MusiCounts Announces 2016 Recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush with Don Bossé (middle).

Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush with Don Bossé (middle).

Canadian music education charity MusiCounts has announced that Don Bossé of Fredericton High School (FHS) in Fredericton, NB is the recipient of the 2016 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees and multiple Grammy-nominated band Rush have joined forces with MusiCounts as the sole sponsor of this year’s award, which recognizes teachers with outstanding dedication to inspiring and nurturing the musical growth of Canadian youth. Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson surprised Bossé, who is a fan of the band, while he was in Toronto last week for a private shopping experience at Holt Renfrew Men for his JUNO red carpet-ready suit.

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Westheimer President Larry Goldstein Announces Retirement

Monday, February 29th, 2016
Larry Goldstein

Larry Goldstein

Westheimer Corporation, parent company of Harmony Guitars, today announced that company president Larry Goldstein will retire on March 31, 2016. Goldstein’s retirement ends a 50-year career, the last 30 with Westheimer Corporation.  Company CEO Laura Gabel will assume the majority of Goldstein’s responsibilities while Director of Operations Kim Schmitt will oversee the remaining duties.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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