Business concern established in Montréal (Québec) 1896 by Edmond Archambault,son of Zéphirin and Délima Archambault, of Saint-Paul-l’Ermite, today Repentigny (Lanaudière, Québec). It began as a sheet music store at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Hubert streets and moved later to Sainte-Catherine and Berri .
Edmond Archambault, in his youth a student of piano and organ, added Bell piano to the store’s merchandise around 1900. The success of this expansion allowed him in 1904 to lease two additional floors, containing studios and a concert hall. During the World War1, he took over his neighbor's business, the Hurteau Music Store.
He became the agent for several Canadian and U.S. pianos (Pratte, David & Michaud, Lesage, Baldwin) and organs (Thomas, Baldwin). He also sold Archambault pianos, made by his firm except for the sounding boards, which were imported from U.S.A. He was the sole agent for Paul Kaul violins (placing that department under the supervision of the Belgian Ulysse Salme) and also represented Holton, Kohn and SelmerBrass Instruments. Around 1928 the firm was incorporated and took the name of Ed Archambault Inc.
In 1930 Archambault moved into a seven-story building which he had erected on Sainte-Catherine St. East. There he worked until struck down by illness in April 1946. He died on July, the 8th 1947. He was succeeded by his nephews, Edmond, Pierre and Rosaire Archambault. And in 1990, the firm was directed by Edmond (III) and Rosaire (II) under the name Archambault Musique, which had been adopted in 1983; in addition to the opening a branch in Trois-Rivières, Archambault had acquired Musique Auteuil in Québec City².
Thanks to its network of stores, Archambault is recognized like the most significant record dealer of East Canada but also like one of the principal actors in the field of the retail sale of books, cederoms, videos, DVD, of periodicals, music instruments and musical partitions. The house includes/understands 11 supermarkets, in Anjou, in Brossard, Chicoutimi, in Laval, in Montréal (corner of Sainte-Catherine and Berri, Complexe Les Ailes and Place des Arts), in Québec City, in Sainte-Foy, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, and a store on small surface in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce all in Québec Province.
Archambault offers to the Net surfers the most significant site of electronic transactions of French-speaking products in Canada: www.archambault.ca
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²Author Cécile Huot