IMSTA FESTA Toronto Brings Out Enthusiastic Music & Audio Crowds

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Herb Trawick (seated left) & Dave Pensado at IMSTA FESTA

Herb Trawick (seated left) & Dave Pensado at IMSTA FESTA

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.

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TASCAM Promotes Joe Stopka to VP of Business Development

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

TAS-JoeStopkaVPTASCAM, 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.

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Badge Registration Open for The NAMM Show 2018

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

NAMM_hdrBadge registration is currently open for the 2018 edition of The NAMM Show, running Jan. 25-28, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. This edition is sure to be NAMM’s biggest yet as the show looks to significantly increase the pro audio, lighting, and staging industry presence thanks to a newly-expanded convention centre, partnerships with AES, ESTA, and The Parnelli Awards, and more.

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Music Heals Announces Event in Support of Music Therapy Awareness Month

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

03 StrikeAChordMarch is Music Therapy Awareness Month and Music Heals is offering events and opportunities in every province across Canada this month with a goal of raising awareness for music therapy.

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.

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‘Polka King’ & Ostanek’s Music Founder Walter Ostanek Wins Lottery

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Walter OstanekThe National Post has this great article about Walter Ostanek, who recently won the Dream Lottery’s $1 million grand prize. Walter is widely known as the “Polka King” and was also the founder of Ostanek’s Music in St. Catharines, ON, which is now a Long & McQuade location. 

He’s already the Polka King. Now, St. Catharines musician Walter Ostanek can add millionaire to his credentials.

The three-time Grammy winner thought a friend was joking when he told him Tuesday morning he had won $1 million in the London Dream Lottery to benefit London, Ont., hospitals. He remembered entering — he enters everything, he says with a laugh — but his friend had pranked him good before.

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inMusic Set to Acquire Rane Corporation

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

sixtytwodmc_4_900x460inMusic Inc., the corporate owner of 13 music, professional sound, and consumer electronics companies, today announced that co-founders Linda Arink and Dennis Bohn have agreed to sell Rane Corporation to inMusic. The transaction is set to be completed this summer, after which Arink and Bohn plan to retire.

Founded in 1981, Rane Corporation is well-known for its DJ and professional sound products, including DJ mixers, amplifiers, equalizers, networking products, and crossovers.

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