Dec 30, 2010
Now You Can Invest on an Affordable Home Bar

You do not really have to own a private label liquor to be able to be proud of your very own home bar, as a lot of different home owners these days actually invest a lot of their own hard earned money in making sure that their home happens to have a personal bar that is open to their own friends and at times even relatives at special occasions. If you are really keen on having you own bar at home it is not that difficult to get the project going for as long as you look up some of these easy tasks that would help you one at a very affordable price.

Plan Out The Details

As you firmly decide on creating your own home bar you should doubly check what specific details would be going into the bar and if there are any that you can do away with then you should cut out those in the plan that may not be well worth the money that you will be spending on. You may want to have a general overview of what you would like to put into your home bar and then based on your initial plan you should consider to cut down on those details that you can do without, in this way you can still have the overall ideal of what kind of bar to have but at the same time it would still be manageable enough for your own budget.

Grab Your Own Materials

It is so much easier to recreate a bar in your own home at a fraction of the actual cost when you go ahead and get your own materials as you structure the exact spot where to place it in your home, this way you can cut down on expenses on items that are not really that important for you in the process. Also being able to select the materials that you need can drastically cut down the amount of costing at even more than half of the price since you get through to each material separately.

Find Drink Suppliers

It is not enough for you to cut the cost of the actual structure of your home bar but it will also be very helpful for you to find a designated resource where you can buy relatively cheaper costing alcohol and other bar drinks that you would like to put at your home bar. is especially a great ideal when you always plan to have guests around as this will guarantee that you do not have to spend way too much money on the likes of beer and even soda when you have a source that can get all of it to you at a much cheaper price range.

Search for Cost Friendly Appliances and Fixtures

Of course getting in the vibe of having a bar in your home would make you look into getting items that would really make it look and feel like a bar which is why you should look around and aptly research where you can find the best sources of less expensive bar appliances and actual fixtures. You may want to go online for this and find items at affordable rates with some maybe even coming from actual bars that have closed or ones that are looking to get rid of their older items, this way you get to have the experience of really having a bar at home.

Nov 10 , 2010
At the beginning of hockey season, Lana Gay of CBC Radio3's "Lanarama" made us a bet. She bet that we would sell more Bruce Willis - "The Return Of Bruno" than the beloved Toronto Maple Leafs would win hockey games. We accepted her bet.

To take part in the madness, be sure to follow @criminaltoronto and @LanaGay, use the hashtag #leafsvswillis if you want to "express yourself", and tune in to Lanarama on CBC Radio3.

Bruce Willis - "The Return of Bruno" is on sale here at Criminal Records for $4.99, with all the proceeds going to MusiCounts.

Oct 26, 2010
The most excellent Forest City Lovers will be playing an intimate set here at Criminal Records on Thursday, Nov 4th at 6pm. As with all our in-stores, this will be all ages and free of charge. Forest City Lovers will also be playing Fri, Nov 5th at The Horseshoe Tavern.

Oct 13, 2010
We are very please to announce Isobel Campbell (formerly of Belle And Sebastian) will be performing a free in-store on Wednesday, Oct 20th at 6pm! Visit our Facebook page for more info, and be sure to catch Isobell Campbell and Mark Lanegan later that evening at Lee's Palace!

Aug 23, 2010
We are very excited to announce that the one and only Lou Barlow will be performing a free in-store on Saturday, Aug 28th at 7pm! Visit our Facebook page to RSVP!

July 5, 2010
Canada's own Apollo Ghosts will be performing a free in-store on Tuesday, July 27th at 7pm! If you are not familiar with these guys, be sure to check them out! Visit our Facebook page to RSVP!

June 16 , 2010
Phenomenal Handclap Band will be performing a free in-store on Sunday, June 20th at 4pm to help us wrap up NXNE! Visit our Facebook page for details, and to RSVP!

June 12 , 2010
NXNE is upon us, and we are happy to announce that Fanshaw (Mint Records)will be performing a free in-store on Friday, June 18th at 7pm. Visit our Facebook page for details, and to RSVP!

May 25 , 2010
We are pleased to announce that Julia Nunes will be performing a free in-store on Friday, June 4th at 5pm. We are also excited to announce that First Aid Kit will be performing a free in-store on Saturday, June 12th at 4pm. As always, visit our Facebook page for details, and to RSVP!

Apr 30, 2010
Be one of the first 100 people to purchase a copy of "Forgiveness Rock Record" here at Criminal Records & you'll receive a free ticket To see Broken Social Scene perform live May 9th, inside Criminal Records.

Apr 18, 2010
Thanks to everyone for making this years Record Store Day very successful. Your kindness and patience was very much apprecated. Thank you for your continued support throughout the year, and we can't wait for RSD2011.

