About the Edmonton Music Collectors Show

A Passion for Music ... a Wealth of Information

We believe that the city of Edmonton and the community of Northern Alberta needs a special event where music lovers, appreciators, and collectors of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds can come together. The inaugural Edmonton Music Collectors Show in 2011 was the first event in Edmonton in over a decade dedicated solely to buying, selling, trading, and discovering music and music-related collectibles.

We see EMCS as a community-building endeavour designed to foster appreciation for music in general and for the vinyl medium specifically, and to develop a music knowledge exchange. The Edmonton Music Collectors Show is definitely a place to add to your record collection, but it is also a place to network with other collectors, gain insight into the value of your own collection, and celebrate music culture.

The Edmonton Music Collectors Show debuted in April of 2011 and drew over 500 patrons through the doors. It ran twice a year in April and October from 2013-2019. In 2020, we decided to revert back to once a year. The 2020 and 2021 shows were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting in 2022, the show will once again be running annually.

Our show consistently draws between 350-500 patrons and several dozen top tier vendors. Our roster of vendors includes some independent retailers such as Freecloud Records and Blackbyrd Myoozik of Edmonton, and Too North Records of Calgary, as well some of the region's most prolific and knowledgable private collectors from as far out as Saskatoon, Kamloops and Kelowna.

We are proud to support the endeavours of other organizers across Western Canada who also work hard to provide events dedicated to collecting vinyl and music memorabilia, including the Calgary Music Collectors Show, the Kelowna Music Collectors Show, the Saskatchewan Music Collectors Show and more.

The Edmonton Music Collectors Show was the brainchild of George Gawlak and Dave Chorley, two of Edmonton's leading independent record collectors and two of the most knowledgeable minds in buying, selling and trading music in the city, who founded the event in 2011. George's daughter Kasia served as website and promotions coordinator, with assistance from Jac Zylstra, who also served as the event's MC for a number of shows. After the 2022 event, George and his team handed the show over to Rich Liukko, owner of Freecloud Records, and Chris Walter, a longtime EMCS vendor, to carry on.

It all sounds good

Diverse selection: The largest and most diverse selection of rare, vintage and contemporary vinyl in Northern/Central Alberta, as well as memorabilia, collectibles, audio equipment, record collecting supplies, and more! Unique items across every genre.

Networking opportunities: Meet new people with shared interests. Make contacts and friends who are passionate about vinyl and collecting music the same way you are! An incredible knowledge base.

Knowledge Base: Have something laying around and always wondered what it was worth? Looking to sell a record collection? Some of Western Canada's most knowledgeable music collectors, gathered in one place, are a great place to start.

Something for everyone

We want to bring together music appreciators and collectors of all ages and music collecting experience. We want to celebrate music through the ages, the best of what today has to offer and the best of what's to come. Most of all, we want to provide something for everyone.

There will be lots of classic rock, vintage pop, and iconic recordings available at this event, but it's not just about the stuff you hear on the radio, no matter what station you listen to. There will be tons of opportunities to discover something new, discover something by an old favourite you never knew existed, and build your own collection, whatever you're into.

For further inquiries regarding the show, please contact Chris Walter by e-mail at chris@amazonsprings.com.