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Give a record, take a record: getting into the groove of swapping vinyl

Brandon Rowe and Victoria Revay | posted Tuesday, Mar 27th, 2018

An east-end neighbourhood is taking the love of vintage to a new level, thanks to an avid vinyl fan.

Matt Durant says he started the “Vinyl Swap Box” — a place where anyone can take or leave a record — as a community outreach project, because he wants to build his Leslieville community, and also help people expand their musical horizons.

Durant says the idea was born out of his love of vinyl and fueled by a collection inherited from his father after he passed away. He also wants to keep the momentum of the vinyl revival going.

According to Neilsen Canada, 2017 vinyl sales in Canada were up 22% over the previous year. That’s  804,000 vinyl records sold.

The rules of the Vinyl Swap Box are simple — there are no rules. Vinyl enthusiasts can take or leave a record as they please.

Durant says he’s also hoping local artists will submit their work so that people can hear it.

The box is located outside of Durant’s studio at 1401 Queen Street East.

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