RSD 101

Three things you should know about this year's Record Store Day, Saturday (April 19).

The Ambassadors

Blue Rodeo

With 13 albums plus three live ones, it makes sense that country rock legends Blue Rodeo have been chosen as the Canadian spokesband for RSD2014. While it’s not super-clear what the ambassadorship entails, Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor & company are releasing their hit 1989 album, Diamond Mine, on a two-LP colour vinyl set exclusively in Canada.

The Show

Chart Attack Presents Record Store Day 2014 at Sonic Boom

Canadian music site Chart Attack is partnering with Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst) for the best in-store you’ll find this weekend. Starting at 1 pm, performances by teenaged punk three-piece Unfinished Business, jazz-pop four-piece DIANA, loud-rock quartet Greys, indie pop foursome the Bicycles, punk rockers HSY and indie rock duo PS I Love You run until 7 pm. Best part? In the spirit of the city-wide music love-in, it’s free.

The Releases

There are a number of different types of RSD2014 releases: exclusives you won’t find at any other time or place Canada-only releases by Canadians, for Canada limited-run/regional-focus releases that might not be distributed country-wide and of which there will be very, very few copies and Record Store Day first releases, which will become widely available in a matter of weeks.

But there’s no need to be overwhelmed. No matter your preferred genre or era, you’re covered, from Joan Baez’s Blessed Are LP to Jadea Kelly’s Clover on vinyl, Fela-Ransome Kuti’s Se E Tun De/Waka Waka 7-inch and OutKast’s Player’s Ball 10-inch single.

For a complete list of releases and participating stores, visit

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