Ryan Wugalter thought his record collection was pretty impressive – until he started Vinyl Supernova.
“I have around 1,000 records. I used to think, before I started organizing the fair, I was a serious collector. Since I’ve been coordinating it, I realized I’m just a minor player in the world of record collectors,” he says.
The event, which runs Oct. 24 at the Fernwood Community Centre, was first started by Wugalter in November 2013. “When I moved to Victoria, I liked to sell books and records at local markets around town and I asked if there was (a music fair) and was told, not in 20 years.”
With support from local music shops, he launched Vinyl Supernova, a one-day fair, which includes dozens of vendors selling records, CDs and music memorabilia of all sorts.
“We have every genre you can think of – genres I didn’t even know existed,” he says.
Wugalter worked in a record shop as a teen and feels music is an integral part of our culture that appeals to everyone in all its forms.
“A lot of people come to check out, not only records and turntables, but to connect with people who maybe just have a few records in their basement like they do.”
The fair includes a mix of old and new recordings LPs, 45s, as well as turntables, posters and books. The fair is at 1240 Gladstone Ave. 10am to 4pm, admission is $2 at the door.