Here we are in the Calgary, Alberta location. I like the way Long & McQuade does things, and I know Big Dave does, too. Everywhere we go we meet dedicated, long term staff, who love their jobs. It's not just about selling stuff, or giving lessons. I've also been a customer for about 40 years, and I've been in and out of most of their locations in the course of my touring. I remember being in the basement of their original store when I was about 12 and- for some reason- I remember the smell of some of the old drum kits they had down there... It was exciting to be there, it was the Big Time to us.
Charlottetown, PEI. As a company they have taken risks to develop all kinds of music in Canada. How many successful performers bought their first instrument on credit at Long & McQuade? Rented their first PA for their first gig? Longs has planted a lot of seeds for a lot of years, for professionals, amateurs, ordinary people and stars alike. I believe that their business model has significantly impacted Canadian culture. Probably more than some of the grant agencies.
Yes, it grew out of Toronto, but every community has it's own identity. Here Michael Pickett and I set up in Surrey, BC. Do you think it will be loud enough?!!
Guitar heaven in Nanaimo, BC. Our pre-show masterclasses have been very successful here!