Criminal Records News 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.
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 ushere 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
Vote for Criminal Records in the CBC Radio3 search for the best record store in Canada!
March 30, 2008
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
Records 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:
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
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 17, 2007
MODEST MOUSE Vinyl is finally in stock.(2x180g-$19.99), and as a very special bonus the first 5 people to purchase the LP at Criminal Records will receive a promo only 7" single, that was given to only 1 store in Toronto. These are not for sale! If you miss out on being one of the first 5, then don't fret, we will be giving away 5 MODEST MOUSE prize packs,and 1 grand prize. Details will follow next week. Thanks to our good friend JD. @ Sony/Bmg
April 16, 2007
To celebrate the relese of the new Nine Inch Nails album "Year Zero" Universal Records and Criminal Records have teamed up for yet one more amazing give away. Come on over to Criminal Records and enter to win an extremely rare limited edition autographed NIN poster/plaquemount. This kind of NIN memrobilia is super rare, and ultra cool. Thanks to Amanda @ Universal!!!
April 14, 2007
At long last we finally have word on the release of the new Modest Mouse album on Vinyl. From what we understand, we should have the LPs in stock early this week. Please call the store or check here to confirm.
April 9, 2007
For those that like the belt buckle we have hundreds of surprises for you! One of the big priorities that we had when we went to this years MAGIC show in Vegas was to make sure that we sought out the coolest belt buckles on the planet. Those very buckles have been arriving daily.
April 8, 2007
Grinderman & Bright Eyes
are both being released on April 10, and both will come with a free poster for the first dozen or so who purchase either the CD or LP.
March 26, 2007
Who wants to win some tix to see the KLAXONS sold out show@ Lee's Palace April 8th? If that's you, then head on down to Criminal Records and put your name in the ballot box. There is no purchase necessary, and our good friends at Universal Records are also going to throw in a poster, and who know what else.
For those who were afraid that we had forgotten about our emo friends, fear not. Criminal Records is once again fully stocked with Saddle Creek Merch! We've even gone one further, and stocked a healthy supply of Bright Eyes and Cursive posters.
Feb 6, 2007 Criminal Records is pleased to now stock Hidden Cameras swag. We have shirts of all sizes for both men and women, as well as a few shiny new buttons for the rack. Supply is limited, so get 'em while the gettin's good.
Feb 1, 2007 Toronto Indie band the Postage Stamps will drop by and serenade us on Feb 18 at 4pm.
Jan 30, 2007 Our Very good friend Serena Ryder will be gracing our stage on Saturday Feb 24. Serena signed to EMI this past fall, and released the outstanding "If Your Memory Serves You Well" A collection of Canadian classics with a few of her own jems. With a voice that garners comparisons to Janis Joplin this Peterborough native is ready to take on the world. Believe us when we say you don't want to miss this!
Jan 28, 2007 Criminal Records would like to thank everyone who braved the slush to come out and see Rock Plaza Central play here today. We would especially like to thank Rock Plaza Central for coming out to play. You guys are the best, and you put on an awesome show!
Jan 26, 2006 We are very pleased to offer the phenominal posters of Jason Munn. These works of art originally commisioned by labels and artists, are some of the best swag we have seen yet. Check in often for we will be getting more Munn originals in the months to come.
Jan 16, 2006 Shins pre-sale begins Jan 17. Be the among the first to reserve a copy of the Shins "Wincing the Night Away" on CD/LP both $13.99, and receive a prize pack consisting of a tote, sampler cd, shins poster, and sticker. That's what we call a win, win situation. Only while supplies last
Jan 9, 2006 We are very pleased to announce on Jan 28 at aprox 4:30pm, we will be giving up our stage (and then some) to Rock Plaza Central. If you haven't heard these guys, you must! Please check them out online, and of course we have both their albums, and some swag to boot.
Jan 6, 2006 Attention Shins fans. Be one of the first 15 people to purchase the new Shins album "Wincing The Night Away" in stores Jan 23, and receive a shins prize pack courtesy of CR, Outside and SubPop. Presale will start Jan 15, and CD & LP will both be $13.99
Jan 6, 2006 Happy New Year to all our friends and loyal customers! We Criminals will not be slowing down for one second. We promise to bring you more of everything that you love about Criminal Records. We also have so many exciting additions that we can't wait to share with you. More than anything, we promise not to let the success of the store change us. We will continue to have the lowest prices on music in the industry, and the customer service that you have come to expect, and deserve. Thanks for an unbelievable 2006! Cheers.
