Canadian Music Industry

Ray Ayotte was born in Millardville Canada where as a youngster he began playing drums for rock bands he formed with schoolmates. Throughout his early playing days, Ray made little adjustments to his kit and learned that other players enjoyed the changes and sounds he could make. He dreamed of one...
Maribeth Barrons is one of the most energetic sales reps you will ever meet!  With great knowledge of the Hal Leonard catalog and an honest interest in helping her customers, Maribeth has served music stores both in the United States and throughout Canada.  Over the years she has established new...
Terry Bingley was a leader in the Canadian Music Products Industry for several decades. He began his career when he formed a music retail store before working with Yamaha and, later, serving as the Managing Director of Kawai.  He helped to establish Kawai Canada. In 1984, Terry formed a music...
George Bishop had the idea of bringing the Canadian music industry together in 1971. With the help of some friends, the Musical Instrument Association of Canada (MIAC) was established not only to provide an annual trade show but to provide music advocacy throughout the country. George served as the...
Arnold Davidson was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he began playing in area bands.  He was given the opportunity to distribute the strings he special ordered from England and found himself in the music products business.  He later opened his own wholesale firm, based largely on...
George Douglas's grandfather opened a small music shop in Canada, which his father managed following his military service during World War II. The small store chugged along over the years and served as a training ground for George as a salesman. As a teen he often stood on the show floor selling to...
Dave Dunwoodie is the founder of Graph Tech Guitar Labs in Canada and has pioneered several products during his career in the music industry. With the popularity of tremolo guitars, the need for pencil lead in the nut slots was growing.  Dave experimented with a variety of composite guitar nuts...
Roy Fawcett has been very successful thinking outside of the box. Unlike most retailers, Roy has not advertised his products and services in the yellow pages or in the newspaper. In fact, Roy doesn’t even have a sign outside of his store. Roy built his entire business on the recommendation of...
Sol Fleising worked for Erikson’s Musical after earning his business degree and even worked in a small music retail store for a while, but he had a vision to own his own company. During the boom of pro audio and electronic instruments of the 1970s, Sol focused on bringing products to the Canadian...
Dave Gantz watched the Beatles on TV and at once he knew he wanted to play bass.  Dave had many interesting adventures in music throughout the 1960s including attending Woodstock.  He later found a job at Steve's Music in Canada and the rest, as they say, has been a fulfilling career in music...

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