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Mississauga, ON, Canada, June, 2020 – TOA Canada Corporation, a commercial audio and security equipment manufacturer, understands that the landscape of Audio/Video products and solutions is ever changing and becoming more and more dependent on the “One System” design. Throughout this evolution, integration between manufactures has become a key factor is the success of many products. TOA continues to work with their Technology Partners and other manufacturers to ensure that our equipment can integrate well with other systems.

Kramer Electronics produces one of the most popular systems to control A/V equipment and their controllers work seamlessly with TOA Mixers and DSP’s. “We believe that this information needs to be disseminated to our dealers and end users across Canada” said Product Support Manager Mike Venner,” It’s a key advantage we have that allows our equipment too easily integrate with the Kramer Control System.” When selecting Kramer Control as the “brains” of you’re A/V system, users have access to drivers for the following TOA products,

- 9000M2 Mixer/Amplifier series.

- M-864D Multi Channel Digital Mixer

- D-901 Digital Mixer

Integrating TOA products with Kramer Control is easy. With the control drivers accessible through Kramer Control Programming Software, there is no need to build a long list of product drivers on programming PCs. In addition, these drivers are fully created and supported by Kramer so you can count on easy integration.

The Kramer Control system displays an intuitive and easy to use interface that is very versatile to control TOA’s equipment. The individual now has full access to operate and adjust the systems audio commands on the TOA equipment through the Kramer control panel. This is especially convenient when operating our high functioning 9000M2 series amplifier that has many capabilities.

Our company strives to provide the A/V market the capabilities to use our reliable equipment in all types of projects. Kramer realizes the value of having TOA’s products integrate well with their solutions and continues to develop the drivers to allow this.

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Montréal, May 28th, 2020 - Moët Hennessy in Canada has launched a national program entitled Coming Together to support its local partners during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, the hospitality sector has been heavily impacted, and the livelihood of bartenders, restauranteurs and service staff has been uprooted as they navigate this new reality.  As part of the food and beverage community, Moët Hennessy in Canada is supporting its partners through their Coming Together initiative withThe Maison Hennessy donating $50,000 CAD to the Bartenders Benevolent Fund, in recognition of the hardships the hospitality community is currently facing.

“The Maison Hennessy is proud to support the Bartenders Benevolent Fund as it directly benefits the community we are a part of,” says Veronique Gonneville, national communications director of Moët Hennessy in Canada. “The non-profit organization was created by industry members to benefit bartenders, servers and front of house support staff in the hospitality industry across Canada.”

The national Coming Together program is a multi-faceted campaign aimed at supporting the hospitality community through local and national initiatives that will continue throughout 2020.

Coming Together with Moët Hennessy in Canada is our way to thank our friends in the food and beverage industry that have supported us in immeasurable ways,” says Alexis de Calonne, managing director of Moët Hennessy in Canada. “We know that many of our partners are facing unprecedented challenges at this time, and we are committed to being there for them, both with unique initiatives and financial donations.”

Campaign elements include:

  • #HENNESSYMYWAY – The Maison Hennessy is committed to supporting its mixology community as part of a global initiative titled, #HENNESSYMYWAY. Fifty Canadian bartenders will be engaged to showcase their mixology skills and will be offered a direct donation of $500 CAD and a branded Hennessy gift package. Bartenders will share a 30-second social media video showcasing how they enjoy Hennessy their way for a chance to be featured on
  • The Coming Together Cocktail ProjectMoët Hennessy in Canadawill support its trade partners through a national initiative titled, “The Coming Together Cocktail Project” featuring cocktail recipes from Canada’s top 50 mixologists. In addition to providing remuneration to participants, the initiative aims to raise funds via the sale of a high-gloss coffee table or digital magazine, which will be available at key retailers across Canada later this year, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian cocktail creators.
  • Coming Together Instagram Live Cocktail Sessions To inspire creativity and at-home mixology, Moët Hennessy in Canada is hosting weekly Coming Together Instagram Live cocktail sessions educating social media audiences on the essentials of cocktail making with brand ambassador Sabrine Dhaliwal and a special guest joining each week. Moët Hennessy will make a charitable donation to each guest’s charity of choice. Cocktail sessions take place every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PST on Sabrine’s Instagram page: @sabrinedhaliwal
  • Restaurant & Catering PartnershipsTo support local trade partners, Moët Hennessy in Canada is designing bespoke consumer packages and promotions to create memorable at-home experiences featuring elements like virtual tastings, surprise guests and more.

