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Lectrosonics Announces the Passing of Former President & Chairman John Arasim

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

LectrosonicsJohnArasimLectrosonics has  announced the passing of John Arasim, former president of the company and chairman of the board.  Arasim passed on Monday, May 30, 2016 with his family at his side.

The company writes:

John Arasim’s two passions were his family and his work.

It was under John’s guidance that Lectrosonics became a standard of motion picture, television, news and reality programming. His impact on ENG, television and motion picture production encompassed 3 decades. During his tenure, the lexicon for production audio was expanded to include terms such as “camera mount receiver, “plug-on transmitter”, “bag system”, “camera hop” and “quad box”. Always innovative, his first diversity receivers featured hand-made 6 pole helical resonators machined from pipe couplings.


RIP Peter Traynor, Co-founder of Traynor Amps/Yorkville Sound

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Peter Traynor in the 1960s.

Peter Traynor in the 1960s.

It’s with great sadness we pass on the news that Peter Traynor, the co-founder of Traynor Amplifiers, passed away over the weekend. Peter Traynor and Jack Long began Traynor Amplifiers, which eventually evolved into Yorkville Sound, in the basement of the original Long & McQuade Store in 1963. As the company says, his innovative design concepts, practical solutions, and desire to build rugged and reliable equipment for musicians led to the founding of the brand that still carries his name more than 50 years later, making him an icon in the Canadian music industry to this day. His brilliant mind was matched by his desire for fun and excitement and stories of Peter Traynor are legendary in the Canadian music community.


In Memory of Michael Banton-Jones

Friday, January 24th, 2014

MBJ LargeRenowned and much-loved  engineer Michael Banton-Jones passed on Jan. 15, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.

Michael began his career working at Decca Records in London, England, before moving to Canada in the 1970s. He was instrumental in establishing many of the leading recording studios in Toronto of the day, including Sounds Interchange, Metalworks, Eastern, and McClear Digital, where he recorded countless albums, film scores, and jingles.  During this time, he worked on 34 gold/platinum records, won the 1981 Juno for Recording Engineer of the Year, and the scores for three Gemini-winning pictures. A constant theme during his career was education, as he taught many great engineers, producers, and musicians about the ins and outs of working in the recording studio. At the time of his passing, he was VP of operations at Wanted Sound & Picture in Toronto, where he was still very active as an engineer and mixer.


Steve Villeneuve: 1951-2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014


SVWe here at PS are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Villeneuve, National Sales Manager, Pro Division at Audio Distributors International. Steve was a very loved person within the audio community and beyond and someone who cannot be replaced.

The following is from ADI’s Richard Lasnier, a long-time friend of Steve:

“It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Steve Villeneuve. Steve died of natural causes late last week.

All who knew Steve loved him and cherished him as a charismatic industry treasure appreciated for his work ethic, his enthusiasm, and his congenial personality.

We who knew him closely loved him as a friend and mentor. We will miss him dearly.

It was Steve’s wish that there be no wake and no funeral service.

Rest in peace, Steve!”

– Richard Lasnier, President & CEO, Audio Distributors International (ADI)

Jack Kirkpatrick: 1931-2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 11.55.51 AMWe at Professional Sound are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Kirkpatrick, the founder of Tele Tech Sales and a very loved member of the Canadian audio community.

The Toronto chapter of the Audio Engineering Society has an interview excerpt with Jack Kirkpatrick on its website that is worth watching again at this time. To view it, go HERE.

Jack founded Tele-Tech in 1954 and the company became a fixture of the Toronto recording community as a supplier of new and used recording equipment.  Before opening Tele Tech, Jack graduated from Ryerson University as an electronic technologist and worked for A.V. Roe on the famous Avro Arrow project.  Throughout his busy life and career, Jack never stopped learning, going back to school to study computer science at York University and coast accounting at McMaster University, graduating in 1972 as a Cost Accountant.


Dr. Ray Dolby: 1933-2013

Friday, September 13th, 2013

RayDolby_3_10x6Ray Dolby, an American inventor and founder of Dolby Laboratories, died Sept. 12 at his home in San Francisco at the age of 80. Dr. Dolby had been living with Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years, and was diagnosed in July of this year with acute leukemia.

Dr. Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 and his pioneering work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the development of many state-of-the-art technologies, for which he holds more than 50 U.S. patents.


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.

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 and lighting equipment 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.

Trade Regrets: Michael Golden, 1962-2012

Monday, May 14th, 2012

CMT regretfully announces the passing of Michael Golden, VP at Erikson Music, on May 11, 2012. Golden was a a well-respected member of the Canadian MI industry and will be greatly missed. Funeral arrangements are as follows. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the West Island Palliative Care, 514-693-1718, to Nova West Island, 514-695-8335, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 514-255-5151.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Paperman & Sons Shiva: Private Shiva. Please call Paperman & Sons for address.

Shiva Details: Shiva at his mother’s home, from 2 p.m. To 4 p.m. And 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Cemetery: Lakeview Memorial Gardens

Trade Regrets: Steve Kirman, March 3, 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

It is with heavy heart that we at Professional Sound announce the passing of Steve Kirman, President and Founder of the Steve’s Music chain of music stores. Kirman died on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Kirman opened the first Steve’s Music 47 years ago in Montreal in 1965 when he was 19 years old. That store, located at 51 Rue St-Antoine Ouest, remains a landmark in the city, serving a significant segment of its music community looking to rent PA and other sound equipment. Throughout the years, Steve’s Music opened two additional locations in Toronto and Ottawa.

A funeral service for Kirman will take place at Montreal’s Paperman & Sons (3888 Jean Talon St. W.) on Tuesday, March 6th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Beth Ora Congregation Section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, D.D.O. Shiva to be announced.

CMT extends sympathy to Kirman’s family, friends, and colleagues during this time of mourning.


Jack Richardson Passes Away At Age 82

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Jack Richardson was not only a creative innovator, but he also brought a new level of technical expertise to a burgeoning industry and through teaching and mentoring for over half a century raised the level of quality of all Canadian music production and engineering.
Jack began as a musician, playing bass in The Westernaires and later The Bobby Gimby Orchcestra and became a groundbreaking creative executive at McCann Ericson Advertising where he met his future partners and where he discovered and first produced The Guess Who. He and his partners left the agency and pooled their personal resources to form Nimbus 9, the soon to be world-renowned (more…)


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