2016 NAMM TEC Awards Nominees Released

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
2015 NAMM Show - 30th Anniversary TEC Awards

Guitarists Orianthi, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Slash and Richie Sambora attend the 2015 NAMM Tec Awards (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

The NAMM Foundation has announced the nominees for its 31st Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement. The awards celebrate the best in professional audio and sound production. Voting begins Dec. 1st, with winners announced at a Saturday evening, Jan. 23, 2016 awards event held in the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom and via a live event web stream during the 2016 NAMM Show.


Arthur McGregor named Canadian Folk Music Award’s Unsung Hero

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Arthur McGregorArthur McGregor, a highly-respected Ottawa-based community leader and founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, is the recipient of the Unsung Hero award for this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The award will be presented at the CFMA Gala on Nov. 8 at the Citadel in Edmonton. Tickets to the gala event are $48 (plus $2 administration fee) and are available now via www.citadeltheatre.com/event/canadian-folk-music-awards.

Throughout his life, Arthur McGregor has tirelessly brought music and people together, motivated by the belief that everybody has a right to play music.” As founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, an institution in the Ottawa music community for 38 years, McGregor ensured folk music was both accessible and affordable for music lovers of all ages. He has published songbooks, produced CDs, taught music lessons, and created camps and community choirs. Chris White, co-founder of the Ottawa Folk Festival, explains “[Arthur] has supported the music community in countless far-reaching ways and has inspired thousands of children and adults to discover the enjoyment and excitement of singing and playing music.”


Sabian Announces 2015 PASIC Scholarship Winner

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Liam RobbinsSabian has announced that Liam Robbins of St. Johns, NL, is the winner of the 2015 Sabian/PASIC Scholarship. In his second year at Memorial University, the fluently-bilingual Liam has won a number of academic awards and is also a former Canada Games athlete.

Liam has been playing percussion and drum set for over eight years, has studied piano and voice, and at a young age also played the cello with the Suzuki program. He found his love for percussion through the Gower Community Band at the age of 11 and has been playing and performing with them ever since. He has also played in the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the MUN wind ensemble and the MUN percussion ensemble known as the Scruncheons.


Music Innovations Wins ‘Dealer of the Year’ Honour at Summer NAMM

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Musical Innovations owner Tracy Leenman accepting the Dealer of the Year award.

Musical Innovations owner Tracy Leenman accepting the Dealer of the Year award.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honoured South Carolina’s Musical Innovations as the 2015 ‘Dealer of the Year’ at the fifth annual NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards. The Friday evening gala held during Summer NAMM in Nashville honours excellence and innovation in music products retailing. The ‘Dealer of the Year’ and seven other category winners announced on July 10 are chosen from among NAMM’s 2015 Top 100 Dealers.


Robert Godin to Receive Honorary Degree from McGill

Monday, May 25th, 2015
Robert Godin

Robert Godin

Montreal’s distinguished McGill University will be hosting its 2015 spring convocation in the coming weeks and during the scheduled ceremony on May 27th, Godin Guitars founder Robert Godin will be the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree (D.Mus., Music) from the university.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be honored this way, especially by a prestigious university such as McGill,” says Robert Godin. “Our ongoing collaboration this past year enabled us to do research we wouldn’t have been able to previously do as a private company.”


NAMM Releases 2015 Top 100 Dealers List; Includes 4 Canadians

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Top 100 DealersThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has released the 2015 edition of its annual list of the Top 100 Dealers. The industry will celebrate the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015’s Dealer of the Year, and seven other category winners during the Top 100 Dealer Awards Friday night, July 10 during Summer NAMM.

This year, there are four Canadian retailers that made the list. They are: Bluedog Guitars of North Vancouver, BC, L.A. Music of Mississauga, ON, Merriam Music of Oakville, ON, and Wentworth Music of Kelowna, BC.