Music to stop playing at Oshawa’s Wilson and Lee after 97 years


Wilson and Lee may be Canada’s oldest music store but after 97 years in business, the family-run downtown Oshawa store is preparing to close its doors.

The store is co-owned by brothers Bill and David Wilson, and they’ve sold the building to the Holiday Inn hotel next door.

The business, on 87 Simcoe St. N., will offer regular services until the end of November. Shoppers can expect to bargain hunt until mid-December, when the store will be closed.

“We’re sorry we have to go, but all things must come to an end at some point,” Bill said. “We appreciate everybody, all our customers old and new over the years. It’s incredible.”

Bill and David have worked at the store for 67 and 52 years respectively, and they’re both ready for retirement.

The atmosphere at Wilson and Lee hearkens back to a bygone time in the music business. The Wilson brothers show up to work every day in suits and they have an extensive knowledge of the full line of products they sell, including instruments, print music, books, records, CDs and DVDs.

Customers can easily entice the brothers into lengthy conversations about instruments or favourite records.

They don’t have a computerized inventory system, relying instead on personal knowledge of their products.