Jean Larrivee to Receive the 2017 Industry Builder Award at the Vancouver International Guitar Festival

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Jean LarriveeThe Vancouver International Guitar Festival, running from June 23-25, 2017, has announced that it will present its inaugural Luthier Industry Builder Award to Jean-Claude Larrivée on Friday June 23 at the Luthier Conference. The award is presented on the 50th Anniversary of Larrivée Guitars in honour of his significant and lasting contribution to the evolution of the guitar building industry. Special tributes from John Larrivee’s proteges include Linda Manzer, David Iannone, Grit Laskin and Sergie De Yonge.

It’s fitting that the award ceremony take place in British Columbia, the province where Jean launched his company to the international market. Larrivée manufactured guitars in B.C. from 1977-2013. Since 1967, Jean Larrivée has been building some of the finest guitars in the world. His legendary craftsmanship can be found on every instrument that bears his name. Jean’s deep passion and lifetime of experience continues to inspire and inform a new generation of talented guitars makers.


Nova Scotia’s Mingo Music Honoured by NAMM for Reaching 50 Year Milestone

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
David Mingo (left) with NAMM's Joe Lamond

David Mingo (left) with NAMM’s Joe Lamond

At the 2017 NAMM Show, Mingo Music Sales of Truro, NS was honoured with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music products industry. Presented annually by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, the Milestone Award recognizes music businesses that have flourished through changing business environments to reach a noteworthy anniversary.

“It’s a huge honour to be recognized by the largest international organization of our peers,” says David Mingo, current owner of Mingo Music.


Coast Music Wins Jupiter’s Distributor of the Year Award

Monday, February 27th, 2017
KHS CEO Karl Leong (left) & Coast Music's Alex Kundakcioglu

KHS CEO Karl Leong (left) & Coast Music’s Alex Kundakcioglu

Coast Music, a division of JAM Industries, has won the Jupiter distributor award for 2016.  Canada was recognized during the annual distributor meeting at the winter NAMM Show 2017.  This award is presented every year recognizing partners who have significantly made an impact on the growth of the Jupiter brand, their community efforts, as well as outstanding support of Jupiter brass and woodwind instruments.  Alex Kundakcioglu, national sales manager, accepted the award  on behalf of Coast Music from Karl Leong, CEO of KHS.


Vancouver’s Steve Edge to Receive Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award at CFMAs

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Steve Edge

Steve Edge

Steve Edge, a founder of Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club, is the recipient of the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award for the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The award will be presented at the CFMA Gala on Dec. 3, 2016 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.

Steve Edge is one of the founding members of Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club, which became a hugely important initiative to develop and support live folk music. Prior to the arrival of Expo 86 to Vancouver, the local pubs were closed on Sundays. Steve, who had started to host “Saturday Edge” on UBC campus radio station CITR, had also noticed that the thriving Canadian folk music scene needed more venues to perform in the city. Once Expo 86 was finished, he started to book folk bands at The Savoy in Gastown and the Rogue Folk Club was born. The gathering then moved to The Railway Club, and later to East Vancouver’s Wise Hall, and finally to Kitsilano’s St. James Hall.


Ronn Dunnett Earns Titanium Association’s 2016 Application Development Award

Friday, September 30th, 2016

dunnett-awardRegina-born musician, designer, and innovator Ronn Dunnett is the recipient of the International Titanium Association’s (ITA) 2016 Application Development Award. The award lauds Dunnett for his work in the development and perfection of a titanium drum shell. Members of the ITA’s executive board presented Dunnett with the award at TITANIUM USA 2016, the 32nd annual international conference and exhibition sponsored and organized by the ITA, which was held Sept. 25-28 at the J. W. Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

“This is my Oscar, my Grammy, my Juno – my lifetime achievement award,” Dunnett says. “But its even more than that. It is the ultimate vindication. My work has never been about anything more than the relentless pursuit of quality sound. Awards, particularly in my industry, are often cynical. To receive the ITA Application Development award – especially from an organization outside of the music industry – that is as real as it gets. Recognition that says ‘You’re the leader, You were the first and the best and who or whatever ever else comes after is derivative.’ It is an award that I am humbled by, but am so proud to accept. I think I have earned it.”


2017 NAMM TEC Awards Nominees Revealed

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

[Photo: Courtesy NAMM/TEC Awards]

[Photo: Courtesy NAMM/TEC Awards]

The NAMM Foundation has announced  nominees for its 32nd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement. Stand-up comedian and actor Sinbad will return for his third straight year as host. The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live sound, films, television, and video games.

More than 900 products and projects were considered during the nomination process. This year’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominees were chosen across 23 categories and include selections in two new categories: Audio Education Technology and DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software.