Now in its 25th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation annually in a independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.
Shure Incorporated and SFM, the company’s Canadian distributor, have announced a rebate program for Canadian wireless users of up to $600 per channel on the purchase of new Shure wireless microphones and personal monitor systems accompanied by the trade-in of wireless systems operating in the 600 MHz frequency band (614-698 MHz). Products from Shure and other wireless manufacturers are eligible for the trade-in program. The rebate is effective until April 30, 2018.
Through partnerships with the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange (A3E), and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), The NAMM Show 2018 will be offering a significantly enhanced professional audio and production technologies education program from Jan. 25-28. As well, the newly expanded Anaheim Convention Center will offer a much larger selection of pro audio brands on the exhibition floor.
The fourth annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show was held at Ryerson University on Saturday. Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and the SAE Institute, the free event hosted 53 music and audio technology exhibitors, plus a lineup of presentations and panels throughout the day.
Final attendance is not yet available, but organizers say that pre-registration was up over past years. For the presentations, such as the keynote by Grammy-winning mix engineer Dave Pensado and music manager/executive Herb Trawick of Pensado’s Place, the theatre and overflow room were filled to capacity. From the stage, Trawick praised the ethnic and gender diversity of those in the theatre and said it was be most beautiful audience he has had ever seen.
TASCAM, a division of TEAC of America, has promoted former Director of Business Development Joe Stopka to Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In his new position, Stopka leads TASCAM’s sales, marketing, and product marketing teams for all of the Americas.
A long-time industry veteran, Stopka launched his career as a studio guitarist, composer, and producer. He then transitioned to sales and marketing, working with MI and pro audio technologies at a leading U.S. AV integration and pro audio rep firm and distributor before joining TASCAM in 2016. As VP of sales and business development, Stopka is charged with building a stronger position in the pro audio and AV integration markets and further strengthening the company’s brand recognition in the MI marketplace.
The main event is this Saturday, March 4th, with A Night Out For Music Heals. Over 80 bars, clubs and pubs in 30 cities across Canada are donating $1 per cover charge (or making a flat donation of $1 per patron, for those that don’t charge cover) to Music Heals for one night. You can support music therapy programs in your province simply by going out on Saturday March 4th. Check the full list of participating establishments at www.musicheals.ca/nightout.