Italmelodie, Beloved Montreal Music Store, Closes Its Doors

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Italmelodie 1Italmelodie, a music destination for musicians for decades on Rue Jean-Talon in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood, has closed its doors. The following comes Montreal culture blog Coolopolis:

Italmelodie, a precious resource appreciated by every type of local musician from headbangers to synth pop tunesters has closed after decades of selling musical instruments on Jean Talon just east of the Main.

The adjacent Italmelodie music school remains open. The store could no longer make ends meet and has permanently closed after being open since 1970.


Early-Bird Registration Open for 2016 RPMDA Convention

Monday, February 1st, 2016

15 RPMDAEarly-bird registration for the RPMDA’s 2016 convention in St. Louis, MO is officially open and will remain so until Feb. 15, 2016 when prices go up.

The convention hotel is the historic Chase Park Plaza where the rooms have been recently updated. In addition, the hotel also boasts a movie theatre, pool and plenty of places to relax and network with industry peers, according to the organization.


Fender Hires First Chief Digital Products Officer

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Ethan Kaplan

Ethan Kaplan

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has hired Ethan Kaplan as its first Chief Digital Products Officer. Kaplan will be tasked with building a new global digital products division to support the long-term growth and expansion of the Fender brand and to create deeper connections with its global community of players.

“We are very pleased to add Ethan to our management team,” says Andy Mooney, Fender’s CEO. “We see a tremendous opportunity to expand the brand into new digital product categories and services that will build on our leadership position with consumers and help us realize the full potential of the brand. Ethan’s experience and skillsets make him a great addition to the team and will serve us well as we work to build and better serve a more connected and engaged community of players globally.”


TC Group Americas Transfering Canadian Distribution to Intellimix/AVL

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
TC Group Americas CEO Marx Bertrand

TC Group Americas CEO Marc Bertrand

TC Group has issued an update regarding the Canadian distribution of its brands. This follows Music Group’s acquisition of TC Group in May of 2015. For the Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, TC Electronic, and TC Helicon brands, TC Group’s independent rep firms, BG Media, MM Technologies, and Connect West, have resigned the lines as of Sept. 30, 2015.

Presently, Music Group brands, Behringer, Midas, and Turbosound are distributed through Intellimix/AVL. TC Group Americas CEO Marc Bertrand says”we  will be conducting business as usual between now and October 31st, meaning that all TC orders will be coming into our Kitchener office and invoiced/fulfilled as usual with Intellimix/AVL acting as our reps. Over this six week period we will be preparing for moving full Canadian distribution to Intellimix/AVL and their new state of the art facility in Montreal.”


Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto to get Pocket Concerts Series Courtesy of Yamaha Music Canada

Monday, September 21st, 2015
pocket concertIf, as Oliver Sacks once said, music is the “profoundest non-chemical medication,” then Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto patients and their parents are in for an uplifting experience on Thursday, September 24 when they are treated to an exclusive Pocket Concert, courtesy of Yamaha Music Canada.
“We were completely enthralled with the grassroots idea inherent in Pocket Concerts, and were inspired by the passion of these musicians to affect people’s lives,” says Jim Welter, national sales and marketing manager for Yamaha Canada Music. “While we had heard about Pocket Concerts through media and industry, we’re particularly grateful to our retail partner The Toronto Piano Group for suggesting we connect with Pocket Concerts.”


Re:Cital Fundraising Concert to Benefit Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Join Re:Sound has announced a fundraising concert benefiting the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. It will be held at Adelaide Hall in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 24th.

Putting a twist on the traditional, instead of musicians taking the stage, music industry professionals from Re:Sound, The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, and other organisations will reveal their hidden musical talents for attendees’ entertainment.

There will be prizes to win and of course, all of the proceeds will go to The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, a charity that uses music to heal.