STORES / DISTRO
There aren't many punk music stores in Ottawa and we're sure most of you already know about them, but here's a list with addresses and phone numbers anyway. Some of these places sell tickets to shows too. Make sure to tell these businesses you heard about them on punkottawa.com!
Ottawa's longest running punk record store, carrying mostly garage/street punk, skatepunk and rockabilly. Decent jazz, reggae, blues, country sections too. New and used. Huge vinyl selection, small CD selection.
Compact Music specializes in classical, jazz, blues,
worldbeat, offbeat, indie, nostalgia, folk, alt country and lounge.
Filling the void left by Record Runner specializing in underground music ranging from punk to metal to indie. CDs, vinyl, DVDs, concert tickets, silkscreened posters, political and music related books and more. Local band consignment welcome.
Carrying a wide range of new and used CDs, LPs,
spanning genres like indie-rock, global sounds, jazz/improv, electronic,
experimental, out-sounds, funk/soul, reggae, roots, African and contemporary
classical. DVDs include everything from music to foreign, independent and experimental
Carries a large new and used selection of punk vinyl and CDs along with a plethora of other genres. The largest selection of used vinyl in town and they let you preview it to boot.
Online store which specializes in local indie/punk/rock. They also sell tickets for shows online. Easy to put your stuff on consignment. Friendly staff.
Here is a list of other cool local multi-media businesses which may be of interest...
Capital Rehearsal Studios
A fully equipped downtown rehearsal studio with
multiple rooms and flexible slots.
New, vintage and used drums, trade-ins, repairs and custom work.
Exile Books is a worker-run infoshop organized on anarchist principles. "We believe in egalitarianism, cooperation and a collective struggle against abuses of power. We provide a safe space to encourage curiosity, cultivate learning and foster activism by making alternative literature available."
THE place to go for underground, indie, art, cult films. The also stock some of the better Hollywood films. VHS and DVD rentals. If you're not sure what your take on Cassavetes is, this is the place to go.
Punk clothing store that carries pants, jackets, dresses, skirts, shoes, belts, belt buckles, jewelry, cuffs and more.
Social justice and political books. Some university course books too. Website has info and events listings.
The Space/The Meatlocker
A fully equipped downtown rehearsal and recording studio with
multiple rooms and flexible slots.
Great deals on used and vintage amps, instruments and PA gear.
Ottawa is home to a number of quality recording studios. They all sort of specialize in different styles and recording methods. Check them out and you're sure to find one that's good for your project!
CD & Vinyl pressing
Options for pressing CDs and vinyl in Ottawa are fairly limited so we've opened things up a little and are offering options in Canada, the US and the Czech Republic!
CD, DVD, VHS
CD, DVD, low-run CD-R, vinyl, mastering
CD and DVD
CD duplication, mastering
CD, DVD, low-run CD-R, vinyl, mastering, printing
Bill Smith Custom Records
Vinyl, printing, mastering and more
Vinyl, CD/DVD, mastering and more
Vinyl, CD/DVD, printing, publishing
Vinyl, CD/DVD and more
Vinyl & CD/DVD
Vinyl, tapes, CD/DVD, mastering
United Record Pressing
Vinyl, printing, digital downloads
Here are a few suggestions for different places that can help you print t-shirts, stickers, posters or whatever else you might need.
Screenprinting, embroidery, lettering and more
Pins, shirts, posters
T-shirts, stickers, posters
If there's a store or distro that you think needs to be added to the list, send us an email and we'll add it for you.