Shop Talk


The showcase of guitars for sale at Lauzon Music will amaze any guitar aficionado. Photo by David Kawai

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Every year when we research for our Shopping Guide, we meet people who intrigue us with niche information. They offer stories that beg for more attention and passion that makes us remember what a rich urban landscape Ottawa has to offer. Ken Lauzon at Lauzon Music was one such person.

From the moment we stepped into the elegant West Wellie shop we became immersed in his world. The showroom of gleaming pianos is only the beginning. Downstairs in the repair shop, Lauzon beamed with pride when speaking of their skilled technicians.

But perhaps most exciting is their collection of limited edition guitars. These go fast — sometimes before they’re in store, some guitar aficionado has caught wind of the fact that a 1960 Les Paul, played and signed by Eric Clapton, is available. Nevertheless, its fun to chat with the staff about the big-ticket items and dream big. Check out their Facebook page for a glimpse of what’s in store; local photographer Scott McGuigan has made artwork out of these instruments.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of one of the founders of Lauzon Music, Dorothy Lauzon, but judging from the energy teeming from the shop at our last visit, her legacy is alive and well.

A Collings SoCo Deluxe guitar, one of the many beautiful guitars available at Lauzon Music. Photo by Scott McGuigan.

The Look: Elegant and intriguing.

Perfect for: Exploring a love of music — individual studios allow shoppers to try out instruments in private.

USP: The lower level is also home to a few cozy rooms for music lessons; classes in piano, guitar, bass, mandolin, and ukulele are available.

Lauzon Music. 1345 Wellington St. W., 613-725-1116,

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