What is a Viol?


Canadian Viol Makers, Bow Makers and other Businesses:

First and foremost, this page lists information about Canadian instrument and bow makers, plus Canadian restorers and businesses that stock and supply materials for viol players. For those looking to purchase instruments or bows, "originals" may be scarce and expensive. But quite a number of craftspeople replicate period instruments from the exact specifications of instruments preserved in museums. The luthiers and bowmakers within Canada are very accomplished, and their instruments are highly sought by players the world over. A strong argument can be made that replicated instruments may actually produce a more authentic sound than the originals. After all, the instruments played in Bach's time were new! Antiques, although possessing a resonance and beauty widely esteemed today, are unlikely to sound as they did when they first were built.

Within Canada, there are relatively few businesses that sell music and supplies for period instruments. Though we prefer to support Canadian businesses when at all possible, when it comes to buying music and books, or finding a wide selection of strings, the sorry truth is that one must often look outside Canada. Fortunately, a number of specialty early music shops maintain online businesses, and will happily ship to Canada. Links to some of these sources are included at the bottom of this page.

Instrument Makers:

Francis Beaulieu
8063, rue Boyer
Montréal, QC H2R 2S
(514) 276-9676

Philip L. Davis
67 Wolverleigh Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4J 1R6
(416) 466-9619
(no website)
Charles Long
23 Lydia
Dieppe, NB E1A 4W3
(506) 858-0253
Ray Nurse
2716 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5M 1A7
(604) 255-1874
(no website)
Dominik Zuchowicz
35 Kenora Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 3K7
(613) 729-8956
Bow Makers:
Louis Bégin
C.P. 131
Lanier, QC JOT IVO
(819) 324-0944
(no website)
Trevor Ewert
3218 Weimar Line, RR #3
Wellesley, ON N0B 2T0
(519) 699-5748
Stephen Marvin
4 Sandcliffe Road
Toronto, ON M6N 2M3
(416) 239-6770
Repairs, Music and Limited General Supplies:
Geo. Heinl & Co.
201 Church Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1Y7
(416) 363-0093
The Sound Post
93 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B4
(416) 971-6990
Quentin Playfair
99 Ferrier Avenue
Toronto, ON
(416) 466-1389
(no website)
The Recorder Center
984 Dovercourt Road
Toronto, ON M6H 2X5
(416) 534-7931
(no email or website)
Frank Nakashima
(sheet music - various publishers)
P. O. Box 714, Station P
Toronto, ON M5S 2Y4
(416) 920-5025
Charles Long
23 rue Lydia
Dieppe, NB E1A 4W3
(506) 858-0253
Guy Harrison
792 Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6X9
(613) 569-4803
Viol Music and Supplies,
Outside of Canada:


Boulder Early Music Shop
P.O. Box 900
280 Seventh Ave.
Ouray, CO 81427
Tel: (800) 499-1301

New England Early Music Shop
59-65 Boylston Street
Brookline, MA 02146
Tel: (617) 277-8690

Old Manuscripts and Incunabula
P.O.Box 6019 FDR Station
New York, NY 10150
Tel: (212) 758-1946