Thursday, December 28, 2006

New Year - New Home

Folks were getting ready to move the whole store to the store front just East of our present location. We'll open up Jan 2nd at our new home at 1326 Portage Avenue. We'll be busy all this week getting ready for the move so if you drop by we might be closed. Fear not! We're probably just next door moving something over or painting a wall. Regular hours apply all this week, however we'll be closed on New Years Day (won't everyone) and re-opening on Jan 2nd. See you in 2008 at the new Sled Dog Music!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmas Cheer

Folks we're open all this week from 10am-6pm Monday to Thursday and 10am-5pm on Saturday. We're also open from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday Dec 24th. Drop on by for those last minute items or just to share in some Christmas cheer.

We have loads of great guitars, a wicked Violin package for under $200.00 and a special on gig bags! We're moving right next door early January and the less stuff we have to carry over the better. Get on in here and take it all home for the holidays.

Friday, November 03, 2006

We're moving again

To anyone who has seen the "For Lease" sign in our window, don't worry, we won't need to borrow your truck. We'll be moving the store one unit to the east (or to the left in the picture) at the end of the year. It's a cost effective move that will give us a bit more room and a better space for the store not to mention a shorter commute time for me. We'll be opening Jan. 1st at our new location but come in and see us before then.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Should You Humidify Your Guitar?

If you live in Manitoba you should. Our winters are known for being dry and cold and both these conditions are hard on acoustic instruments. At risk are all the braces that keep the instrument top from collapsing, the bridge, the fingerboard and the top itself. Lack of humidity is your guitars enemy #1. Wood shrinks when it drys out and that leads to cracks and warping. Glue fails when it is dried out and that can cause a whole host of troubles for any instrument.

What can you do to protect your favorite guitar? You can store it in a sealed climate controlled room or you can own a simply and inexpensive guitar humidifier. Planet Waves makes a guitar humidifier that is easy to use and works much better than older methods like the sponge in the plastic tub. Refilling the humidifier is easy with the supplied syringe and moisture is dispersed evenly from the suspended reservoir.

Before the cold weather settles in you should bring it in for us to check out and get yourself a humidifier to take care of it over the winter.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Labour Day Hours

Happy Labour Day! On this festive and restful long weekend we will be open the following hours.

Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed in observance of Labour Day

And the following week our usual hours. Enjoy this last blast of summer with your families and friends.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Six String Nation Guitar Set up at Sled Dog!

Here it is folks. The Six String Nation Guitar. If you haven't heard about this yet this is the guitar that was made with various pieces of Canadian historical icons. The instrument was built by George Rizsanyi from a collection of Canuck artifacts Jowi Taylor painstakingly collected, such as Pierre Trudeau's canoe paddle, the ship deck of the Bluenose II, and Paul Henderson's hockey stick.
The guitar had it's debut July 1st on the steps of parliment in Ottawa played by Stephen Fearing. We had the honour of setting up the instrument before it was displayed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year.

Here is John holding the guitar after he finished the work on it. It is a national treasure and we are honoured to have worked on it. Thank you Jowi Taylor!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Summer Planning

Camping season is here, are you prepared? Do you have enough guitar strings? What about a better case for that old mandolin? Do you know how to take care of your guitar while you're at the cottage, or folk festival? We do and we'd be happy to help you take care of your little baby. Bring your guitar (or mandolin, or ukulele) by for a summer checkup before you go away. Sled Dog Music - Home of acoustic instrument repairs and maintenance.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Paul!

Paul McCartney turns 64 on June 18th. Paul, the answer to your famous song "When I'm 64" is yes! We still need you and apparently we will still feed you (if your tour reciepts are anything to go by). So happy birthday, happy father's day and just generally thanks for making some of the best music of our lives.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Father's Day Sale

In honour of our Dad's we're offering $5.00 off all Set Up gift certificates. That's right, until Saturday June 17th you can purchase a Set Up Gift Certificate for only $35.00 CAD. This is $5.00 off the regular price. Setting up an instrument is like tuning your car. There are a number of adjustments that once made will make your old favorite guitar play the best it possibly can. We adjust the height of the strings, the relief of the neck, tighten all screws, clean the whole instrument and lastly change the strings.

Doesn't your Dad deserve a guitar that plays well?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

ARIA Parlour guitar really rocks

Hey there Sled Dog fans. Here I am playing the ARIA AP-STD Parlour guitar. This baby has a solid mid range poke and really works well as a fingerstyle guitar. I'm playing blues on this guitar and it really likes slide guitar and strong bass thumb action. If you're looking for an affordable axe to really bring out your picking then you can't go wrong with this baby.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Local Hero - Will Johnston

Here is Will Johnston. Will is the proud owner of the Larrivee Guitar you see him holding here. He is also the vocalist for a hip local band named Shakey Gunn. They are about to release a new CD. You can hear a preview track on MySpace. Will Johnston - one more reason why Sled Dog Music is here.

