Metalworks Institute, Roland Announce 2012 KEYS Competition Winner

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

L-R: Doug McGarry (Roland Canada), Kayla Durish (Metalworks Institute), Jonathan Gateretse (KEYS Winner), Adrian Marsi (Roland Canada)

Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production and Roland Canada have announced Jonathan Gateretse as the winner of the 2012 KEYS Competition.

Jonathan’s first place finish in the inaugural KEYS Competition entitled him to full tuition in the two year Music Performance and Technology / Keyboard Major Program, valued at $38,900. Jonathan’s high school, Loyola Catholic Secondary School was awarded a Roland Jupiter 80 Keyboard valued at $5,000.

A jubilant Jonathan says, “I made a concrete decision to make music my career when I was 15, and to have the opportunity to attend Metalworks Institute is simply incredible. I’m just starting to find my path as a young musician, and over the past couple of years I have never owned a professional keyboard, so having access to the new Roland Jupiter 80 will give me a great start. It’s the perfect bonus to winning the scholarship. I’m humbled and blessed; at 17 my career is already off to a great start. I can’t thank Metalworks and Roland enough!”


In Memoriam: Julio Cotellesso (1945-2012)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Julio Cotellesso (1945-2012)

On Dec. 28, 2012, Julio Cotellesso passed away in Montreal, suddenly, at the age of 67.

Julio was a leading force at Steve’s Music in Montreal for over 20 years and worked previously in the MI distribution business. He was the first music retailer to be named President of MIAC (Music Industries Association of Canada).

He will be sadly missed by his beloved spouse Renée Tougas, his daughters Julie (Francis) and Annie (Eric), his grandchildren Vincent, Olivier, Émilie, Rémi and Flavie, his sister Filomena, and many other relatives, friends and colleagues from the music industry.

The family will receive condolences at Magnus Poirier Funeral Complex 10300 Pie IX Blvd. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. and on Friday morning as of 9 a.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St.Leonard Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

We at CMT extend our sympathies to Julio’s family, friends, and peers in the industry.

Remembering Pat Coffey (1939-2012)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Pat Coffey (1939-2012)

We regret to report that Pat Coffey, District Manager for Long & McQuade’s West Coast operations and a longtime member of the instrument chain’s team, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Dec. 26th, 2012 in Maple Ridge, BC. Pat was admitted to a palliative care facility just a few days prior.

Predeceased by his wife, Judith, Pat will be missed by his children Brett, Dawne, Hartford, and Lee, as well as his grandchildren Terra, Jack, Madison, and Brant and numerous family members and friends around the world.

Pat was a lover of music, enjoyed spending time with those close to him, and was a lifetime fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at First Memorial Burkeview Chapel in Port Coquitlam, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Childrens’ Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family.

CMT extends best wishes to Pat’s family, friends, and peers in the industry during this difficult time.



IMSTA’s Software Piracy Survey Now Open

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The 2012/13 International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) survey on music piracy has been made available.

Every year IMSTA conducts the “Let’s Talk Piracy” survey in order to obtain a better understanding of the motivators behind software piracy. IMSTA members then analyze the data and provide their findings, along with any observed trends to its members.

The IMSTA stresses that the information collected from the survey is for research purposes only and will not used to take legal action against survey participants.


Aeroplan Beyond Miles Program Partners With MusiCounts & Free The Children

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Aeroplan has named Free The Children and MusiCounts as its newest founding charitable partners in its Beyond Miles program, launching the partnerships with a donation of one million Aeroplan Miles to each organization. Starting Nov. 20, 2012, Aeroplan Members will be able to donate miles to Free The Children and MusiCounts online at


Fundraising Concert & Online Campaign Organized For Cancer-Stricken Guitarist Rick Gunn

Friday, November 16th, 2012

A concert fundraiser has been organized for Dec. 2 to raise money for Rick Gunn, an extraordinary Toronto-area guitarist who has been battling Myltiple Myloma since late summer 2011. As well, an online campaign has been started by Gunn’s family and friends through Kapipal with goal of raising $5,000 to help pay for his medicine, check-ups, tests, in-home care, and other costs that come with fighting this disease.

Gunn was admitted to Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital in August where he was given his long-awaited stem cell transplant. The prognosis is good but it will be long and costly path to recovery. Gunn’s family and friends raised $4595 with two previous Kapipal campaigns in the last year but treatment is expensive and with Gunn unable to ply his craft with his guitar, additional funds are much needed.

To donate money, go to All money goes directly towards Gunn’s ongoing medical costs and recovery.

The Bash for the Boogieman Take II fundraiser takes place on Dec. 2 at Revival Bar at 783 College St. in Toronto. There will be a silent auction, merchandise sales, and a 50/50 draw with all funds going towards Gunn’s medical care.

Bands and artists playing the bash include: Kick off the Covers, SPOC, Connie Scriver, Terry Draper, The Glenn Reid Band, and more.

For more information on Bash for the Boogieman Take II, click here.