Come and see what Arbutus Music is all about!


All of our camps, concerts, workshops and special events are listed on our Education Centre Public Access Website here.


Arbutus Music is the only independent specialty guitar store in Nanaimo.

If you are looking for quality boutique gear and knowledge, send us a message and we will get the gear and the answers you need.   Email us at


Store Hours:
10am - 6pm Monday - Saturday
12pm - 5pm Sunday

The Lesson Centre has always been an important part of Arbutus Music, offering one on one private instruction. The halls are always filled with the sounds of kids of all ages (our oldest student is 90!) learning all kinds instruments.

Visit the Lessons page for a complete listing of instruments and a little bit about the people who teach them.

Visit the Education page for more information on the course offerings from recording and music business programs to workshops and supplier demonstrations.  


There is always something happening at Arbutus Music!

We hope you have a chance to stop by soon!

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Recent News

Free Beatboxing Workshop!

On Saturday February 27th from 1-3pm our newest addition to the teaching team, Kyle "Voxman" Shepard, will be doing a FREE…

Learn how to Beatbox with VoxMan Kyle!

We are excited to add Kyle (VoxMan) Shepard to our list of teachers! Kyle specializes in beatboxing...

Ken Hamm Workshop - Tuesday, November 10th

We are excited to have Ken Hamm, one of Canada’s leading roots & blues artists, doing an introduction to slide guitar workshop…

Hello Ladies!

We are excited to have 2 new ladies on staff here at Arbutus, to add to the lineup of gents working here...

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