Canadian Music Trade - April/May 2017 - Page 21

Ikutaro Kakehashi, the Japanese engineer who founded Roland Corporation, has passed away at the age of 87. After found- ing Roland in 1972, Kakehashi went on to shape the sound of contemporary music over multiple decades by revolutionizing electronic instruments. Maybe his most iconic invention is the TR-808 drum ma- chine, which Roland released in 1980 and that became a signature sound of early hip-hop and is still used widely across all popular music. From 1972 to 2012, when he retired from Roland, Kakehashi and his company pushed the boundaries of electronic instruments, becoming a le ading worldwide manufacturer of synthesizers, electronic drums, effects, and much more. As well, Kakehashi was instrumental in the development of MIDI, for which he received a Technical Grammy Award in 2013 along with Dave Smith of Sequential Circuits. After retiring from Roland, Kakehashi co-founded ATV Corp., another electronic instrument company. Since his passing, a number of musicians have commented online to thank Kakehashi and reflect on his legacy, including superstar DJ and producer Armin van Buuren, who wrote on Twitter, “Rest in peace Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi. Thank you for everything you meant for elec- tronic music.” Dianne Winmill Named MusiCounts Teacher of the Year On Feb. 1 st , MusiCounts an- nounced Dianne Winmill of North Hastings High School in Ban- croft, ON as the recipient of the 2017 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, which recog- nizes teachers with outstanding dedication to inspiring and nurturing the musical growth of Canadian youth. Blue Rodeo sponsored this year’s award, and band members Jim Cuddy, Bazil Donovan, and Colin Cripps surprised Winmill with the award during a tour of their Toronto recording studio with several of her students. Winmill will receive $10,000 plus a $10,000 contribution to her school’s music program. In addition, she experienced VIP treatment throughout JUNO Week 2017. “I feel completely blessed to be selected by MusicCounts for this remark- able award that recognizes music education across the country,” says Win- mill. “I would also like to thank Blue Rodeo for sponsoring the award. I am truly honoured and share this with all the music teachers who are making a difference.” For more information on Winmill and the award, go to Canadian luthier and Fury Guitars founder Glenn McDougall passed away in February 2017 at the age of 79 following a battle with cancer. McDougall founded Saska- toon-based Fury Guitars in 1962. Over the course of his 50-plus years in the busi- ness, he became an indelible part of the Canadian instrument and music industries, leaving his mark on the sounds of many classic artists, such as April Wine and Todd Rundgren. At his insistence, Fury Gui- tars remained a relatively small company, producing only around 10,000 guitars in total as McDougall always prided craftsmanship over profit. In an interview with after McDougall’s death, his friend Sheldon Ding- wall of Dingwall Guitars called McDougall a mechanical genius. “Glenn never tried to copy other brands. His vision was uniquely his own, and he pursued it with artistic in- tegrity,” said Dingwall. “Some of that brand loyalty has to do with Glenn himself. He was one of the most generous, kind-hearted peo- ple I’ve ever met. A visit with Glenn usually lasted hours. Once you saw the effort and thought that went into every single compo- nent, it was like drinking the Kool-Aid. You couldn’t help but be a fan.” McDougall’s grandson, Jordon Smith, also wrote on Facebook, “My Gramps once told me, ‘There will always be people who will speak poorly of you, but you never want them to be right.’ The man was the definition of integrity. When I see the stories that peo- ple have shared over the last few months, it’s obvious that he lived by those words. Thank you for sharing your stories and reminding us of what a great man he was. He improved the lives of those he touched and I’m going to miss him so damn much. I know he will be missed by many.” Canadian Music Trade sends our deep- est condolences to Glenn’s family, including his wife, Janet, and his children and grand- children, as well as his friends and col- leagues. Friends and fans of Glenn and Fury Guitars are invited to share their memories and tributes on the Fans of Fury Guitars & Basses Canada Facebook page. SEND US YOUR PERSONAL UPDATES TO SHARE WITH YOUR PEERS! Retailers, reps, suppliers, educators, and other trade professionals are encouraged to send us personal stories about them- selves or their colleagues that we can share with your peers in the industry. Tips on weddings, anniversaries, major milestones, awards, births, new initiatives, and other achievements are all welcome and appreciated! Please send your stories to and we’ll handle the rest! CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE 21 RIP: Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi RIP: Glenn McDougall, Founder of Fury Guitars