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Long & McQuade Toronto

Musical Instruments - Retailers
925 Bloor Street West
Toronto Ontario M6H 1L5
(416) 588-7886
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info@long-mcquade.com

Long and McQuade was founded in 1956 with one store not far from our present location. As the store moved from Younge St to an earlier Bloor location, it continued to grow. In the 1988 we opened at 925 Bloor St. We continued to grow and acquired neighboring buildings 929, 933 and 935 Bloor St.

The 925 building, conveniently located next door to our parking lot,  houses the sales and rentals of Pro Audio, Drums, a large Print Music and the largest  Brass and Woodwind show room in Canada  as well as our electronic service department.

929 Bloor houses our large selection of electric and acoustic guitars and folk instruments on different floors. This  allows electric players to rock and acoustic instruments from Gibson, Martin,Taylor and many more to be auditioned in a quieter atmosphere. This building also has our  guitar repair and accounts services departments.

Long and McQuade Toronto is one of Canada’s largest music stores. We offer:
- Most of the major brands of musical instruments, music software and professional audio equipment
- Daily, weekly and monthly rentals of instruments and audio equipment.
- Easy musician friendly financing options.
- Fully equipped electronic service department.
- Guitar repair shop with qualified luthiers
- Consultation for those setting up studios, sound stages and installed sound systems.


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One block west of the Ossington Subway station
Business Hours
Monday
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday
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    GIBSON MONTH Special Event!
     
    Gibson Guitars Showcase
    April 20 - 9:30am - 6:00pm
     
    935 Bloor Street West (upstairs in the clinic hall)
     
    Join us for a special showcase of Gibson Custom Shop electric and acoustic guitars. We will have a special selection of over 25 Gibson Custom Shop guitars on hand throughout the event for your viewing and playing pleasure. Special financing in effect for one day only! Plus deals on new and used Gibson and Epiphone guitars!
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  • 2 weeks ago by Long & McQuade - Toronto

    Long & McQuade - Toronto
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are running a month-long series featuring women from Toronto's music community.*
     
    Toronto Women in Music: Sally Cinnamon
     
    Sally Cinnamon, a.k.a Sally Walker-Hudecki, is a drummer who also plays a little piano. Generally her sound is along the Rock & Roll and Garage Rock style, but she also really enjoys working on linear playing from funk, jazz and Latin influences.
     
    She plays with The Cool Hands; a garage rock band based in Toronto, and has also made a guest appearance with The Surfrajettes last year.
     
    When she was 4 until the age of 12, Sally began piano lessons and started reading music. Since 2009, drums have been her instrument, learning from Robin Mason. While at the University of Toronto, she even wrote an essay about the drum department of Long & McQuade! Sally doesn’t even remember the first time she visited the drum department; probably early childhood, she guesses.
     
    Her first real memory of getting started in music involves a few different factors, she relayed to us: “My dad is a drummer and classical guitarist. I remember my first piano lesson on Delaware near L+M just after my brother's ended. My dad taught me to smack my legs in time with cds when I started ballet classes at the National Ballet of Canada, so I wouldn't miss my cue. They have live accompanists even for little kids. Beautiful”.
     
    We asked what was the best/most fun/most interesting gig or concert she’d ever played. She replied, “One of my favourite gigs ever was following FIDLAR at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. There was one time we saw an inflatable funhouse collapse on children during a street festival. That was also notable because we were playing all the tunes outside, daylight, on the corner of the street where we'd lived while writing them. Dufferin Street is one of the loudest streets in Toronto and joining in was always fun. Also, playing in the live/work space where my partner Luke and I ran shows - GARAGENOIR Inc - opening for Bloodshot Bill, following CATL and Dex Romweber - there was a strange set of evenings in there. Disco lights, burgers for sale, a hundred strangers, and our cat hiding in the closet. Also, used to play typewriter live on stage and having sound guys spontaneously mic that was delightful.” Cool Hands also had the opportunity to play some shows and recordings with Leland from BBNG and Sally told us that it was a spectacular time.
     
    Luke Boyko-Phelan has been one of Sally’s biggest musical influences. He invited her to join a band with him years after he had already started playing Toronto, sold out the Opera House in high school, engineered early recordings with young local talent like Sam Cash, started a high school music festival, which continues to this day; and he has taught her about musicianship and exposed her to tons of influential bands. She says he’s a generous unsung hero of Toronto music. One last inspiration she mentioned is Tom Tom Magazine - check them out at http://tomtommag.com!
     