Mar 23 , 2010
If the CMW instores weren't enough, we're keeping the glory rolling with performances by Old Man Luedecke on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30pm. We're also pleased to annouce Hannah Georgas, who will be celebrating the release of her new album, "It Is Good", here at Criminal Records with an intimate set on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:00pm. As always, RSVP via Facebook!

Mar 2 , 2010
Our Canadian Music Week lineup has maxed out at six, yes SIX performances during the week. The schedule is as follows:




As always, the shows are free. For more info (and friendly reminders) please visit our Facebook page.

Feb 17 , 2010
Canadian Music Week is almost upon us! And to celebrate, we are welcoming Dan Mangan, Hollerado, and Aidan Knight to perform on Saturday, March 13th, starting at 5:00pm. Please RSVP via Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Feb 16 , 2010
We are pleased to announce Kurt Vile will be performing a free show here at Criminal Records on Friday, February 26th at 6:30pm. As always, Be sure to RSVP via Facebook. Also, stay tuned for CMW announcements!

Jan 21, 2010
We are pleased to announce Hawksley Workman will be performing a free show here at Criminal Records on Friday, February 5th at 6pm. Be sure to RSVP via Facebook.

Jan 6, 2010
We are pleased to announce An Horse will be performing a free show here at Criminal Records on Wednesday, January 20th at 6pm. Be sure to RSVP via Facebook.

Nov 17, 2009
Criminal Records is now the exclusive retailer for Six Shooter Records swag! Six Shooter Records, who have brought us such artists as Justin Rutledge, Elliott Brood, NQ Arbuckle, and Melissa McClelland, recently closed their retail location on Queen St East as a result of a decision to move their offices to Queen St West, just around the corner from our store! Their new proximity, and their fantastic roster of artists has made our teaming up a match made in heaven! We hope Six Shooter enjoy their fab new office, and we hope to outfit Toronto with righteous swag! After all, life is too short to listen to shitty music!

Sep 9, 2009
Criminal Records fall in
store line up at a glance:

Sep 17th-Julie Fader, Brian Borchertd & Jose Migues Contreras(By Divine Right)

Sep 24th- The Antlers

Oct 9th- Said The Whale

Oct 16h- Dan Mangan

Oct 31st- Noah & The Whale

Nov 20th- You Say Party! We Say Die!

Please keep in mind that all our in store shows are free for all ages. For start times, and the most up to date information, please see our myspace page.

June 9, 2009
We Criminals are so very happy to announce not one, not two, but three great in stores: June 16th, at 7:00 Apostle of Hustle will play a free set, and on June 19th, at 6:00 Vancouver's Said the Whale will be stopping by followed by Wisconconson's The Daredevil Christopher Wright, for another free show at 7:00! The level of talent that consistently graces our stage blows our collective minds. We are so very fortunate to be apart of Toronto's incredible music scene! On that note, you would be crazy if you missed Ohbijou-June 17th, at 7:00 performing a free show at Soundscapes. Stay tuned, for there will be more announcements on the way!

April 8, 2009
April 18th is Record Store day! Please join us for a day chock full of awesome. There will be sales, prizes, and lots of music to be had. We are fortunate to have our good friends Rock Plaza Central back for an encore show, as well as Great Bloomers who have found a home on Maple Records. The prize table will be packed and we urge you to come early as the best prizes are sure to go fast.  

Mar 9, 2009
With CMW upon us once again, you won't want to miss this weeks in store shows! Hannah Georgas Mar 13th at 6:00, Jon Rae Fletcher March 14th at 6:00 and Hollerado March 14th at 7:00. All shows are free of charge and all ages welcome.

Dec 3, 2008
So much great music in so little time, what happened to 2008? This year's top 10 lists have been posted!

Dec 2, 2008
With Christmas fast approaching the hunt is on for this years best gifts. This holiday season Criminal Records has you covered. Please check out Josh's gift guides full of excellent ideas for every music lover on your list.

Aug 13, 2008
For everyone who has asked us "When are you going to sell record players?":
Introducing turntables from Rega, Music Hall, & Sony. As an added bonus each one of our fine turntables comes with a a hefty vinyl credit for the records of your choice. For those that don't want to share, we now stock a large variety of Sony headphones!

June 16, 2008
Criminal Records would like to thank: Pack AD, Old Man Luedecke, Calm Down It’s Monday, The Superfantastics, The John Henrys, Mardeen, Shotgun Jimmie & Attack In Black.
All of whom graced our stage during this years NXNE festival.  A special thank you to the NXNE organizers, Nikki our stage tech and all of you who came out to make this our best NXNE yet!

May 12, 2008
With T-Shirt season finally here, don't forget to check out our myspace blog
every couple of days. Swag like this spanky new Wolf Parade shirt will be posted on our blog first. With over one thousand shirts arriving in the next six weeks, you don't want to miss out.

May 1, 2008
Tokyo Police Club in-store to start at 12:30pm. We suggest showing up early!

