Ho! Ho! Ho! Join us for the last show of 2016 and come by this Sunday, December 18 and shop for those last minute gifts!

In honor of a great music legend, David Bowie, who we lost too soon this past year, among so many, we thought this would be fitting for the season. Two great music legends on opposite sides of the music spectrum performed this memorable duet in 1977. Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. 

Hard to believe another holiday season is upon us! Shake the cold and join us this Sunday, December 20 for our last show of 2016!  This is the final chance to get that special gift for your favorite music-lover – or even a special something for yourself.  You can find great bargains and treasures from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is always free and breakfast and lunch are available for purchase.

Thank you and blessings from our family to all of our vendors and buyers this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

We scoped out some pretty cool Christmas-themed music items last month and we are sure there will be tons more this Sunday! Here is just a sampling:

Jingle all the way to our show! Come for last-minute music gift shopping this Sunday, December 20!

a jolly christmas from Frank Sinatra
It’s countdown to Christmas and all the other year-end holidays! There is one more chance  to get that last-minute shopping done for your favorite music-lover – or even a special something for yourself. We know you have been nice all year, supporting our show and all of our great vendors. Join us this Sunday, December 20 for our last show of 2015! Search for great bargains and treasures from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is always free and breakfast and lunch are available for purchase.

In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, here are a few holiday classics sung by ol’ blue eyes and some of his pals, Ella Fitzgerald and  Nat King Cole.

ella wishes you a swinging Christmas

Get a jump on the holidays! Join us this Sunday for our November 15th show!

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It’s getting closer to the holiday season so there are only two more months to find those special gifts of music for friends, family – and perhaps even a little something for yourself! Join us this Sunday, November 15, 9 am-3 pm at the Arbutus Fire Hall. Our vendors are overflowing with special finds and remember, it’s always free! 

We also are excited to announce our schedule for 2016! So mark your calendars for next year!
arbutus 2016 flyer.jpgAt last month’s show, we had a special attendee! Frank Merrill joined us after being on a road trip for 30 days. Like our great announcer, Derek Shaw, he is also a huge roller coaster fan but there is something even more important about Frank. He not only has a record collection of over 400 thousand records but he is the largest collector of radio station surveys in the world. What a honor to have him visit the show!

Frank Merrill

Frank Merrill

Join us this Sunday, January 18, for our first show of 2015!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Time for our first show of 2015 – this Sunday! We look forward to seeing all of our favorite vendors – and you – after the long holiday break. It is perfect time to beat the cold hunting for some great new music finds. Remember, the show is from 9 am – 3 pm and is always FREE!

It’s Valentine’s Day right before next month’s show, so this Sunday is a good time to find that romantic, memorable song that you shared with that special someone. There might even be a special love story amongst our vendors.

Here is one of this editor’s picks and comes with an update about the group. One of the most highly successful 80s New Wave bands from Britain, Spandau Ballet, had a hit in 1983 that put them on the pop music map forever and made them superstars. This song reached Number One in 21 countries and is the soundtrack for many a romance and wedding (and, we suspect, a baby or two). After a 19-year breakup, the boys reunited in 2009 for a widely successful tour but didn’t make it to the States. That is all about to change much to the joy of their fans. The group will be touring in the U.S. for the first time in over 30 years, including an appearance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on April 28.

Spandau Ballet also produced a fabulous rock doc (and is also the name of the tour), Soul Boys of the Western World. Even if you aren’t fan of these New Romantics, their story will surprise you. It’s a great slice of a social and pop music history but more importantly, it is a tale of friendship found, lost and found again. Here is a “True” love song!


Our 3rd Annual Favorite Christmas Song List! Part Two

crosby and bowie

And now for Part TWO of vendor holiday favorites! What could be more wonderful – and at the time, surprising – than two different generations of music icons coming together for a beautiful duet of “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.”  (Click on song name for video.) This is Perry’s choice to start the second part of our list!

Shawn: Disco Christmas, Universal Robot Band [1977]
Ricardo: This Christmas, Donny Hathaway
Barbara: White Christmas, Bing Crosby (with Danny Kaye)
Winston: Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
Jill: Christmas is Coming (from A Charlie Brown Christmas), Vince Guaraldi Trio
Tom: Wonderful Christmas Time, Paul McCartney and Wings (1979)
Albert: Silent Night, The Temptations
George: Christmas at K-Mart, Root Boy Slim
Ike: This Christmas, The Whispers
Herb: Every Year, Every Christmas, Luther Vandross
Tanya: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives (1965)
Tom: Dear Santa, Syng McGowan

And a few of our editor’s fun favorites:
Last Christmas, Wham!
Christmas Medley, The Swingle Singers
When My Heart Finds Christmas, Harry Connick, Jr.

Wishing you all a blessed and joyful Christmas and see you in the NEW YEAR!


