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Record Store Day Recap

This past Saturday, April 21st, was the 5th Annual Record Store Day, and Canadian independent record stores from coast to coast celebrated with exclusive releases, live in-store showcases, and special deals. Over 170 stores from across Canada celebrated Record Store Day 2012, with stores in all 10 provinces taking part.

Record Store Day was a hit with Canadian music fans and vinyl aficionados: Nielsen Soundscan reports that sales of vinyl LPs across Canada were up 100% last week over the previous week. On Twitter, #RecordStoreDay and #RSD12 were both Top 10 trending topics across Canada.

To mark this event, Toronto City Hall issued a series of Scrolls to the participating record stores in Toronto. These customized scrolls are issued to individuals, businesses and organizations on milestone occasions. These certificate-style recognitions of this important event are personalized with the name and address of the store. Music Canada hand delivered the scrolls to participating stores across Toronto.

The scrolls read:

Mayor Rob Ford and members of Toronto City Council extend warmest appreciation to ___________, for your participation in Record Store Day 2012. Business is vital to the success of Toronto's economic landscape and contributes tremendously to its success and vitality.
This day unites independently-owned record stores and artists around the world to celebrate and promote the art of music. Featuring music performances, meet and greets with artists, DJs spinning the latest tunes and promotions of special vinyl and CD releases, this day is sure to entertain music lovers across the city.
Music is a powerful means of expression that brings people together and bridges cultural, ethnic and social differences. Toronto is a creative centre where the arts are embraced and encouraged through events like this.
Please accept our best wishes for continued success.

Participating stores in Toronto included:

Annex Record Wicket - 1091 Bathurst St

AROUND AGAIN - 18 Baldwin Street

Frantic City Records - 799 Queen Street West (Upstairs)

HIts And Misses - 799 Queen Street W.

Kops Records - 642 Queen St. W.

Neurotica - 642 Queen St. W.

Of a Kind - 1037 College St. W

Penguin Music  256-A Queen St W.

Play De Record - 357 Yonge Street

She Said Boom! - 393 Roncesvalles Ave

Slinky Music - 442 Queen Street West

Song & Script - Cumberland Terrace

SONIC BOOM (Annex) - 782 Bathurst St.

SONIC BOOM (Kensington) - 201 Augusta Ave. (Kensington Market)

Soundscapes - 572 College Street

Sublime espresso bar – 219 Augusta Ave.

Sunrise Records – 336 Yonge Street

Sunrise Records - 784 Yonge Street

pstairs Vinyl - 2076 Avenue Road

Vortex Records - 2309 Yonge Street

Music Canada Editor: Are you a vinyl aficionado? Did you visit any stores on Record Store Day? Did you grab any of the exclusive releases?

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  • Dolly Diamond  Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
    I love all these photos! Awesome job:)
  • Dick Burgess  Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
    good news story, well-written article



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