The resurgence of vinyl: how a vintage medium made its way back into popular culture

For 26-year-old Joshua Davis, there’s nothing better than spending the day browsing through stacks of vinyl records. About once a month, he makes his way to garage sales in Ottawa, tracking down new and exciting albums to add to his collection of over 50 records. Last year, he checked another title off his list when he found the late David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust at the Great Glebe Garage Sale for five dollars. “Ever since Bowie died, I just wanted a vinyl copy of [that record],” he said. “I always have a short list in the back of my head of things that I really want.” However, the hunt is only half of the fun for Davis. The real enjoyment comes […]

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Young people driving vinyl resurgence in Ottawa

Vinyl records are enjoying a comeback, especially among young people, and Ottawa is no exception to this trend. John Thompson, owner of The Record Centre in Ottawa, said his store is seeing more young people buying vinyls. “They are who’s driving this whole thing,” he said. “It’s quite a resurgence.” Thompson said people may start buying records for their cool factor, but once they start listening to them, they’re addicted. “That whole hipster thing or cool thing is out the window and they’re doing it because they love it,” he said. Thompson said the younger generation was raised listening to digital music and  “missed out” on the vinyl experience. “Saving your allowance and going out and buying a record, ripping […]

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Commentary: The Record Centre’s re-opening party was a success

The Record Centre in Hintonburg has expanded into what used to be an expensive hair salon. To celebrate the reopening Sept. 5,  people piled into the shop to see a free show featuring two Ottawa bands The Split and The Hilotrons. The Split played first, and were reminiscent of a classic soul band featuring live trumpet and saxophone. They played a fun and energetic set for nearly an hour frequently reminding the audience that they were indeed The Split. A lot of people were there before their set, and many more showed up during or after. The long room bisected by an aisle of records was not the ideal setup for a musical performance, but there was still good attendance. […]

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