Drop Off Service to Ottawa Pianos – Update
December 24, 2019

Our Delivery Service to Ottawa Pianos Has Ended

We would like to give a big thanks to our friends at Ottawa Pianos for their support over the past year during the Elgin Street reconstruction. Their kind offer to allow their store to be used as a drop-off point has made life much easier for a lot of our customers.

However, now that Elgin Street is open to traffic once again, this drop-off service will no longer be in operation. Everything is pretty much back to normal around here and we look forward to seeing you in the store!

Important Update: New Store Hours
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

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Drop Off Service to uOttawa Music Department
January 2, 2019

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.

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Introducing SiR – Sistema-inspired Resources
April 27, 2016

SiR - Sistema-inspired ResourcesSistema GlobalThe Leading Note would like to announce a partnership with Sistema Global to introduce Sistema-inspired Resources (SiR), a project that will be the most comprehensive source and creative hub of Sistema-inspired print music and pedagogical resources worldwide.


Sistema Global has long provided free repertoire and pedagogical resources meant for everyone in the global El Sistema community. To complement this, The Leading Note side of the project is intended to provide resources for sale that reflect the recommendations from a number of Sistema programs and their members. The resources on the SiR product page will consist of:

  • commercially available music from established publishers that has been proven to work for existing Sistema programs:
    • this evolving project will provide a forum for programs to recommend and share ideas about published works that kids love to play.
  • original compositions and arrangements in a wide array of styles (classical, jazz, world, pop, rap, etc.) that are suitable for Sistema programs:
    • this will encourage programs and composers to create a revenue stream by using the platform to sell their own successfully performed arrangements and compositions, and
    • it will include multi-level and flexible-instrumentation works that accommodate a wide range of ensembles.

A 15% discount will be offered to all programs registered with Sistema Global for all music on our site (in addition, a percentage of each sale will be donated to Sistema Global).

Please contact us if:

  • you have any recommendations for commercially available music from established publishers that you have found to work well for your group, or
  • you have any material that you would like to be sold through this site. Given that all copyright considerations are successfully met, all original music will be added to the SiR site and a percentage of the proceeds will be directed to Sistema Global.


Messiah 101
September 10, 2014

Messiah 101

Have you always wanted to sing Handel’s Messiah?

Messiah - Novello EditionStarting September 17, Alcorn Music Studios presents Messiah 101, a 12-week course to help you learn and master the world’s favourite oratorio. Led by choral director Elise Letourneau, this course will help you learn how to keep your place in the score, how to count in your vocal entries, how to listen to the accompaniment or other vocal parts for your note, how to mark up your score and more. Learn about important vocal techniques and choral etiquette to bring you up to speed for CAMMAC’s annual Come Sing Messiah event on December 5th at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Don’t forget to bring a copy of the Messiah vocal score, available at The Leading Note for $12.00 +HST.

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Musicians’ Mix and Mingle
March 1, 2014

Click for full size!The Leading Note is pleased to be giving a short presentation about our services and new website features on Wednesday, June 11 at the first (of many, we hope) Ottawa Church Musicians Mix & Mingle event (click the image for details). Please join us – all are welcome. It will be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow church musicians from around Ottawa! The Leading Note will be on hand to demonstrate our new Guide to Choral Music Repertoire which provides many features for choral directors. The event takes place at Riverside United Church (Riverside near Walkley) starting at 5:30 p.m. Please share widely!

Unison Choral Festival: May 16-19 in Ottawa!

National Festival Showcases the Best of Canada’s LGBTQ Choral Scene

Unison Festival Unisson 2014Unison Ottawa 2014 is the fifth edition of a once-in-four-years Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) choral festival that will bring together choristers and other music artists from across Canada to the nation’s capital for the first time ever!

Unison Ottawa 2014, under the leadership of Artistic Director Kurt Ala-Kantti, offers a showcase of the cross-country LGBTQ choral scene, and artistic and social networking to choruses within Canada’s LGBTQ communities. The Leading Note is proud to be selling tickets for Unison Festival concerts and will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” event for choir directors and other artistic representatives.

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MosaiK Choral Festival – Workshops & Concerts
February 19, 2014


This week, Harmonia Choir of Ottawa will host the MosaiK Choral Festival, bringing Canadian composer and choral clinician Brian Tate, to Ottawa for a series of workshops and concerts.  Choristers, music teachers, choral directors, and choral enthusiasts are all invited to attend.  This is a great opportunity to explore some wonderful repertoire on the festival’s theme: Voices of Planet Earth. (Read more…)