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Greetings fellow music consumers and welcome to the buymusic.ca blog.

Here you will find various information relating to the purchase of music online and by mail, as well as sheet music, music instruments and memorabilia.

I will also be posting various commentaries and reviews in regards to these services and various related issues.

To begin either click on an option in the menu to your left, which features various source listings, or scroll down for my blog entries. And if you are aware of a Canadian music retailer or record convention or fair that I have missed, please contact me with details.

Thanks. And Enjoy.

Upcoming Record Show & More

There will be a record show at The Back Alley Bar & Grill in St. Thomas, Ontario on Sunday, October 1st, from 10am to 3pm.

Admission will be a donation to a local charity and the nearest bus stops are on Talbot street. Consult St.Thomas Transit for further details.

There will also be a massive Geeked Out Event at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday the 30th and October the 1st, which will feature toys and collectibles, some of which are from film, television and music.

Admission to the Ottawa Toy & Convention Sale is $5, with kids 12 and under getting in for free. And the venue is located next to the Transitway, bus stop numbers 1652 and 1683. Consult OC Transpo for details.

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This Weekend’s Events

There will be three record conventions this weekend, one of which will be in the city of Montreal and the remainder will occur in Toronto and the nearby community of Bowmanvillle.

The Foire Aux Vinyles Sur Le Plateau will be hosted at the Saint-Denis Catholic Church next to the Laurier Metro Station in Montreal from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, the 23rd of September 2023.

Admission will be $5 (or $15 for early entry at 9am). And as previously stipulated, it is on the doorstep of a Metro Station.

The Toronto-Mississauga Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be on the next day, on Sunday the 24th of September 2023, at the Etobicoke Olympium (590 Rathburn Rd, Etobicoke) from 10am to 3pm.

Admission will be $5 and the nearest bus stops,#1477 and #1493, face the venue. Consult the TTC for further details on public transit in the area.

The Bowmanville Record and CD Show will also be occurring that Sunday but from 10am to 4pm at the Memorial Park Clubhouse at 120 Liberty South in Bowmanville.

Admission is free and I believe the nearest bus stop with Sunday service may be a 8 minute walk away at the Lakeridge Health Center. Contact Durham Transit for details.

Landmark To Charge Online Ticket Fee

The writers and actors are on strike so the film industry will not offer much of anything for some time. And Landmark is charging an online ticket fee on online purchases as of September 30th.

$1.50 on tickets purchased via landmarkcinemas.com but if you join their Landmark Extras program it’ll be $1 per ticket up to a maximum of $4.

This mirrors Cineplex‘s online ticket fee, which was introduced in June 2022, and is also $1.50 per online ticket purchase but reduced for Scene+ members to $1 per ticket.

The Competition Bureau had sued Cineplex in May 2023 but I guess it wasn’t successful. I was unable to find any updates on this issue.

Events This Weekend

There are two events this weekend and both are in Ontario.

The Vinyl Sale Night at the Clifford Brewing Company in Hamilton will occur on Friday, the 15th of September 2023 from 6pm to 10:30pm.

The venue is at  398 Nash Road, at the corner of Bancroft Street. And the nearest bus stops serviced by Hamilton Transit, 1215 and 1258, are at the corner of Barton and Nash. Admission is free.

The Guelph Record Show will be hosted at the Royal Canadian Legion at 57 Watson Parkway S in Cambridge from 10:30am to 4pm on Sunday, the 17th of September 2023.

Admission is $5 ($20 for early access). And details on Sunday service to the area can be obtained from Guelph Transit.

Throwing The Baby Out With The Bathwater II

Last April I posted a blog entry on why I think it is rather shortsighted to consider cutting funding to the CBC and Radio-Canada. But apparently the conservatives are actually trying to make this policy on behest of media conglomerates that refused to pick up the programming I do watch.

Yes, we’re listening to a media conglomerate whose news network failed because of bad ratings in Canada, who claim to be speaking for Canadian taxpayers. And we’re all supposed to believe the programming CBC and Radio-Canada viewers watch will be automatically picked up by other networks, when the media conglomerate in question did not.

I would be watching this programming on other Canadian networks, had they purchased their rights. But all of these private networks are cutting back to afford buying the rights to foreign programming so it makes no sense to axe public broadcasting in Canada.

It doesn’t appear to matter that very little of CBC and Radio Canada’s programming is political in nature. Cultural programming is to be considered collateral damage thanks to foreign sentiments and incredulity in regards to the arts in Canada.

They think government funding is a means to get their foot in the door to impose their appeal to bias fallacy based narratives, which is what their failed news network pushed since 2011 and personalities from this network now do with impunity online.

If this wasn’t politically motivated they wouldn’t be so dismissive towards CBC and Radio-Canada’s non-political programming. But their snide commentaries drip with disdain against the other major political parties and they’re clearly doing all of this to poach viewers from a foreign network that is currently under review at the CRTC for promoting hatred and violence.

They downplay government funding for the other networks and the fact that their former network begged the CRTC for “must carry status” in 2013. And although some claim they want all funding to stop, I suspect the gap caused by this lack of funding would result in heavy lobbying for pharmaceutical advertising in Canada, and/or possibly food and beverage advertising targeting children.

In the end, this all comes off as vindictive and disingenuous. And I am not interested in the programming provided by the media conglomerate form which the complaints originate, so I will oppose their defunding scheme.

Events This Weekend.

There are three record conventions in Ontario this weekend, as well as a three day Comic Convention in Ottawa.

The North Bay Record Show will be held on Saturday, the 9th of September 2023 at the Elks Lodge at 325 Elks Lane from 10am to 3pm.

Admission will be $5 (or $10 for early entry at 9am). And the nearest bus stops serviced by North Bay Transit are 1147 (Trout Lake Rd at Bank St) and 1022 (Trout Lake Rd at Elks Ln).

The Ottawa Record Fair will also occur on Saturday, the 9th of September 2003 but from 11am to 3pm at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre at 355 Cooper Street in downtown Ottawa.

Admission will be $5 and the nearest bus stops are on Bank Street, one block west of the venue: 1902 (Bank/Somerset W) and 2487 (Bank/Lisgar). Consult OC Transpo for details.

The Sudbury Music & Collectibles Show will be held in the Aspen Hall of The Northbury Hotel & Convention Center at 50 Brady Street on Sunday, the 10th of September 2023 from 10am to 4pm.

Admission will be $5 (or $10 for early admission at 9am). The nearest bus stop is on Riverside and is serviced by Route 3 but you will need to contact Sudbury Transit for additional details.

Ottawa Comiccon will run 3 days from the 8th to the 10th of September 2023 at the EY Center at 4899 Upland Drive.

Ticket information can be found by clicking here. And the nearest bus stop, #4213, is serviced by route 97. A travel planer is available on the OC Transpo web site.