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Record Conventions This Weekend

There will be three conventions on Sunday, the 5th of November 2023, two of which will be in Ontario whilst the third will be in Newfoundland.

The first will be the Windsor Record Show at the Dominion House Tavern from 10am to 3pm.

Admission will be a $2 donation to TLC Animal Relief and the nearest bus stops are numbers 1074 and 1075. Contact Transit Windsor for additional information.

The St. Catharines Record Show will be hosted at the Grantham Optimists Youth Centre from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Admission will be $5 and the nearest bus stops are 303 and 306. Contact Niagara Regional Transit for details.

The Record Fair NL Fall 2023 in St.Johns, Newfoundland will be at the St.John’s Farmer Market from 10am to 4pm.

Admission will be $2 and the nearest bus stops, 2780 and 3080, are next to the venue. Consult Metrobus for details.

And don’t forget that cashes the preferred payment at these events. Enjoy.

Record Shows & More

October is getting to be pretty busy when it comes to record conventions and fairs. And there will be two events in Western Ontario this weekend.

The first will be the Hamilton Record Show on Saturday, the 7th of October 2023, which will be hosted at Bridgeworks, a venue located at 200 Catherine St. North.

Admission will be $5 and the show will be from 10am to 3pm. And the nearest bus stops are the the corner of Cannon and Hess, which is south of the venue, and Bay and Barton, which is east of the venue. Consult the City of Hamilton Transit site for additional details.

Vinyl records and music memorabilia will also be available on Sunday, the 8th of October 2023 at the London Collectibles Expo at Centennial Hall, which is located at 550 Wellington Street.

This event will occur from 9:30am to 2:30pm and admission will be $5 (or free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult). And the nearest bus stops (532,535 and 1936) are located next to London City Hall, which is a three minute walk away from the venue. Consult London Transit for further information.

You should also note that although Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days is on October 10th and 11th deals are already being made available on the Canadian site, including deals on Amazon Basic audio accessories, musical instrument accessories and on Amazon Music Unlimited, the latter including 4 free months.

Enjoy.

Record Conventions This Weekend

There will be four record convention this weekend, in Newfoundland, Ontario and British Columbia.

Starting East to West, the first convention will be on May 38th in St.John’s, Newfoundland from 8:30pm to 2:30pm at the St.John’s Farmers Market, at 245 Freshwater Road.

Admission for the St.John’s Record Fair with be $2 (or free for kids under 12) and the nearest bus stops are #2780 and #3080, facing the venue on Freshwater Road.

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The next convention with occur on the same day in Peterborough, Ontario from 10am to 3pm at the StoneHouse Hall at 2195 Lansdowne Street.

Admission for the Peterborough-Kawartha Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be $4 and unfortunately there is no public transit in the area. The nearest bus stops are a 17 minute walk away at Dobbins and Landsdowne (Bus Stops #1302/#1600)

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Another record convention will be occurring in Ontario on that day as well, this time in Bath at the MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company at 1915 County 22 Road from 10am to 4pm.

Admission at this venue will be free and the venue is also hosting an “old fashioned BBQ”.

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On the west coast, the Vancouver Vinyl Record Show will be hosted at the Heritage Hall at 3102 Main St. from 11am to 4pm.

Admission with be $5 and the nearest bus stops to the venue are Bus Stops #50241 and #59581.

Enjoy. And remember, some dealers may only accept cash so be prepared.

Paramount Minus

So, I got a three month preview of Paramount+ from McDonald’s and thought i’d be able to watch the new seasons of Star Trek : Pickard and Star Trek : Discovery, and the extended versions of the Naked Gun films. But due to rights issues none of the above mentioned Paramount and CBS distributed content is available to Canadians.

Apparently all we get are crumbs though that $5.99/month service, mainly CBS television programs and less than three dozen films. And now my choices are CTV Sci-Fi for $7/month for the Star Trek series, or $19/month for Crave because the $9.99/month rate is for mobile devices.

I could try broadcasting Crave from my tablet but i’m presuming that the contents will be 720p or 1800p, so i’m probably going with CTV Sci Fi to get these programs at a higher resolution. But I think Paramount+ overestimated the demand for their current services in Canada.

Yes, there is a new version of Behind The Music and a Madonna concert on there. But unless you’re a big police drama and Rugrats fan you won’t find much to watch on that streaming service.

I bet I could watch everything I could possibly be interested in within a month so they’re going to need to make significantly more content available to keep me as a subscriber. After all, I already get most of the films they offer on Netflix and Prime Video. And I get the latter free with Amazon Prime

I’ll update you if I see any improvements but it looks like I won’t be keeping Paramount+ beyond mid January.

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Fall Conventions Cancelled

Record conventions in Ontario that were scheduled for the Fall are being cancelled due to COVID-19. These include:

  • The Guelph Record and Music Collectible show (09/20)
  • Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show (10/20)
  • The St. Catherines Record Show (11/08)
  • Toronto West Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show (12/8)

Unfortunately, these events are dependant on crowds and safety could therefore not be guaranteed at these events.

I suspect events outside of Ontario will also be concerned over these concerns. Please contact the convention operators for details.

Record Shows This Weekend

There are two major record conventions this Sunday, in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Toronto/Mississauga Musical Collectables Record Show & Sale will be held at the Capital Banquet Centre at 6435 Dixie Road in Mississauga and the Vancouver Record and CD Convention will be hosted at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

The Lighter Side