Canadian Music Trade - June/July 2017 - Page 21

Paul Reed Smith Receives Honourary Doctorate Paul Reed Smith, founder and managing general partner of PRS Guitars, has received an honourary doctorate of public service from Maryland’s Washington College. The degree, which was in recognition of Smith’s sig- nificant achievements as an innovative and creative thinker, was presented by Washington College President Sheila Bair during a public ceremony in April 2017. Smith was recognized for both the success of PRS Guitars and also his new company, Digital Harmonic, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology. “Paul is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial spirit; a kid builds a guitar in high school woodshop and ends up as managing partner and founder of the third largest guitar manufacturer in the U.S. Many would tell you that the company makes the best electric guitars that have ever been made,” said George Spilich, a professor of psychology and director of the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington College – who also owns a PRS guitar. For more information, contact PRS Guitars: 410-643-9970,, Documentary on The Hip’s Final Tour to Hit Canadian Theatres & TV A film about The Tragically Hip’s emotional past year will be hitting Cana- dian theatres in the fall and, later, broadcast across the country on CTV. The documentary chronicles the lead-up to the band’s instantly-iconic Man Machine Poem Canadian tour in 2016, which followed frontman Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis. CTV, which produced the film, says viewers will be given a unique and exclusive perspective into The Tragically Hip’s world through intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and onstage footage, personal interviews with the band and close friends, as well as reactions from their devoted fans from across the country. In a clip shared online, Downie recalls, “In the first rehearsal, I’m not sure what to expect and it’s, ‘Oh, wow,’ because I actually couldn’t remember a damn thing. I think they were all waiting for me to decide. I said, ‘Yes, I’m definitely doing this’ because I think if I didn’t do it, I’d be crushed and I don’t want to go out like that. I wanted to say ‘thank you’ face to face to face with everybody.” Commissioned by Bell Media, the documentary is set for a fall theatrical run, distributed by Elevation Pictures, ahead of its television premiere in late fall on CTV. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau & Ruth B Join MusiCounts at Ottawa School Music education charity MusiCounts has announced the recipients of the 2017 MusiCounts Band Aid Program. As part of the announcement, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was joined by JUNO nominee Ruth B to unveil $10,000 worth of instruments for St. Elizabeth Elementary School’s music program in Ottawa. This year also marks the 20 th anniversary of MusiCounts, and the organization will distribute $720,000 in instruments to 88 music programs in schools nationwide, making it the largest instrument allocation through the program to date. “Music is a special medium that has the power of building bridges between strangers. It’s a global language we share and one every child should have the opportunity to learn. When children are given the oppor- tunity to play music, school becomes a place for creative expression and collaboration. Congratulations to this year’s recipients and a special thank you to MusiCounts for their great work over the past two decades,” said Grégoire Trudeau. For more information, contact MusiCounts: 416-485-3135,, 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 themselves 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