Domenic’s Academy of Music, a family-owned and operated business, has been serving Orléans and Ottawa for 50 years. The current owner, Juan-Miguel Cinanni, nephew of the original Domenic, is now reaching out to alumni from the past 50 years as he is planning a celebration to honour the store and his uncle this summer.
In 1953, along with many other Italians, Domenic Cinanni moved to Ottawa to start a new life. Though he could not yet speak English or French, Domenic knew the language of music and, as an accomplished accordion player, was soon in demand at parties and weddings. At the same time, he began teaching accordion from his basement, along with his brother who played and taught guitar.
Soon the business grew and Domenic opened his first storefront in 1967. In addition to the stores in Ottawa on Bank Street and Carling Avenue, Domenic had stores in Orléans, Kanata, Pembroke, Deep River and Florida.
Domenic continued to pursue his own musical career as well and the 60-piece accordion band he conducted won two national awards at the Canadian Accordion Association.
Ten years ago, nephew Juan-Miguel Cinanni began operating the music academy on St-Joseph that still plays an integral role the community. Also a music lover, Juan-Miguel principally plays tenor and alto sax but also plays piano, guitar and percussion.
Domenic’s Academy of Music has everything a student needs to get started, and the talented musicians at their store are able to recommend the best products to suit a student’s needs. The Academy teaches people of all ages, but most of their students are teens and pre-teens who are looking to master their first instrument, opening new opportunities for students in many aspects of their lives.