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5 places to get your vinyl record fix in downtown Victoria

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As Jack White, the former frontman of The White Stripes once said, “There’s no romance in singing about an iPod.”

As many vinyl purists would agree, nothing beats the experience of sitting back and listening to your favourite record as if you were in the studio on the day it was recorded.

Despite the fact that many Canadian retailers have parted ways with the CD, vinyl records continue to have a loyal fan base here in Victoria.

And according a recent report released on Global News, vinyl records have been outselling CDs for the first time since 1987.

Without further ado, here are five of the best record stores Greater Victoria has to offer:

Ditch Records & CD’s

Victoria’s largest locally owned record store, lives up to the name! Ditch Records offers has Victoria’s widest selection of new and used Vinyl and Cd’s. They also buy and trade vinyl and select high-quality cd’s.

  • When: 
    • Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 784 Fort Street

Cavity Curiosity Shop

Cavity Curiosity is no stranger to the strange. Filled with Local Art, Books, Vinyl Records, CDs, DVDs, Blurays, Tapes, VHS and Board Games. This shop is also a must visit destination for all things rock and punk.

  • Where: 2514 Douglas Street
  • When: Thursday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Vinyl Envy 

Established in 2015, Vinyl Envy is an independent, vinyl record store as well as an all-ages live music venue.

  • Where: Vinyl Envy, 1717 Quadra Street
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Turntable

If you’re a music junkie, you can always get your hands on the good stuff at The Turntable, located in the famed and funky Fan Tan Alley in Victoria.

We buy, sell and trade vinyl records, CDs and cassette tapes, accommodating both avid collectors and casual browsers with music and music paraphernalia for all tastes.

  • Where: 107 Fan Tan Alley
  • When: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Supreme Echo

Supreme Echo
(Supreme Echo Music Boutique / Facebook )

Small in size, but large in selection. Hungry for some musical conversation? Jason, the owner, has an inhuman appetite for even the most obscure of tracks. New arrivals daily keep the regulars on their toes!

  • Where: 102-2504 Government Street
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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