Photo cred - Kops Records
There's nothing like finding a record you've been looking for for ages. You get more of an accomplished feeling than you would have if you'd just ordered it online, which is why record shops are such a fantastic thing to have around. Toronto's got vinyl stores coming out of its ears thanks to the ever-growing hipster population, so if you're in the mood to go on a vinyl treasure hunt, you're in a great place to do it. Here are some of the best places for finding what you're looking for, and having a good time doing it.
2920 Dundas St. W
This great record store/book shop in the Junction has a breathtaking selection that's getting bigger every day. Wander into it and there's no way you'll come out empty handed, even if you planned to.
572 College St.
Soundscapes is lovely looking, and oh so cool. The best place to go to if you're looking for indie rock records, or if you wanna buy concert tickets and not get ripped off by Ticketmaster.
Photo cred - Kops Records
229 Queen St. W/ 592 Bloor St. W
Kops now has two locations, but it still has the same meticulously organized selection, and a staff that's more knowledgeable about music than you will ever be.
782 Bathurst St/ 215 Spadina Ave
Easily Toronto's biggest indipendent record store, Sonic Boom has two locations: the one on Bathurst has a more general stock, while the location in Kensington Market is focused on vinyl. You'll find everything you need between the two, and may even be able to catch one of their in store concerts.
1167 Dundas St W
A newer spot that also hosts its fair share of live shows, Grasshopper's prices are a little steeper, but very much worth it for the unbelievable selection of records from a wide range of genres and knowledgeable staff.
801 Queen St. W
Rotate This has been in the game for years, and is one of the best places in the city to find niche and indie records.
Play De Record
357 Yonge St
The spot for all your hip hop and electronic music needs, Play De Record has a great selection of records, as well as any equipment necessary to work on your own DJ game (which you can either buy or rent). It's also where Drake bought his first set of turntables! So that's cool.
Photo cred - Paradise Bound
270 Augusta Ave
While this is mostly a Japanese art store, it has a pretty fantastic selection of LPs, 45s, and 7"s to choose from, and a lovely vibe that'll make you feel at home.
1140 Queen St E
Discovery is a great place to sell your old records and CDs, and maybe pick up some new ones too. Their focus is on rock music, and you'll be hard pressed to find a new release, but their turnover is great, so it's totally worth stopping by every once in a while to see what's in stock.
She Said Boom
393 Roncesvalles Ave/ 372 College St
Getting the whole bookstore/record store thing very right, She Said Boom has a great selection of both. Like Rotate This, it's been in the game for years, and has a very high turnover rate, so if you don't find what you're looking for now, come back soon.