A fresh spin on library’s vinyl stash

The Toronto Reference Library realized it was sitting on a veritable mountain of black gold — metaphorical gold in black-vinyl form, anyway — earlier this year when it got hip to the ongoing resurgence of popular interest in old-school LPs and decided to refresh the 15,000-strong record collection that had lain dormant and gathering dust on its shelves since the advent of CDs during the mid-1980s with an infusion of 100 new titles. Just so you know, though, the TRL’s original copies of such disparate rarities as Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Hymnen für elektronische und konkrete Klänge, Willie Thrasher’s Spirit Child, Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks, the original soundtrack to Revenge of the Nerds and the Creeping Nobodies’ Half-Saboteur EP are no more up-for-grabs at the swap than the new(-ish) releases by the likes of Drake, F---ed Up, Feist, Tanya Tagaq and Kaytranada recently introduced to the shelves by record-collection overseer (and record collector) Beau Levitt. This is merely an invitation to “trade a record or two” with other vinyl fans “or just chat about the latest happenings in the vinyl revival.”“Unfortunately, no, I won’t be able to swap any of the records from our collection on Monday,” says Levitt. “But I will be bringing a couple from my own to trade.”The Star took a trip to the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., last week to peruse its vinyl collection. Some of the more interesting discoveries we unearthed with Levitt’s aid are featured in a video on thestar.com .


October 16, 2017 10:30 UTC