Here's a list of Montreal record stores that will deliver to your door
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on countless businesses. Local independent record stores are some of the hardest hit, relying heavily on foot traffic and special in-store events, like the now postponed Record Store Day, to make ends meet.
While some Montreal record stores already offered online ordering others pivoted quite quickly to build an online presence.
Below is a list of the independent record stores in the Montreal area offering online sales and local delivery.
Note: As directed by the Quebec government, these brick and mortar locations are all closed. Please consider supporting your local independent record store by placing an online order.
Specializing in alternative music, Atom Heart continues to provide their catalogue online. Browse through an expertly curated selection of indie rock, R&B, electronic, and counterculture records at atomheart.ca. Shipping is provided via Canada Post's cheapest available option.
The longtime Mont-Royal East record store has uploaded its entire collection of new and used records online. Shipping is free across the province of Quebec with any purchase of $60 or more. You can browse Aux 33 Tours' full collection at aux33tours.com.
Located in St. Henri, BBAM! Gallery is offering "virtual" record shopping on the phone or on Skype. Interested shoppers can phone the store directly at 514-952-6190 or e-mail email@example.com. Records will be delivered in-person and dropped off at a safe distance. You can find out more at bbamgallery.com.
The longstanding St. Denis music merchant is still offering online sales at beatnickmusic.com.
Death of Vinyl continues to offer some of their records on Discogs. The merchant will also be posting footage on their Instagram account featuring new releases, recommended albums, and custom footage of certain sections of the store. Interested parties can then get in touch to place an order. You can find the store at deathofvinyl.com.
The Sherbrooke Street West merchant is offering delivery exclusively in the N.D.G. area. Records for sale can be found on Encore's Facebook page. Buyers can then fill out a Google Docs form and send their payment via Paypal or Interac E-Transfer. Free delivery is being offered with the purchase of 2 used items or 1 new item. You can find the store at encorebooks.ca.
L'Oblique is accepting orders and questions via e-mail, Facebook, and Instagram. Buyers can browse through some of their inventory on the latter platforms and e-mail or direct message the shop to place an order.
Mile End's La Rama continues to offer their inventory of DJ-friendly, dance-themed records and rarities on Discogs.
Le Noise is now offering free shipping across Quebec with any order of $80 or more. Free shipping is also available to the rest of Canada with any purchase of $99 or more. Find them at lenoise.ca.
One of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie's newer storefronts, Le Vacarme, continues to list their collection online but notes that orders cannot be shipped or picked up before May 4. Free shipping is offered across Quebec with a minimum order of $150. You can find the store at levacarme.com.
One of the newer, off-island players has put together an Excel document with a list of records they are selling online. Shoppers are asked to send the store a direct message on Facebook with their mailing address and order. Purchases of $40 or more qualify for free shipping on the island of Montreal.
Phonopolis continues to offer up their vast selection of records online. Orders of $50 or more qualify for free delivery. However if you are within biking distance of the shop's Mile End location, shipping is free. You can find the store at phonopolis.ca.
Sonorama is offering some of their collection online thanks to Shopify. They are also offering to drop off orders in the Mile End while maintaining a safe distance.
Coloniale Avenue's Sound Central is still operating their online shop. You can browse their collection and place an order at soundcentralstore.com.