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‘It’s always a lot of fun:’ Record and CD show returns to Hamilton

The annual Hamilton Record and CD Show was held at the Bridgeworks venue on Oct. 7.

Visitors could pay $5 to enter at 10 a.m. or $20 to get in early at 8:30 a.m. to find their favourites before everyone else.

The event gave vendors from across the Hamilton area an opportunity to show off their collections, including vinyl records, CDs, artwork, movies, and collectibles.

Collectible posters, stickers, and books were displayed throughout the venue, many of
which were signed by the original artists.

“It’s always good at this location,” Greg Ferguson, a record vendor at the event, said. “It’s always a lot of fun and a nice way to make some money.”

Ferguson has been collecting records for over 60 years and had a large selection of vintage music on display.

“[I’ve been collecting] since 1959,” he said. “In the early 50s, of course it was rock and roll. The first record I bought was a group called The Diamonds, which was a Canadian band. Later on in the 60s I got into more of the prog rock, like early Genesis, and Italian bands like Goblin and Aphrodite’s Child.”

Rock wasn’t the only genre at the show.

Vendors had a variety of genres on display, with classic rock being the most common.

“I like dance music,” Steve Johnson, owner of Selective Records, said. “I love disco and techno and acid house, and the older I get, the more I listen to that music.”

Some of the rarer goods on sale included signed copies of Nirvana’s Nevermind and My Chemical Romance’s Welcome to the Black Parade.

The next record show in Hamilton is the Vinyl Pop-Up at Grain & Grit Brewery on Oct. 18.

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