with and appeared alongside some of the biggest names in music such as Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Steven Tyler.


Alessia Cohle to Kick Off ‘Steve’s Supports Country’ Campaign

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Alessia Cohle [Photo credit:]

Alessia Cohle [Photo credit:]

Steve’s Music Toronto and its co-sponsor, Boots and Bourbon Saloon, have announced the launch of the Steve’s Supports Country campaign with the goal of supporting emerging Canadian country artists and the country music scene in and around Toronto. The artist chosen to kick off the campaign is Mississauga, ON native Alessia Cohle, who has just released her debut single, “Sunday Shoes,” to country radio, as well as her debut EP, Let’s Get Gone. 

Cohle’s Ontario summer tour kicks off with a performance at Steve’s Music Toronto’s first Country Day Showcase on Saturday, June 6. The event will take place from 12-5 p.m. (performances begin at 3p.m.) at Steve’s Music’s flagship Queen Street West location. Alessia Cohle will be performing three songs and will share the stage with other up and coming artists of all genres, as Steve’s continues to support all artists and all genres of music. The inaugural festivities will include the official unveiling of “Steve’s Country Corner’ while displaying Canadian Cowboy Magazine in support of Steve’s Country Corner, all in conjunction with Dorrian Promotions.


Music Books Plus Launches New Website

Friday, June 5th, 2015

MBPNew HRMusic Books Plus, a division of Norris-Whitney Communications, has launched a new website.

The new site features an extensive list of new titles, fresh, new design, improved navigation and search function and faster checkout.

Included are books, DVDs and software on music, business, instrument technique, songwriting, theory, home recording, biographies, history, MIDI and sheet music

Visit the new site at

Summer NAMM is Seeking Bands for Acoustic Stage

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Photo credit: NAMM/GettyImages]

Photo credit: NAMM/GettyImages]

NAMM has announced the return of the Acoustic Nation Stage to 2015 Summer NAMM, Thursday, July 9–Saturday, July 11 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. If you know a band that would like to be considered as a performer this year, please send the following information to by Wednesday, May 27, 2015:

  • Band Name
  • Genre
  • Band Member List with Corresponding Instrument
  • Band Website, Facebook, YouTube Video URL, Up to (3) MP3 files
  • Short Band Bio with Photo
  • Availability (Thursday, July 9–Saturday, July 11; Morning or Afternoon)

Please provide all requested information, or submission will not be considered.


Learn Self-Promotion 101 at Expo-Scene

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

SMALL Jim's presentationAt EXPO-SCENE 2015, Jim Norris, President of Norris-Whitney Communications, will be presenting a special seminar – Self-Promotion 101.

This seminar will show you how to promote yourself, your business or your career. Learn insider, no B.S., tips that you can put into practice the next day. You will learn:

  • How to develop a product, service or set of personal skills that everybody wants
  • How to price yourself and be competitive
  • Where to locate your business or yourself and how to discover new markets
  • How to use all the best tools available to get the word out
  • How to prevail and outlast all your competition