February 15, 2019
An important message for our local customers here in Ottawa-Gatineau and anyone visiting us from out of town:
As many of our local customers know, the Elgin Street Renewal Project is now in full swing. While it is easy to access our shop via Gladstone and there is still ample on-street parking, some of you may feel less inclined to come downtown.
Anticipating less in-store traffic, we have decided to move forward with a pilot project to reduce the hours that our store is open to the public. This will allow us to maintain a balance between being available to our local customers, serving musicians locally, nationally and internationally via our world-class online store, and keeping the business healthy.
Beginning February 18th, our nominal opening hours will be:
- Monday to Friday: 10 am to 2 pm
- Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
- Sunday: closed
During the week days, someone will generally be here for most of the day and we would be receptive to customers stopping by outside of these nominal hours. If you find that there are times when the 10 am to 2 pm hours are not convenient for you, we would encourage you to contact us and arrange a time to stop by outside of those hours. We will certainly not turn anyone who shows up away, if we are here. And, of course, we will continue to respond promptly to emails and phone calls.
There are also several other options for those wanting to avoid Elgin Street during the construction period:
- Our online store and email/phone order mail-out services are available with free shipping on orders over $100 and reasonable shipping rates for smaller orders.
- We have recently established a partnership with Ottawa Pianos so that you may pick up your order at their Bank Street store (1412 Bank St.) – at no extra charge!
- uOttawa students and faculty can choose to pick their orders up at the music department office – at no extra charge!
Many thanks in advance for your support over the upcoming year. With your help, we will see this year through and will be able to continue to be the outstanding resource and classical hub for Ottawa musicians – indeed musicians throughout Canada!
With kindest wishes,
Gary, Tina, Sheilah and
everyone here at The Leading Note
January 2, 2019
Introducing FREE DELIVERY to Ottawa Pianos
Not too keen to drive downtown during the Elgin St. reconstruction? One option is to have your order mailed out to you. However, we are now pleased to introduce another option – free delivery service to Ottawa Pianos at 1412 Bank St. (see map below).
Introducing FREE DELIVERY to uOttawa School of Music
The Leading Note is pleased to offer a new free delivery service specifically for uOttawa students and faculty.
November 19, 2018
The snow is here, and so is our new Christmas stock! Check out some gift suggestions below for the musician in your life!
|For some musical flair on your Christmas tree, or decorations of any kind, check out these classic ball ornaments with a glittery musical touch! Made out of sturdy plastic, these ornaments are pet-and-child-proof! You can see our complete selection of ornaments here.|
October 5, 2018
We are pleased to announce that we have opened two new funky studios in the space adjacent to The Leading Note music store on Elgin Street! These studios are intended to be used by both teachers and all musicians looking for a place to rehearse.
April 18, 2018
The Royal Conservatory’s fifth edition of their acclaimed classical guitar series is FINALLY HERE! Drawing upon the RCM’s reputation of excellence, this new edition presents a fresh and exciting selection of material to engage classical guitar students at all levels. Each progressive Repertoire and Etudes book explores a wide range of historical periods and styles, featuring pieces compiled from more than 500 years’ worth of guitar and other plucked-string music. With this series, teachers and students will embark on an innovative learning path designed to foster well-rounded musical development and an enduring passion for their instrument.
April 4, 2018
The Leading Note is grateful for the generous donation of Vintage Sheet Music from Margart Munro, previously owned by Lillian Hoffman. Miss Hoffman, a resident of Farnham, Quebec, was a violinist who graduated from the music program at McGill University in Montreal and was Margaret’s inspiration for learning the violin. Miss Hoffman was a member of the Farnham ensemble (pictured below) and knew the composer Lee Roberts (and some of the sheet music is signed by the composer himself). Miss Hoffman’s collection of nearly 300 vintage titles are currently on sale at The Leading Note and we are pleased to provide all proceeds to Ottawa’s OrKidstra program.
January 31, 2018
Winnipeg music teacher, Glory St. Germain, is the founder of Ultimate Music Theory. Her Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Complete Rudiments books have been popular with our customers for many years. Glory and her team, including Brockville music teacher, Shelagh McKibbon-U’Ren, have now developed a set of supplemental workbooks, which offer additional exercises to work through the new RCM Theory concepts. There is one supplemental book available for each of the new RCM Theory Levels, to be used with the associated Basic, Intermediate or Advanced books.