Oshawa CD & Record Show makes triumphant return after two-year absence

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Published March 28, 2022 at 9:15 am

Andrew (left) and Nick of Kops Records in Oshawa

Vinyl record lovers packed the conference room at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oshawa Sunday for the 35th Oshawa Record & CD Show and the first in two years.

More than 60 vendors from as far away as Montreal made the trip for the event, which had the reputation as one of the biggest and best record shows in Ontario until COVID shut everything down two years ago.

“It had also become one of the best events in Oshawa,” said Sonia Fudge, who has been organizing the twice-yearly shows for 18 years. Fudge took over the show in 2004 after 16 years of operation in neighbouring Whitby as the Whitby Record Show.

Fudge said she was happy to be back doing what she loves and thrilled so many music fans came out.

“After two years of not having shows the turnout was fantastic,” she said.

Nearly 900 people were in attendance; enough that the hotel’s massive parking lot filled up quickly, forcing patrons to park along busy Bloor Street.

Inside there was something for everyone, with thousands of vintage vinyl, CDs, rock n’ roll memorabilia, posters, t-shirts and music accessories like laser record clocks and unique items from the Sam the Record Man vault.

Andre Lessard, a co-owner of Another Spin, Oshawa’s newest independent record store, said the show and the turnout was everything he expected and more. “I love it. That’s what we came for. To get our name discovered because we’re new here.

Another Spin, with two Oshawa born-and-raised partners at the helm, opened their shop on Bond Street in downtown Oshawa five months ago.

Oshawa’s OG record store – Kops – was also in attendance at the event, as was iconic Toronto rocker Greg Godovitz, who split his time at his booth chatting with fans and selling raffle tickets for a signed RUSH poster, with the proceeds for Save The Children Ukraine.

The next show is scheduled for November 27 at Lviv Hall in Oshawa.

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