April 16 is Record Store Day – that day each year when we celebrate the independent record store! Although many record stores have gone to the wall in challenging economic times in a rapidly changing industry, the ones that remain are thriving because they work hard to provide a knowledgeable customer service and a selection that doesn’t exist online or, dare I say it, Wal-Mart. You can also credit part of the success to the resurgence of vinyl, and an appreciation that it was, and probably still is, the best way to listen to recorded music.
Record Store Day started in the US in 2007 and has since developed into a worldwide event, and now comes complete with a whole raft of special releases and artist in-store appearances. This year we’re showcasing Forch’s Record Store in Cambridge, ON who maintain a great section of new and previously enjoyed vinyl, CDs, videos and even cassettes alongside music mags and memorabilia. They also have a music preview lounge and occasionally host in-store live events. For more information, visit forchsrecordstore.ca. Check out your local favourite store, and if you’re in the area, a couple of our other favourites, Encore Records in Kitchener and Royal Cat Records in Guelph. Check out all the participating stores in Canada at recordstoredaycanada.com.