Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Hoshino U.S.A. Inc. will be assuming Canadian distribution responsibilities for the Ibanez guitars and Tama Drums brands in Canada. Also starting Jan. 1st, this transition will include the distribution of
Tama’s Bergerault line of marching and concert percussion products. As well, on Feb. 1, 2020, Hoshino U.S.A. will begin distribution of Hardcase drum cases in Canada.
In addition to announcing these distribution changes, the company also has named its team of independent Canadian representatives. It includes Dave Firby (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The rep for Quebec is Richard Sullivan (email@example.com). Central and Southwestern Ontario will be covered by Brian Leblanc (firstname.lastname@example.org). Eastern, Western, and Northern Ontario, as well as the Atlantic provinces, will be covered by Paul Hanna (email@example.com).
Prior to 2021, the Ibanez and Tama brands have been distributed by Efkay Music Instruments and Hardcase was distributed by Coast Music. Hoshino U.S.A. Inc. is a subsidiary of Japan-based Hoshino Gakki Group. In the U.S. it also distributes the also distributes the 2Box and Alhambra brands.
[Pictured above: Hoshino U.S.A. Pres. & CEO Shogo Hayashi]