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Record Conventions This Weekend

There are quite a few record conventions this weekend in Ontario so I thought i’d give you a heads up :

  • Kingston, Ontario – The Kingston Record Show will be this Saturday from 10am to 4 pm at the Macgillivray-Brown Hall (218 Barrie St). Free admission.
  • Newmarket, Ontario – The Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be this Sunday from 10am to 3pm at the Royal Canadian Legion (707 Srigley Street). Only $2 per person to get in.
  • Toronto, Ontario – The Flipside DJ and Vintage Record Show will be held at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen street West) from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 per person.
  • Windsor, Ontario – The Windsor Record Show will be this Sunday from 11am to 4pm at Villains Bistro (246 Pelissier Ave). Admission is $4 per person.

A Vinyl Comeback ?

It appears that more and more consumers are choosing vinyl over compact disc when if comes to purchasing physical copies of their music.

According to Soundscan, Americans had purchased just over 330 million vinyl albums last year and over 76 thousand new record albums were released in the United States that year.

Apparently many audiophiles are purchasing mp3s for their portable players and purchasing vinyl for their home stereos instead of compact discs because they believe vinyl has a richer sound. And although many bloggers have claimed that this opinion was subjective, the sales of vinyl records continue to rise.

Regardless of the technological debate, consumers have not dropped vinyl as a physical format like the magnetic tape formats (8 track/cassette tape). And compact disc sales are dropping so dramatically in the United States that many major retailers have either reduced or eliminated the retail space they had dedicated to the format.

On the other hand, many online retailers have created vinyl stores to fulfill the demand, including Amazon.ca & chapters.indigo.ca in Canada, and Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobleicon, CD Universeicon, DeepDiscounts.com & JR.comicon in the United States.

Yes, compact disc sales were still substantial at $225.5 Million dollars in the United States in 2011. But sales have slipped by 5.7% from 2010 whilst sales of LPs, digital singles and digital albums have grown.

LPs will not likely not surpass compact discs in sales anytime soon. But it obviously remains a niche product that is fashionable in certain circles, who also prefer the artwork found on LPs and 45s.

Compact disc inserts may be adequate to some but I personally prefer framing a LP for display if I am unable to find a poster of an album cover’s artwork. And I doubt that I am alone in finding the LP album cover more aesthetically appealing.

Many home audio systems and compact stereo units still include turntables but record players are available as separate components in Canada from Amazon.ca, Sears.ca, and Sony.ca.

TVO Documentary on Record Collectors

Just thought I’d bump an interesting documentary on record collectors called “Vinyl“, which will air tonight on TVO at 9 PM Eastern and tomorrow at 12 AM Eastern.

It is also available for viewing online by Canadians via the TVO web site.