Getting a proper fix

So you are a DJ, or a music lover and need a proper fix, what do you do? Well be thankful that I am here, helping you out. If you are in the Montreal region, looking for a good shot of music, you should check out the various record stores available. You are not sure which one to choose? Don’t worry as this will be the blog post that helps you decide.

Atom heart

A great store with a good collection of music, big section of electronic music in all colors and shapes ranging from minimal to break beats. They also have a big selection of alternative rock.

364-B rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC
Canada H2X 1E6
(514) 843-8484

Cheap Thrills

They have a really big selection of music in all directions. If you feel like going through a lot of different stuff, this is your first place to go. Mostly new releases though.

2044 Metcalfe st. 2nd floor
Montreal, QC
Canada H3A 1X8

Librairie l’echange

Not really a big selection of electronic music. However they have a big classical and folk selection, so if you are looking for some nice samples, this is the place to go!

713 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal, QC
Canada H2J 1W7
(514) 523-6389


Encore has some real rare things ranging from old hillbilly music to the new rough blues material from fat possum records. Not so big on the electronic stuff, but good old school reggae and some early electronic experimental stuff (think Kraftwerk and Vangelis).

5670 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC
(514) 482-5100


More a selection of rock’n’roll than some raving beats, however, great to find some nice old soul & 60’s rhythm’n’blues to mix into your set, or get a sample from. Definitely worth checking out, if just for the eerie feeling of the place.

3770 St-Denis,
Montréal, QC
Canada H2W 2M1
(514) 842-0664

Inbeat records

Sadly they don’t have a website and I never was there myself, but from what I hear, it is one of the oldest and biggest record stores in Montreal and hailed to have a great selection of everything.

3814 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal, QC
(514) 499-2063

Aux 33

More a store for the audiophile elite, specialised in japanese high-profile record pressings, but carries all varieties of sounds. Definitely check it out. Watch out for the prices though!

1379 Mont-Royal Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 524-7397

Backroom Records

Again no website, sorry. But it provides you with some real special gems that you won’t find anywhere else. A lot of rare B-sides and some real good old school stuff.

5912, Saint-Urbain
Montreal, QC

Sound Central Store

Another big one. Carries a lot of different material from early punk to modern death metal. And a huge selection of old school beats’n’breaks. Good hip-hop and early rave music.

4486 rue Coloniale
Montreal, QC
(514) 393-4495

Da Muzz

This one is a bit secretive. I personally didn’t have the time to check it out yet, but a friend of mine told me they have a nice collection of rave, drum’n’bass and varieties of techno in stocks. So give it a try!

1835 Ste-Catherine E, corner Papineau
Montreal, QC
(514) 524-6899

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