Record Store Day Update

Several Record Store Day events will occur at participating retailers, starting at the end of this month.

On August 29th, 2020, this first of three series of limited-edition recordings will be made available, followed by a second series on September 26th and third series on October 24th.

These releases were spread out to limit the crowds at these participating retailers, in response to COVID-19. And masks and social distancing will be required to enter these establishments.

For your information, disposable face masks are available from, and your local Giant Tiger, Rexall Pharmacy, Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart stores.

More Ontario Theatres Open

Cineplex Entertainment and Landmark Cinemas have opened several of their theatres in the province of Ontario, with limited showings and extra precautions to keep COVID-19 from being spread.

The newly converted Cine Stars Theatres in Western Ottawa and Burlington have also been opened with the above-mentioned precautions.

By the way, I’ve also noticed that Canadian Tire stores now sell both masks and face shields, although I couldn’t find the latter listed on their site. Disposable face masks are also available from your local Shoppers Drug Mart and Giant Tiger stores, as well as from online.

Stage 3 in Most of Ontario

The provincial government of Ontario has released a document specifying what Stage 3 entails: Click here for a PDF of this document.

It will be of interest to people residing in Northern and Eastern Ontario, as well as some less populated areas of South-Western Ontario, where Stage 3 will be implemented on July 17th, 2020.

In regards to live performances/concerts, music lessons, record conventions and fundraisers, these will still be subject to gathering limits and physical barriers, as defined by local health authorities. And masks will be required for both staff and patrons in the above-mentioned establishments, with social distancing.

Movie theatres in Ontario will probably open with the aforementioned gathering limits, physical barriers and requirements. But Cineplex, Landmark Cinemas and Imagine Cinemas have yet to issue statements on when these will open.

You should note that nightclubs will not be re-opening yet anywhere in the province, nor will dancing or karaoke be allowed because these were determined to be high risk. And I suspect these will not be opening across the country for some time.

By the way, disposable face masks are available from, and your local Giant Tire Store.

Movie Theaters Re-Opening

The movie theatre chains in Canada will be re-opening some of their locations with stipulations in regards to the mandatory wearing of masks and fewer seats, concessions and bathroom stalls being made available to facilitate social distancing.

Landmark Theatres has already opened some locations in the provinces of Alberta and will open more shortly in British Columbia and Saskatchewan whilst Cineplex and Guzzo Cinemas are planning on opening locations in July, some as of July 3rd.

The Imagine Cinemas chain in Ontario and British Columbia remains closed but Ciné Stars have opened their theatres in the province of Quebec.

Retail Slowly Adapting

As you can see by my lack of posts the industry is pretty much at a standstill, a few retailers choosing to re-open with strict measures against COVID-19.

Sunrise Records has decided to open a few of its stores, with reduced hours, payments limited to credit card/debit and limited staff, with a maximum occupancy rate of 10 people including staff. And in Quebec, Archambeault stores have also opened with reduced hours, reduced staff and is also asking people to use credit and debit for their purchases, asking their customers to handle merchandise as little as possible.

These rules, along with the use of masks and physical distancing, are likely going to be adopted by the independent chains and stores through-out Canada, adapting to municipal and provincial guidelines as we progress into the summer. But if you can order it online and/or pick it up at the store, I’d advise you to do that to save yourself some time.

Some The Source electronic store locations are open but like Best Buy Canada and The Brick, they also prefer their customers to shop online and pick up their pre-purchased items in-store or curbside. And in regards to book stores, Chapters/Indigo stores have opened but are also following the above-mentioned guidelines, offering contactless curbside purchasing to their customers. has also relaxed its essential goods shipping so more entertainment products have been made available without the associated delays. And if you’re looking for home entertainment accessories like cables or mounts Prime Cable and Newegg Canada iconare taking online orders with slight delays, the latter also offering electronics and components.

By the way, you can order disposable masks from or have reusable, machine washable antibacterial masks delivered to you if you reside within 10 kilometres of a Kardish Health Food store, the latter also offering curbside purchasing.

Enjoy the warmer days. And stay safe.

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