Radio-Canada's Ultimate Record Giveaway / by Chris Foley

You’ll never find a bigger record giveaway than this one:

Radio-Canada is seeking Canadian institutions that fall into one or more of the following categories: a) secondary or post-secondary educational institutions that offer specialized music instruction recognized by a provincial Department of Education or the equivalent in Canada; b) museums; c) public libraries; d) community radio services; e) non-profit organizations with a social mission (hereinafter referred to individually as the “Institution”) to acquire, as is and without charge, one or more portions of its inventory of vinyl records comprising an estimated 108,000 surplus copies of 33 RPM, 45 RPM and 78 RPM records, and/or its inventory of CDs comprising an estimated 57,000surplus copies (hereinafter referred to as the “Inventory”).

The breakdown of vinyl is astonishing:

  • 49,000 33 RPM records

  • 19,000 45 RPM records

  • 40,000 78 RPM records

I’ll bet the 78’s are where the genuine treasures lie. Of the types of non-profit institutions listed, I can guess that community radio services might have the biggest mandate to take on such a huge record collection, assuming space permits. Might be worth the road trip to Montreal…

(Via Ludwig van Toronto)

(Image from Umberto Cofini on Unsplash)