CMT Publisher Jim Norris Joins Board of Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

PS Oct15 Input JimNThe Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced the appointment of Jim Norris to its Board of Directors. Norris is the president of Norris-Whitney Communications, an international communications company specializing in the entertainment field, which publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to making music therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada. More information at


Drummer’s Hangout Opens its Doors in Aurora, ON

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Felix D-Kat Pollard at the grand opening of Drummer's Hangout

Felix D-Kat Pollard at the grand opening of Drummer’s Hangout

Drummer’s Hangout celebrated its Grand Opening in Aurora, ON on Sept. 13th with a big turnout of guests from the GTA , in addition to the who’s who of Canadian drumming community including Sonor Artists  Aubrey Dale, Chuck Keeping of Big Wreck, Dave Patel , Tim Timleck of Carole  Pope,  and Yamaha Artist Felix D-Kat Pollard, who put on a little show.

Award winning jazz guitarist Reg Schwager , joined by drummer Steve Farrugia and bass player Wesley Allen provided the live music for the guests.


2015 NAMM Global Report Emphasizes Caution In Canadian Market

Monday, August 10th, 2015

09 GlobalReportNAMM members are now able to view the latest global music instrument and product sales trends in the 2015 NAMM Global Report, available on the NAMM website. The annual publication captures a snapshot of music industry sales figures from 23 countries, including retail sales figures, unit sales information, analysis, and import/export numbers for musical instruments and products.


NAMM Elects New Executive Committee Member & Positions

Monday, July 13th, 2015

NAMM Ex Com 2015The NAMM executive committee has welcomed Joel Menchey in his new role as secretary and honoured outgoing Chair Morton during the 2015 Summer NAMM show. The changing of the guard started Saturday, July 11 during the annual summer board meeting held in Nashville, TN.

Mark Goff, previously NAMM’s vice chair, will move into a new role as chair of NAMM’s Board of Directors. Goff is president of Paige’s Music, a school music retailer in Indianapolis, IN., which was founded in 1871. Goff joined the company in 1985 and purchased the business in 1999. “Like so many of my colleagues, NAMM has played a significant role in both my business and personal growth throughout my 30 years in the industry,” says Goff. “For that reason I am honoured and humbled to be elected chairman of NAMM’s board of directors and will work very hard to support NAMM’s mission of strengthening the industry and promoting music making to people of all ages.”


Sabian Launches New Education Network for Drum Teachers

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Joe Bergamini

Joe Bergamini

In an effort to build a community that will provide important tools for drum educators, cymbal maker Sabian has just announced the launch of the Sabian Education Network (SEN). Headed up by renowned educator Joe Bergamini, SEN is meant to provide an inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills.

SEN is open to all educators − from the private home studio teacher with a few students to a music school or educational institution. Sabian says educators who join SEN will get access to the SEN website, which hosts the SEN forum, resource library, and online events. SEN will also host live events throughout the world, featuring a panel of educators and drummers that will engage local teachers in an open exchange of ideas surrounding educational issues.


Avian Guitars Canada Now Open

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Avian Guitars Canada's Steve Regenye with a Avian Skylark acoustic guitar.

Avian Guitars Canada’s Steve Regenye with a Avian Skylark acoustic guitar.

Avian Guitars has announced that its complete lineup of acoustic and electric guitars is now available in Canada through the new Avian Guitars Canada branch based in Oakville, ON.

Steve Regenye, VP of sales and marketing at Avian Guitars Canada, says: “Our guitars offer a combination of innovative design, high quality, and affordability. We give customers the ability to choose from many options, allowing them to design a guitar that is unique and meets their specific needs. We feel that Canadians will appreciate and support the ability to buy a custom configured guitar at mass produced price points.”