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Patrick Shanks, left, and Jeff Welch invite you to raise a pint and hunt for records this Sunday at Irene's.
Patrick Shanks, left, and Jeff Welch invite you to raise a pint and hunt for records this Sunday at Irene’s Pub in the Glebe.

Vinyl Brunch a chance to update your collection

Did you know that if you cut the top off a six-bottle pack of beer, you’ll have a convenient carry-all for your 45s? “More proof that the record gods align with the beer gods.”

This wisdom and pointer comes from musician Patrick Shanks (The Glads, Patrick Shanks Combomany more bands) who encourages you to gather your records and come on down to Sunday’s Vinyl Brunch event taking place at Irene’s Pub in the Glebe.

Shanks is co-hosting the swap meet with musician Jeff Welch (Reverb Syndicate, Big Jeezus Truck, etc.), from noon to 3 p.m. The event is informal: just bring some LPs, 45s — even CDs and cassettes — that you want to sell or trade, then grab a table for some food and/or pints and catch up with your pals. If you don’t want to sell your collection, come to buy. Welch says he and Shanks will be pricing most of their LPs at three bucks and the records at around five bucks.

This Transformers LP went for ten bucks on eBay.
This Transformers LP went for ten bucks on eBay.

“Between the two of us, there will be lots of obscure indie rock and classic ‘60s stuff, along with various oddities, like a Transformers LP with themes from the cartoon show,” Welch, says, noting that he’s still humming and hawing over parting with a few Cure records.

Welch says the Vinyl Brunch is mostly about socializing and that everyone is most welcome at the family-friendly event. He notes that if sellers do make any money at the sale, a small donation to the Ottawa Food Bank would be most welcome.

It’s the first time the organizers are hosting the Vinyl Brunch, which they hope to make into an annual event. It is the closer to the weekend-long Surf and Turf: Ottawa’s Surf, Instro and Garage Rock Festival. All shows take place at Irene’s Pub.

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