Welcome to NOVO!
It was with a great sadness that I learned about the passing of The Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie this past October. I've been listening to The Tragically Hip since a young age and own every one of their albums in various formats, including vinyl. I've strummed many of their songs on my guitar and sang their lyrics in my living room, at camp fires and cottages all over Ontario. I also had the pleasure of seeing them perform live in both small and big venues - the most memorable of these was a performance in a park in Niagara-on-the-Lake. What an unforgettable summer night that was! The Tragically Hip is truly my favorite Canadian band and will continue to be a part of my playlist forever. Your music has greatly influenced my life and I will miss you dearly Gordie. Of course, I'm not the only big fan at NOVO - I invite you to check out Kevin Rak's "Tribute to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip" on page 8.
On a more upbeat note, this issue also contains our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is perhaps the funnest writing assignment of the year for George and I. This year we present to you our biggest, most diverse gift guide to date. You'll find everything in this guide, from outstanding hifi products to home robots and the latest tech toys. I'm certain that you'll find something cool on our list, whether you plan to gift it to a loved one or decide to treat yourself.
A nice complement to the gift guide in this issue is Stephanie Greenall's "Gadgets to Keep You Calm This Holiday Season. My girlfriend and editor Sarah gave her seal of approval to all of Stephanie's choices... and asked nicely for half of them for Christmas.
Rounding out this issue, Kevin Rak explores just how deeply rooted music is in Canada from artists to music produc-ers, instruments and hifi products. Aaron Binder on the other hand shares his insightful perspective on the world of virtual reality, as he takes a look at interesting applications of VR and foresees where VR is heading next.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!