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Roland Buys 70% of Headphone & Audio Device Maker V-MODA

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, the maker of high-fidelity headphones and audio devices.

Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, says, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. It’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”

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Digiflex Introduces a New Brand Identity

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
New Digiflex logo

New Digiflex logo

Digiflex has revamped its image, introducing a new brand identity with a modernized logo and redefined product structure.

Operating since 1983, Digiflex manufacturers audio, video, data, lighting, and custom cables. Its products are designed and assembled in Montreal, QC.

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The Long Reach Long Riders Complete 13th Annual Charity Ride

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
[Photo by Bill Ellis]

[Photo by Bill Ellis]

The Long Reach Long Riders have announced that its 13th annual charity motorcycle ride was a tremendous success. The ride, which was dubbed The Radioactive Ride by ride marshal Loren Schreiber, raised over $45,000 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, bringing the total raised since the LRLR rides began to well over $550,000.

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Music Group Moving Tannoy Loudspeaker Production from Scotland to China

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Music Group has announced that it proposes to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge, Scotland. The company says it is about to enter into a process of collective consultation with all affected employees, but in the event that the redundancies are confirmed following consultation, the Coatbridge facility would cease operations completely. In this event, the Tannoy loudspeaker production would be transferred to Music Group’s new manufacturing plant in Zhongshan, China, with its research and development and marketing activities being relocated to Music Group’s Innovation centre in Manchester, UK.

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HK Audio Creates New Business Solutions Division to Target Installation Market

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
François Lay, Head of HK Audio's Business Solutions

François Lay, Head of HK Audio’s Business Solutions

HK Audio has formed a new Business Solutions division, which is offering packages worldwide for installation projects that require special custom solutions.

With a focus on the hospitality sector, HK Audio Business Solutions will service customers who are not only looking for exemplary sound reinforcement, but who also want to be able to aesthetically integrate loudspeakers into sophisticated design environments, according to the company. To this end, Business Solutions customers will be able to customize their HK Audio system of choice to suit their needs.

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.

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PLASA Launches ‘National Event Lifting Certificate’ Qualification

Monday, April 18th, 2016

PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.

Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it.  LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.

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Prism Sound Announces Maselec Master Series Rebranding

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Prism Sound has announced that from today (March 31st, 2016) it will no longer market its Maselec Master Series products, namely MEA-2, MLA-2, and MMA-4XR.

The MEA-2, MLA-2, and MMA-4XR products, designed and manufactured by Mases Electronics Limited, will in future be available under the Maselec brand from Mases Electronics Limited.

A limited quantity of remaining Prism Sound branded stock, new and used, is available. Contact sales@prismsound.com for details.

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Federal Budget Commits $1.9 Billion To Arts & Culture

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Finance-MinisterFinance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the new Liberal Government’s first budget yesterday, March 22nd, and in it the federal government made good on a number of campaign promises related to arts funding. In total, the Liberal Government committed $1.9 billion in new funding over five years to arts and culture programs and institutions.

In the 269-page budget, the government committed to investing an additional $675 million in the CBC/Radio-Canada over the next five years “to modernize and revitalize CBC/Radio Canada in the digital era.” This is divided into $75 million this coming fiscal year and $150 million in each of the next four years.

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Gefen Canada Changes Name to GCI Distribution

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Gefen Canada and officially changed its name to GCI Distribution Inc.  The new branding will be in use as of March 1, 2016.

Today, the company’s director of sales, marketing, and operation, Patrice Larose,  released the following statement to customers and business partners:

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