Record Collecting

One of Canada’s biggest and best record shows is moving to a new venue

[A heads-up on the Toronto Downtown Record Show by Elisa FG. – AC]

Make like a cassette and rewind with me for a minute, or shake your CD-playing Walkman and skip back to a time when music was somewhat of a figurative currency. It wasn’t as easy as it is now to hear your favourite album, so you did what you could to acquire it.

Hell, I wrote English essays in high school for kids who were willing to exchange their CD’s for passing grades!

Then there were the people you knew or family members you had, that somehow had an unfathomable amount of records, and special editions, signed albums, mixed tapes, LPs, rare releases, you name it, they had it. They also had a rule, “don’t touch.” You know who I’m talking about: the people who treated their music collection like a fancy couch with the plastic cover over it, what was the point?

If you are familiar with the “no touchy my music” types, and you live or are in Toronto on Saturday, April 29th, there will be an entire room, packed to the brim with tens of thousands of records and CD’s for sale, all for your sifting and sorting pleasure. And this is a new venue for the Toronto Downtown Record Show, too. After years of being held at the Estonian Hall of Broadview, things will now happen at the Holy Name Church at 71 Gough near Pape and Danforth.

Toronto’s top sellers are bringing you their vast selections of music, from rock, jazz, soul, reggae, metal, punk, international, Blues, Funk, Alternative, Hip-Hop, 80s, 90s, classical, and probably anything else you can think of! Toronto’s Downtown Record Show is back for one day, and for $7 bucks, you can get in on the action from 11am – 4pm. All admissions are available at the doors.

Unfortunately for all you collectors, there won’t be advance ticket sales but there will be early admission at 9 am for $30 dollars. Get first dibs on all the music you weren’t allowed to borrow, buy or burn back in the day on April 29th.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “One of Canada’s biggest and best record shows is moving to a new venue

  • $30 for the privilege of buying something? Ummm, no.


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