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IMSTA FESTA Heading to LA on May 16; Toronto on Oct. 17

March 23rd, 2015
Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

On Saturday, May 16th, the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and SAE Institute Los Angeles will partner to host IMSTA FESTA Los Angeles on May16, 2015. The various IMSTA FESTA events held worldwide, including in Toronto, are described as a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face.

The panels bring together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology, and more.

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Recap: AES 57th International Conference on The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

March 19th, 2015
Avid Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. gives his keynote speech during the AES 57th International Conference in Hollywood, CA

Avid Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. gives his keynote speech during the AES 57th International Conference

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) hosted its 57th International Conference, titled “The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology: Cinema, Television, and the Internet,” in Hollywood, California, on Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015. Co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive, the conference was intended to stimulate increased dialog between the Hollywood content creation community and the AES, and drew a substantial audience to the three-day program, which was presented at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Keynote addresses were given by noted industry professionals, including Dr. Floyd Toole, former AES president, fellow, and gold medal recipient; Louis Hernandez Jr., Avid chairman, president, and CEO; and Francis Rumsey, chair of the AES Technical Council, fellow, and bronze medal award recipient.

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AES 59th International Conference on Sound Reinforcement heading to Montreal

March 18th, 2015
The Multi-Media Room inside McGill's New Music Building.

The Multi-Media Room inside McGill’s New Music Building.

The Audio Egineering Society (AES) is returning to Montreal where it will host the AES 59th International Conference dedicated to Sound Reinforcement. It will be held at the New Music Building at McGill University from July 15-17, 2015.

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CITT Expo-Scene Set For Inaugural Run

February 27th, 2015

Montreal-skylineCITT/ICTS is presenting the inaugural edition of Expo-Scene, which will take March 26 and 27, 2015 the Palais des congrès in Montreal. This will be the only Greater Montreal-area event showcasing pro-audio, lighting, video, staging, and multimedia products and services.

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NWC Hires New Computer Services Coordinator

February 18th, 2015
Kyle Chiki

Kyle Chiki

Jim Norris, president of PS publisher Norris-Whitney Communications, has announced the appointment of Kyle Chiki as NWC’s computer services coordinator.

Chiki has studied website development, computer programming, and games development at Niagara College and computer science and business at Brock University.

Chiki will be in charge of all online and computer activities for NWC and will be providing web development and other online services for the company’s clients.

Chiki can be contacted at kchiki@nor.com or 905-374-8878.

Stephen Fraser Named New CEO; Jim Odom Now President at PreSonus

February 12th, 2015
PreSonus 2

Stephen Fraser

The board of directors of PreSonus Audio Electronics has announced that COO Stephen Fraser has become the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, effective February 10, 2015.  The directors also announced that Founder and former Chief Strategy Officer, Jim Odom will become President.

Kevin Couhig, Board Chairman, says, “We believe Stephen is ideally suited to lead PreSonus forward as Chief Executive. In his five years as PreSonus COO, he has developed highly effective strategies backed by strong operating skills and relentless execution. Outgoing CEO Jim Mack will be a ‘tough act to follow’, but we’re confident that Stephen will continue a great track record as CEO.”

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SFM Now Distributing Atlantic Technology in Canada

February 10th, 2015

SF Marketing (SFM) has announced its appointment as the exclusive distributor of Atlantic Technology for Canada. This agreement came into effect on Feb. 1, 2015

According to the company, SFM is responsible for re-establishing Atlantic Technology as a major player and industry leader in the distributed audio and home theatre market in Canada.

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More Details Released for Expanded 2015 Canadian DJ Show

February 5th, 2015

CDJThe Canadian DJ Show presented by Pioneer DJ has announced its 2015 Toronto dates. Previously a two-day event, the 2015 Toronto CDJ Show now features a third day of events, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. It’ll be taking place March 13-15 in downtown Toronto and will focus on professional development, unique training opportunities, and exclusive product releases for DJs, producers, and music enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels.

The 2015 venue is the Hilton Toronto, located at Richmond Street West and University, in the heart of downtown Toronto. It is a larger venue than previous years with more space to accommodate larger exhibits, special features, and guests than ever before. The CDJ Show features the latest equipment, technology and information that the DJ and music industries have to offer. Organizers say this year’s show will easily be the biggest in CDJ Show history.

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REfficient Expands its AV Equipment Division

February 5th, 2015

REfficientREfficient in Hamilton, ON has launched an expanded AV gear division, which includes more used commercial AV gear available for sale at deep discounts for bands, nonprofits, and more. The division also includes AV-specialized staff to handle questions.

REfficient sells refurbished, used, and surplus new telecom and AV products. The company provides quality equipment at affordable prices, such as set top boxes, modems and more, to Canadian and other telecom service providers. REfficient has grown to have customers in nine Canadian provinces, three Canadian territories and 11 other countries.

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Solotech Further Expands Its Toronto Presence with P.A. Plus Acquisition

February 4th, 2015
(L-R) Ron Morissette, Gabor Szepesi & Louis Racine

(L-R) Ron Morissette, Gabor Szepesi & Louis Racine

Following its acquisition of Midnite Hour Productions in November 2014, Solotech has announced its further growth in Toronto with the acquisition of the assets of P.A. Plus Productions.

According to François Ménard, Solotech’s CEO, this transaction will allow Solotech to add P.A. Plus Productions sound system expertise to services already offered by Solotech in the greater Toronto area. This acquisition will complement Solotech’s offer in audio, lighting, video, rigging, and scenery and will be an addition to the activities of Midnite Hour Productions.

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