The most recent collaboration with features luxurious at-home dining experiences that include a virtual product tasting component with a Moët Hennessy brand ambassador. Partial proceeds will support select Canadian charities and their efforts during COVID-19.

For more information about the national Coming Together campaign, follow along and use hashtag #ComingTogether.

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Vancouver, BC, May 28, 2020 - While COVID-19 restrictions have started to loosen up, the hospitality industry continues to face an uncertain future. In this climate of uncertainty, Vancouver’s Main St. Brewing has created a beer to help its employees - the Helping Hand Lager: A Social Lager for Physical Distancing. Available at Main St. Brewing and select partners, all proceeds go towards purchasing Fresh St. Market grocery gift cards for its staff.
“We are currently operating with a skeleton crew at our brewery and wanted to find a way to help our staff, especially with essentials such as groceries,” explains Cameron Forsyth, co-owner of Main St. Brewing. “When we thought about who to partner up with, Fresh St. Market came to mind immediately. They work with a lot of local producers and vendors, and they have locations across Metro Vancouver.”
Main St. Brewing’s Helping Hand Lager is brewed in the heart of the city’s historic Brewery Creek district. The flavour profile is clean, light, crisp and easy drinking beer (4.5% alc./vol. | 9 IBU). It is brewed to be accessible to all levels of beer lovers.
“The hospitality industry is a vital part of our community,” says Mark McCurdy, spokesperson for Fresh St. Market. “We have a number of initiatives in the works to help, including partnering with our friends at Main St. Brewing. Fresh St. Market is providing Main St. Brewing with a 5 per cent discount on all gift card purchases. In addition, we have donated $500 in gift cards directly to their staff.”
Helping Hand Lager, is available starting today, May 28, 2020 at Main St. Brewing’s brewery at 261 E 7th Ave in Vancouver and at several partners, including The Cascade Room, El Camino’s, The Union, and Portland Craft.
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TORONTO, May 28, 2020 /CNW/ - Absolut has announced the latest version of its Absolut Rainbow Limited Edition bottle. Since 1981, Absolut has supported the LGBTQ+ community as part of the belief that a colourful, diverse and equal world is something to strive and work for. Available from June 2020, the bottle pays homage to American artist and gay rights activist, Gilbert Baker, with a newly designed bottle co-created with The Gilbert Baker Foundation.

Originally devised by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the rainbow flag has become a universal symbol for inclusion, peace and love. This bottle pays tribute to the iconic 2008 bottle collaboration between Absolut and Gilbert himself, where Absolut was the first spirit bottle to proudly wear the flag.

The Absolut Rainbow bottle has been co-created with the Gilbert Baker Foundation, a New-York based non-profit established in 2017 to carry on the legacy of the designer-activist who created the original Rainbow flag in 1978. The flag is magnified through the liquid and bought to life from different angles, alongside a hand-written script on the reverse of the bottle, titled "Sway It with Pride", which pays tribute to Absolut's late friend.  

Elin Furelid, Global Senior Marketing Manager Portfolio & Design at Absolut says "The rainbow flag, created as a "gift for the world" by Gilbert Baker, is a symbol of hope, equal rights and the freedom to love whoever you want. As long-standing supporters of the LGBTQ+ community for over 40 years, the Absolut Rainbow bottle is dedicated to our late friend and his legacy that continues to live on today".

The new limited-edition bottle will be available in select stores in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.


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