Hamilton exclusive: Signed Music Makers portrait book by Lisa MacIntosh on sale now!

September 22nd, 2017


Lisa MacIntosh, Toronto photographer and friend of Dr. Disc, has just published a gorgeous new hardcover book called Music Makers which features stunning portraits of musical artists all taken at The Great Hall in Toronto.

Lisa was so kind as to sign 5 copies of the book which are on sale now at Dr. Disc for $59.99 + HST.

Featured Hamilton artists captured in Music Makers include:

Tom Wilson
Terra Lightfoot
Lori Yates
Rita Chiarelli
Melissa Marchese
Thompson Wilson
♫ and many more!

This book was printed in Canada on high quality heavy bond paper and is independently produced and distributed in limited numbers, so make sure to stop in and grab your own piece of Canada’s rich music history!

Click HERE to learn more about Lisa MacIntosh’s ace photography skills!


* Now COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! *King Biscuit Boy - The Lost Sessions 1981 CD

September 14th, 2017


Added 11/09/17: This release is now COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. No more physical copies are going to be made at this point, and the recording is NOT available digitally!


Dr. Disc HAD an exclusive on the Richard Newell / King Biscuit Boy ‘The Lost Sessions 1981’ CD ($14.99). The master tapes were recently found after being misplaced placed for almost 40 years! The 10-track recording has been brought back to life, and features some of Richard’s finest performances that were previously unreleased and heard by few - until now!

About the CD:

The Lost Sessions 1981 represents a significant addition to the discography of Canadian blues legend Richard Newell aka King Biscuit Boy coming after his association with Allen Tousaint in the mid-70s, and before his series of successful albums for Stony Plain records beginning in 1984.

Knowing it would be his first recording featuring a prominent horn section, Richard took great care in selecting tracks for these sessions, The songs he chose combine some of his favourites like “Mama Loochie” and “Georgia Slop” with songs that often didn’t make it into his set lists, and chosen to feature horns like Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle”, and the Ray Charles classic, “Hard Times”. “Goodnight” was typically the last song of the set on his live shows and seemed the appropriate choice to end this set.

For the producers this release represents a labour of love and the culmination of a project started so long ago.

The master tapes for this recording were misplaced for decades and thought lost forever. Needless to say, we were thrilled then they suddenly turned up during the renovation of a prominent recording studio. After reviewing them we strongly felt Richard’s incredible performance needed to be shared. He is in magnificent form: his voice at its peak and his harmonica playing is second to none. The band too, is remarkable. While young at the time, many of these musicians are now well-respected professionals who have had significant success on the Canadian music scene in the ensuing years.

The experience we all shared during the recording of these 10 songs rivals any in blues folklore. Eventful for sure. Turbulent, joyful, soulful, inspired, exhilarating, at times crazy, but always thrilling.

That’s Richard.


Dr. Disc’s Supercrawl SUPER SALE - Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 10

September 8th, 2017


Supercrawl, Hamilton’s largest, free music festival takes place Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 this year, and to celebrate, Dr. Disc is having a Supercrawl SUPER SALE!

Save 15% OFF* all regularly priced records, CDs, DVDs, turntables, audio equipment and related accessories.

Dr. Disc Supercrawl SUPER SALE weekend store hours are as follows:

Friday, September 8: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday, September 9: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday, September 10: Noon to 6:00pm

* Please note that no other coupons or discounts apply, and some items are exempt from discounting. Please check in store for details.



August 31st, 2017


Dr. Disc will be CLOSED on Monday, September 4 for Labour Day but will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday, September 5.

Regular business hours for are listed below:

Main Floor and Basement:
Mon. - Thurs & Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday: Noon to 6 PM

The Second Level (DJ 12” vinyl):
Friday: Noon to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 6 PM


New Hamilton - City of Music website is now live online!

August 9th, 2017


Finally, there’s an online resource for all things music in Hamilton and surrounding area!

Please click HERE to visit the Hamilton - City of Music site which features:

• Hamilton and area musical artist features and new release info
• Venue listings (more comprehensive listings to be added shortly)
• Curated local artist playlists via YouTube
• Exclusive features, articles and photos
• Music Business Directory
• @HamOntMusic Twitter highlights
• More to come!


Dr. Disc will CLOSED on Monday, August 7

August 3rd, 2017


Dr. Disc will be CLOSED on Monday, August 7 for the Civic Holiday, but will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday, August 8.

Regular business hours for are listed below:

Main Floor and Basement:
Mon. - Thurs & Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday: Noon to 6 PM

The Second Level (DJ 12” vinyl):
Friday: Noon to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 6 PM



“Raise the Roof” Concert Series continues Friday, July 14!

July 11th, 2017


Dr. Disc, the iconic Hamilton music store, will be “Raising the Roof” again this year by hosting free, outdoor live musical performances outside the store at 20 Wilson Street (at James) to coincide with the downtown Art Crawl.  This year we proudly add Hamilton Music Collective as co-presenters!

The purpose of these concerts is to:
• feature local, independent musical artists of all genres and expose them to as widespread audience as possible – for FREE!
• increase awareness of and highlight the diversity and vitality of the independent Hamilton music scene.
• encourage the public to come to downtown Hamilton to experience all that it has to offer.
• to give back to the community for the support it has shown for Dr. Disc since the doors opened back in 1991.

Hamilton Music Collective, Hamilton Magazine and I Heart Hamilton present
”Raise the Roof” Concert Series 2017 - Friday, July 14
6:00-10:30pm (EXTENDED store hours: 10:00 am until 11:00 pm)

10:00 – 10:30pm > Katie Bulley

9:00 – 9:30pm > Math Club

8:00 – 8:30pm > Sun Kings

7:00 – 7:30pm > Good Apollo Kid

* Note: Performances are weather permitting and the schedule is subject to change.

DR. DISC is 26 Years Young this year!

Dr. Disc first opened its doors to music lovers in downtown Hamilton in 1991—26 years ago this year!

The store’s formula was a unique one: concentrating on selling both new and second-hand music (especially hard to find imports as well as music from independent, local artists) while placing an emphasis on excellent customer service and community involvement.  One of the hallmarks of Dr. Disc has always been vinyl records and that continues to this day.  The resurgence in popularity of record albums has been a popular headline recently, but for Dr. Disc records are part of the store’s DNA and always will be.  These things have enabled Dr. Disc to survive two decades in a tough music retail market which has seen the rise and fall of large chains like Sam the Record Man, Tower Records and HMV.  In fact, Dr. Disc was one of seven record stores downtown back in 1991. Now it is one of only three that still remain.

Over the years, Dr. Disc has added sales and rentals of DJ equipment to the mix in order to fill a growing demand, and has continued to support, sponsor and participate in local events such as the Festival of Friends and Supercrawl.  The store has also presented and showcased such notable and eclectic artists in Hamilton as the Juno Award-winning Barenaked Ladies; famed author and visual artist Douglas Coupland; ex-Dead Kennedy member and current social activist Jello Biafra; DJ Premier, Brooklyn, New York’s internationally recognized music producer and DJ; and many others too numerous to mention. 

Dr. Disc has also received such accolades as being named Hamilton’s favourite music store in the Hamilton Spectator’s Reader’s Choice (Platinum Award); View Magazine’s Best of Hamilton; and Hamilton’s Best Record Store in the Hamilton Music Awards polls.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Mark Furukawa and Kristin Archer ((JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))


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