As it stands at this moment, there are zero (0) places in Canada where you can have a vinyl record pressed up. That will chance in May when Canada Boy Vinyl opens its doors in Calgary. The Province has the story.
Although Canada Boy Vinyl is more than two months from opening, it already has four times the business Dean Reid anticipated.
When it does open in Calgary some time this May, CBV will be the only such pressing plant in Canada.
Owner, operator, “visionary” – Reid didn’t plan it that way. He thought he’d manage a record store and produce records of the vinyl variety in its studio.
But once the recording was done, there seemed to be no place that could manufacture old-fashioned records. Out of necessity, Canada Boy Vinyl was born.
Reid is modest about his ambitions.
“I wanted to start a record label but knew it was a bad idea,” he explained. “I tried to figure out a way to sustain that so came up with revenue stream ideas: Record label, recording studio, press in the back, and retail record store/coffee shop in the front.”
He soon found out that incorporating a pressing facility into his master plan wasn’t easy, but there was plenty of support for it.