Italmelodie, Beloved Montreal Music Store, Closes Its Doors

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Italmelodie 1Italmelodie, a music destination for musicians for decades on Rue Jean-Talon in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood, has closed its doors. The following comes Montreal culture blog Coolopolis:

Italmelodie, a precious resource appreciated by every type of local musician from headbangers to synth pop tunesters has closed after decades of selling musical instruments on Jean Talon just east of the Main.

The adjacent Italmelodie music school remains open. The store could no longer make ends meet and has permanently closed after being open since 1970.

Flavio Zeffiro , then 25, quit a factory job to purchase the store with his brother Mario, a drummer in Italian wedding bands, in 1971. (Flavio said the business had been in operation for a decade prior to his purchasing it but there’s no evidence of any music store at the site in the 60s).

How many musicians purchased instruments at this store that went on to tickle and delight ears and uplift souls? No idea but probably quite a lot, so we mourn its passing. A variety of comments by consumers and insiders on various online forums praise the store but others are less flattering.

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