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2016 NAMM TEC Awards Nominees Released

October 2nd, 2015
ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 24:  Guitarists Orianthi, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Slash and Richie Sambora attend the NAMM Tec Awards at the Anaheim Hilton on on  January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Guitarists Orianthi, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Slash and Richie Sambora attend the 2015 NAMM Tec Awards (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

The NAMM Foundation has announced the nominees for its 31st Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement. The awards celebrate the best in professional audio and sound production. Voting begins Dec. 1st, with winners announced at a Saturday evening, Jan. 23, 2016 awards event held in the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom and via a live event web stream during the 2016 NAMM Show.

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CMW Announces First Annual Live Music Industry Awards for 2016

October 2nd, 2015
Alvvays performing at CMW 2015

Alvvays performing at CMW 2015

Canadian Music Week 2016 (CMW) has announced it will host the first annual Live Music Industry Awards on May 7 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to celebrate the best of the live music business sector. As well, CMW organizers say that as the music industry shifts focus from recordings to live performances, CMW will expand its Live Music Summit programming to two days, running May 6-7, 2016.

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Broadcast & Streaming Media To Be Centre Stage At AES139

October 1st, 2015

01 AES137Broadcast and streaming media will be a focal point of the educational sessions and discussion at the 139th AES International Convention, happening Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Audio, video, and digital media professionals are slated to present on a variety of topics regarding content, delivery, technology, and more, curated by Broadcast and Streaming Media Track Chairman David Bialik.

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HHB Canada Creates Broadcast & System Division

October 1st, 2015
(L-R) HHB Canada’s Dave Dysart, Norman Verrall & Dave Misener

(L-R) HHB Canada’s Dave Dysart, Norman Verrall & Dave Misener

HHB Canada has appointed Norman Verrall to manage a newly created Broadcast and System Division. The new division is focused on the needs of the broadcast, live sound, install, house of worship, and production industries. It will also provide path to market for these sectors, independent of HHB Canada’s existing MI and pro audio resellers.

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Acoustics Week in Canada Heading to Nova Scotia from Oct. 6-9

September 30th, 2015

NSAcoustics Week in Canada (AWC15) will be chaired by Dr. Sean Pecknold and Prof. Michael Kiefte and held at the Westin Nova Scotia hotel in downtown Halifax from Oct. 6-9, 2015.

Acoustics researchers, professionals, educators, and students are welcomed to Halifax for three days of plenary lectures and technical sessions. The Canadian Acoustical Association Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the conference, along with the Acoustical Standards Committee Meeting, the conference banquet, and an exhibition of acoustical equipment and services.

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Early-Bird Registration Deadline Nearing for Mixing & Mastering Courses with Noah Mintz & Jim Zolis

September 28th, 2015

There are two days left to get a discounted registration rate for two one-day intensive crash courses on mixing and mastering being presented by Music Marketing. These one-day intensive courses will be held in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 24th and Saturday, Nov. 7th respectively. Until Sept. 30, the early-bird registration rate is $195 for each course. After Sept. 30th, the registration fee is $245.

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TC Group Americas Transfering Canadian Distribution to Intellimix/AVL

September 24th, 2015
TC Group Americas CEO Marc Bertrand

TC Group Americas CEO Marc Bertrand

TC Group has issued an update regarding the Canadian distribution of its brands. This follows Music Group’s acquisition of TC Group in May of 2015. For the Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, TC Electronic, and TC Helicon brands, TC Group’s independent rep firms, BG Media, MM Technologies, and Connect West, have resigned the lines as of Sept. 30, 2015.

Presently, Music Group brands, Behringer, Midas, and Turbosound are distributed through Intellimix/AVL. TC Group Americas CEO Marc Bertrand says”we  will be conducting business as usual between now and October 31st, meaning that all TC orders will be coming into our Kitchener office and invoiced/fulfilled as usual with Intellimix/AVL acting as our reps. Over this six week period we will be preparing for moving full Canadian distribution to Intellimix/AVL and their new state of the art facility in Montreal.”

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Ron Morissette Retires from Solotech

September 23rd, 2015
Jean-Louis Blanchard presents a plaque of recognition to Ron Morissette

Jean-Louis Blanchard presents a plaque of recognition to Ron Morissette

After a long and successful career that led Solotech’s Ron Morissette to be in involved in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry, he recently announced that he has chosen to retire from the industry.

Over the last four decades Morissette has been at the forefront of innovations that have significantly advanced the fields of entertainment and audiovisual technology.  In 2008 he joined Solotech in the role of general manager of corporate development. In that capacity he was one of the prime movers of the expansion policy across Canada for Solotech’s Integration Division.  More recently, Morissette put all of his energy into the start-up of a Solotech office in Toronto.

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William F. White’s Student & Filmmaker Open House Happening Oct. 3

September 23rd, 2015

FebFreeze 1William F. White International has announced details for its 2015 Student & Filmmaker Open House. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at the company’s headquarters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. The address is 800 Islington Ave. in Toronto. 

To RSVP, email bmorin@whites.com or call 416-239-5050 ext. 3835

Students, faculty, independent filmmakers, technicians, and those interested in movie-making are invited to this free one-day event.  The company tells those interested to feel free passing along the information to anyone who they believe would benefit from attending.

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Community Appoints CM Tech Group as its Sales Representative for Canada

September 22nd, 2015
Bryan Guidolin of CM Tech Group

Bryan Guidolin of CM Tech Group

Community has announced the appointment of CM Tech Group as its sales representative for Canada beginning Oct. 1, 2015.

CM Tech Group is a professional collaborative of three Canadian independent manufactures’ representatives: Connect West Marketing with Principal Mike Upright covering Western Canada, BG Media Solutions Inc. with Principal Bryan Guidolin for Central Canada, and MM Technologie with Principal Michel Morrow for support of Eastern Canada. With this combination, CM Tech Group provides national coverage for a uniform line card of professional AV brands across all Canadian provinces.

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