Acoustic Play Along at Hungry Brew Hops

Share, learn and explore music with great folks. All skill levels and acoustic instruments are welcome. The talented Ryan Ainsworth will be leading the group. We put the song charts up on the TV screens, you follow along and have fun.

Hungry Brew Hops is a great space in downtown Newmarket – Craft beer, wine and soft drinks, as well as delicious food.

Spaces are limited. Tickets are available >>HERE<< at a cost of $10.

Join our own Cody Shaw in this exploration of guitar effects pedals, how they work together and how to build the best beginner pedalboard. This free and interactive workshop will be held on our sales floor from 11:30pm featuring pedals from top pedal brands.

Click >>HERE<< to register.

Guided Improvisation in  Partnership with Aurora Winter Blues Festival

Curious about improvising, but don’t know where to start?  We have the perfect workshop for you!

Throughout this hands-on workshop Fraser Gottlieb, an experienced music instructor, and talented player, will guide you through systematic ways of approaching improvisation, as well as the musical language needed to do so successfully. A varied range of techniques will be explored, from decision making, to phrasing, and learning how best to apply particular scales – dependent on your level and interests. You will also experience working as an accompanist to your fellow participants.

All string players welcome! (guitar, bass, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, mandolin, etc.)  Please let us know if you’re not comfortable with reading notation or tab, and we will connect you with Fraser prior to the event.

Click >>HERE<< to register online!

Join The Arts Music Store and Boucher guitars on Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm for an amazing night with J.P. Cormier. This clinic will be hosted in the store and is completely FREE! Learn about this amazing brand, play some beautiful guitars, enjoy some amazing guitar playing and be entered to win some great swag!



Meet Mark – Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba teacher

Mark Needs teaches brass instruments here at The Arts Music Store, specializing in Trumpet. His experience and love of music is felt through the walls of our music school. Mark shows immense dedication to his craft and to his students. His passion for music education has resulted in some amazing musical growth in students of all age groups.

We asked Mark a few questions about music, check out what he had to say below:

1.) What impact has music had on your life?
“I have experienced great joy and personal satisfaction through music. I have learned the value of hard work through music. I have shared deep connections with musicians I have played with, ensembles I have conducted and productions I have directed. I have learned how to communicate, collaborate, take risks to produce something great. I have seen the world because of music. I met my wife in music class and we still play in community band together. My children’s lives have been impacted by music and I have been part of their musical journey which has been so special for us. I have made great, lifelong friends through music. I developed transferable skills that have enhanced my work off the stage, outside the rehearsal hall and practice studio, enhancing relationships with the people I work with, opening doors of opportunity and so much more.”

2.) Why is learning music valuable?
“Music is Art and so is valuable on its own. It is a form of expression for the artist and has an aesthetic impact on the listener. The popular quote from William Congreve’s play, “The Mourning Bride” (1697) – “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast” – captures some of the value of music for our well-being and our community. Beyond the aesthetic value of music, studying and playing music is known to activate multiple areas of our brain including, for example, areas that fire when we are doing math. Just think about how much the brain needs to activate to play a musical instrument, read music, practice, perform, think critically, self assess etc. I tell my students that when sitting down to do homework or study, practice your instrument first to get the brain firing on all cylinders. Don’t lose this opportunity by relegating your music practice to the lowest priority on the to-do list. And, you might expect I’m going to add that basically we need music in our lives as part of a well-rounded education. And that’s not just my opinion.”

3.) What do you do that is unique with your students?
“Well, I hope it’s not unique but I like making connections between playing an instrument (and making music) and Life.”

4.) Who is your favourite artist and why?
“I have so many favourite artists and really, there is something unique about the way they all make music. Obviously, I have trumpet players I love to listen to and Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti are always on my playlist. I must say though that my favourite artist is Sting. Sting has not only written great songs which he constantly re-works, but he is a great performer and a very humble musician. Sting continuously strives to grow as a musician, learning from those he plays
with and collaborates with. Just watch the Youtube of him playing “Fragile” with Stevie Wonder (another favourite of mine) to see how inspired Sting is by this great musician. Sting is a lifelong learner and I admire that a lot.”

5.) What do you love most about teaching?
“I think helping others achieve that “Ah-ha” moment when, through practice and hard work, they finally
nail that new bit of technology that helps open up so many new possibilities for them musically. Then
there’s the smile on the face. Yes, the smile on the face is pretty special.”


Sign up for lessons with Mark >>HERE<<

Wednesday, January 29th – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Start your uke-journey on the right foot with the super talented John Mossop!  In this interactive workshop, you will learn basic right-hand and left-hand techniques, tuning, common chords and strumming patterns – everything you need to know to start playing ASAP!  Beginners of all ages are welcome!

Click >>here<< to register.

Wednesday, January 22nd – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Got a guitar and don’t know what the heck to do with it? This Beginner Guitar workshop is a fantastic introduction led by our own John Mossop. You’ll learn about the parts of the guitar, be shown how to play some notes and chords and rhythm, all in a supportive and encouraging setting. This is a hands-on class so bring your guitar. Beginners of all ages are welcome!

Please click >>HERE<< to register!