    Her favourite instrument or piece of gear is her dad's “enormous Zildjian ride cymbal he allowed me to take and
    hit very hard.”
     
    This past November, Sally was able to see Kamasi Washington at the Danforth Music Hall and considers that one of her favourite shows she’s seen recently, along with Ibeyi, Angel Olsen, and the Hives. Of the bands based in Toronto, though, her favourite is BADBADNOTGOOD with their relentless quality.
     
    Sally is currently listening to Solange, Angel Olsen, Shannon and the Clams, SZA, and King Tuff.
     
    “Shoutout to all the female drummers and wishful drummers who have approached me at shows.”
     
    For more information about her music and future shows, visit The Cool Hands at http://www.thecoolhands.bandcamp.com.
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    What a great article. Thanks for sharing Frank.
    2 weeks ago
    My niece! So proud of you Sally!!
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  • 2 weeks ago by Long & McQuade - Toronto

    Long & McQuade - Toronto
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are running a month-long series featuring women from Toronto's music community.*
     
    1. Name: Stacey Kay
     
    2. Instruments you play: I know 2 chords on the ukulele. (I wish so bad I could play every instrument like the guys in my band).
     
    3. Band(s) or Ensemble(s) you're in: Stacey Kay! 🙂
     
    4. Describe your musical sound/style/genre: I have a weird mash up of pop, hip hop, rap, blues, soul and possibly even some country influences. I am a top 40 style artist. I would compare myself to a Demi Lovato, Jessie J, Missy Elliott kind of sound. A girl the other day told me that I “sing like Adele but rap like Busta Rhymes”… haha I think that’s a LOT to live up to but I thought that was funny.
     
    5. How long have you been playing and/or studying music? Since I was 8 years old. I started out singing country music and would go in these very intense live country music singing competitions. (People like Kira Isabella, Leah Daniels, The Wilkinsons, Tebey, the list goes on - they all competed in these too). I just veered off in a different direction because it’s what I loved to do. I graduated from the “Music Theatre Performance Program” at Sheridan College and then moved to Toronto to pursue my career.
     
    6. What's your first memory of getting started in music? What it felt like at my first competition. I was so nervous I wanted to pass out. My dad is a counsellor and really good at pep talks - so I got the “confidence boosting, who cares what happens when you go out there, give it your all not matter what” pep talk. Then I won my first competition at 8 years old and have been in the biz ever since!!
     
    7. What was the best/most fun/most interesting gig or concert you have ever played? I have to pick 2 because I feel like they are both very strange and exciting. The first one was America’s Got Talent. A show I have been watching for years and then I got to compete on it. I got to bring my whole band and sing for Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and SCARY SPICE. It was crazy, so interesting, so wonderful to watch everything happen. But then later in the year after I thought that was the best thing ever - I then got so sing at a David Foster show and was backed up by Stevie Wonder’s band!! Then Stevie Wonder sang after me! It was the coolest thing ever and I was so honoured to play with the musicians on stage who played with Prince, Michael Jackson - the list goes on! It was crazy.
     
    8. Who is your biggest musical influence? I have to pick 4. haha I’m sorry. Am I breaking the rules? My biggest musical influences are Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes. All of these people have influenced my music, my stage performance, my song writing and my attitude.
     
    9. What is your favourite instrument or piece of gear? IN EAR MONITORS. When I first started using them I hated them for some reason… and now I cannot live without them! I truly believe I have become a better singer because of in ears and my overall vocal health is great because of them.
     
    10. What is the best concert you have attended in recent years? In recent years I have been to many… but I have to say that Beyonce is the winner. She doesn’t STOP. She is a true triple (quadruple…septuple) threat! She dances so hard, sings so hard, the production value of the whole thing is INSANE. I love it.
     
    11. Who is your favourite Toronto artist or band? I met a Toronto singer/songwriter named Tafari Anthony a couple years ago and think he is so impressive and one of the hardest working artists in Toronto right now! He is amazing at singing and amazing at songwriting!!! I loved his voice so much I ask him to sing in my shows with me now! He has become a true friend. I also love the band “After Funk” if you want a crazy night of soul music and dancing. @TafariAnthony @AfterFunk
     
    12. Who is on your playlist currently? I am really into the new Justin Timberlake album. A lot of people have mixed feelings about it, but I’ve listened about 100 times and I’m not sick of it yet. I love Timbaland and he produced some of the album. So I’m a big fan!
     
