Records

Canadian ’80s Rock Classics Re-Issued

Platinum Blonde’s quadruple platinum certified “Alien Shores” album and subsequent platinum certified release, “Contact“, will be re-released on vinyl on August 14th, 2020.

Alien Shores” was one of my very favourite Canadian rock albums from the ’80s, along with “Standing In The Dark“, the band’s double platinum debut LP (which was re-issued in mid-2018).

This Eddy Offord and Mark Holmes production features the platinum-selling single “Crying Over You” and other singles “Situation Critical”, “Somebody Somewhere” and “Hungry Eyes”, whose music videos are available on the band’s Official Youtube Channel.

Another prominent album of the period, Luba’s “Secrets and Sins“, has also just been issued on iTunes and Google Play.

Although this 1984 Daniel Lanois production featured hits “Let It Go”, “Everytime I See Your Picture”, “Storm Before Calm” and the title track, it only had a limited release on compact disc.

Her label at the time preferred releasing a now out of print best-of compilation entitled “Over 60 Minutes With” in 1987, which was excellent. But now fans will be able to download this album, her first full-length release.

Fire Threatens Vinyl Supply

A major American lacquer disc provider was lost to fire on January 7th, 2020, threatening the world’s supply of vinyl records.

Apollo Masters was one of two facilities that produced acetate discs in the world, the other being in Japan. But experts from the record pressing industry have told Billboard that the real effects of this loss won’t be known for some time, although a “major hindrance” is predicted due to the Japanese producer’s current backlog.

Vinyl record sales had recently surged worldwide so some members of the industry are worried that this may cause the sales to drop, as the labels struggle to manufacture and release their recordings.

In the United States alone, sales of LPs and EPs had grown by 7.9% to US$419.2 million in 2018 according to the Recording Industry Association of America. And here in Canada, we saw a 3.1% increase in sales in 2019, to 973,891 vinyl albums sold according to Nielsen.

There should probably be no delays for most Record Store Day releases this April 18th. But next year’s selections could be slim, unfortunately.

Record Shows This Weekend

There will be two record show events this Sunday, in two different provinces:

The St. Catharines Record Show will be held at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre at 327 Ontario St. in St. Catharines, Ontario from 10:30 am to 4 pm. General admission for this event will be $4 or $25 for early entry at 9 am.

The RE:UNION – Record Sale in Montreal, Quebec will feature new and used electronic music and will be hosted by Café ORR at 5368 Avenue Papineau from noon to 6 pm.

Enjoy.


Record Shows This Weekend

Are you going to be in Guelph, Peterborough or London, Ontario this weekend? Then you might like to pop in the local record shows that are happening in these cities.

All three shows will be occurring on Sunday, the 22nd of October, 2019:

The Guelph Record Swap & Sale will be open from 11am to 4pm at the Unifor Local 117 Hall at 611 Silvercreek Pkwy N and admission will be $2 or free with a donation to the Guelph Food Bank.

The Peterborough Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be open from 10am to 3pm at the Evinrude Centre at 911 Monaghan Road and admission will be $4.

The London Record Show will be open from 10am to 5 pm at the Centennial Hall located at 550 Wellington St and admission will be $5 or $10, the latter being the early 10am access admission.

The Lighter Side

Record Shows This Weekend

Are you going to be in Newmarket or Ottawa, Ontario this weekend? Then you might like to pop in the local record shows that are happening in these cities.

Both shows will be occurring on Sunday, October 20th, 2019:

The Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be open from 10 am to 3 pm at the Newmarket Community Centre at 200 Doug Duncan Drive. Admission will be $4.

The Ottawa Community Record Show will be open from 11am to 4 pm at St. Anthony’s Hall at 523 St. Anthony St and admission will be $5.

The Lighter Side

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