DEC  24th  10 AM  – 4 PM

Dec  25th – CLOSED

Dec  26th – 11 AM – 6 PM


Dec  31st – 10 AM – 6 PM


Cumberland Record Crates Back In Stock!

Great for storing records vertically or stacked in a pile… $42.99 Each


Record Store Day Releases! Live Music!
Sale! …
10% off new lps
20% off used lps
20% off new cds
50% off used cds
10% off turntables and accessories!
New Red Cat Shirts and Totes will be available!
List of RSD releases can be found here .. bold when confirmed, first come first serve, no holds, you know right?
Live Music :
5 PM – Ida Nilsen
6 PM – Adrian Teacher
7 PM – Boreal Network
Prizes … Door Prizes… Door Prizes! (For the first customers of the day..)
Choose a pair of tickets to any of the shows below:
Courtesy of Blueprint Live :
Anamanaguchi – Apr 21
Anti-Flag – Apr 28
Berner – May 4
Lemaitre – May 5
Smash Boom Pow / Oceanographers / Youngblood – May 13
Nada Surf – May 17
Andrew Bird – May 21 (all ages)
Autolux – May 28
Chuck Ragan – Jun 10
Chastity Belt – Jun 25
Swans – Sept 6
Animal Collective – Sept 27 (all ages)
Courtesy Of Live Nation Canada:
Death from Above: April 26, PNE Forum
Baroness: May 29, Commodore Ballroom
The Mavericks (TBC): August 4, Commodore Ballroom
Fitz and the Tantrums (TBC): August 24, Vogue Theatre
Gin Wigmore: April 26, Venue
Bleached: April 26, the Biltmore
Magic Man and the Griswolds: May 3, the Imperial
Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque: April 26, Vogue Theatre
Kvlertak: May 2, the Rickshaw
Plants and Animals: June 16, the Imperial
Courtesy of Timbre Concerts:
Fat White Family w/ Dilly Dally (4/23 at The Cobalt, Early Show)
The Big Pink w/ Gang Signs (4/25 at The Biltmore)
Wild Nothing w/ Whitney (4/26 at The Biltmore)
Tortoise w/ Life Coach (4/28 at Imperial)
Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light w/ Ben Abraham (5/14 at The Biltmore, Early Show)
Courtesy Of MRG Concerts:
Ben Rogers & Rich Hope
Jason Collett
Aidan Knight
U.S. Girls
David Bazan

Record Store Day!

Red Cat Voted Best Record Store In 2016 Westender Poll!

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Red Cat best bet for vinyl

Robert Mangelsdorf — Westender
Red Cat Records co-owners Dave Gowans and Lasse Lutick. — Dan Toulgoet photo

Best Record Store:

Red Cat Records

4332 Main


It’s no secret that these are tough times for the music industry. CD sales have plummeted in favour of online streaming and torrenting, and music retail chains have been dropping like flies as a result.

However, amidst this, Red Cat Records on Main Street has not only survived – it’s thrived, largely due to owners Dave Gowans and Lasse Lutick’s decision to shift their focus to vinyl sales.

“When we started, it was 80/20 between CDs and vinyl,” says Lutick. “Now its 70 per cent vinyl.”

Lutick and Gowans first met each other more than 20 years ago in a tree-planting camp in Northern BC, and went on to form the indie country-rock band, the Buttless Chaps. The pair were long-time employees at Red Cat when they had the opportunity to buy the store nearly 10 years ago from the original owners.

“It was definitely a dream of ours to have our own store someday,” says Lutick. “I think a lot of musicians have that dream.”

For music fans that want something tangible, something substantial they can hold in their hands and display in their homes, vinyl is an ideal medium. However, the shift to vinyl has not been without its challenges. For one thing, records are a whole lot bigger than CDs, resulting in Red Cat having to upgrade their digs two times on the same block.

But as Red Cat has grown, the store’s welcoming atmosphere has remained.

“It’s a friendly store,” says Gowans. “It’s really comfortable and you’re not going to be judged by the records you buy. It’s not that kind of record store.”

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