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Annual record show is back at Centennial Hall

Diana Forbes | Interrobang | Lifestyles | February 6th, 2006

For 20 years the annual London CD and Record Show has been the mecca of used and vintage CDs, DVDs, records and films.

Between 40 to 50 vendors will set up their goods in Centennial Hall for one day only on Sunday, February 12 and event publicity planner and FSU building manager, John b Young, said the show is the place to be for new or vintage releases.

“If you are looking for deals this is the place to come,” Young said. “You never know what you will find.”

Young expects close to a thousand people will hunt through the thousands of titles in books, DVDs, records and CD's, which will be found at tables at London vintage standards like City Lights Books or Speed City.

Young said the show also offers a wide variety of rare concert recordings, films, music paraphernalia and turntables, which are not available in run-of-the-mill music stores.

“We pride ourselves in bringing in all types of music,” Young said, who added that the show incorporates everything from classic rock n' roll to punk and jazz.

The original London CD and Record Show took place in Forwell Hall at Fanshawe College in 1986, but the following year the event needed a larger venue and moved downtown to Centennial Hall.

Still, 20 years later, the show has strong roots with the college. The FSU has been a corporate sponsor since the inception and students are hired to work at the event.

In celebration of it's anniversary, the London CD and Record Show will have the lead singer of Helix, Brian Vollmer, on hand to sign copies of his new book “Gimme an R.”

Vollmer and Helix found heavy metal fame in the 1980's when they often toured with Kiss.

The Centennial Hall doors open at 11am and a $4 entrance fee will be all you need to browse and buy the many titles unavailable anywhere else.
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