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Bad news today for vinyl collectors and music lovers in the community.
Milkcrate Records, a long time supporter of the Kelowna music scene, has announced that the store is closing at the end of the month.
The shop broke the news in their newsletter this afternoon, explaining that they were evicted from their current space. Unfortunately, they have been unsuccessful in finding another place to move to.
The shop will officially be closing its doors on Sept. 28, 2019.
“Thank you to all the Artists, Poets, Authors, Filmmakers, Musicians, Singers and Bands who enriched our lives with their Music, Talent, Passion and Artistry,” said owner Richard Rafton. “Thank you to all the arts and music and spoken word fans who came and cheered and clapped and shared the love. For us it always was and always shall be about the music.”
“We’re very proud to have presented close to 400 shows over eight years at Milkcrate, featuring over 1000+ artists,” he added. “As Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) closes out their shows: ‘We’ll see you all further on down the road.’”
Milkcrate moved to their location on Lawrence avenue in November, 2017 in order to provide a larger selection of music to their customers.
Known for hosting intimate live shows with their signature fold down stage, the venue will surely be missed by many.