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Events to check out this weekend on Main Street

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Using recycled wine corks and found objects, Bob Scott is known for his innovative painted cork carvings, which he’s shown in solo and group art shows across North America.

“Halloween Tyme II”, his second annual Halloween art exhibit at Neptoon Records (3561 Main Street), will be on display from October 19 – 31, 2012, opening reception is October 19th at 7pm.

Taking inspiration from folklore and vintage Halloween imagery, “Halloween Tyme II” will feature cork carvings in his vibrant and distinctive Folk Art style, including over a dozen Halloween bats and one life-size 7’ tall Witch Cork Carving; three framed, large-scale ink drawings, “Red Mass Reaper”, “White-Faced Owl”, and “Flying Witch”; refurbished vintage noisemakers handpainted with his original Halloween designs; and Halloween decorations, T-shirts, and canvas Trick Or Treat record bags screenprinted with hand-drawn graphics. Also: treats and old haunted house LPs on the record player!

Plan to drop by Bohemia Gallery (3243 Main St.) tomorrow, Friday October 19, 2012, to come help them celebrate their 10 year anniversary. There will be events going on all day until 9pm including tarot card reading and great deals. Don’t forget to also check out the diverse and fun selection of Halloween costumes and accessories. They have consignors bringing in an extra selection of some of their finest and most unique costumes to sell.

For more information: www.bohemiagallery.ca

On Saturday, October 20 2012 drop by Neptoon Records (3561 Main Street) from 2:00pm until 4:05pm  to hear the Balconies live.

They are rocking their way across Canada on tour with Big Sugar and are making a stop in Vancouver! With back to back shows (Oct. 19th/20th) at the Commodore Ballroom,

they couldn’t help but stop at out favourite record shop…It’s completely FREE!

For more information: www.neptoon.com

Atten­tion all Van­cou­ver Steam­punk crafters & mak­ers, come join us at our next free steam­punk craft drop-in Saturday October 20th noon to 4:30, hosted by Van­cou­verites for Steam­punk and Tracey Ernst of The Steamwench’s Salon at Plush on Main (4296 Main St.)

This is a very infor­mal event, on a drop-in basis. If you have a project you’d like to work on, want to tin­ker on some­thing new, or just want to come and see what other peo­ple are work­ing on, come join us! You will have access to Plush’s stu­dio and large work­ta­bles, a domes­tic sewing machine (please note that Plush’s indus­trial machines are not avail­able for use) and a col­lec­tion of tools sup­plied by mem­bers of Van­cou­verites for Steam­punk, includ­ing a var­i­ous glues, pli­ers and snips, scis­sors, sewing shears, mea­sur­ing tapes and other handy lit­tle things. A ran­dom col­lec­tion of donated scrap metal bits, clock parts, leather and fab­ric scraps, and other found bits will also be a

For more info: www.plushonmain.com

Neptoon Records HALLOWEEN PARTY: III

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

It’s that time again! This is our THIRD annual Halloween party! Once again we’ve got a badass lineup for you guys. There is a bit of something for everyone this year.
Watch for a possible addition in the next day or two…..just waiting for confirmation (or unavailability). Timetable will be posted in a day or so as well, but the event will run from 2:00pm until 7:00pm.

As always, this is FREE AND ALL AGES!

Motordust – (Motorhead tribute with members from Captain Dust)
The Radii – http://www.facebook.com/theradii
The Beladeans - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beladeans/130704489980
Liquor Kings – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Liquor-Kings/157222997644093
Rags To Radio – http://ragstoradio.bandcamp.com/
Good For Grapes – These kids are AMAZING. DO NOT MISS THEIR SET! – http://www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes
Once again, watch here for a possible addition! It’s one I’m super excited for too!

