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List of Record Stores in Toronto

While, the closing of Sam the Record Man signals the beginning of the end for CD sales, vinyl seems to be making a comeback. Not one to miss out on a trend I began looking for local record stores in Toronto and noticed that there doesn't seem to be a definitive directory anywhere. So here it is. I am currently in the process of verifying so let me know if I missed something. Given the fickle nature of the business I'm sure things will continue to change. (Note: vinyl/lps/records only)

Babel Books (123 Ossington Avenue)
Backbeat Records (2071 Yonge Street)
Circus Books (253 Gerrard East)
Cool Boutique (329 Queen Street West)
Criminal Records (493 Queen Street West)
Discovery Records (1140 Queen St E)
Hits and Misses (860 Bloor St W) **NEW**
In The Groove (1174 Queen Street East )
Kops Records(229 Queen St W)
Monster Records (664 Yonge St)
Neurotica (642 Queen W)
Pandemonium Books and Discs, (2862 Dundas St W)
Penguin Music (on McCaul just north of Queen)
Play De Record(357A Yonge St)
Release Records (527 Yonge St)
Rotate This (620 Queen Street West)
She Said Boom (372 College St/393 Roncesvalles Ave)
The Record Shoppe (458 Parliament St) **NEW**
Sonic Temple (5165 Yonge St., North York)
Sonic Boom (512 Bloor St W at Bathurst)
Vortex (2309 Yonge Street - second floor)
Zoinks Music and Books (1019 Bloor St W)


A film based on the novel Choke by Chuck Palahniuk has started filming.
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Thriller - Filipino style

Wow! From a jail in the Philippines!

Voices: Plastic bag ban

I have been wondering how the general public feels about banning plastic. In my view plastic is a necessary evil but we should try to reduce and reuse as much as possible. This interesting article from lists comments from various people about how they feel about banning plastic.

I'm not sure if I support a plastic bag ban. I use all the bags I get my groceries for garbage or other such uses, saving me from having to buy plastic kitchen waste bags or lunch bags (which would defeat the purpose). I usually do my shopping after coming off the TTC on my way home. I'm not going to want to carry around a heavier vinyl bag just in case I think of picking a few groceries up. There has to be a more creative way to solve this problem.
Sean Marshall, Toronto

I think eliminating plastic bags and replacing them with reusable bags is a great idea. However, I was not impressed when one grocery retailer was offering ridiculously small reusable bags that rendered them useless. On top of that they were charging 99 cents. Why charge for these bags and not the plastic bags? It should be the other way around. Why is it so difficult for those in charge to make the logical choice?
Paul Pannozzo, Etobicoke

Next we'll be forced to reduce the amount of organic waste we create on account of not having any plastic bags to put in the green bin.
Jay Borvin, Toronto

Proposing a ban is just silly. Pet owners rely on plastic bags to clean up animal waste. Homeowners use the plastic bags in their green bins, not to mention the re-uses these bags get for carrying lunches to work or school! Leave plastic bags out of it and focus on something significant like car emissions.
Stephanie Geosits, Toronto

I'm interested in knowing what all the dog owners are going to use. They use tons of plastic bags to scoop the poop. They should definitely be targeted. They use a huge bag for a teeny bit of refuse.
Christine Szymanski, Toronto

I like my plastic bags and they save me buying additional bags to pick up my dog's mess. Hey, this just means that there will be additional bags at the checkout for me. Thanks.
Mark Boyce, Toronto

In the Netherlands, you have to purchase plastic bags from grocery stores. When Dutch people do their grocery shopping at supermarkets and smaller shops, they bring their own large shopping bags made of cloth or plastic, which you can purchase at supermarkets or kitchen and appliance stores. Bringing your own shopping bags also reduces the number of plastic bags you accumulate at home and eventually end up throwing out.
Susan Redelaar, Amsterdam

Yes, but not until publishers stop cutting our forests for newsprint.
Phillip Adler, Thornhill

Not only should supermarkets be encouraged to give up their plastic, but companies like Sears (who do waste a lot of plastic), The Bay, Home Outfitters, etc., need to be encouraged to asked customers if they want a bag or not, and have some kind of rewards program set up.
Nora McClure, North York

Ban plastic shopping bags and two things will happen: 1. Our city will instantly smell like a toilet due to the number of people not picking up after their dogs; 2. The Green bin program will falter. People will not be putting food directly in the bin because there is no way people will be keeping a bin around their properties that has leftover garbage fermenting in it because garbage collectors failed to completely empty the bins. I for one will not be washing out the bin.
Dan Flanagan, Toronto

I remain dumb founded at the fact that people do not want to ban plastic bags and refuse to pay for them in the stores. Having lived in Europe for two years it is standard practice that you pay for your plastic shopping bags at all grocery stores. All other stores tended to use paper shopping bags of some sort. We just don't get it here in Canada.
Sabrina Sartori, Toronto

Wow! The first Post

Its summertime! That means going to the farmer's market in Dufferin Park and catching up on my reading. Oddly enough there seems to be post-apocalyptic theme emerging from the books I've chosen. Is it just me or is there a general feeling of doom in air among writers. Here's what I am going to read:
  1. Strange Matters by Tom Siegfried
  2. A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr
  3. Night Train by Martin Amis
  4. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  6. What We All long For by Dionne Brand
  7. I'll let you know what I think as I finish each one.