April 25, 2008
Tokyo Police Club in-store Saturday, May 3! As always it will be free of charge, all ages and first come...

April 20, 2008

CRIMINAL RECORDS would like to thank everyone who supported us in the CBC RADIO 3 Search for the"Best Indie Store In Canada". We finished in the top 10 and from what we understand only a few votes away from the final 5. It was a crazy ride. To be voted the BEST IN TORONTO was more than we could have ever hoped for. Thanks to the CBC Radio 3 crew and Grant Lawrence for making it all possible.

April 9, 2008
We have just made the top 10! There is no doubt that we have the best customers in the world. Thanks to everyone who has been taking the time to vote. Keep it coming! If you are just starting to vote, you have to sign up, you will find the link at the bottom left hand corner of the CBC Radio3 site. After you register, you may then vote. This round goes to Monday, when they will anounce the top5. You can vote once every 24 hours.
Thanks again!

April 4, 2008

Thanks to everyone who has been taking time out of their busy days to vote for us. It's thanks to you, we have made the top 20. Now, we are going for the top 10! Vote for us here as often as once per day. Grant Lawrence will be announcing the top 10 record stores in Canada Wed April 9th, at 3:00pm. This time around you must register. This is a simple process, just look for the sign up link at the bottom left corner of the CBC Radio3 web site. All of us at Criminal Records are blown away by your support and we thank you!

March 30, 2008
for Criminal Records in the CBC Radio3 search for the best record store in Canada!

March 30, 2008
New Swag!

March 3, 2008
Julie Doiron, Plants & Animals, The Winter Gloves, Calm Down It's Monday, Dog Day, The Burning Hell, Jenny Omnichord and The Superfantastics. What do all these Canadian artists have in common? They are all doing in stores at Criminal Records this week! All shows are free and all ages. Please check our myspace page for dates and times.

Feb 27, 2008
Weewerk & Criminal
are proud to bring you The Burning Hell & Jenny Omnichord, Thursday, March 6 @ 6:00pm. Stay tuned for more CMW in stores!

Feb 18, 2008
Two Hours Traffic are going to grace our stage on Sat, Feb 23, at 5:00pm. This is a free show!

Dec 2,2007

To be ready for the holiday season, we have stocked up on all sorts of unique rock n' roll t-shirts. Some new shirts include ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, SPOON, BATTLES, as well as a variety of classic favourites from RADIOHEAD, JOY DIVISION, SONIC YOUTH, WHITE STRIPES, and more. For a complete list of swag, visit our myspace page.

Dec 1, 2007
CRIMINAL RECORDS, HARDWOOD RECORDS, and CBC RADIO3 are proud to present BASIA BULAT, performing live on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm as part of the on-going series of CBC Radio3 Sessions

Nov 13, 2007
Well, it can't be denied.  The holiday season is upon us, so without further delay, let's break out the holiday swag.
A special mention must be made for new FRANK ZAPPA shirts!  These have not been available for a VERY long time.  Although there are four way cool designs, sizes are in short supply.  Also now available include new shirts from:
And many many more!

Oct 27, 2007
Thanks to everyone who have helped make the past month memorable by attending some of the greatest in-stores to date. Also, much thanks to BLACK LIPS, GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, TEGAN AND SARA, SUNPARLOUR PLAYERS, and CUFF THE DUKE for providing some excellent tunes!

Oct 17, 2007
Criminal Records is proud to present CUFF THE DUKE on our stage. Visit our myspace page for more details!

Oct 3, 2007
Tegan & Sara to do a very special in-store at Criminal Records. Please see our myspace for details.

Sep 24, 2007

To make your GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS experience complete, CRIMINAL RECORDS, LiveNation and (weewerk) are giving away a limited edition, autographed print, as well as a pair of tickets to their show at the phoenix. Both prizes will be raffled off on Thursday, Sept 27 during the in-store which starts at 7:00PM. Only those attending the in-store are eligible.

Sep 14, 2007
Attention Mustache Enthusiasts! Criminal Records is pleased to present The Black Lips on Sunday, Sept 23 at 4PM!

Sep 11, 2007
New Music, New Swag and New News! Stay in the loop. Our myspace blog is updated daily. With thousands of items arriving every month, it's the best way to ensure you don't get left behind!

Sep 10, 2007
Christmas has come early! We have 2 fantastic shows to tell you about:
1.Great Lake Swimmers to play a free show in Criminal Records on Thursday, September 27, at 7:00pm!
2.Sunparlour Players to play a free show Saturday October 13, at 5:00pm

April 24, 2007
Massive Modest Mouse giveaway! Come on down and throw your ballot in the box for a chance to win 1 of 11 Modest Mouse prizes, including a grand prize that consists of a giant MM window poster, Ltd. Ed. cd, 7" promo single, T-shirt, and poster. For all of our giveaways please check out our MYSPACE page often.

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