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EAW Co-Founder Kenton Forsythe Announces Retirement

January 26th, 2016

Forsythe_kenton_bEastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the retirement of Kenton Forsythe, executive vice president of strategic engineering. Forsythe, one of the original founders of EAW, has spent his career advancing loudspeaker technology and design. In 2011 he received a Parnelli Award for audio innovation as further testament to his contributions to the professional audio industry.

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Open Control Architecture is standardized as AES70

January 23rd, 2016

Open Control Architecture (OCA) – an open control and monitoring standard for professional audio and AV media network devices – has been officially standardized on 4 January 2016 by the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC) in the newly published AES70-2015 standard for audio applications of networks – Open Control Architecture. With the ratification of OCA as AES70, it is now an official public open standard.

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Contemporary Research Appoints Thorvin Electronics as Canadian Distributor

January 21st, 2016

Jean-Marc Langevin, VP of Thorvin Electronics, has announced that Contemporary Research Corporation has appointed Thorvin Electronics as its Canadian distributor.

Contemporary research is a company that designs and manufactures intelligent solutions for system integration. Starting with professional TV tuners and AV routers, the Contemporary Research family of products includes HDTV tuners, QMOD HDTV Modulators, Display Express Control Systems, and classroom integration solutions. All created for the systems market.

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VUE Audiotechnik Hires Industry Veteran Greg Kirkland for Technical Sales

January 13th, 2016
Greg Kirkland

Greg Kirkland

VUE Audiotechnik has added Greg Kirkland to its technical sales team. Kirkland brings with him more than 30 years of experience in sound system design and engineering and his appointment will expand VUE’s technical support for larger design firms and projects.

Kirkland has been responsible for designing, installing, and programming audio systems in World-class performance venues as well as engineering live shows throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has mixed tours for Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach, Julie Andrews, Rosemary Clooney and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, among others.

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Radial Wins British Columbia Export Award

January 5th, 2016
Peter Janis accepting the award from Sue Belisle, VP Sales & Marketing for Business in Vancouver [Photo: Chung Chow]

Peter Janis accepting the award from Sue Belisle, VP Sales & Marketing for Business in Vancouver [Photo: Chung Chow]

Radial Engineering has been selected the winner of the 2015 British Columbia Export Award in the Digital Media & Entertainment Category.

Awarded by the Provincial government and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters trade and industry association, Radial was among over 400 nominated businesses being considered for 12 award categories. This is the first nomination and win for Radial for a BC Export Award. Radial President Peter Janis accepted the award presented on Nov. 20th in Vancouver.

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Peavey Selects B&J Music as Canadian Distributor

January 4th, 2016
(L-R) B&J Music's Dave Waddell, Jeff Carman, Rene Sita, Mark Czuchraj, Frank Di Fruscia & David McAllister.

(L-R) B&J Music’s Dave Waddell, Jeff Carman, Rene Sita, Mark Czuchraj, Frank Di Fruscia & David McAllister.

Peavey Electronics, which until now distributed directly into Canada, has announced the appointment of B&J Music as its new distributor for the Canadian market. B&J Music, a division of JAM, will be the new Canadian distributor for the Peavey, Composite Acoustics, Trace Elliot, and Budda lines. The agreement was confirmed recently after discussions amongst JAM President Martin Szpiro, VP Jeff Carman, B&J VP David McAllister, and Peavey COO Courtland Gray, GM of North American Sales Fred Poole, and Hartley Peavey, Peavey Electronics’ founder.

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TOA Canada Appoints Rico Lucia as General Manager

January 4th, 2016
Rico Lucia

Rico Lucia

TOA Canada Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial audio and intercom products, has announced the appointment of Rico Lucia, CSP, to the position of general manager of TOA Canada Corporation.

Located in Mississauga, ON, TOA Canada Corporation is responsible for the sales and distribution of TOA branded Commercial audio, intercom, and voice evacuation products for the Canadian market. TOA features a centrally located stocked warehouse, professional sales, technical support and design team and customer service, and marketing teams.

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Jim Rhodes Joins Radial in Artist Relations

January 4th, 2016

Jim RhodesRadial Engineering has announced that Jim Rhodes has joined the Vancouver-based team in Artist Relations.

Radial President Peter Janis says, “Radial just keeps growing year-over-year and the list of artists and engineers we work with continues to follow suit. We decided it was time to hire for this role to support the fostering and managing of these relationships. Jim will also take over the task of getting our products to magazines for their review columns. Jim is no stranger to Radial having worked very briefly for our nascent company Cabletek, now known as Radial, over 20 years ago and we are excited to have him be part of our team.”

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Juan Carlos Bolomey Joins Primacoustic’s Canadian Business Development Team

January 4th, 2016

Juan-Carlos-Bolomey-PrimacousticPrimacoustic (a division of Radial Engineering) has announced that Juan Carlos Bolomey has joined its Business Development and Technical Support team for Canada.

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Salon Son & Image 2016 Announces Media Partnership with Norris-Whitney Communications

December 22nd, 2015

MTL Audio ShowNorris-Whitney Communications Inc., publisher of Professional Sound magazine, will be partnering with Salon Son & Image 2016 (SSI) — also known as the Montreal Audio Show — to support its efforts in broadening the show’s audience by incorporating the professional studio industry. The show will be held in Montreal on March 18-20, 2016.

Norris-Whitney Communications publishes Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production and Canadian Music Trade magazines.

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