Friday, April 16, 2010

Record Store Day - Toronto Listings

Tomorrow, Saturday April 17th, 2010, is International Record Store Day! If you haven't heard of it before (gasp!), Record Store Day is essentially the indie music geek's Christmas. It's a magical day that comes only once a year to spread song and joy throughout the land. Everyone gathers at their local independent record store to celebrate. Wondrous sales, limited edition merchandise, giveaways and in-store performances are aplenty. On Record Store Day high fives are given higher and man hugs become manlier. Find out more about Record Store Day at its official website.

There are tons of great sales and deals at the various independent store around the city, but the free acoustic performances are really what makes the day so great for music fans. Here are the Toronto listings for in-store performances:

Sunrise Records (336 Yonge St. location)

12:00 - Hunter Valentine
1:15 - Fox Jaws
2:30 - Ash Koley
3:45 - Moneen
5:00 - Justin Nozuka

Sonic Boom (512 Bloor St. West)

Sonic Boom asks only for a non-perishable food donation for the food bank in exchange for admission into the otherwise free show. Be a dear and bring something nice, won't you?

4:00 - Buck 65
5:00 - Metz
6:00 - Meligrove Band
7:00 - Adam Green
8:00 - Sloan

Criminal Records (493 Queen St. West)

TBA. Although it has yet to be officially announced, Criminal Records is hinting at a very special in-store performance. They suggest checking their twitter page often.

Kops Records (229 Queen St. West)

5:00 - The Junction
6:00 - City Sweethearts

If you're looking for something fun to do after your day of record shopping, check out The Junction's headlining spot at Lee's Palace with The Darcys and Amos the Transparent! They've also recently released a video for their latest single No Road off their sophomore release, Another Link in the Chain. Check it!

Happy Record Store Day everyone!

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