It is with great sadness for us to report that the Salon Son & Image / Montreal Audio Show set to run next weekend has just been cancelled. This once-great Canadian hifi show has ran for 27 consecutive years in downtown Montreal, connecting consumers and industry professionals. Over the last couple of years the show has witnessed a dramatic decline in the number of exhibitors and it appears that the new UK owners, Chester Group, was not able to sign up enough exhibitors to make 2016 a reality. We, at CANADA HiFi, will certainly miss our annual trip to the show in Montreal.
Latest news (March 9, 2016): The Chester Group has just put out a statement to the industry stating that the show has been deferred rather than cancelled. Here is the official press release:
“It is with considerable sadness that we have to inform you that it has been decided to defer this year’s Salon Son & Image Show/Montreal Audio Show due to take place at the Bonaventure Hotel on the 18 – 20 March 2016.
The deciding factor has been market support, with a substantial drop in companies wanting to support this long established event.
All shows of this type rely 100% on commercial support from Exhibitors, and as much as we would enjoy doing so, we cannot force companies to support a show, they have to make their own commercial decisions.
We do understand that this will come as a considerable disappointment and we know that the previous organisers also did all they could to keep the show going, but the decline in Exhibitor support had been gradual but erosive.
Our overriding concern will always be to ensure great value for money for our Exhibitors and just as importantly our show visitors, and morally we simply could not continue.
However, and to clarify, this show is not being cancelled, and will now benefit from a complete overhaul to reflect market changes.
Dates, Venue, Location, Content etc. are all being worked on right now, and no time will be lost to ensure the shows continuation and revitalisation.
We will deal with all current ticket holders this week to arrange refunds, please allow a few days for us to implement this.
Chester GRP Exhibitions ( Canada ) Ltd”