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Presented by Canon U.S.A., Inc. the month-long tour is dedicated to peace, love and creativity with workshops, live events and human peace signs in celebration of John Lennon’s birthday

NEW YORK, N.Y. (SEPTEMBER 15, 2016) – Yoko Ono Lennon has announced the return to NYC of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus), the premiere, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile production studio, for a month-long tour from September 15 – October 19.

Entitled Come Together: NYC, this year’s residency takes the state-of-the-art Lennon Bus studios to schools and public events across the city where students, visitors and guest mentors, including Latin super-star, singer-songwriter, Prince Royce, will create original music, videos, poetry and art around the “Come Together” theme. The initiative has been produced in association with Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, the NYC Council, the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the NY State Assembly, Securematics, Other World Computing (OWC), Museum of Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios.

“This project is at the root of John’s wishes for people everywhere to embrace their creativity and musical expression. He would be so proud and I am too!” said Yoko Ono Lennon who will premiere the Come Together: NYC projects at the conclusion of the tour at the Museum of Moving Image on October 19th. The public is invited to attend the screening of the original student work, and take a tour of the Lennon Bus studios.

Launching on September 15th from the steps of New York City Hall, the Lennon Bus’ NYC residency kicks off with announcements about the many school stops and events planned with the support of Prince Royce, Bob Gruen, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Education Chair, Daniel Dromm, and Council Members Corey Johnson, Karen Koslowitz, Stephen Levin, Rory Lancman, Julissa Ferreras, Elizabeth Crowley, Mark Levine, and Paul Vallone.

“We are excited to welcome the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus back to New York. Their work inspires learning and reminds us of the important role music plays in the education of our students. John Lennon was embraced as a true New Yorker and this initiative is a great way to ensure his extraordinary legacy lives on today,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

On September 16th, the Lennon Bus will join Prince Royce as he goes back to his high school, the Bronx Academy of Letters High School, to create an original song and music video with current members of the student body.  As part of the production, the whole school will participate in a giant human peace sign along with school leaders and elected officials including New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

On October 8th in celebration of John Lennon’s 76th birthday weekend, the Lennon Bus will host a “Come Together” family block party in Jackson Heights with celebrity guests, live musical performances, DJ and production workshops for kids, tours of the Lennon Bus and the Canon U.S.A. photo booth.

“We couldn’t be more honored to be a part of a program that commits itself to enriching creative minds, especially those of our future generation,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “At Canon, we pride ourselves on being committed to education and strive to develop and bring to market products that can have a direct impact on creative individuals. We look forward to enhancing the user experiences during the Lennon Bus’ visit to the New York communities.”

Students onboard the Lennon Bus will receive an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video and broadcast technologies, Canon cameras and lenses, and career paths, and hear first hand from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar networked facility that travels 10 months a year throughout the U.S. Participants will spend a full day developing an original project, creating the music, video, and images needed to take their ideas from concept to delivery.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 19th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world; proceeds from which help support the Lennon Bus. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Canon U.S.A., Inc., Apple, Juniper Networks, Securematics, Other World Computing, Neutrik, The NAMM Foundation, Digital Media Academy, Audio-Technica, Genelec, Yamaha, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Focusrite, Sonnet Technologies, Avid, SSL, NewTek, TodoCast, IP Access, ZVEX Effects, Reflecmedia, Baker & McKenzie, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, JDI, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Ampeg, Mackie, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, SKB and LiveU.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting http://www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The increasing accessibility of digital technology has led to an amazing expansion of opportunity in the art of digital storytelling. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been at the forefront of this new media explosion, having produced daily video projects with students since January of 2001. The Lennon Bus puts state-of-the-art digital video equipment into the hands of workshop participants and teaches the entire digital workflow from storyboarding to web publication and DVD burning. Students leave the experience having shot, chopped, scored, and (most importantly) finished an entire digital video production. Using the latest cameras and professional hardware/software solutions including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, participants are exposed to the exciting world of digital videography and learn hot techniques of the trade. The accessibility of professional-quality technology is making it possible for millions of new voices to be heard and the John Lennon Bus is putting these tools into the hands of tomorrow's great digital producers. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you never miss any of the amazing videos produced on the Lennon Bus.