Halifax Folklore Center started at 1971. The shop is owned by Tom and Marla Dorward. Tom is a graduated at the Dalhousie University and started teaching math, but that only lasted a year, because of his love for music.
Both Tom and Marla are musicians and they care about the instruments and the people who play them.
Mo-We: 11AM - 5:30PM
Fr: 11AM - 7PM
Sa: 11AM - 5PM
A big HMV shop with DVD's only when you enter. Music is in the back first floor with a rather disappointing selection.
Revisted the shop in 2006. First floor is gone and the music selection is smaller now.
What to buy: Main stream A-Z
What to pay: More than elsewhere.
In Spring 2012 I was pleasantly surprised to find Obsolete Records, a new second hand record store at the street that often is used in historical movies.
The shop needs some time to grow; the owner is higly motivated.
Tu-Fr: 11AM - 6PM
Sa: 10AM - 6PM
Su: Noon - 4PM
What to buy: Second Hand records
What to pay: Average prices
TAZ Records is a shop loaded with records. I know the small shop in Grafton street, where every corner was used. Especially the 45 rpm section stroke me. There was a hidden spoken word/comedy album section.
Revisited the shop in 2006 when is had moved to Gottingen street. The amazing collection still was there. The owner died in 2005, but the dedicated personnel continued the shop for the heirs. Getting things on order is a daily routine, but searching flexible records was a not your every day challenge. I got excellent support and found some more!
In the backroom there was a special country section. I even came across a BIG Tanner Library collection (sigh!).
In 2007 a new owner took over and the shop moved to Market street (at the back of the first location), which I visited in 2008. There are still gems at the back room and I have to come back for the 45-ers (a little hidden).
Furthermore there are CD's on sale.
What to buy: Wonderful old stuff. For you to discover.
What to pay: Albums from CAD 10.00; 45 RPM 5.00 (in general).
During one of my visits there was an action week: The shop payed the sales tax!
Taz Records is probably the best shop to get second hand music in Halifax. They carry vinyl in all speeds, tape and cd now, and also rare prints and posters. They specialize in obscurities and rarities. They've been in business quite a few years and don't carry top 40 stuff.
Their online site is basically an online order site for 7 inch and full size used vinyl records. In the store they also have cds.
They have recently moved location from Gottingen Street to Market Street.
What to buy: Music, music, music!
What to pay: various prices
Sam the Record Man was one of two remaining shops with this name in Canada (the other one was at Toronto).
I last visited the shop in November 2006 and never realised it would be my last visit; the shop close in February 2007. At my last visit I wondered why the spoken words section was suddenly so limited; now I know.
It's sad to see these institutions die!
What to buy: Bought a nice 60's sampler for CAD 12. Try out there comedy section too.
On my second visit I discovered the hidden stairway to the 1st and 2nd floors. Floor 1 classic followed by floor 2: JAZZ and Spoken Word (unbelievable). Bought 2 Ken Nordine albums.
I revisited at 2006. The selection seems to be a little less detailed. Still it's a very rewarding shop to explore.
What to pay: Lower than at Music World or HMV.
Lawley's is a 30 year established shop that stocks print music, hard to find and it's their specialty. They stock for voice and instruments. If you want it, you will likely find it there.
What to buy: Print and sheet music
Before I even could explore this Shop with Indi Music it was close.
That's life of a record hunter.
Random Cd is a newer CD shop, almost opposite from the existing CD Plus store. So, now there are almost two identical shops there.
Random Play sells recent stuff and has T-shirts and more too.