Music Heals Announces Event in Support of Music Therapy Awareness Month

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

03 StrikeAChordMarch is Music Therapy Awareness Month and Music Heals is offering events and opportunities in every province across Canada this month with a goal of raising awareness for music therapy.

The main event is this Saturday, March 4th, with A Night Out For Music Heals. Over 80 bars, clubs and pubs in 30 cities across Canada are donating $1 per cover charge (or making a flat donation of $1 per patron, for those that don’t charge cover) to Music Heals for one night. You can support music therapy programs in your province simply by going out on Saturday March 4th. Check the full list of participating establishments at


‘Polka King’ & Ostanek’s Music Founder Walter Ostanek Wins Lottery

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Walter OstanekThe National Post has this great article about Walter Ostanek, who recently won the Dream Lottery’s $1 million grand prize. Walter is widely known as the “Polka King” and was also the founder of Ostanek’s Music in St. Catharines, ON, which is now a Long & McQuade location. 

He’s already the Polka King. Now, St. Catharines musician Walter Ostanek can add millionaire to his credentials.

The three-time Grammy winner thought a friend was joking when he told him Tuesday morning he had won $1 million in the London Dream Lottery to benefit London, Ont., hospitals. He remembered entering — he enters everything, he says with a laugh — but his friend had pranked him good before.


inMusic Set to Acquire Rane Corporation

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

sixtytwodmc_4_900x460inMusic Inc., the corporate owner of 13 music, professional sound, and consumer electronics companies, today announced that co-founders Linda Arink and Dennis Bohn have agreed to sell Rane Corporation to inMusic. The transaction is set to be completed this summer, after which Arink and Bohn plan to retire.

Founded in 1981, Rane Corporation is well-known for its DJ and professional sound products, including DJ mixers, amplifiers, equalizers, networking products, and crossovers.


MusiCounts Announces 2016 Recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush with Don Bossé (middle).

Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush with Don Bossé (middle).

Canadian music education charity MusiCounts has announced that Don Bossé of Fredericton High School (FHS) in Fredericton, NB is the recipient of the 2016 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees and multiple Grammy-nominated band Rush have joined forces with MusiCounts as the sole sponsor of this year’s award, which recognizes teachers with outstanding dedication to inspiring and nurturing the musical growth of Canadian youth. Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson surprised Bossé, who is a fan of the band, while he was in Toronto last week for a private shopping experience at Holt Renfrew Men for his JUNO red carpet-ready suit.


Westheimer President Larry Goldstein Announces Retirement

Monday, February 29th, 2016
Larry Goldstein

Larry Goldstein

Westheimer Corporation, parent company of Harmony Guitars, today announced that company president Larry Goldstein will retire on March 31, 2016. Goldstein’s retirement ends a 50-year career, the last 30 with Westheimer Corporation.  Company CEO Laura Gabel will assume the majority of Goldstein’s responsibilities while Director of Operations Kim Schmitt will oversee the remaining duties.


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.