Wel­come to NOVO!

NOVO - - EDITOR'S LETTER | FEATURING - Suave Ka­jko Pub­lisher / Ed­i­tor in Chief I NOVO Pres­i­dent I TAVES Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show

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!

Cheers,

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