    13. When and where is your next gig/concert in Toronto or the GTA? These days I mainly perform in the USA - but Canada is the place I LOVE TO BE THE MOST and plan on doing many shows here in 2018. My next closest gig is on April 15th in Hamilton and April 27th in Stratford.
     
    14. Please provide your official Facebook page title, or link to website:
    @StaceyKayMusic is my handle for all social media.
     
    Http://www.staceykaymusic.com
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    2 weeks ago
    Where in Stratford are you performing? Would love to see that!
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  • 3 weeks ago by Long & McQuade - Toronto

    Long & McQuade - Toronto
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are running a month-long series featuring women from Toronto's music community.*
     
    Toronto Women in Music: Lora Ryan
     
    Lora Ryan is a solo artist who uses keyboard and guitar when she writes her music. While her musical style is mostly acoustic live, her latest upcoming project has more of a pop/electro feel to it.
     
    Lora has been playing music, as she says, “Since forever!” And by that she means approximately the last 16 years. Her first memory of wanting to pursue something in music was when she was about 8 years old and in the play ‘The Wizard of Oz’. She played Glenda (the good witch of the North). The directors liked her voice so much that they decided to write a song for the part she was playing!
     
    We asked Lora about her favourite gig, and she told us about creating “Women in Music: A Singer/Songwriter Showcase”; a series that she puts on every couple months around Toronto. “They are probably some of the best gigs I’ve played because the crowd is SO attentive and really pay attention to the acts on stage. The next showcase will be held at C’est What? 67 Front St. E. On May 27th!”
     
    When it comes to her musical influences, Lora says that lately they’ve changed day to day and song to song: “I’ve been listening to so many different things trying to piece together my own project. Examples include ‘Small Doses’ by Bebe Rexha, ’New’ by Daya, or ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels.” She was able to see Ellie Goulding play recently, and Lora says it’s the best concert she’s attended in a while. “Her vocal performance was amazing and I didn’t expect it from such a large production.”
     
    Lora’s favourite piece of gear is her studio mic: Blue’s Baby Bottle. Though it isn’t quite the same one she wants for her own studio, it still delivers “a GREAT sound” for the price she paid.
     
    On being asked who her favourite Toronto artist or band is, she found it incredibly tough to choose. She told us that there’s so much talent in the city that we’d just have to head to any open mic around town and witness the amazing talent! Currently, Lora’s playlist includes not only the artists mentioned above, but also features ‘Tequila’ by Dan and Shay, ‘Ignore me’ by Betty Who, ‘Say Love’ by Jojo, ‘Perfect for you’ by Rachel Platten, ‘Surrender’ by Natalie Taylor, and ‘Already Gone’ by Sleeping at Last. If you’re interested, you can also follow her on Spotify (@loraryan), and find her NEW TUNES 2018 playlist there!
     
    Coming up April 6th, Lora is playing at B-sides with Choose Epic Toronto. After that, watch for her gigs coming up during Canadian Music Week around the city!
    For more, check out http://www.loraryan.com or @loraryanmusic on Instagram and Facebook.
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    2 weeks ago
    You go Lora...and keep smiling 😎
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    Lora Ryan
  • 3 weeks ago by Long & McQuade - Toronto

    Long & McQuade - Toronto
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are running a month-long series featuring women from Toronto's music community.*
     
    Toronto Women in Music: Roveena
     
    Instruments you play:
     
    Vocal/Piano
     
    Band(s) or Ensemble(s) you're in:
     
    Solo Artist
     
    Describe your musical sound/style/genre:
     
    Pop/Adult Contemporary - I have been told that the power of my voice paired with powerful lyrics is what makes my music unique. I aim to always write and sing music that really moves me emotionally. If I feel connected to it - then I know my fans will connect to it as well.
     
    How long have you been playing and/or studying music?
     
    As far back as I can remember I have been singing as a young child, my parents have cassette tape of me singing along to ABBA songs they had. I took formal piano lessons as well as a child so at least 20 years!
     
    What's your first memory of getting started in music?
     
