Nanaimo record store and community staple Fascinating Rhythm is throwing a party in celebration of its 25 years in the Harbour City.
Fascinating Rhythm's 25th anniversary falls on Nov. 1, when the venue will host six hours of live music - free of charge.
The performances are expected to take on a distinctly local flavour. Adding their talents to the celebration are Glen Foster, electronic group Colliding Canyons, The Divine Trio, featuring jazz artist and saxophone player Cameron Wigmore, and bluegrass troupe the Hub City Ramblers.
Also expected are Top Men, a local electro pop band and the punks from Lithium Halo.
Other artists might be added in the lead-up to the festivities, said store owner Steve Lebitschnig.
"It's just a real milestone that we're happy to have reached," said the 55-year-old music aficionado.
Since the business launched in 1988, Fascinating Rhythm has become a fixture of the local music community.
If a local band has a gig in the Nanaimo area, fans can pretty much assume they will find tickets for the show at Fascinating Rhythm.
Beyond the ticket sales, the shop also routinely sells and promotes local music, while also providing a venue for performances. "We just generally take an interest in what the bands are doing," said Lebitschnig.
"One of the best things about the job is it's very social. People are coming in all day long. Some people have been coming in for 20 years," he added.
Folks that can be found perusing the selection have included some famous names, from locals like Diana Krall and Dave Gogo to others like Colin James and Elvis Costello.
Just last year, host of the CBC's Vinyl Cafe, Stuart McLean dubbed Fascinating Rhythm one of his favourite record stores in the country.
"I've been doing a job that I enjoy for a long time. I'm sure I'll continue to enjoy doing it for many years yet," said Lebitschnig.
The Nov. 1 performances are expected to run from 2 to 8 p.m.
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