It’s no secret that Kingston has a wealth of enthusiasm around all things musical, with musicians and fans alike in nearly every corner of the genre pool.
For all of them, one annual event brings together so many aspects of that passionate community that many consider it one of the highlights of their year: the Kingston Symphony Volunteers Vinyl Records Sale.
A veritable warehouse of a record store, the Vinyl Records Sale offers literally thousands of albums – and while many are true to nomenclature (vinyl LPs), the event also offers CDs, DVDs, and a huge selection of audio equipment. Truly offering something to suit anyone’s taste, and made possible only by the generosity of the Kingston community’s donations, the Kingston Symphony Vinyl Records Sale gives those in the Limestone City a new way to “take those old records off the shelf” year after year.
“My favourite part of the sale isn’t the money we raise, although that’s very important, but the fact that someone’s cherished record collection is going to provide someone else with fantastic music,” said David Notman, Chair of the Vinyl Records Sale.
“The collection of everything we have this year is one of our best. In the Pop/Rock section alone, we have over 2,000 LPs. We had to make more space for the CDs, DVDs, and stereo equipment that has been donated!”
With the funds raised through the event going directly back to the Kingston Symphony Association, the Vinyl Records Sale speaks to the aforementioned multifaceted Kingston music community. The Symphony Volunteers work tirelessly to put on this sale, like their counterparts — the professional musicians in the Symphony — do with their annual concert series, and the previously-loved albums (and all of the gear to listen to them) make their way into new homes to continue to delight listeners. The fundraising sales held by the Symphony Volunteers both support the Symphony and provide financial awards to youth studying music in the Kingston Region.
“For the volunteers who have been spending hours of their time at the warehouse to get this sale set up, it feels like they are working in a giant jukebox. Not only are they raising funds to support the Kingston Symphony, but they are having a lot of fun doing it!” expressed Andrea Haughton, General Manager of the Kingston Symphony.
“Our concert season and outreach activities depend on the support of our volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them!”
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, the Sale will take place at the Kingston Symphony Warehouse, located at 785 Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, Unit 7A. Records will be priced at $6 each, CDs at $3 each, and DVDs at $3, with audio equipment priced individually.
The organizers explained that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – and the expected large crowds within a limited space – face masks must be worn by attendees while in the Kingston Symphony Warehouse during the event. Volunteers will have extra masks on hand for anyone who arrives without one.
The Kingston Symphony Volunteers said they are excited to be back in-person to present the Vinyl Records Sale, as the event has taken place virtually throughout the pandemic thus far, and noted that “hundreds of volunteer hours have been spent in sorting and setting up for this sale.”
“For love of music, and in support of the Kingston Symphony, please come and buy!” the Volunteers encouraged.
Kingston Symphony Vinyl Records Sale hours of operation
- Thursday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on the Kingston Symphony, as well as this and other events, visit the Kingston Symphony website.