His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the 2014 appointments to the Order of Canada. Included on this esteemed list of recipients is Yorkville Sound Founder and Chairman, Jack Long.
The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
This is a very special honour and richly deserved. Jack is being recognized for his engagement as a pioneer in Canada’s music retail and manufacturing industries who is committed to musicians, customers and employees across the country.
“Making music is a lifelong passion,” says Long. “Music is something that can improve peoples’ lives.”
Long and McQuade was founded in 1956 when Jack had the idea of selling 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, Jack also established Yorkville Sound as a separate manufacturing and distribution company in 1963. Yorkville Sound continues to manufacture Yorkville Pro Audio, VTC ProAudio, and the Traynor guitar and bass amp brands at its facility in Pickering Ontario.