My favorite holiday is upon is yet again on Saturday, and the awesome vinyl stores in Toronto are busy stocking up on the releases and preparing for in-stores as I type this.

According to the official website, these are the stores in Toronto that will be participating (but I think it’s out of date as it still listed the dearly departed Criminal Records):

 

Soundscapes Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Penguin Music Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Song & Script Toronto, ON
RotateThis Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Vortex Records Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
HIts And Misses Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Kops Records Toronto, ON
Neurotica Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
SONIC BOOM (Annex) Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Slinky Music Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
AROUND AGAIN Toronto, ON
Sunrise Records – Bloor Street Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Frantic City Records Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
She Said Boom! Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Sublime espresso bar toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Upstairs Vinyl Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Of a Kind Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
SONIC BOOM (Kensington) Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Annex Record Wicket Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Sunrise Records Toronto, ON VISIT WEBSITE
Play De Record

Of course, Sonic Boom in the Annex is throwing the biggest event for the day, with an awesome lineup of in-store performances:

1PM – ARMY GIRLS
2PM – THE DARCYS
3PM – BORN RUFFIANS
4PM – PLANTS AND ANIMALS
5PM – BLOODSHOT BILL
6PM – FRESH SNOW
7PM – LIONESS
8PM – EIGHT AND A HALF
9PM – DIEMONDS

They will also be giving away record players, headphones, and LPs, and admission is free but they do request you bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Fort York Food Bank.

Soundscapes will also be a worthy stop if you’re in the city. Watch NOW’s Soundscapes preview, with Brendan Canning:

 As shown in the video, the Elwins will be playing the Soundscapes in-store, and here is a list of releases they will have in-stock:

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – Transverse Temporal Gurus (LP)
ARCADE FIRE – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (remix)” b/w “Ready To Start (remix)” (12″)
ARCTIC MONKEYS – “Electricity” b/w “R U Mine?” (7″)
ARETHA FRANKLIN/OTIS REDDING – Respect (7″)
BEACH HOUSE – “Lazuli” b/w “Equal Mind” (7″)
THE BEATLES – “Ticket To Ride” b/w “Yes It Is/”Yellow Submarine” b/w “Eleanor Rigby”/”Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution”/”Something” b/w “Come Together” (4×7″ box set)
BILLY BRAGG & WILCO – Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions (3CD+DVD)
THE BLACK KEYS – El Camino (2LP+7″)
BLITZEN TRAPPER – “Hey Joe” b/w “Skirts On Fire” (7″)
DAVID BOWIE – Starman (7″ picture disc)
KATE BUSH – “Lake Tahoe” b/w “Among Angels” (10″ picture disc)
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS/RUN-DMC – You Be Illin’ (7″)
CLARENCE CARTER – I Found What I Wanted (7″)
GENE CLARK – “One In A Hundred” b/w “She’s The Kind Of Girl” (7″)
CHOCOLATE WATCH BAND – In The Midnight Hour (7″)
DESTROYER – Destroyer’s Rubies (2LP remaster)
DEVO – New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2LP)
DILLARD & CLARK – “Why Not Your Baby” b/w “Lyin’ Down The Middle” (7″)
DR. JOHN – Locked Down (LP+CD)
FEIST/MASTODON – Feistodon (7″)
THE FLAMING LIPS/MASTODON – A Spoonful Weighs A Ton (7″)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Dark Star (180-gram LP)
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Songs From The Great White North (12″)
IGGY AND THE STOOGES – Raw Power (2LP)
JANIS JOPLIN – Highlights from The Pearl Sessions (2×10″)
JANIS JOPLIN – The Pearl Sessions (CD)
JANIS JOPLIN – Pearl (180-gram LP)
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – Upstairs At United, Vol. 3 (12″)
JONATHAN WILSON – Pity Trials And Tomorrow’s Child (12″)
LEE HAZLEWOOD – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-1971) (2LP)
LITTLE RICHARD – Here’s Little Richard (LP)
LITTLE RICHARD – Here’s Little Richard (CD)
LOU REED – Rock N Roll Animal (LP)
LOU REED – Transformer (LP)
MC5/AFRIKA BAMBAATAA – Kick Out The Jams (7″)
METALLICA – Beyond Magnetic (12″)
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS – Ride Your Pony (7″)
SHABAZZ PALACES – Live At KEXP (12″)
SHUGGIE OTIS – “Inspiration Information” b/w “Magic” (7″)
PAUL SIMON – Graceland (180-gram LP)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Rocky Ground (7″)
ST. VINCENT – “Krokodil” b/w “Grot” (7″)
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – King of Spain (12″)
TINARIWEN – Tassili (LP+remixes+CD)
TORTOISE – “Lonesome Sound” b/w “Mosquito” (7″)
T. REX – Electric Warrior (6×7″ box set)
UGLY CUSTARD – S/T (LP)
UNCLE TUPELO – March 16-20, 1992 (180-gram LP)
UNCLE TUPELO – No Depression (180-gram LP)
UNCLE TUPELO – The Seven-Inch Singles (4×7″ box set)
VA – Arts & Crafts: MMXII (sampler LP)
VA – Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (10×7″ box set)
VA – Smugglers Way (Domino/Ribbon compilation) (7″ flexidisc + zine)
M. WARD – Primitive Girl (7″)

Tons of great stuff here.

Kops is another vinyl staple in Toronto, check out Brendan’s preview with them as well:

And one more with hip-hop record store Play De Record:

There’s also an event happening at Yonge and Dundas to celebrate the release of Jack White’s solo debut Blunderbuss – a collective chalk paint by number recreation of the album cover will take place in the square from 11am to 7pm and the project will be recorded and made into a video, so head down there if you want to participate.

My Saturday is proving to be a busy one, so I may have to miss out on the in-stores (would LOVE to be there for Army Girls, Plants and Animals and The Darcys) but I will post my finds on Sunday. I wanna see yours too!

Check out the full list of special releases here, and let me know what you’re lining up to get.

 Lisa