    When I was a teen, I was runner-up in a Shania Twain Singing Contest with 104.5 CHUM FM - and I just remember hearing my demo being played on the radio and feeling so excited knowing this is what I wanted to do as a career.
     
    What was the best/most fun/most interesting gig or concert you have ever played?
     
    Performing on live morning television for the first time - I was just starting out in the industry and I just remember feeling really nervous even seconds before going on. All the lights and cameras on me - I know I had to give it my all and instantly I felt this this rush of adrenaline and just went for it. The performance on that show led to my career taking off soon after. I have always been grateful for that opportunity!
    8. Who is your biggest musical influence? I grew up listening to the vocal divas such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston - the way they were able to emote so powerfully with their vocals heavily influenced me and my music.
    9. What is your favourite instrument or piece of gear? My Zimmerman Upright Mahogany Piano - we didn’t have a lot of money growing up and my parents bought me this piano because they knew how much I loved music and wanted to make sure I had a solid foundation in it, so it’s an instrument I treasure the most. Also, I find it’s the only instrument I can really get some solid writing ideas down.
     
    What is the best concert you have attended in recent years?
     
    I saw One Republic play and was floored at not only Ryan Tedder’s piano playing but by every single member of the band! Each member’s musicianship is off the charts and the show left me feeling so inspired!
     
    Who is your favourite Toronto artist or band?
     
    Some of my faves are Serena Ryder, Metric and The Weeknd
     
    Who is on your playlist currently?
     
    I have been repeating Dan + Shay this country duo from Nashville
     
    What else would you like the world to know?
     
    Soon after releasing my sophomore EP ‘Fearless (October 2017) - I picked up two awards “Best Pop” Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and “Best Female Artist” at the Anokhi Awards. In addition, my second single ‘Fearless’ was recently featured as part of CBC Television’s 2018 Pyeonchang Paralympics coverage.
     
    To see more about Roveena and her music, check out the links below!
     
    Web: http://www.roveena.ca
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RoveenaGMusic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoveenaMusic
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoveenaMusic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RoveenaMusic/
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    2 weeks ago
    You are a wonderful example to so many women to take control of their dream and never stop!!!
  • 3 weeks ago by Long & McQuade - Toronto

    Long & McQuade - Toronto
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are running a month-long series featuring women from Toronto's music community.*
     
    Toronto Women in Music: Laura Rodie
     

    Instruments you play:
     
    Saxophones, "strum & sing" Acoustic Guitar
     

    Band(s) or Ensemble(s) you're in:
     
    Nothing too regular at the moment, except Tenth Avenue (formerly called Rosalita), which is a Springsteen cover band fronted by my friend and colleague, Emily McCann; and somehow I am part of an annual Exile On Main St cover ensemble. I've been working on performing solo acoustic covers too - a new adventure for me!
     

    Describe your musical sound/style/genre:
     
    I studied classically on saxophone and earned a degree in that. But a few years ago I bought a guitar and have been teaching myself to play. I have always wanted to do this because part of my love for music is inspired by singer-songwriters.
     

    How long have you been playing and/or studying music?
     
    I started piano lessons when I was 11, and clarinet when I was 12. I finally landed with the saxophone at 14, so I have been playing saxophone for over 20 years.
     

    What's your first memory of getting started in music?
     
    I remember that I was envious of the other kids who took piano lessons. I really wanted to play as well. One winter, my parents went out and picked up an old upright piano from a family who were either giving theirs away or selling it for cheap. I was about 8 or 9 when that piano was moved into our basement. We didn't have it tuned until I was 18. Around the same time, when I was 8, I joined the "Huntsville Youth Choir" in its inaugural season. I didn't know how to read music, and many of us didn't. Our director, Sherisse, taught has mostly by ear and we read lyric sheets. Our repertoire included Disney hits, Canadian folk songs, and popular TV themes.
     

    What was the best/most fun/most interesting gig or concert you have ever played?
     
    The Exile gigs have been my favourite because the musicians are all so much better than me, and I meet new people every year. Though I have to include a high school jazz ensemble experience where we were competing in Virginia Beach in some North American band festival. The ladies of the trombone section choreographed a fairly fantastic tap-inspired dance routine that helped distract from the difficulty we saxophonists were having in attempting to play our fast and swinging note-filled melody.
     

    Who is your biggest musical influence?
     
    My biggest musical influence in terms of singer-songwriters has been Jann Arden. In high school, I listened a lot to Jann Arden, Tracy Chapman and Shawn Colvin.
     
