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Get ready to find that one of a kind vinyl and some of your old favourites on April 13, during Record Store Day.


Jocelyn Wong | Interrobang | Lifestyles | April 5th, 2019




April 13 marks Record Store Day, an international celebration of independent record stores.

In London, there are four record stores taking part in the celebrations: Grooves, Odyssey Records, and Speed City Records.

In London, Grooves will be having extended hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and hosting a variety of events such as live music, costume contest, prizes, kid’s album art contest, and sales on regular items.

Grooves is an indie record store that sells, trades new and old records as well as music magazines and t-shirt and accessories. They have a strong presence in the local London music scene and are also a point of contact for all local gigs.

Speed City Records, London’s oldest record store, also sells hardware such as turntables, amplifiers, speakers as well in addition to their vast new and used record collection.

Odyssey Records takes a different approach and brings a whole new experience with their underground cinema screenings in addition to their record store.

Pamela Hassan, program director of Radio Western, said that Record Store Day will “[bring] people out of their homes and into record shops where they should be spending more time, anyway”.

On the topic of playing records, Hassan said she believes that “it’s super important to play records”.

Records are making a comeback, as more and more student and volunteers are fascinated by this traditional means of listening to music.

“As the Program Director here at the station, we have vinyl library with about 36 years of collected vinyl and when I show it to the new volunteers at the station there is always an “ooooh! aaaah!” reaction to it,” Hassan said.

That being said, Hassan also said that “lots of students don’t have a record player and in fact have never put the needle down on vinyl so I like to encourage them to try”.

There has been a resurgence of vinyl sales in the last two years, with Forbes reporting a 12 per cent increase in sales from 2017 to 2018, which contributed to 13.7 per cent of all physical sales.

Grooves Live Music Lineup on Record Store Day:

11 a.m. - Noelle & Renée of The Pairs

12 p.m. - Shoobies

1 p.m. - Super Animal Force Plus Infinity

3 p.m. - Sweet Toothe

4 p.m.- Jock

5 p.m. - TBA

Grooves. 236 Dundas St., N6A 1H3. 519 640 6714.

Odyssey Records. 613 Dundas St, N5W 2Z1 416 937 0637

Speed City Records. 299 Springbank Drive, 519 858 2680

Top Selling Vinyls of 2018 as reported by Forbes

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (47,155 sold)

2. Michael Jackson - Thriller (46,435 sold)

3. Beatles - Abbey Road (43,606 sold)

4. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (38,874 sold)

5. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (38,339 sold)
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