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Unison Holiday Schmoozefest being held Dec. 14th

November 9th, 2015

Unison schmoozeThe Unison Benevolent Fund is holding the Unison Holiday Schmoozefest on Monday, Dec. 14th at the Spice Route in Toronto.

The Unison Holiday Schmoozefest is a chance to celebrate the season with notable Canadian music professionals and artists at Toronto’s chic Spice Route Bistro+Bar. No potluck offering or secret santa gift required! Your $25 ticket goes to support Unison’s programs for members of the music community in their times of crisis. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and special guest DJs.

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Joyce Bente Named President & CEO of Riedel North America

November 4th, 2015

Riedel_Joyce-Bente_HeadshotRiedel Communications has named Joyce Bente the new president and CEO of Riedel North America. Bente joins the company with nearly 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry, and she will lead strategy and operations with the primary goal of expanding Riedel’s presence across North American markets. 

“Joyce has provided strategic business development guidance for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, and we are confident that with her knowledge, experience, industry connections, and leadership skills, she will help us to bring our North American business to a new level,” says Rik Hoerée, director international sales at Riedel Communications. “We are enormously pleased to welcome her to the company.”

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MNA Appoints its Board; SSL Joins The Alliance

November 3rd, 2015

MNA BoardThe Media Networking Alliance (MNA) –the professional AV industry alliance established to promote awareness and uptake of AES67 –has appointed members to its board. At the same time, Solid State Logic has joined the alliance.

Announcing the appointments to its board, the MNA confirmed the appointment of Rich Zwiebel, VP, Systems Strategy, QSC Audio Products LLC as chairman, and Terry Holton, GM of Yamaha R&D Centre as vice chairman. Marty Sacks, VP of sales, support and marketing for The Telos Alliance is appointed as financial officer, and Bill Scott, VP of engineering and technology at Bosch Communications Systems, and Andreas Hilmer, director of marketing and communications at Lawo, are also appointed as members of the board.

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Intellimix/AVL Moving to New Location on Dec. 1

November 3rd, 2015
Intellimix building

Artist rendering of the new Intellimix/AVL facility.

Intellimix/AVL Media Group will be operating out of a new, larger facility in Ville St-Laurent, QC, just west of Montreal, as of Dec. 1, 2015.

The company says the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art showroom dedicated to all its product lines. Intellimix/AVL encourage all its dealers, consultants, designers, and contractors to visit and experience this new project.

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Tour Tech East Lives On Thanks to New Ownership

October 30th, 2015

Tour Teach East, the Dartmouth, NS-based sound, video, and lighting provider for concerts and events, was forced to the brink of bankruptcy back in August of this year following a series of financial woes that included one of its creditors, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), calling in a loan and then taking ownership of the company’s building. Now it has been announced that Tour Tech East has found a new owner in O’Regan’s Properties Ltd., but company founder Paul Hendrickson will remain company president.

The following news is from Halifax area newspaper The Chronicle Herald.

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Linear Acoustic Expands Leadership Team

October 28th, 2015
Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw

Linear Acoustic has expanded its leadership team with the hiring of industry veterans Chris Shaw as VP of global sales for television and Martin Dyster as VP of business development for television. These hires are coupled with the promotion of Dan Chuey to VP of engineering and production.

“With Chris, Martin, and Dan on board, it should be obvious that we are growing in some exciting new directions,” says Tim Carroll, founder of Linear Acoustic and CTO of the Telos Alliance. “This also bolsters world-wide sales and support efforts for our already excellent product lineup, further demonstrating our commitment to the industry on a more global level.”

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Patricia Carr Returns to SC Media Canada

October 27th, 2015

Patricia CarrSC Media Canada has announced the appointment of Patricia Carr as national sales manager for all Harman Professional audio brands.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Patricia back to the company,” says Jean Daoust, SC Media Canada founder and president. “She has incredible passion, great relationships throughout the Canadian industry, and a strong reputation for customer service. She’s the perfect person to be leading our Harman Pro sales team.”

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PLASA Addresses Financial Challenges, Separation from ESTA & Future Changes

October 26th, 2015

PLASAPLASA (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has outlined its current position in the wake of various recent changes, and asked for members’ feedback on its next steps as it moves forward.

Speaking at a meeting for PLASA members held during the PLASA Show, John Simpson, PLASA Governing Body chairman and chairman of the White Light Group of companies, said: “Without doubt our major issue this year has been that of diminishing profit, which has led to a critical cash-flow problem for the organisation.

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David Angress Appointed CEO of Adam Audio Worldwide

October 23rd, 2015

David AngressAdam Audio is pleased to announce the appointment of David Angress to the position of CEO Worldwide. In his new role, Angress will oversee ADAM’s reenergized operations from the Company headquarters in Berlin.

“For the last 15 years or so, I have followed the development of ADAM Audio, always interested in their famous handcrafted tweeter and having tremendous respect for the Company’s fine engineering and superior sounding products,” says Angress. “So naturally, I jumped at the chance to lead this organization when the Company’s owners offered me this role.”

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CADAC Appoints New Director of Sales & Marketing

October 23rd, 2015

Cadac_Richard-Fez-FerridayCADAC has appointed Richard “Fez” Feriday as director of sales and marketing, with global responsibility for sales and marketing of the CADAC portfolio of audio mixing consoles and high definition networking products. The move sees Ferriday take on direct responsibility for the company’s global distributor network and its North America sales and service subsidiary, newly located in Minneapolis, MN under the management of Technical Support Manager Mitch Mortenson.

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