Dec 28, 2006 Sufjan Stevens shirts finally back in stock! Including a brand new design for the Avalanche. We also have a limited number of posters for sale. Illinoise tour poster on sale for $9.99, and a limited edition silk screen pressing for $24.99. These will not last long!
Dec 28, 2006 We hope that all our friends and customers had an exceptional holiday! We at Criminal Records enjoyed all 8 hours off, before heading straight in to Boxing Day madness. We are happy to report that in the last week we have received swag from: The Decemberists, Technics, Bowie, Blondie, Beatles, Misfits, Sufjan Stevens, Pink Floyd, Bauhaus, and much more.
Dec 19, 2006 Just in time for Christmas! If you are one of the many that have been waiting for us to get Decemberists Ts, we have some good news. It looks like that they are due to clear customs tomorow, and should be here on Thursday! I would like to quash the rumor that they were sent on a pirate ship.
Dec 19, 2006 If you entered our Tom Waits draw for our Orpans window display, you are more than welcome to come down and witness the picking of the name. We will draw Thursday Dec 21 @ 6:00pm There is still a limited number of Orphans box's left for those that still want to enter. Good luck to all!
Dec 18, 2006 Q-How will Broken Social Scene keep you warm?
A- By wrapping you up in their new luxuriously warm scarf! Available now at Criminal Records!
Dec 18, 2006 We will of course be open on Boxing day, and yes there will be insane deals to be had. Details will be posted both on this site and on our blog.
Dec18, 2006 Our Holiday hours are now in affect. Please check out our blog for details.
Dec 16, 2006 Over the last couple of days we have put out a few hundred new Records for all our vinyl junkies! With still much more to follow!
Dec16, 2006 NOW IN STOCK! Clap your hands and say New zip hoodies, and 2 new shirts for boys and girls, all printed on American Apparel. Be the first on your block to own all the new Bloc Party merch also printed on American Apparel. It will be hard to be angry this Christmas when you see all our new Converge shirts and Zip hoodies.
Dec12, 2006 Don't forget to visit us on our myspace page. Let's just say that we like to reward our friends. Our daily blog is also one of the best ways to stay up to date. If you don't do it for yourself, do it for the ones that you love. Dec12, 2006 Really funky Swag fresh in from California. Included in the order: Bowie, Blondie, Beatles, Bauhaus, AC/DC, Stooges, Ramones, Violent Femmes. Siouxsie and the Stones. This is some of the coolest swag that we have ever seen! Here is just a small sample of what came in this order.
December 12, 2006 New shirts Today!:
Jason Collett, Moneen, and Alexisonfire! December 12, 2006
Now in Stock the first 2 albums from Alexisonfire this time on vinyl imported from Germany! Get them before they are all covered in drool! Talking about drool, the Arts & Craft elves came by today and dropped off 180g Broken Social Scene vinyl for "Feel Good Lost, Amy Milan Vinyl and informed us that their elves are busy wrapping our 180g Feist vinyl...I guess there really is a Santa! December 6, 2006 Busy elves are currently boxing new swag from: The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Clap Your Hands, Converge, Ween, Elliot Smith, and much more. We will do our best to keep this site up to date, but please keep in mind that we have so much cool stuff coming in for Christmas it would be near impossible to list everything. Please check our blog, and drop by often.
December 6, 2006 Attention all Vinyl junkies. Arriving later this week our biggest vinyl bump yet. We are expecting hundreds of new LPs, EPs, and singles to come through our door. From 200g Zeppelin, and 180gm Coltrane to John Lennon half speed masters printed on 180g virgin vinyl. Even the most fickle collectors will be drooling, The only thing that we have spared is the price!
