This year, Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 13th. Hamilton is fortunate enough to have a multitude of unique record stores to visit throughout the city. New or used, current or classic, you’ll find a little bit of everything here in Hamilton.
This is our 2019 list of Hamilton’s 10 best record stores to visit on Record Store Day.
From the outside, Chaises Musicales looks like vintage store that specializes in furniture and homeware. The store focuses on all things mid-century, and that includes records. Comb through their collection of gently used records and you’re sure to find a gem. Although Chaises Musicales doesn’t focus on records in particular, you can’t pass up the chance of finding some 1950s to 1970s nostalgic jams.
Hammer City Records is your friendly neighbourhood punk rock record shop. They specialize in punk and hardcore, but they do offer other diverse genres, such as reggae, ska, and world music. They also carry a variety of merchandise, such as shirts, buttons, and zines. Give them a visit at the basement of 228 James Street North and learn a thing or two about the Hamilton punk scene.
Stardust Records has been supplying Hamiltonians with music in all formats since 1983. They specialize in records from the golden oldies — 1950s and 1960s — as well as classic rock and 45s. If you have records to sell, Stardust Records will take ‘em — they know that one man’s unwanted album could be somebody else’s favourite! If you love your classics, give Stardust Records a visit.
Located in Dundas, Records on Wheels has been operating since 1979. They carry a wide variety of music, but are mostly known for their selection of progressive rock, blues, and folk. Records on Wheels also sell an assortment of t-shirts, collectibles, and knick-knacks. They will be open at 8 am on Record Store Day, offering great deals on turntables and selling new vinyl at 10% off regular price.
Since 1991, The Beat Goes On has offered a large selection of used music, movies, and video games. If you pay them a visit this Record Store Day, be sure to allot plenty of time — you might be going for the records, but you’ll end up staying for the wall-to-wall nostalgia. With such a wide and varied selection of all things pop culture, The Beat Goes On is worth checking out.
To celebrate Record Store Day, The Beat Goes On is offering 30% off all used CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and modern games, as well as 15% off new CDs, new and used LPs, retro games, consoles, cassettes and accessories. Record Store Day titles are not included in the sale.
Crash Landing might be a small storefront, but it packs a serious punch in the Hamilton music scene. You’re going to find a lot of gems here, from musical instruments to rare vinyl. Crash Landing focuses on the classics, especially records from the 1970’s and early 1980’s punk scene. Although the store has never bought or sold official Record Store Day vinyl, they have always participated in their own way.
Into The Abyss is Hamilton’s newest record store, opening in September 2017. They offer a wide selection of new and used vinyl, as well as a unique collection of vintage clothing. Occasionally they host shop shows, inviting bands to perform at the store. Despite having only been open for a year and a half, Into The Abyss has already cemented itself as one of Hamilton’s go-to record stores.
Into The Abyss is going all out to celebrate Record Store Day, holding a contest for the ultimate Locke Street prize pack. If you spend over $20 in store this weekend, you will be entered to win a gift card from Democracy, The Burnt Tongue, a t-shirt and hat, as well as three free records of your choosing. The store opens at 10 am this Saturday.
Revolution Records offers an incredible mix of all kinds of media. From records new and old, CDs and DVDs looking for a good home, as well as pins and patches to adorn your jacket — Revolution Records has it all. If you’re going out with a large group of friends for Record Store Day, this might be your best bet. With such a wide variety, everyone is sure to find the latest item to add to their collection.
Revolution Records opens at 8 am on Record Store Day.
Open since 1978 and operating out of their King Street storefront since 1988, Cheapies is a Hamilton staple. Their 4,000 square foot location makes them the largest record store in Hamilton, and they put all that space to good use. Wall to wall, row to row, Cheapies has a wide assortment of music, games, and memorabilia. The store is largely dedicated to records, but you are sure to find a variety of unique items, such as lunch pails, games, and toys. Dedicate plenty of time to your Cheapies trip as there’s plenty to see and buy.
Cheapies will be carrying exclusive Record Store Day releases, opening at 9 am.
Open since 1991, Dr. Disc has seen Hamilton through all kinds of musical changes. They sell new, used, and imported CDs, LPs, and DVDs with hands down the biggest selection in the city. If by some odd chance Dr. Disc doesn’t have what you’re looking for in stock, they have a killer worldwide special order service to get you just what you need. They also rent and repair DJ equipment!
Dr. Disc has always been supportive of Hamilton’s local music scene, whether it be highlighting up-and-coming DJs, selling tickets to local shows, or letting bands play on their roof at Art Crawl. For Record Store Day, Dr. Disc will be selling a limited number of Crosley 3-inch turntables as well as 3-inch record packs. The store opens bright and early at 9 am.
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