Founded in Grenoble, France, in 1999, Arturia specializes in the development of music software and hardware for professional and amateur musicians. Steve Knowles, the recently-annnounced VP of Korg Canada and Erikson Music, adds “We are very excited to partner and add a premium brand such as Arturia to our lineup. Their passion along with our expertise and knowledge lines up well for success in the Canadian MI market.”
SFM MI has been appointed as the exclusive North American distributor of One Control products. Founded in 2010, One Control is a Japanese manufacturer of pedal switchers, power supplies, and products that allow musicians to fine-tune their pedal board.
One Control’s primary line of guitar pedal switchers ranges from a one-channel true bypass looper to the company’s flagship 10-channel programmable switcher with MIDI capabilities, the Crocodile Tail Loop. One Control has also enjoyed a longstanding collaboration with guitar effects designer Bjorn Juhl, who designed its series of BJF Guitar and Bass effects.
“I am very excited to be working with SFM,” One Control’s President, Tomokaz “Kaz” Kawamura, said. “Our product line has grown to the point where their experience and positioning in the market will allow us to reach the next level.”
Yorkville Sound is now the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Ernie Ball strings and accessories catalog. Founded in California in 1962, Ernie Ball’s electric guitar strings artist roster boasts names like Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Slash, Metallica, and John Mayer. In addition to its string lines, the current Ernie Ball catalog also includes guitar straps, tuners, slides, and a pedal line.
“It is with great pleasure that we add Ernie Ball strings and accessories to the Yorkville family of distributed brands,” says Jeff Cowling, Yorkville Sound’s VP of sales and marketing. “Brian Ball and Nathan Stiff [of Ernie Ball] have been wonderful to work with as we lead up to our launch, and our large network of Canadian dealers should be thrilled about this valuable addition. We look forward to serving the hundreds of Ernie Ball dealers with precision and expediency.”
KLANG:technologies has announced the appointment of GerrAudio Distribution as its distributor for Canada.
KLANG manufactures 3D personal monitor mixing systems that are designed to create natural and controllable spatial image around the musician with accuracy and transparency.
Prestige Guitars has engaged Blaze Music to represent the line across Canada. Blaze has an established an experienced team of reps that will bring the line directly to dealers across the country.
Formed by MI Industry veteran Rod Bader of Calgary, Blaze was established as a professional representative and distribution agent. The company handles high end and boutique lines such as Bogner Amplification, Trussart Guitars, Egnator Guitar Amps, Clayton USA, TonePros, and more.
Eastman Music Company has announced they have entered into a long term exclusive distribution agreement with Backun Musical Services, a Canadian manufacturer of clarinets and woodwind accessories, to bring the Backun line of products to Eastman dealers in North America, including Canada. The Backun line of products joins the Eastman family, which includes Eastman, Wm. S. Haynes Co. and S.E. Shires instruments.
Qian Ni, CEO of Eastman, says, “Backun clarinets have earned a reputation of being among the finest in the world. We are excited to be able to work with our Eastman, Wm. S. Haynes Co. and S.E. Shires dealers to represent these instruments. We are confident that Eastman dealers and their customers will benefit from the innovations and craftsmanship that Backun is known for.”