Neptoon Records
3561 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 324-1229

Bob Scott’s Hallowe’en Tyme at Neptoon Records!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Montreal native and Vancouver resident artist Bob Scott returns to Halloween imagery in time to celebrate his fav-o-rite season of the year – Halloween! New Halloween Folk Art painted cork carvings will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Recent drawings will also be featured including the original 20″x20″ drawing of “Flying Witch” used on the recent Indian Wars and Primitive Hands split 7″ on Italian record label Spru…t and Rags Records. Halloween decorations and several original scratchboard drawings with painted cork borders too! Silkscreened canvas Trick Or Treat/Record bags designed by Bob will be available, as well as his Red Mass Reaper poster, a limited edition silkscreen by Pinhole Printing that is artist signed and numbered.

Opening October 7th @ 7PM!
Runs until November 3rd 201
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Bob Scott’s art on his website

http://www.bobscottartwork.ca/

Follow his blog

http://bobscottartwork.tumblr.com/

and Like his facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/bobscottartwork

and please recommend this facebook event! Anyone can attend!

Oh, and check out Mongrel Zine a music and art fanzine that Bob co-edits and contributes with his partner Janelle Hollyrock, available at Neptoon Records
http://mongrelzine.ca

Bob Scott’s Hallowe’en Tyme is happening at NEPTOON RECORDS!
Vancouver’s Oldest Independent Record Store
3561 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

604-324-1229

http://www.neptoon.com

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Hours
Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Neptoon Records – A Family Affair with a Long History on Main Street

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Family run businesses continue to be seen as the heart and soul of Main Street in Vancouver. This tradition has been around for as long as we can remember, and Neptoon Records is no different. Now celebrating 30 years as Vancouver’s oldest independent record store, Rob Frith is proud to be running this iconic institution with his son, Ben.

The family, however, has been doing business in the area since the early 1900s. According to Frith, “My grandfather owned Arthur Frith’s Clothing for Men, at the corner of Main and Broadway, around 1910. The street was different back then and they tore down the building the store was in when they widened Broadway. He moved the store near the theatre on Main St. and was there until the mid 50s.”

Neptoon Records during Car Free Days 2011

Although he grew up in Burnaby and his first storefront location was on Fraser Street, Frith was always drawn to the Main Street area. After almost 20 years in business and with Neptoon Records continuing to grow, Frith was starting to outgrow his first location. He saw Main Street as an up and coming area and started looking to relocate there. “One day, about eight or nine years ago I saw a ‘for sale’ sign on the building that we are now in, I wrote down the number and made the call. It was a great deal.” He bought the building with his brother, and together they also own a construction company.

Frith was actually in construction when he started Neptoon Records in 1981. He was offering renovations and at that point there was a huge recession, the market fell apart and not many renovations were going on. “I put on record swap meets, collected records, and was trying to figure out what to do.” Along the way he thought “I should open a record store” and figured that “If it doesn’t work, I won’t lose too much.” But it did work and he did really well from the beginning, enjoying every step of the journey. “It was fun and I really liked the hours. I was used to getting up at 6am or 7am for construction, so getting up at 11am was a great new lifestyle.”

The business has been doing well ever since and with a bigger store on a busier street, the business continues to thrive. As an added bonus, one of his son’s is now involved and manages the store. Both Frith and his son have a long history of having great ties to bands and the local music scene. They do what they can to support them and the industry on a regular basis.

Neptoon Records sells new and secondhand records/CDs that represent a broad and eclectic selection of music. They also host a series of live in-store performances to help promote local bands and Frith even owns a record label (currently has three bands signed on – Belladeans, Theemanipulators (son’s band) and The Orpheans). Neptoon also participates in Record Store Day every April which has 14 bands over the course of the day performing live. Frith was involved with arranging music for Car Free Days on Main Street last June and twice a year he organizes a local swap meet called the “Record and CD Convention” (coming up on September 25th at the Croatian Cultural Centre). He also sits on the “Executive” for ShopMain.ca.

And, if all this wasn’t enough, Frith is also working on a book covering the history of Vancouver concert posters. He is an avid collector and despite an impressive personal collection, he is still on the hunt for more. In particular, he is avidly looking for one that featured Bill Haley and The Comets. This was one of the first rock and roll concerts in Vancouver in the 1950s.

Neptoon Records
3561 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 324-1229
www.neptoon.com