New Canaan Music Opens Second Store in Newport, R.I.

An established New Canaan business has opened a second location in Rhode Island. New Canaan Music, which sells and rents out instruments and offers music lessons, opened its Newport, R.I. store on Saturday, according to owner and town resident Phil Williams.

“Newport New Canaan Music” is Williams’s first location outside of New Canaan. 

“I think we’ve got a pretty good formula and I wanted to broaden [the company] a little bit,” Williams told 

“I’m feeling really good about it,” he added. Asked why he chose to open a shop there, Williams said, “It’s a great little town.”

“There’s a big music community there and no music store,” he said. New Canaan Music is a membership business of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. Williams, a Planning & Zoning Commission member, is a former member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Podcast: New Canaan Music Owner Phil Williams

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan Music owner Phil Williams, as the state lifts most of its COVID-19-related restrictions for businesses. We hear from Phil about the mask policy at his own Main Street shop, what he’s learned from the pandemic and about a rise in the popularity of musical instruments and lessons in the past year. 

Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Podcast: New Canaan Music Owner Phil Williams

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to town resident and Planning & Zoning Commissioner Phil Williams, owner of New Canaan Music. The Main Street fixture, like so many of our local businesses, has been through the ringer in 2020—with a forced closure followed by a restricted reopening and new operational requirements. As a retailer (instruments) as well as a service provider (lessons), New Canaan Music has been through as much as any of our local merchants. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Local Business and COVID-19: New Canaan Music

What follows are responses from town resident Phil Williams, owner of New Canaan Music on Main Street, to our Q&A on how the local business is navigating the COVID-19 emergency here. New Canaanite: What has the past week been like for you and New Canaan Music? Phil Williams: This is a very trying time and like many local merchants, we are feeling the hardship of the situation. We have been doing everything we can to keep life as close to normal as possible but this is an unprecedented crisis. A lot of what we are going through right now is new to everyone. The health and well-being of our families, employees, customers, and the community is what is most important to us. We are also mindful of our moral obligation to help out our instructors. Our instructors are all pro musicians and with no public gatherings, their gigs have all been cancelled and therefore incomes have been cut significantly. We are hoping to help keep them working and get through this while providing a safe environment for our students to continue their lessons.

Summer Theatre of New Canaan Presents: Nick Depuy & The Big Fly

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan announced today that Nick Depuy and The Big Fly are performing at Summer Theatre’s downtown New Canaan tent-theatre on Sunday, July 21st. The concert will be free, and any donations collected online or at the door will support the Summer Theatre’s education programs. Webster Bank is the sponsor of the free event. Singer-songwriter Nick Depuy, born and raised in New Canaan, has been compared to musical greats James Taylor, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Leonard Cohen. He has opened for Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, Neil Finn of Crowded House, the Voice’s first-year winner Javier Colon, jazz-trumpet player Kermit Ruffins, and art-rock legend Procol Harum. Together with his band The Big Fly, the group delivers an inventive Americana soundscape that appeals across the music spectrum to fans of rock, pop, folk, and hip-hop.