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.”


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: For more information on Rendez-vous, specifically the conference programming, visit

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.”


Trade Regrets: Vic Firth (1930-2015)

Monday, July 27th, 2015


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.


Lineup for AES 59th Conference on Sound Reinforcement Released

Monday, June 29th, 2015

04AESThe full lineup of special events, workshops, paper sessions, and tutorials has been released for the 59th AES International Conference on Sound Reinforcement, which will be held at McGill University in Montreal from July 15-17, 2015. This is the first AES International Conference in over 25 years dedicated to large scale sound reinforcement, public address, and live sound.

For the full schedule, go to