    What is your favourite instrument or piece of gear?
     
    My baritone saxophone is my favourite saxophone because it is so cool; I have wanted to own one since high school and bought one a few years ago. It's a Yamaha YBS-52. My guitar is a Taylor GS-Mini, and I love it too.
     

    What is the best concert you have attended in recent years?
     
    Tanya Tagaq last spring for the Six Shooter CMW showcase, in a lineup with Amelia Curran, NQ Arbuckle and Whitehorse. The energy and intensity was striking.
     

    Who is your favourite Toronto artist or band?
     
    NQ Arbuckle has become my very favourite band. A former band-mate introduced me years ago, and I have been quite hooked ever since.
     
    Who is on your playlist currently?
     
    I have been on a nostalgia kick replaying Shawn Colvin's "A Few Small Repairs" on repeat for a few weeks. Last year was the 20th anniversary!
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are runn
  • 3 weeks ago by Long & McQuade - Toronto

    Long & McQuade - Toronto
    *In celebration of International Women's Day March 8 2018, we are running a month-long series featuring women from Toronto's music community.*
     
    Toronto Women in Music: Lindsay Clark
     
    Lindsay Clark acknowledges having a very official sounding name, saying “it sounds like it needs 'District Attorney' or 'Medical Examiner' after it.”
     
    Starting out in music when she was 6 years old; one of Lindsay’s first memories was learning the Animaniacs theme song by ear. Previously she used sheet music, and though she didn’t need it this time, Lindsay says it was scary to a 7-year old to not have sheet music to follow.
     
    She sings and plays numerous instruments, including acoustic guitar, banjo, and keyboard/piano/organ/synthesizer. At 18, Lindsay started gigging professionally. She’s currently in a band, but says “I'm a gun for hire for either session work or touring work.”
     
    Lindsay’s rock quartet, In My Coma, has been doing well lately: “It's cool when even your passion project gets legs. IMC's doing pretty well, and we just finished a little media tour. Our single 'Take A Ride' is getting some decent airplay, and Stingray Loud plays it every hour, more or less. IMC also has a sick female bassist, Laura Doll, holding down the low end. Power up, ladies.”
     
    When it comes to her musical sound or style, Lindsay is musically divided. Country is a love brought on by her Calgary roots, her childhood gave her the 80s new wave, 90s rock was her adolescence, and she enjoys anything goth/industrial/metal-related to appease her tormented inner child, she says with a laugh.
     
    Lindsay’s most interesting (and most fun) gig was when she played the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs). At one point she rode an elevator with Lady Gaga and was later body checked by the Jonas Brothers. In recent years, though, the best concert she’s attended was Janelle Monae in March 2011 at the Royal York ballroom. Just the night before, Lindsay had played the same stage on the Canadian Radio Music Awards. Janelle Monae’s musicianship and command of the audience was “just mind-boggling”. As for Toronto artists, the favourite is The Anti-Queens, who always put on a hell of a show.
     
    IAMX (Sneaker Pimps’ Chris Corner’s subsequent project) is Lindsay’s biggest musical influence at the moment. She says it sounds like the love child of Nine Inch Nails and Muse and is the “best thing I have put in my ear hole in a solid decade.” Right now, Lindsay’s playlist includes IAMX, Ghost BC, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, and ABBA (“c'mon, don't hate”).
     
    The Kurzweil K2000 is the chosen piece of gear right now. The synth so nice she bought it twice, and also wrote an article about programming it in last summer's Canadian Musician magazine.
     
    To see when Lindsay is playing next, find her online:
     
    http://www.lindsayclarkmusic.com/
     
    In My Coma: http://www.facebook.com/InMyComa/
     
    Instagram: @inmycoma / @keys_and_gun_show
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    2 weeks ago
    Ahhh yes Lindsay!!!!! 👏👏👏
    2 weeks ago
    Lovin’ my Linz!!
    2 weeks ago
    I've always been a fan !
    2 weeks ago
    She is one super talented lady!!
    2 weeks ago
    Outstanding!! 🤘
    2 weeks ago
    Cool stuff !
    2 weeks ago
    Great article and fantastic pics!!
    2 weeks ago
    Awesome!!!! 👏
    2 weeks ago
    Hey Lindsay great job. Keep up the awesome work !
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