Sunday, May 1 2011
In lieu of Record Store Day April 16th I wanted to do a rundown of where to pick-up a little local vinyl. You could say that in comparison to the likes of Toronto, or Montreal, Hamilton is no thriving metropolis. However, for its size, Hamilton still holds it down with regards to the number of record stores per capita. We’ve got Cheapies, Dr. Disc, Books + Beats, Hammer City Records, all right downtown plus a new one that’s popped up over the past few months next to Mex-i-can on James north. Then in the east end on Ottawa St. there’s Starddust Records for your country, 50′s, rockabilly and surf music and in the west end in Dundas we’ve got Records on Wheels. On the occasional art crawl or open streets on James north there’s sometimes a man that I’ve bought from that’s had some real gems. The seller of those rare finds, is who told me about the record sale at the Festival Banquet Centre, which tends to happen twice a year. I’ve also come across some great deals at the Deep Groove Record Swap that’s hosted at The Brain. So no shortage of records over here, in case you were worried.
The photo is taken of the front window next to Mex-i-can at James and York/Wilson. I’m sure with a little digging and flipping you could manage to find a few goodies.