Toronto, Canada (July 30, 2014)—Yorkville Sound founder and chairman Jack Long has been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors. Long is being recognized for his work as a pioneer in Canada’s music retail and manufacturing industries and his committment to musicians, customers and employees across the country.
The announcement was made by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; the Order of Canada was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
“Making music is a lifelong passion,” said Long. “Music is something that can improve peoples’ lives.” Proving his own point, Long founded Canadian MI retail chain Long and McQuade in 1956 when he had the idea to sell instruments to friends in the industry. Fifty-eight years later, the chain has 65 Canadian locations serving musicians from coast to coast.
In addition to building Long & McQuade, Long also established Yorkville Sound as a separate manufacturing and distribution company in 1963. Today, the company manufactures Yorkville Pro Audio, VTC ProAudio and the Traynor guitar and bass amp brands at its sizable facility in Pickering Ontario.
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