It may be more convenient to store all your music digitally, but there’s something to be said for the distinct experience of playing great tunes on a record player, and the character that vinyl imparts. This year, National Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 16. Why not browse one or more of these local spots and find a few new favourites?
Located on 124 Street, Listen Records has been around since 2001 and offers a selection of records from various genres including funk, soul, groove, folk, indie rock/pop, punk and more. For Record Store Day, they’re bringing back a popular giveaway – one customer will win a limited edition Rega Queen turntable. Music fans can also expect exclusive releases, goodies, live music, coffee and donuts for the early birds, and 20% off most new and used records, gear, and accessories.
10443 124 St., 780-732-1132, listenrecords.net
This Edmonton shop has been around since 1985 and offers a wide range of vinyl records, including rare and out of print selections. They’re one of the participating vendors in Record Store Day, so stop by to see what gems you might uncover.
10764 101 St., 780-429-1476, freecloud.ca
If you’re spending Saturday on Whyte Avenue, stop by Blackbyrd Myoozik for Record Store Day. They will be having a one day, 20% off sale on everything in the store, as well as several exclusive releases and a chance to win tickets to several upcoming shows including Fitz & the Tantrums.
10442 82 Ave., 780-439-1273, blackbyrd.ca
Record Collector’s Paradise is the newest record store on the scene, having opened just last year, and claims to offer one of the largest record selections in Alberta. If you’re looking for a shop you can drive out to rather than stop by on a ramble down a busy street, this is the one for you. Find a few new favourites in honour of Record Store Day.
11004 150 St., 780-757-3414, recordcollectorsparadise.ca
With shops tucked away in both Bonnie Doon Mall and Londonderry Mall, Revolver is getting in on the Record Store Day action. Boosh & the Dip will provide music at the Londonderry store, while Borscht and Pigeon Breeders will perform live at th Bonnie Doon location. Both stores will have raffle prizes, refreshments, exclusive records and other great deals for anyone looking to stock up.
Bonnie Doon Mall/Londonderry Mall, 780-756-5100, 780-705-3232, revolver-inc.ca