There’s still a month to go before the annual CFBX Record Fair but this year’s event is already shaping up to be the biggest in the campus-community radio station’s history.
Adding to the excitement of next month’s fundraiser — the fifth for the non-profit station at Thompson Rivers University — is a new location at Sahali Centre Mall and a couple of big vendors, fair co-ordinator Brian Saunderson said Monday.
London Drugs and Spinners Sound Centre will have tables at the fair, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both will be selling turntables, a testament to a resurgence in vinyl, said Saunderson.
“It just makes sense that, if there’s a record fair, that there’s turntables there,” he said.
Records are once again in vogue, said Brant Zwicker, station manger for CFBX. Even with the popularity of CDs and digital download, people — especially young musicians and fans in their 40s and 50s — like the vinyl sound the best.
“It’s more natural, more real, more fuller bodied,” said Zwicker.
The first four fairs were held at TRU. Zwicker said the decision to move off campus was one of convenience and marketability.
Sahali Centre Mall is a more central location with better parking, he said. And the mall is a known spot for book fairs and other fundraisers. Plus being off campus gives CFBX, also known as 92.5FM The X, a chance for more community exposure.
“It all seemed to add up,” said Zwicker.
Saunderson said 24 tables have already been booked and, with a month to go, there should be no trouble exceeding the 30 tables at last year’s event.
“We’re on track for it to be our biggest ever,” he said.
The event brings in $1,000 to $2,000 for the station. Saunderson said the money typically goes toward new equipment and upgrades. Everything from records to CDs, cassettes and musical instruments are up for grabs.