Our 3rd Annual Favorite Christmas Song List! Part One

vintage christmas album covers

It is time for our annual vendor list of their favorite Christmas song. They were as diverse as the vendors themselves and so many we are doing the list in two parts! From the traditional to the not so traditional, all mean something special to our vendors. Click on the song name and enjoy! Let us know what your favorites are!

Janet Ruehl: Oh Holy Night, Andy Williams
B. Derek Shaw: 
Christmas in Love, Firefall
Skip and Kelly: Carol of the Bells, Art Garfunkel and Amy Grant
Vince: Please Come Home for Christmas, The Eagles
Gregg: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Jackson 5
Marty: All I Want For Christmas Is You, Vince Vance & the Valiants
Chad: Oh Holy Night, Nat King Cole
Kenny Shriver: Do They Know It’s Christmas, Band Aid 1984
Joe Bryant: Silver Bells, Kenny G
Jim Reeves: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love
Dave: Silent Night, Tom  Waits
Mike Lambert: The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
Sid: Oh My Papa, Eddie Fisher
John Woods: There Was A Star/Riverside 1962from The Staple Singers album ‘The 25th of December’
Linda & Butch: Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee
Sonny: So This Is Christmas, John Lennon
Shane: Fairytale Of New York, The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
Bernie and Christie: White Christmas, The Drifters
Dave: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,Perry Como
Bob: Someday At Christmas, Stevie Wonder

Stay Tuned for Part Two!


Our final show of the year is this Sunday, December 21! Celebrate the season with us!

It’s that time of year! The holiday season is upon us and this Sunday is the last show to buy all those gifts for your favorite music lover – or a little something for yourself! We are also introducing our very own Arbutus Record & CD Show bag with our new logo! Ask your favorite dealer for yours. Also coming up is our annual favorite Christmas song list from our vendors.

arbutus record show bag


vintage christmas album coversIt’s that time of year again! One more show left to get Christmas gifts for that special person or treat yourself to something special for the holidays. Come visit us for some holiday cheer on Sunday, December 15!

For the second year in a row we asked our vendors tell us their favorite Christmas song. Again, they were as diverse as the vendors themselves and we have so many more this year! From the traditional to the not so traditional, all mean something special to our vendors. Click on the song name and enjoy! Let us know what your favorites are!

Frank Ruehl: It’s Christmastime, The Five Keys
Al Ercolani: Frosty the Snowman, Leon Redbone
Gordon Soutar: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee
John Wood: Christmastime, Larry Norman
Dave Ray:  Merry Christmas Everybody, Slade
Mr. Smith: Away in a Manger
Chuck Breininger: Silent Night (editor pick: Manhattan Transfer)
Steve Yohe: Someday at Christmas Stevie Wonder
Todd Sampson: Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives
Gary Levin: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams
Jack Supplee: Silent Night, Bing Crosby
Roger House: Tinsel and Lights, Tracey Thorn
and this is fun too All I Want for Christmas is You, Vince Vance and the Valiants
Vince Anderson: So This is Christmas, John Lennon
Tom Rudzki: The Nutcracker Suite, Leonard Berstein
Jim Overly: Little Drummer Boy, from the TV classic
Will Williams: Merry Christmas, Darling, The Carpenters
Ike Jones: Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas Without the One You Love, O’Jays
Tom Roszak: Father Christmas, The Kinks
Mike Lambert: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, Elmo and Patsy
Jim Critzman, Trisha Rubin: Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses
Sean Lovelace: I Want a Hippopotamus For ChristmasGayla Peevey
Matt Gunby: Little Saint Nick, The Beach Boys
Craig Forrest: Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto, James Brown
John Horn: Dominick the Donkey, Lou Monte
Bob Thompson and Bob Becker: Christmas in Prison, John Prine
Barbara and Randy Lengel: Tennessee Christmas, Amy Grant
and Santa Claus in Coming to Town, Bruce Springsteen
Bill McMann: I’ll be Home For Christmas, Joe Williams. Sadly no link for that so another Joe Williams Let It Snow
Joe Zabel: Silent Night, Perry Como
Herv: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve, The Orioles
Joe Musgrove, Dennis West: The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
Eric and Diane Lowe: Jingle Bell Rock, Barbara Mandrell and
Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Tennesee Ernie Ford
Bill McMahon: Let it Snow, Vaughn Monroe
Marty Metlee: Christmas (Baby please come home) Darlene Love
Ken Schreiber: Santa Town USA, Lonnie & the Crisis
Lara Ghelerter: Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
Bill Cox: Oh Holy Night, Mahalia Jackson
B. Derek Shaw: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders
Dave Rubin: I Believe in Father Christmas, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Skip Groff: Run Rudolph Run, Keith Richards
Chad: Christmas in Hollis, RUN-DMC
John and Tanya Hertzog: Christmas Canon, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Sleigh Ride, Andy Williams

There are so many beautiful songs and many different versions. Among my personal favorites are The Secret of Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson’s That’s What I Want for Christmas and Mary, Did You Know by Kenny Rogers and Wynnona Judd. Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Arbutus Record Show! See you in 2014!