Monday, May 08, 2006

May Long Weekend Sale - May 19 & 20

The boss is going away so we're gonna have a sale!

Come in May 19th and 20th for in store special pricing on guitar packages, tuners, strap and other accessories. This is an excellent time to get that guitar for the cottage, or that new tuner for your guitar case. Don't miss out!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Jacob Moon Guitar Workshop

Acoustic Guitar Workshop withJacob Moon - $20.00 (

Saturday May 6th @ 4pm

Signpost recording artist, Jacob Moon will focus on looping technology, songcraft and harmony. Moon is becoming known as a "must see" artist. His skill on the guitar is accented by his skillful use of looping technology which enables him to sound like a full band on his own. This will be a great workshop for singer/songwriters who are looking to broaden their performance skills. Pre-registration is required. Call 783-2542 to register or e-mail.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


We have a bunch of free circus tickets to the Shrine Circus this coming May 4 & 5, 2006 to the MTS centre. I remember going to the Shrine Circus when I was young and watching the acrobats and the lions and the man getting shot out of a canon. Such fun.

The tickets are a Two-For-One Adult ticket and FREE kids tickets. We got lots of tickets so if you want to go and take your kids for FREE just get on down here and grab a bunch. Heck take all the kids from the neighborhood! I know I'll be there, scarfing down some popcorn and candy floss.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

new Sign progress report

Here it is! The new sign is almost together. This shot was taken about 1 hour ago as I was attaching the letters to the shape background. This only leaves hanging it and adding the 'Music' portion of the sign. I hope we'll have it all finished and hung before Easter. I've been taking pictures all along and some video and I'll upload it when its all done.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Jacob Moon Guitar Workshop

Acoustic Guitar Workshop withJacob Moon - $20.00 (

Saturday May 6th @ 4pm

Signpost recording artist, Jacob Moon will focus on looping technology, songcraft and harmony. Moon is becoming known in the folk circuit as a "must see" artist. His skill on the guitar is accented by his skillful use of looping technology which enables him to sound like a full band on his own. This will be a great workshop for singer/songwriters who are looking to broaden their performance skills. Pre-registration is required. Call 783-2542 to register or e-mail.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Local Hero - Dave McKenzie

Dave McKenzie dropped by with his new CD Take It Back. Dave is the front man for the band Lost Frequency. ( Dave is one of our devoted customers and has been shopping here since we opened ten years ago. Lost Frequency will be releasing their CD to the public on May 4th at the King's Head Pub. See ya there!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Upcoming Workshops

Our Mandolin Series was a great success and I'd like to thank Fred Redekop and Al Popowich for providing solid group instruction. We have more workshops planned. Here are a few of the workshops coming up in the next few months.

April 13th - Bottleneck Slide Guitar w/Hal Brolund- $20.00 (
Hal will demonstrate and share the arcane magic that is bottleneck slide guitar. Handouts will be provided. Subject matter will include damping techniques, alternate tunings, scales, chords and using your right hand. Hal has travelled Canada playing slide guitar in festivals and concert venues with such artists as Dr John, John Mayall, Colin James, Colin Linden, Ken Hamm, Big Dave McLean, Johnny V, Kelly Joe Phelps etc...

May 6th - Acoustic Guitar w/Jacob Moon - $20.00 (
Signpost recording artist, Jacob Moon will focus on looping technology, songcraft and harmony. Moon is becoming known in the Christian folk circuit as a "must see" artist. His skill on the guitar is accented by his skillful use of looping technology which enables him to sound like a full band on his own. This will be a great workshop for singer/songwriters who are looking to broaden their performance skills.

There is more stuff in the works so stay tuned to our website for announcements regarding these and more workshops.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Mandolin Workshop Wednesday March 15th - 7pm

The last of our Mandolin workshops happens this week on March 15th at 7pm. This last session is all about Soloing and Improvising and will be led by Fred Redekop and his staltwart accompaniest Al Popowich. Fred will demonstrate various approaches to soloing and discuss how to best compliment a piece of music. The workshop cost is only $10.00. There are a few seats left but you MUST pre-register to guarantee a place. Contact Hal at 783-2542 or e-mail to register. See you there!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ike Derksen - Larrivee Owner and Local Hero

The guy in this picture is Ike Derksen, he is...

A) Upset about that last bad note he played,
B) Sorry he drank too much water before show time,
C) Wincing with delight about his Larrivee purchase.

I'll give you a hint, the answer is C. This is one more reason why Sled Dog Music is Winnipeg's Acoustic Guitar Store!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Durango B-48

Check out this guitar! Solid Spruce top, Flamed Sycamore Back & Sides, Bone Nut & Saddle and a very cool inlay on the head stock. These guitars were recently reviewed in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (January 2006) as having authentic vintage vibe and an unbelievable price. This model is their Mini Jumbo model. The tone is big and proud!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mandolin Workshops

Don't forget pickers our Mandolin series continues next Wednesday with the Chords & Rhythm workshop. Fred Redekop will be joined by guitarsmith Al Popowitch and they will demonstrate techniques for effective accompaniement. There will be lots of playing and opportunities for questions. Cost is only $10.00 but we have limited seats available so you MUST pre-register. Call (204)783-2542 to register or e-mail Hal.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Doc's Restringing Guide

Well it was first published in 1996 and now it's back. Doc's handy guide to restringing your guitar ("How to String Your Guitar So It Stays In Tune"). Simply follow this link and the mystery of the ages will be revealed to you.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Look for the Website!

