It has probably been about eight years since the last time I set foot in Big Fernwood or the Fernwood Community Centre as it is better known these days. It's where I got my start in the concert photography game. Armed with a point and shoot digital camera I took pictures of friends bands between sets and sold merch for those bands. There are a lot of memories in that gymnasium and all of them are great.
It's been a while since I've had a chance to catch up with my friend, Nick. Like myself Nick has recently immersed himself in the never ending life of a record collecting. Obviously we decided to hit up the 2nd annual Vinyl Supernova record fair at the Fernwood Community Centre, but only after getting a grilled cheese eggs benedict at Cabin 12.
There is a certain smell that comes off old used records. It's almost like a dusty library with some grease stains. It's one of those few smells I find exceedingly comfortable and at home in. That's why I love hanging out older record stores like Fascinating Rhythm in Nanaimo, Turntable here in Victoria, or digging through the records at my local thrift shops.
At Vinyl Supernova I seemed to spend more time wrestling my way through the crowds of record enthusiasts than actually digging through the thousands of records. Eventually I did score an almost mint copy of Kiss's "Alive!" A record I listened far too much as a misunderstood youth with access to his dad's record collection. I also came home with some New Order, Tears For Fears, and The Jam 12" singles.
Despite my ever expanding record collection I do kick myself for not picking up the N'Sync single for "Bye Bye Bye" from Mike Devlin's table. He did mention I'd gain some respect points if I got it, but I just couldn't commit. I was always more of a Backstreet Boys fan anyways.
Vinyl Supernova was a great way to spend my Saturday morning. I got to catch up with a friend, bump into countless other friends, and talk music with people who genuinely care about music.
I know I'll be back for the third instalment of Vinyl Supernova.