Desperately seeking music
By Lisa Weaver
Despite its agricultural surroundings and small-city feel, London is usually able to keep up with the latest trends and sounds in the music industry, whether they're commercial or independent. It may take some searching, but almost every type/genre/form of music can be purchased throughout the city. Here, a closer look is being taken at the hidden, often cheaper stores around town.
357 Clarence St.
With locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo and London, Dr. Disc is the largest store around that carries various genres of both new and used CDs, tapes and vinyl. The store also features a lower level nicknamed "The Bassment" specializing in hip-hop, dance, rave and techno.
356 Richmond St.
Besides buying and selling used books, City Lights also deals in used CDs, cassettes, records and movies. Their prices for CDs are really cheap, ranging from about $8 to $12 and the selection is vast.
432 Clarence St.
Having just opened its doors this summer, Mechanical Graveyard has filled a need within London's musical community. The store mainly deals in industrial and electronic sounds.
620 Richmond St.
The number-one source for classical, jazz, folk and new age music in London, it is worth the trip to The Madrigal just to visit their live-in English Bulldog, Rochester. The store deals mainly in new merchandise, but also carries a few previously owned items.
Best Buy Music & Movies
109 Fanshawe Park Rd. East
Best Buy, which should be considered a retail chain store, really makes an effort to provide a diverse selection of music. The store carries everything from children's music to folk, jazz, top-40 and obscure indie rock. Along with reasonably priced movies and T-shirts, Best Buy is the best source for cheap CDs considered high-priced imports at most other chain stores.
428 Richmond St.
Located in the same space as the now defunct Ragnarock, Speed City is a good choice for those looking for some serious punk rock. The store also deals in other forms of rock 'n' roll, and sells T-shirts as well as both new and used CDs.
Rhythm of Sickness
396 Richmond St.
As denoted by its very descriptive name, Rhythm of Sickness carries mostly punk music, both new and used.
771 Richmond St.
This store deals mainly with books related to women's issues and fiction, but also carries a selection of women's music in various genres ranging from folk to rock.
242 Dundas St. East
This store is actually more like a museum of curious Celtic artifacts than an actual retail outlet, but it is interesting to browse. A small selection of Celtic music is available, ranging from the more traditional to current rock sounds.
146 Dundas St. West
Hysen Music is an old standby for classical music lovers. Along with classical CDs and cassettes, the store also specializes in all genres of sheet music and books on music-related subjects. The staff are also highly qualified as they boast over 60 years of experience and are trained musicians themselves.
This is by no means a complete list of the music stores in London, but it can perhaps guide those with eclectic tastes. If your taste is strictly Hawk-rock-top-40, your best bet is to try HMV, Music World or Sam the Record Man, found in almost every mall in the city. Whatever your musical tastes, London proves to be crawling with proprietors eager to provide the sounds you crave.