It seems redundant to show a pic here since you're looking at the website now, but here it is. The new look of the Sled Dog Music website. Notice the new logo and the improved navigation.

We've kept our web log (blog) up front and streamlined the catalogue navigation. Also we've given more screen space over to the content reducing all the navigation to a banner on the top.

Tell your friends...tell your neighbors...heck tell the whole world! And it turned out nice again today.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mandolin Workshop Pics

Here are a couple pics from the first of the Mandolin Workshop series. Fred Redekop led these folks in basic techniques of achieving good tone. The workshop focused on string and pick selection as well as how to hold the pick to get the best tone possible as consistently as possible. It was a real cool experience learning from Fred as he shared his wealth of knowledge regarding the mandolin, including many tricks he learned from David Grissman and Chris Thile at the Mandolin Syposium.

The 2nd workshop (Chords & Rhythm) will take place on Wednesday Feb 22nd and will focus on choosing chords to accompany a soloist or singer. Fred will be bringing his friend Alan Popowitch with him to provide the soloist and guitar duties. If you haven't registered yet you can do so by calling 783-2542 and giving us your name and number. The workshop is at 7pm and cost is $10.00.

Here is a Quicktime clip of the participants playing "Old Joe Clark" to finish out the night. The clip is 4.52MB. Enjoy!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Harvey Levy - Local Hero

The gentleman you see here on the left is Harvey Levy. Harvey is a great songwriter and all around nice guy. Plus he has one of the sweetest left handed guitars we've ever seen. Harvey is also one of the fellows behind Levy's Gig Bags and Straps worn by Best Dressed Players Worldwide. Harvey's next gig is on Friday Feb 10th at Academy Coffee Company. Show starts at 8pm and there are a bunch of good songwriters featured.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Groundhog Day!

Well folks it's official! Wiarton Willie has predicted that we will have an early spring. That news couldn't come soon enough for us here at Sled Dog. Don't get me wrong we enjoy the long dark nights and cold wintery days but here in Winnipeg the city comes alive in the spring. Folks start sitting out on their porches playing guitar and heavy winter coats give way to much more attractive attire. Ooooo boy I can't wait.

The Mandolin Workshop series begins tonight at 7pm with Fred Redekop taking us through the basics of Tone & Technique. If you haven't registered yet call 783-2542 and get your name down. Each session is $10.00 and seats are limited so call now! The next session, Chords & Rhythm is on Feb 22nd at 7pm and the final session Soloing & Improvising is on March 15th. We'll see ya there!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Blair Hordeski - Local Hero

Blair Hordeski is one of our local heros. He has been rockin' in the Peg since at least 1997 (when I first met him). His band (Daniel Roy, Steve Lagimodiere and Brent Pearen) play the last weekend of every month at Finn's Pub at the forks.

Don't let the acoustic guitar fool you this guy ROCKS and the band is pretty durn hot too. Check out the pics from his gigs at

Friday, January 13, 2006

Mandolin workshops

We are pleased to announce the Sled Dog Music Mandolin Series. These three sessions are designed to develop your skills as a player whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced musician.

The first session "Tone and Technique" includes a brief discussion of mandolins, strings, picks, tuning, set up and so on, along with developing good fundamentals, exercises, designed for building good tone and technique. This session will be held on Feb 2nd at 7pm.

The second session "Chords and Rhythm" - how to find them and how to (as well as how not to) use them. This session will be held on Feb 22nd at 7pm.

The third and final session "Soloing and Improvising" will teach the basics of playing behind a singer..improvising on a fiddle tune........generally the subject of what to do when your turn to solo comes at the jam. This final session will be held on March 15th at 7pm.

These sessions will be led by Fred Redekop (Ain't No Mountain Boys, Keystone Bluegrass Quartet) and held at Sled Dog Music 1328 Portage Avenue. The cost is $10.00 per session and you can register by calling (204) 783-2542.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tune into CBC 98.3FM this Sunday at 12 noon.

Sunday, January 8, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Head for the Vinyl Cafe this weekend. Host Stuart McLean tells the story about how John and Sled Dog Music helped start The Wailin' Jennys. Nicky, Ruth and Cara sing three songs throughout the show. Heaven When We're Home, Arlington and Old Man (by Neil Young). Of course this show is a repeat of an earlier broadcast and all of you know that Cara has left the group and Annabelle has taken her spot. Recently the girls were playing Town Hall in New York with Garrison Keeler and the Prairie Home Companion show. Way to go Jennys!