Hi-Fi+: What is the relationship between Head-Fi and CanJam Global? Who takes the lead role in planning CanJam events?
JM: As the CanJam events grew in scale, we needed to bring someone in full-time to organize the events. Ethan (Opolion) had organized and co-organized several successful large-scale meets over a period of years, and we worked together on CanJam SoCal 2015, so he joined us full-time to manage our CanJam Global operations.
EO: CanJam Global is owned and produced by Head-Fi.org. I take the lead in planning and managing all of the CanJam Global events with the strong support of Jude and the entire Head-Fi team.
Hi-Fi+: In what locations are CanJam events presently held? What new locations are you considering for the future?
EO: CanJam Global locations are currently New York City, Singapore, Los Angeles, London, and Denver (RMAF). We specifically look for venues that are in prime locations in city centres as CanJam is more than just an audio trade show event. It’s a gathering of the Head-Fi community at large. With exhibitors and show attendees sometimes traveling great distances, it’s great to offer them the additional amenities of being in locations where they can enjoy themselves outside of the event. This is why, for example, our CanJam NYC event is held in Times Square.
We’re currently evaluating several additional opportunities and will likely be adding 1-2 additional CanJam locations in 2018.