The Vinyl Record Donation and Recycling Program is a charitable initiative to raise money for music-related non-profits in Vancouver and reduce waste by recycling records back into the community.
The vinyl record donation and recycling program accepts vinyl records and audio equipment from the community year-round.
Records are then sold at the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair by donation.
Money raised goes to support CiTR 101.9 FM UBC Student Radio, Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
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Vancouver’s vinyl record donation and recycling program began accepting donations of vinyl records and stereo equipment in the Spring of 2013.
Robert Privett, organizer of the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair, started the donation program as a means to raise money for music-related non-profits in Vancouver and to provide an affordable way for young people to start their collections.
Since then, the program has recycled over 50,000 vinyl records and raised over $10,000 for charity. (Updated Dec. 2016)
Donations are gathered from the community throughout the year and are sold at the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair for well below market prices.
Money raised from the program goes to support community organizations such as CiTR 101.9 FM at the University of British Columbia and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
Records that are damaged or otherwise unsellable get upcycled or recycled.
In March of 2014, the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair and the Vancouver Vinyl Donation Program became members of the Recycling Council of British Columbia.
The donation program expanded its list of benefactors in 2016 to include Vancouver Co-op Radio CRFO 100.5 FM and then CJSF 90.1 FM at Simon Fraser University a few months later.
Program Founder Robert Privett continued to develop the program throughout 2016 and, in June of that year, he began construction on North America’s first privately-funded public library for vinyl records.
The Vinyl Record Library opened its doors to the public on October 1st, 2016.
The library is located in the Vancouver, Art & Leisure complex at 1965 Main Street. Hours of operation are available on the Vinyl Record Library’s Facebook page along with event announcements and notifications about recently acquired stock.
For more information about the Vancouver’s Vinyl Record Donation & Recycling Program or the Vinyl Record Library, contact Robert Privett via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-604-288-2698.
November 10, 2015
Main Street Vinyl Record Fair spins support for the community
Chelsey Stuyt – Beatroute BC
“Built on the belief that a record fair can change the community that it’s held in, this event operates with a mission to give back, one record at a time.”
JULY 7, 2014
Vinyl Donation Program revives forgotten records
Charlotte Campbell – Beatroute BC
“Have you ever wondered what happens to old vinyl? Most times it sits in dusty old milk crates for years before a parent or grandparent eventually passes it on after getting sick of carting it through life year after year. Robert Privett has found a brighter future for those forgotten records. He is the organizer of the Main Street Record Fair, a biannual mecca for vinylheads in the city. He is also the founder of Vancouver’s first record donation program.”
MAY 14, 2014
Main Street Record Fair Goes Green
Adrian Mack – The Georgia Straight
“One of the greatest environmental problems facing us today is Barbra Streisand.
Having introduced a vinyl-donation program to last year’s Main Street Record Fair, designed to help people rid themselves of unwanted albums in a way other than by sticking them in a Dumpster, organizer Robert Privett found himself with an awful lot of overstock—with Babs apparently taking up more space than most…”
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“Our mandate is to serve, instruct and inform the UBC and Greater Vancouver Community through radio broadcasting by supplying alternative, progressive, informative and community-oriented programming.”
CiTR 101.9 FM is the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia (UBC), bringing alternative programming to over two million listeners from Bellingham to Squamish, Point Grey to Langley.
Produced by campus and community volunteers, CiTR provides a unique listening experience:
A campus-based community station, CiTR encourages student involvement. CiTR Student Executives make management decisions alongside a team of dedicated staff.
Community support allows us to promote diverse cultural coverage at less than four minutes of advertising per hour. Besides musical genres of all kinds, we broadcast news, comedy, issues programming, Thunderbird Sports, and more.
Officially licensed, we are fully regulated by the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and are active members of the National Community Radio Association (NCRA), a body dedicated to lobbying support on behalf of community radio in Canada.
CiTR was created in 1937, when the Alma Mater Society of UBC started weekly half-hour radio broadcasts on a local radio station (directed by a new club, the Radio Society). The Radio Society later began broadcasting as CYVR (and became CiTR in 1974). They began broadcasting off-campus on cable in 1975 and on FM in 1982.
CiTR launched a podcast service in September 2006, allowing listeners to access past shows online. The station also publishes a monthly magazine, Discorder, which focuses on local and independent music and arts in Vancouver.
Notable or long-running programmers include Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Steve Edge, Gavin Walker of the Jazz Show, Kliph Nesteroff, “Long” John Tanner, DJ Ebony, DJ Avi Shack, Val Cormier, Luke Meat, Chris-a-riffic, Ska-T, Zena Sharman, Bryce Dunn, Jonathon Brown, Spike Chilton of the Northern Wish and the Canadian Way, Bleek Swinney of Exquisite Corpse and Breakfast With The Browns, Pyra Draculea of the Vampire’s Ball, Marie Benard of Synchronicity, Caroline of Sexy In VanCity, and many others.
CITR hosted the National Campus and Community Radio Conference in 1984 and again in 2007. The NCRC is an annual national gathering of community-oriented radio broadcasters who provide alternative radio to a diverse audience. It has been offered every summer since 1981, and it is one of the core activities of the NCRA/ANREC.
