South Vancouver Island Record Show coming in March

›› Joel Weinstein

If you love music, you will want to be at The South Island Record Show on ­Saturday, March 9th at the Fernwood Community Centre. There you will find not only LP’s, but also 45s, CDs, concert DVDs, cassettes, and music memorabilia.

Demand for vinyl records declined beginning in the late 1980’s primarily due to the arrival of the compact disc. Many consumers chose to put away or give away their record collections. The market for used records had shrunk considerably from the early 1990’s through the early 2000’s.

Many of the vendors at the ­upcoming Record Show are part of the ­minority who continued buying and ­spinning records during that time, insisting they had a much better, fuller sound than CDs. Just over a decade ago, local stores began noticing an increase in used record sales. Ever since, records have become much more popular.

Our last record show, in November, appealed to teenagers and retirees alike and everyone in between. Many ­customers spent several hours browsing the 50 plus tables.

Vendors from all over the Island and Lower Mainland will be bringing music of various genres: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Punk, New Wave, Folk, Classical, Electronic, Soundtracks, Country to name a few.

There will be LPs priced from $1 and up. This fun bi-annual event runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, March 9th, 2019. Admission is $2 and kids get in free.