My record store
Behind the counter at L’Oblique, a record store in the Plateau, Michel Meunier has shared his wisdom since 1987, the year the store opened. He’s seen it all: vinyl, cassette tapes, the reign of CDs and the advent of streaming. He shares his passion for rock with Brigitte Nadeau: “She’s our oldest client – I mean, our most loyal,” he says with a knowing smile as she comes into the store.
“Michel is my computer and knows my tastes well,” said Brigitte, who was a director and radio personality on CBC for 10 years. “L’Oblique has been a big influence on me,” she said. “I discovered Japanese music there, which got me interested in Asian culture.”
Brigitte, who loves world music and rock, feels that it’s very important to give her business to independent stores like this one. “By buying here, I encourage local and independent bands as well.”
Discovery and discussion
While Michel and Brigitte reminisce, Andrew Murdoch checks out the records at the back of the store.
“I knew L’Oblique 20 years ago, when I was a drummer in a rock band,” he recalls. “Coming here is inspiring. I always discover something new.”
Andrew, a native of Nova Scotia, collects vinyl, “but it’s not an obsession!” he jokes. “What I love most of all is the format.”
Time for a change of scenery at Atom Heart, Rue Sherbrooke. This record store specializes in hip-hop and electronica. Marc-André, with coffee in hand, sits on a red couch to chat with Cleveland, an employee of the store.
Marc-André, with his hat fastened to his head, is doing a master’s in economics. He is enthusiastic as he talks about his record store:
“I love this place because you can talk and get advice from a human being. And it’s a lot more fun to talk to a friend instead of a computer!”
Just like Brigitte, Marc-André wants to encourage independent bands by buying records at Atom Heart. “I have a small collection of about 150 albums,” he said, proudly.
In a world that is moving faster and faster, where we consume even faster still, record stores are a place where time seems to stop. People share, talk, laugh, encourage and discover human contact once again.
“Music gives a soul to the universe and wings to the mind.” – Plato