RIP Paul Frederick

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Paul FrederickAfter a long and hard-fought battle with cancer, SFM Product Manager Paul Frederick passed away on July 23, 2017.

Frederick was widely loved in the Canadian MI and drum communities, with a long career that saw him spend time at Erikson Music, Direct Music Supply, and then at Ayotte Drums as VP of business development from before joining SFM in 2013.


Cymbals Maker Robert Paiste Passes Away at Age of 84

Friday, November 18th, 2016

robert_paiste_press_2Paiste Cymbals has announced the sad news that company founder Robert Paiste has passed away at the age of 84. Canadian Music Trade sends our deepest condolences to Paiste’s family, friends, and many colleagues.

The company has issued the following state: 

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Paiste, family member, visionary cymbal maker and perennial company principal.


RIP Peter Traynor, Co-founder of Traynor Amps/Yorkville Sound

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Peter Traynor in the 1960s

Peter Traynor in the 1960s

It’s with great sadness we pass on the news that Peter Traynor, the co-founder of Traynor Amplifiers, passed away over the weekend. Peter Traynor and Jack Long began Traynor Amplifiers, which eventually evolved into Yorkville Sound, in the basement of the original Long & McQuade Store in 1963. As the company says, his innovative design concepts, practical solutions, and desire to build rugged and reliable equipment for musicians led to the founding of the brand that still carries his name more than 50 years later, making him an icon in the Canadian music industry to this day. His brilliant mind was matched by his desire for fun and excitement and stories of Peter Traynor are legendary in the Canadian music community.


RIP Remo D. Belli: 1927-2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Remo D. Belli

Remo D. Belli

Remo founder Remo D. Belli passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, due to complications from pneumonia.

The company has released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Remo D Belli, our beloved founder and leader.  An innovator, pioneer and icon of the world of percussion, he was an inspiration to us all for breaking new ground and making a difference in the world.


RIP: Peter Walker

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Peter WalkerWe at Canadian Music Trade were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Roland Canada National Service Manager Peter Walker. Paul McCabe, president and CEO of Roland Canada, sends the following message:

“One of Roland’s guiding principles is to Be The Best, Not The Biggest. Balancing integrity, stewardship, and a deep care for the customer, Peter Walker exemplified this for more than 25 years, inspiring colleagues in his unique, humble, and graceful way. Not only was Peter a world-class service technician who often provided insightful solutions to challenges for our engineers in Japan, but he was an accomplished musician and team leader, who garnered loyalty and respect from employees and customers alike. I and his colleagues were shocked and deeply saddened by his sudden passing last Wednesday, and offer our most heartfelt condolences to his loving family and close friends. We are all missing you very much in these moments…”


Steve Villeneuve: 1951-2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014

SVWe here at CMT are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Villeneuve, National Sales Manager, Pro Division at Audio Distributors International. Steve was a very loved man within the audio community and beyond and someone who cannot be replaced.

The following is from ADI’s Richard Lasnier, a long-time friend of Steve:

“It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Steve Villeneuve. Steve died of natural causes late last week.

All who knew Steve loved him and cherished him as a charismatic industry treasure appreciated for his work ethic, his enthusiasm, and his congenial personality.

We who knew him closely loved him as a friend and mentor. We will miss him dearly.

It was Steve’s wish that there be no wake and no funeral service.

Rest in peace, Steve!”

– Richard Lasnier, President & CEO, Audio Distributors International (ADI)