2003 – ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SHOW IN
“Our Show in
This year’s sold out MIAC Show/PAL Showcase featured 120
exhibitors in Place Bonaventure with 34 companies exhibiting for the first
time. Canadian dealer and industry attendance was up approximately 15% over the
2001 Montreal Show, with many attending despite the challenges of a major
power-blackout affecting much of
“We are very pleased with dealer and exhibitor participation this year,” said
Strong social events also contributed to the positive results of the Montreal Show. These included a very popular Charity Golf Tournament that raised important funds for the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, the rousing Welcome Reception and All Industry Jam (a first for the Association), and the annual MIAC Gala/Industry Party.
The PAL Showcase was expanded this year and included the PAL Lounge that featured demonstrations and seminars for pro audio/lighting professionals. This was also the case with the “MIAC Learning Lunches” for music dealers that saw a packed seminar area and a great exchange of ideas and participant involvement.
Next year, MIAC 2004 will be held at the Toronto International Centre, August 22-23, in the new state-of-the-art Hall 5 complex. The International Centre, located close to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, has easy highway access, free parking, and is minutes from the host hotel, the Toronto Airport Marriott. Information on MIAC 2004 may be obtained at www.miac.net and www.palshowcase.com.
With annual sales of more than $500-million USD, Canada is ranked as the sixth largest music, sound and lighting products market in the world. Canada is also ranked fourth in per capita sales. The Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) currently represents more than 140 manufacturer and distributor members, as well as more than 120 Canadian retail dealers.