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.”

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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.

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NAMM Show Housing & Badge Registration Open

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

NAMMHotel reservations and badge registration are now open for The 2016 NAMM Show, happening January 21-24 in Anaheim, CA.

Rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. NAMM also says that nearby hotels sell out quickly; however, you may place your name on a wait list if your hotel of choice is already sold out. The deadline to cancel your reservation without a fee is November 6th and the NAMM discounted hotel rate deadline is Monday, December 28. Click here to book your hotel reservations.

Click here to register for your free badges. The free badge deadline is January 6.
For more information, contact NAMM: 800-767-6266, info@namm.org, www.namm.org.

Registration Open For CITT Rendez-vous Trade Show

Monday, July 27th, 2015

RendezVousRegistration is now open for the Trade Show component of CITT’s annual Rendez-vous, happening this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd.

The CITT Trade Show features over 25 exhibiting suppliers and manufacturers from the live performance and entertainment industries, including audio, lighting, video, staging, and rigging products. The Trade Show is a free event open to industry professionals.

To register, access the floor plan, or see a list of exhibitors, visit: http://www.citt.org/visitor_pass.html. For more information on Rendez-vous, specifically the conference programming, visit http://www.citt.org/annual_conference.html.

Levy’s Appoints New Rep For Quebec

Monday, July 27th, 2015

ClaudeLLevy’s Leathers Ltd. has announced the appointment of Claude Lavallee as its sales representative for the province of Quebec. Lavallee has been working in the Quebec music industry for over 20 years in both music retail and as a territory sales representative for several brands.

Levy’s North American Sales Manager Glen Booth says, “We are very excited to bring Claude on board with Levy’s as we feel he has the right blend of sales capabilities and strong customer service skills that our dealer base has come to expect from us.”

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Trade Regrets: Vic Firth (1930-2015)

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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Everett “Vic” Firth, the founder of the drumstick and mallet company that bears his name, passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 85.

Firth was born June 2, 1930, in Winchester, MA and raised in Sanford, Maine. He started learning the cornet at age four, turning later to percussion, trombone, clarinet, piano, and music arrangement. When he reached high school, he was a full-time percussionist, and created an 18-piece band at age 16. He played a variety of percussion instruments such as vibraphone, timpani and the drum set.

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