Canadian Music Trade - August/September 2017 - Page 13

Counterpoint Now Distributing Odyssey Brasswind & Spur Violins Counterpoint Musical Services has been named the Canadian distributor for both Odyssey Brass- wind products and Spur Violins. Made in Australia from sustainable materials, Spur Violins are designed by Paul Davies and combine traditional and modern manufacturing processes to create instruments that offer new sounds and aesthetics compared to traditional violins. “We first met Paul and saw his beautiful instruments at a show in New York in 2013 and have been eagerly awaiting the day when we could represent them in Canada,” says Counterpoint Man- ager Kathleen Stokholm. “Spur has been met with great success in Australia in the last few years and has streamlined their production capabilities to allow them to expand into other markets. We are very happy that Canada is one of the first countries outside of Australia to have access to these beautiful, handmade instruments, and that we are their partner, sharing their philosophy of ‘respect for the past, vision for the future.’” Regarding the Odyssey Brasswind announcement, which was made by JHS, Odyssey Master Craftsman Peter Pollard says, “I spent 15 wonderful years in Canada and it gives me great pleasure to know that the Odyssey instruments I designed will be available there… Even more thrilling to know is that they will be represented in Canada by Counterpoint Music, a company that I myself witnessed growing into the thriving business it is today.” “After researching and testing many brands, we are certain Odyssey instruments are an excep- tional choice for both beginning and advancing players. We are very excited to bring this premium line of instruments to our Canadian customers,” adds Stokholm. For more information, contact Counterpoint Musical Services: 905-415-0515, music@counterpointmusic.ca, www.counterpointmusic.ca. COUNTERPOINT’S KATHLEEN STOKHOLM … HHB Canada has moved its headquarters to a new, purpose-built space on Eastern Ave. in Toronto. The company’s staff, products, and services remain the same. The new address is: 2 Eastern Ave., Mezzanine Level, Toronto ON, M5A 1H3. The company’s phone and fax numbers, as well as its staff, line card, and services, remain unchanged. For more information, contact HHB Canada: 416-867- 9000, FAX 416-867-1080, sales@hhbcanada.com, www.hhbcanada.com. 2017 See the complete results at www.canadianmusictrade.com/blog. Canadian Music Trade surveyed MI store owners, managers, and sales staff across the country about their past experiences and upcoming plans for the back-to-school sales season. Here are the results… Survey of respondents’ stores are having back-to-school promotions or initiatives say back-to-school season provides a very significant, and 33% say some- what significant, sales boost say elementary students & teachers constitute the majority of these related sales say brass/ woodwind/stringed instruments see the biggest boost, while 28% say guitar/bass say the holiday season provides a greater boost than back-to-school, while 33% say they’re about equal CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE 13