Record stores

Record Store Day – April 21st, 2018

Record Store Day will be on April 21st this year and a release list has been made available.

I’m interested in the re-release of Platinum Blonde’s “Standing In The Dark” on white vinyl and Def Leppard’s “Live From Abbey Road” LP. 🙂

It’s Record Store Day 2014 !

A great day to go out and visit your local independent record stores to nab either a great deal or the latest albums from one of your local indie artists. Maybe both ?

Click here for additional information.

An App For Vinyl Hunters

Have you ever been to a new city and wondered where you could find vinyl records ? Do you have a mobile device that uses GPS ? Then try “The Vinyl District” app :

Click here to download the iOS version from iTunes
Click here to download the Android version from Google

Happy International Record Store Day !

It’s Record Store Day ! Don’t forget to browse your local independent stores today. Click here for a list of your local participants.

Retail News – Future Shop/Best Buy/HMV U.K

Eight Future Shop and seven Best Buy stores are set to close though-out Canada as the company restructures their retail operations.

According to a January 31st, 2013 press release smaller retail operations will replace these stores :

Best Buy stores in Queensborough, Nanaimo, Victoria, Langford (Westshore Town Centre), and South Surrey, British Columbia; and Lachenaie, and Sherbrooke (SmartCentres Sherbrooke), Quebec.

Future Shop stores in West Kelowna, British Columbia; Montreal (Forum Entertainment Center), Laval (First Pro Ste-Dorothee), Quebec; Regent, Manitoba; Macleod, Calgary; as well as Ancaster, Barrie South and Erin Mills, Ontario.

Best Buy Mobile locations will expand whilst smaller Future Shop “web stores”.

On the other side of the pond, HMV U.K is also restructuring and is not currently taking online orders via their site.

Sixteen stores have been closed in Ireland and half of the 223 U.K stores are expected to close shortly.

He Said It, He Did It

Sam Sniderman, the founder of Sam The Record Man, has died at the age of 92.

The Sam The Record Man chain was founded in 1937 and had become Canada’s largest chain of record stores by 1982, which enabled the chain to be a major promoter of Canadian music.

In 1961, their flagship store at 347 Yonge Street in Toronto opened and had become a landmark due to its pair of rotating neon signs, which were prominently featured in film and television including Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk” and one of my favorite music videos, Alphaville’s “Big In Japan”.

Unfortunately, the chain and flagship store closed by mid 2007 due to competition and advancements in music distribution technology. But Sam The Record Man will be remembered for his contributions to the Canadian music industry, including the independent scene, which flourished in the 80’s and 90’s because of his support.

Sam The Record Man RIP 1920-2012