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 http://www.kapipal.com/rickgunn2. 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.

NWC Welcomes New Assistant Editor

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Norris-Whitney Communications Inc., publisher of Canadian Music Trade magazine and others, has welcomed Michael Raine as its new Assistant Editor.

A graduate of Humber College’s post-graduate journalism program, Raine will work alongside NWC Editor Andrew King on editorial content for Canadian Music Trade and NWC’s other three magazines: Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production. Information on new products, industry or company news, events, or other subjects relevant to the Canadian musical products community should be sent to his attention.

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Pioneer DJ Hosting Launch Events for DDJ-SX Controller

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

SF Marketing, Canadian distributor of Pioneer DJ products, has announced the introduction of Pioneer’s DDJ-SX advanced performance DJ controller designed specifically for the Serato DJ Software. To celebrate the launch of this new product, Pioneer DJ will hold launch events on November 1, 2012 at three authorized dealers across Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Pioneer DJ Ambassadors, these events will provide an opportunity to get hands-on and up close with the DDJ-SX.

Attendees will also be able to enter a contest to win one of the DDJ-SX controllers (two will be given away in each city) and everyone who attends will take home a DDJ-SX t-shirt. The launch events will take place in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. No registration necessary.

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Trade Regrets: Eddy Shenker (June 11, 2012)

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Shenker (right) with JAM's Peter Patrick during the company's formative years.

With heavy hearts, the team at JAM Industries Ltd. has announced the passing of Eddy Shenker, Co-Chairman and partner in the company since 1974. Eddy died on Monday, June 11, 2012 after a short battle with cancer.

After graduating from Concordia University with a commerce degree, Eddy went on to attend McGill University while articling with Ernst & Young to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA). After four years with E&Y, he went into industry in 1967 to become VP, Administration and Finance of a large manufacturing company with over 500 employees. Eddy joined JAM Industries at the beginning of 1974 as VP and partner.

Shenker being interviewed for the NAMM Oral History Project.

A major figure in the music industry, Eddy was respected, admired, and loved by those who knew him. He was recently presented with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) for his many years of positive influence on the Canadian music industry.

Founded in 1972, Eddy contributed greatly in building JAM Industries Ltd. into a unique distribution network made up of 13 Canadian and US divisions serving markets segments from musical instruments and professional audio/lighting to consumer electronics, with over 500 employees and sales exceeding $225 million.

JAM Industries Co-Owners Eddy Shenker (right) & Marty Golden breaking ground for the company's current Baie d'Urfe headquarters.

Throughout 38 years of company growth, Eddy strove to maintain a very personal relationship with JAM’s suppliers and many of JAM’s dealers. He had a similar approach within JAM, with an open door policy welcoming anyone in the company to walk into his office and chat. His statesman-like balanced perspective will be missed by friends and colleagues around the world.

Eddy is survived by his wife Fran, two children, Brian and Robert, and five loving grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 13th. Arrangements can be followed by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eddy’s memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, 514-340-8251. Click here to make a donation.

Layton Family Organ Restored

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

In the fall of 2009, the Schmidt Piano And Organ Service was contacted by Jack Layton, then Leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), who was seeking to have the family organ restored. During the 1800s, the Layton family was involved in the piano and organ business, distributing and manufacturing pianos and pump or reed organs in and around Montreal. The organ, called The Symphony, was manufactured by the Thomas Organ Company in Woodstock, ON and sold by the Layton Brothers Piano and Organ Showrooms in Montreal. (more…)

Fender Opens New Global Headquarters

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation’s (FMIC) executives and employees officially commemorated the grand opening of the company’s new corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, on February 14. The new 110,000 sq. ft. building replaces the company’s previous corporate location. Pictured is L-R: FMIC CLO, Mark Van Vleet; FMIC CFO, Jim Broenen; Scottsdale Mayor, W.J. “Jim” Lane; FMIC CEO, Larry Thomas; Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, Kevin Wilson; Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, Barbara Allyn; Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, Henry Shweiri; Patrick Hanley & Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, William Bennett.