BYOV Dance Party In Kimberley

By Bill Monahan

The monthly Bring Your Own Vinyl Night at The Red Door has become so successful that it is moving this month to Kimberley Hall and turning the listening party into a dance party.

Initiated last year by Tom Thwaits, keyboard player for Bored of Education, the idea of BYOV is that people bring in their favourite records.  They introduce the track they want to play and Tom spins it on the turntable.

For this dance party, Tom has enlisted the help of Mike Reid from Kolapore Gardens.

Because of the change of venue, the normally free event will entail a $5 cover charge to help cover the cost of the hall rental.  And because it is not a licenced venue, Tom is suggesting that people can bring their own bottle, as well as contribute and share in a potluck approach to snacks.

The chance to pull out the vinyl to share has found an appreciative audience that’s a mix of baby boomers and young music lovers who have become hooked on vinyl.  It results in a very eclectic mix of music as fans bring up their favourites, covering every conceivable genre.  Each time Tom prepares a list of trivia questions about music, with prizes for the winners.  The evening becomes as much about the stories as the music as each person tells their own story behind the vinyl they are presenting.

As the popularity of BYOV has been growing continually, Tom has arranged for advance ticket sales, available exclusively at the Kimberley General Store.  He’s suggesting buying your tickets in advance to be sure to get in.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how eclectic we can get with this one,” says Tom, “Got  a good two-step, a great line-dance, do you have any clogs, tapshoes or roller skates you can bring out?  Does anyone know how to polka, waltz or ballroom dance?  Who’s got the killer slow-jam that’ll have everyone on the dance floor pairing off?”

Kimberley Hall is located at  235309 Grey Rd 13 in the little hamlet of Kimberley, south of Meaford.  Doors open at 8 on Saturday, Feb. 24th, with a $5 cover charge. Bring your favourite dance tune on vinyl.

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