November 30, 2006
Tom Waits draw to be held December 21! If you would like a chance to win our 7/4 ft Orphans window display, there is still plenty of time. To enter, purchase a copy of the the ltd edition version of "Orphans" here at Criminal Records. Even though it is now out of print, and sold out of all supliers in Canada and The U.S. you can still purchase it for $39.99 while suplies last. November 30, 2006
In this busy holiday season, don't forget to treat your self right. Eat well, listen to great music, and stay well informed. That is why 4/5 doctors recomend that you read the Criminal Records blog for at least 2 minutes per day. That's all it takes to stay well informed. November 29, 2006
Dress up your ipod with Gela Skins, their full line of ultra cool & very swank body armour for your ipod is only available online or at Criminal Records. Please browse the whole selection at Gela Skins, then make your way over to Crimninal Records. November 29, 2006
In the last week we have received swag from Bloc Party, Peaches, The Matches, Against me, Elliot Smith, and we have been fortunate enough to procure some of the now sadly out of Print Radiohead and Sigor Ros. Get them while you can. November
27, 2006 CHAMPION maims a reindeer... for charity.On Friday, we were pleased to spend a little quality time with Champion, Quebec's favorite DJ. He shopped, signed some autographs (including a giant plastic reindeer, to be available on ebay!), and talked to the people. Our adventures with Champion can be seen on MTV Canada sometime in January, and on youtube.com in early december. November 25, 2006 RADIOHEAD and SIGUR ROS SHIRTS DISCONTINUED!That's right. It's last call for Radiohead and Sigur Ros t-shirts. All production for both bands has ceased, and thus far, there are no plans to reproduce them. We have done our best to get as much as possible - including t-shirts, longsleeve shirts, polo shirts, and zip hoodies - but supply is limited! Come by and get them while you can! November 20,2006
To all of those that have been calling, and droping by. There is know way that we can confirm or deny that any of "Plus44" will be attending the Matches set in Criminal Records. We beg you to please stop hounding our staff. We too have heard the rumors, and the answer is we just don't know! November 20,2006
Just a reminder to everyone that tomorrow is our special version of "Fat Tuesday", with 2 in-store performances you might want to pack a lunch. Matches should hit the stage about 3:00 and IllScarlett aprox 5:30. As far as we know, both bands have made the time to offer autographs after their set. November 20,2006
Criminal Exclusive! Attack In Black Ep"widows" in stock now! November 20.2006
Criminal Exclusive! Moneen's latest release, 'Say Something You Have Already Said Before - A Quiet Side of Moneen'.Now avaiable exclusively @ Criminal Records or from Moneen directly. This double sided disc contains acoustic versions of the songs you know and love, plus a previously unreleased song. What about the other side, you ask? Why, it's a DVD! And all this can be yours for $9.99 November 15, 2006 We are still working out the details, but we are going to be celebrating the release of the new Tom Waits "Orphans" with a big ol' give away. Included in this will be a 7ft/5ft banner, a Tom Waits T, and we will see what else we can dig up. All you have to do to enter is buy yourself a copy here at CR. As a bonus, our price like always is the lowest in Canada @ $39.99. November 15, 2006 Our order from Sub Pop just cleared customs and should be here tomorrow. Included in this shipment will be swag from: Wolf Parade, Postal Service, Shins, Sub Pop and more! November 8, 2006 This day gets better and better! We have just received our Beck, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Cat Power, Guided By Voices, Flaming Lips and Air merch. November 8, 2006
Canada Post finally delivers the goods! Now in stock the long lost Sufjan Stevns shirts, if they could talk just imagine the story's that they would tell. 7 weeks from Wyoming Toronto. November 6, 2006 Be the first to hear the brand new Brand New! Saturday November 18 @ 3:00. Join our pals from Universal as they spin the album for the very first time, on our kick ass sound system.This is a free event, and you will also get a chance to win tix to see Brand New live, as well as free swag when you pre-order the cd.
November 4, 2006 Making room for Christmas. For a very limited time we have put some of our best selling shirts on sale. Included in these are, Iron & Wine, The Smiths, Joy Division and lots more. Please check store for details. November 4, 2006 Criminal Records exclusive! If you are a fan of Cuff the Duke, you have to check this out. November 3, 2006 Congrats to the winners of the Blood Brothers tickets! If you would like to know if that might be you, check out our blog for the winners names. November 2, 2006 We are never one to advocate ditching school, or cutting work, but that being said you are not going to want to miss beeing at Criminal Records on Nov 21. We are very pleased to announce that we have 2 incredible bands playing in-store performances. Epitaph's The Matches & Red Ink's Ill Scarlett will both grace our stage for what i'm sure will be a day to remember. November 2, 2006 In a very bizarre form of Irony the Sufjan Stevens shirts that the great people at Asthmatic Kitty sent us, left Wyoming Sep 21, we are pretty sure they have since visited at least 48 of the 50 states. We have been assured that they should be here soon, so here is a sneak peek. November 1.2006 New Beck Swag on the way! November 1, 2006. As we rush full tilt in to the madness known as Christmas, Criminal Records is going to get crazy busy. Josh, using his melon, started a blog on our myspace page. This is going to be the place where we will go in to depth about our many contests, in-stores, exclusive releases etc... We will also use this page as our rumour mill and as time goes on we hope that our customers will not be shy about adding their 2 cents. October 31, 2006 Happy Halloween!
New Merch arrived today for Tool, AFI, Johnny Cash, Beastie Boys and the Doors.