Published on March 28, 2022 at 9:15 a.m.
Andrew (left) and Nick of Kops Records in Oshawa
Vinyl record enthusiasts filled the Courtyard by Marriott hotel conference room in Oshawa on Sunday for the 35th Oshawa Record & CD Show and the first in two years.
More than 60 vendors from as far away as Montreal made the trip for the event, which had a reputation as one of the biggest and best record shows in Ontario until COVID shut down everything there. two years old.
“It had also become one of the best events in Oshawa,” said Sonia Fudge, who has hosted the biannual shows for 18 years. Fudge took over the show in 2004 after 16 years of operation in nearby Whitby as the Whitby Record Show.
Fudge said she was happy to be back doing what she loves and thrilled that so many music fans came.
“After two years without shows, the turnout has been fantastic,” she said.
At least 500 people attended; enough that the hotel’s huge car park fills up quickly, forcing guests to park along busy Bloor Street.
Inside there was something for everyone, with thousands of vintage vinyl records, CDs, rock n’ roll memorabilia, posters, t-shirts and music accessories like laser clocks and unique items from Sam the Record Man’s vault.
Andre Lessard, co-owner of Another Spin, Oshawa’s newest independent record store, said the show and attendance was everything he expected and more. “I love him. That’s why we came. To get our name out there because we’re new here.
Another Spin, with two Oshawa-born and raised partners at the helm, opened its store on Bond Street in downtown Oshawa five months ago.
Oshawa’s OG record store – Kops – was also at the event, as was iconic Toronto rocker Greg Godovitz, who split his time at his booth to chat with fans and sell raffle tickets for a signed RUSH poster, with proceeds for Save The Children Ukraine.
The next show is scheduled for November 27 at Lviv Hall in Oshawa.
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