Apartment613’s local holiday gift guide continues with a roundup of our favourite local record stores and vinyl music labels.
What do you get someone who loves listening to music on vinyl? And where do you get it? Regular readers of apt613.ca will be familiar with most of these record shops, so we’ve thrown in a handful of local labels to boot. If we missed something, please feel free to add suggestions in the comments below.
785 Bank St.
Earlier this year, Compact Music closed one of its Bank Street locations and moved all that stock to its flagship store down the road. The Centretown shop is no longer, but music lovers will find lots of records at Compact’s Glebe location.
Apt613 Pick: We’ll Look For Stars by Lynn Miles
The experimental Hull music label, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, has a very unique and consistent sound, due to the fact that its active musicians feature on multiple records in the catalogue. Bands like Scattered Clouds and Polaris-shortlisted FET.NAT are well-known to live music fans in the city. Her Harbour offers a soft, minimalist contrast to E-Tron’s heavy sound. Prog rock fans will be delighted by H. De Heutz and J’envoie.
Apt613 Pick: Go Gently Into The Night by Her Harbour
383 Winona Ave.
Tucked away in Westboro, Legend has a never-ending collection of music, despite the fact that it’s a relatively small store. Their “Winter’s Coming Sale” offers 10 to 15 per cent off purchases. Check the legendrecords.ca website for details. Their online store sets them apart! It’s one of the easier sites for ordering albums online. Delivery and pickup available—call for details.
Apt613 Pick: Total Freedom by Kathleen Edwards
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Based in Hintonburg, the musician-owned label is run by the same family of artists behind The Souljazz Orchestra, Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays, and Atlantis Jazz Ensemble. BBC Radio deejay Gilles Peterson is a fan!
Apt613 Pick: Oceanic Suite by Atlantis Jazz Ensemble
The Odds & Sods Shoppe
1400 Clyde Ave, Unit 8
Odds & Sods is packed full of stuff you’ll get excited about if you love music, movies, and pop culture. Among the curious and unique collectible items you might find there is a nice collection of vinyl, which gets posted in PDF lists on their website.
Apt613 Pick: Tired of Waiting by Jim Bryson
The Record Centre
1099 Wellington St. W
The RC has an in-house label that puts out tons of records by local and Canadian artists. In addition to the quality collection of new and used vinyl, they have great service and repair people. There’s new and vintage gear if you’re looking for a turntable, an amp, headphones, or speakers. Watch on Facebook for “flip videos” of new stock arriving at the store. They’ve completely renovated to make pickup and browsing as safe as possible.
Apt613 Pick: Montage by Merganzer
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So Sorry Records
The local label, featured on Apt613.ca way back in 2015, promotes a handful of Ottawa-Gatineau based artists as well as Canadian acts such as Pony Girl, Saxsyndrum, High Waters, Merganzer, Owen Davies, and Bosveld.
Apt613 Pick: Foreign Life by Pony Girl
411 Cooper St.
While they may not have the widest selection of local music, if you’re shopping for a classic rock fan, prog music, or other ’60s/’70s genres, you’ll find a ton of used records. Scrolling their Facebook page will give you a good idea of what’s in store.
Apt613 Pick: Time To Roll by Monkeyjunk
1208 Bank St.
This Rideau Street staple moved to Old Ottawa South this year! Vertigo holds everything from new releases to albums that are probably older than you are. It’s a happy medium between mainstream albums on Spotify today and classics from decades past.
Apt613 Pick: Chaos Theories by The Souljazz Orchestra
What have we missed? Leave comments below with #Support613 suggestions for all the vinyl music collectors on your holiday shopping list.