Founded in 1974 and broadcasting on air for the first time in April 1975, Vancouver Co-operative Radio (CFRO, 100.5 FM) is an independent, listener-supported, non-profit community radio station that provides the Greater Vancouver area with public affairs, music and arts programming. The long-term station location is in the heart of Vancouver’s Eastside.
Co-op Radio’s mission is to produce creative and engaging programming for communities whose voices are underrepresented in the mainstream media. The station’s on-air programming is produced by a diverse range of more than 300 dedicated volunteers. Co-op Radio has 90 locally-produced programs that air on the station each week. (See a full list of programs at http://coopradio.org/content/cfro-1005fm).
The station’s music and arts programming focuses on independent and local artists, covering a wide range of genres from Blues to Reggae to World Music. More than 20% of on-air programs broadcast in languages other than English and priority is given to people from language groups who have no access to media or who wish to provide an alternative to existing media outlets. On-air languages include Spanish, Farsi, Armenian, Polish, Amharic, Vietnamese, Bengali, Tagalog, German, French and several Aboriginal languages (including Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mes), Haida, Cree and Hul’q’umi’num’).
Co-op Radio actively engages with and promotes diverse, underrepresented communities in Vancouver. For example, there is more Aboriginal programming on Co-op Radio than any other station in Vancouver. There are five shows by and for Aboriginal communities that focus on arts, community engagement, reconciliation and language revival. Programs playing music from many cultures are found at 100.5 FM and they each serve a community of listeners. Some of the programs, such as the Caribbean music shows on Saturday night, provide an on air community for a group of immigrants, both recent and generations ago, where a physical neighbourhood does not exist, as it does in some other provinces. Through the radio, the culture of the islands they left can be passed on, remembered, and remain vibrant.
Co-op Radio programs are run by volunteers who speak the languages, and know the stories, experiences, and music of their own communities. These volunteers learn skills from the training provided by the station, and are then able to provide access to the medium of radio to their listeners. This in turn encourages more community members to engage within their cultural community and build networked ties to others.
In addition, the co-operative structure of the station nurtures intercultural and cross-cultural understanding, where collaboration and understanding help to counter racism. Co-op Radio values social justice and works against oppression in all its forms. The station is a welcoming space for all, a microcosm of the “cooperative society rooted in social justice” that it envisions, and to which Co-op Radio works towards with its programming and structure.
Co-op Radio is not limited to the Vancouver area: its shows are streamed and archived online. This connects many in geographically remote communities to news and issues of interest.
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a project for female youth aged 8-18 years. We give young women the opportunity to explore, access and play music with positive mentors. As our society continues to push unattainable body image values, we want to reassure the leaders of tomorrow that there is more to being included in the music industry than a microphone and size 0 waistline. At Girls Rock Camp Vancouver we teach young women to pick up their instruments and make noise.
We also run programming throughout the year, including Ladies Rock Camp Vancouver , a rock camp in a Women’s Prison, a Downtown Eastside Rock Camp, various workshops for young women, and all-ages music shows featuring bands who formed inside and outside camp.
The first Vancouver Rock Camp For Girls was held from Monday, August 17th through August 21st, 2009, with a final showcase at the newly renovated historical theatre, The Cultch, in East Vancouver. The camp’s space was graciously donated by the Urban Native Youth Association at 1618 Hastings St.
We are currently planning our fourth year of camp, which will be held in July 2012. We’d like to thank the Urban native Youth Association for graciously partnering with our organization once again, and providing a space for camp to happen. We are an entirely volunteer-run organization that relies on community donations and partnerships, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to get more involved.
The objective of our camp is to provide space 30 female youth to build self-esteem through music creation and performance. Throughout the week, campers learn a key instrument and are coached through the experience of playing within a band setting. Campers also attend workshops with talented female mentors in subjects such as Songwriting, Self-Defense, Image and Identity, Zine-making, Screen-printing. The week finishes with the ultimate experience of playing a live show in front of an audience of family, friends and screaming fans. The week includes performances from experienced female musicians, on-site conflict management for bands, and one on one sessions with the youth. Professional support included teachers, nurses and registered councilors was provided in both the planning stages as well as during the camp.
As firm believers in this project and the impact it will have, we are committed to building self-esteem and developing life skills in young women while cultivating a supportive community of peers and mentors.
GRCV is a registered not-for-profit in British Columbia, and is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance – an established community of camps that are spread all around North America.
The Girls Rock Camp originated in Portland, Oregon over 8 years ago and is now a well-established camp and organization that has inspired and influenced hundreds of young rocking ladies. The camp itself has now expanded into 3 sessional camps with various program options as well as a showcase performance at the end of camp with more than 700 attendees.
If you would like to hear some sounds from the 2009 camp, you can hear a podcast produced by Rock Camp Volunteer and Organizer Sarah Buchanan, here: Life After Radio.ca
GRCV would like to thank Mint Records and The Vancouver Foundation for their generous Financial Support.