Happy New Year – a new year and a new decade! Our first show is Sunday, January 19, 2020!


Happy New Year! Welcome to a new year AND a new decade! It’s hard to believe it’s 2020! We had a wonderful December show and we are looking forward to another great year of shows. We return on Sunday, January 19 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm where admission is always FREE. We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options.

The full schedule for 2020 is below (again thanks to Janet and Frank’s talented daughter Patty). It is not only a leap year but there are two fourth Sundays in April and May. So mark your calendars!

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All our great vendors are returning with tons of music goodies! We keep coming across articles about the increasing growth of vinyl despite CDs and streaming services. Last week, there was an episode called “Not for Sale” in the new comedy The Unicorn on CBS about one of the characters having a difficult time selling his vinyl records at a yard sale – discussing the warmth and richness of a record. Everyone is catching up to what all of us have always known.

Along with LPs and 45s, there are always a great variety of collectibles and fun things to be found at the show – books, tapes, CDs, buttons, DVDs, T-shirts, figurines, posters, and so much more. Since our next show comes after Valentine’s Day, it’s a good time to find a gift for that special person.

Here is a sampling of some things you may find. Happy hunting!

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banana splits

van halen

UK artists

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cabbage patch record tote

buttons books


Celebrate a month of holidays this Sunday, February 17th at the Arbutus Record Show!

Join us this Sunday, February 17 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE! We also have great food great breakfast and lunch options. Wonderful deals and a great mix of music-related items are available from our fabulous vendors. It’s alway a good time hunt for romantic finds for your special Valentine! Celebrate Black History Month with the great musical contributions of African American artists and don’t forget to bring your “Presidents!”


Derek, our great announcer at the helm. If you are looking for something special or anything at all, let him know and he will let our vendors know!

We kicked off our first show of 2019 in grand style with a big show in January. Here are some of the great variety of wonderful musical items that we found including, books, buttons, lunch boxes and of course, great vinyl!


Some great vintage lunch boxes, including rare Beatles!


Some vintage equipment and ton of books on the Rolling Stones. Wonderful displays by our vendors, showcasing their offers!

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Fun, music-themed buttons!


Some romantic Miles and a “Heartbreaker!”

Happy New Year, music lovers! Join us Sunday, January 21 for our first show of 2018!


Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season! December show was a great success as people found treasures and gifts for their favorite music lovers. We return this Sunday, January 21 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm where admission is always FREE! We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options.

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Last year we had a chance to talk to two of our great vendors who work together as a team  – Bob (left) and Evan (right). They joined forces about two years ago when Evan found a treasure trove of albums – almost 11,000 records! – from one collector and they decided to purchase the whole lot. We discovered that Evan is a contemporary jazz lover (like Paul Hardcastle and Pat Metheny) and Bob is a HUGE Beatles fan. As they said, you never know what you are going to find [at the Arbutus Record Show] or who you are going to meet. These two are great guys – always cheerful and friendly, and they come to the show with wonderful music finds! So stop by their booth this Sunday and say “hi” while looking through their selection of albums and other goodies.

We thank our wonderful vendors, like Bob and Evan, and our patrons. Looks like it’s going to be another great year in 2018! See you this Sunday!

Some of their treasures:
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PS: Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is coming up and our February show is on the 18th, so January is a perfect time to get a jump on a special gift for your special sweetheart!

Join us for our first show of the New Year – this Sunday, January 15!


Start the new year with music! We hope you had a great holiday season! December show was a great success as people found treasures and gifts for their favorite music lovers. Our great vendors return this Sunday, January 15 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm and admission is always FREE! We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options.

2017 promises to be another wonderful year for the Arbutus Record and CD show! There are so many fabulous music-related items to be found – books, ephemera, posters, buttons, trading cards, T-shirts, DVDs and more! Here is another reminder of all the  shows coming up in 2017! This year we have TWO shows on the 4th Sunday of the month, April and May, so make note of that on your calendars.

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Since our February show will be after Valentine’s Day, it is not to early to think about something special for your sweetheart. Love songs are the basis of most of our music history. What is your favorite love song? In honor of the great Tony Bennett who just celebrated his 90th birthday and still has the pipes, here is a classic, “The Shadow of Your Smile:” 

Love is all around! Join us Valentine’s Weekend, February 15 for our next show!

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Larry Kessler of the underground psychedelic band GODZ

Join us for another great show during Valentine’s weekend for more musical deals on February 15. It’s never to late to find a gift for that special someone!

The first show of 2015 was a great success with many diverse vendors and collectors enjoying the day. Larry Kessler of the underground psychedelic rock band GODZ joined us for the first time (interview coming soon)Laura Kooyman of reinKarnations brought her clever, re-imagined vinyl and record creations back to the show and Jay Monroe of R&B Tees came with his wonderful T-shirt selection. He will be back for our February show! We also spotted some collectibles with great graphics. Did you know that Bing Crosby was the rock star of his day? And for a few hundred dollars, you can own a rare original Beatles’ Yellow Submarine lunchbox? See you February 15!

Laura Kooyman of reinKarnations with Janet.

Laura Kooyman of reinKarnations with Janet.

Jay Monroe of R&B Tees

Jay Monroe of R&B Tees

Rare Beatles's 'Yellow Submarine' Lunch Box

Rare Beatles’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ Lunch Box

A Bing Crosby collection album cover

A Bing Crosby collection album cover

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!


Love is in the air! Check out some of our favorite love songs and join us for our show February 16th.

If there is one thing that is universal, it is love. It won’t be long until February will bring that special day honoring love – Valentine’s Day. Nothing describes romance like a love song and most songs are about love – all kinds of love. First love, young love, unrequited love, a second chance at love, breaking up and making up, broken hearts and that indescribable feeling when you have found “the one.” We asked our vendors to tell us their favorite love songs and also found some great album covers in the process. If you think that the fellas aren’t romantic, well, we also heard a few love stories too!

Let us know what YOUR favorite love song is and see you in February!

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Derek Shaw and one of his classic albums!

Our great announcer and vendor at every show is Derek Shaw (above). He has a wonderful story. When Derek went to college he told his girlfriend that she should date other people because he didn’t think it was fair that she sit home while he was away. Unfortunately she misunderstood and thought he was breaking up with her. As DJ for his college radio station in Ohio, he played Precious and Few by Climax and dedicated it to his girl back in Pittsburgh whenever he was spinning the tunes at the station. Ironically she never knew because it was a local station and couldn’t listen. Time passed and Derek recently reconnected with his sweetheart. At his college reunion, he played the song for her as he did so many years before. 

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Heart cover but not the group!

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Our Day Will Come. This album has it all!

Al Ercolni, Jr: This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies (He dedicates this to his wife!)
Bill Cox:
Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge
Chris: Chances Are by Johnny Mathis
Jim: You Were Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Jim Kuppers: Image of a Girl by The Safaris
Gary Levine: Violet for Your Furs by Frank Sinatra
Todd Sampson: A Long and Lasting Love by Crystal Gayle
Chris Lodwick: The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies (This was Chris’s wedding song and he sends a special Valentine greeting to his wife!)

Around Midnight

The sultry Julie London knew how to deliver a love song!

Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart

Stevie Nicks “The Wild Heart”

Roger House: Slave to Love by Bryan Ferry
Tom Roszak: At Last by Etta James
Brian Butts: Like the Seasons by The Turtles
John Wood: Hello It’s Me by Todd Rundgren (Editors Note: Had to choose this one out of the four given because it was also the song that my first boyfriend called “our song.” We were all of 16 and remain friends to this day!)
Frank Ruehl: For Your Precious Love by “The Iceman” Jerry Butler
From an Attendee: Color My World by Chicago
John and Tanya Hertzog: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Love the title!

Love the title!

To Sir With Love, Lulu album

A Classic from Lulu!

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Three Ounces of Love was little known trio of sisters who recorded for the Motown label. This is a little gem of a record from 1978.

Bob Becker: If I Fell by The Beatles
Dave Weber: Close to You by The Carpenters
Rick Noll: My Little Red Book by Love
Lori Henderson: Evergreen by Barbra Streisand
John Brehm: All Out of Love by Air Supply
Joe Musgrove: For No One by The Beatles
Joe Schreyer: Somos Los Novios “We Are Dating” (Editor’s Note: Sorry I could not 
find a a video for this.)
Bill Martin: I Love You by Steve Miller Band
Harry Kubilius: Silly Loves Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings
Tom Engle: I Do Love You by Billy Stewart