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New Vinyl Pressing Plant Open For Business...In PEI

The format keeps growing and stands to gross more than $25 million by year-end.

New Vinyl Pressing Plant Open For Business...In PEI

By FYI Staff

Last year, Charlottetown entrepreneur Ghislaine Cormier and partner Gideon Banahene won $10,000 at the annual Dragon’s Contest in PEI’s capital city, and it helped fund Atlantic Canada’s first vinyl record plant that is now open for business.


Kaneshii Vinyl Press in PEI teamed up with Toronto’s Viryl Technologies to open a wholly automated vinyl pressing plant that runs on cloud-based software that can press 180 records an hour. The plant is set up to stamp 7, 10- and 12-inch discs in a variety of colours. Already, the company has received orders from the US, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and, of course, Canada.

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Jeff Brownlee at PLANT has the story, and Desiree Anstey at Journal Pioneer has the backstory.

According to the latest figures supplied by Nielsen Music Canada, new vinyl sales this year are up 26 percent to 747,500 copies, as compared to a 27 percent decline in CDs (albeit still selling an impressive six million copies) and a 20 percent decline in digital albums (to 4.5 million). The estimated retail value for new vinyl sales so far this year stands at $23 million.

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Celine Dion was so desperate to alleviate the pain from severe muscle spasms during her secret, nearly two-decade-long battle with the rare neurological and autoimmune disease Stiff-Person Syndrome that she took near-lethal doses of Valium in search of relief. In her one-hour primetime NBC special on Tuesday night (June 11), Dion said she took up to 90 milligrams of the medication used to treat anxiety, seizures and muscle spasms, an amount that is more than twice the recommended daily dose.

“I did not know, honestly, that it could kill me. I would take, for example before a performance, 20 milligrams of Valium, and then just walking from my dressing room to backstage — it was gone,” Dion said of the instant pain relief the medication offered at levels, however that “could have been fatal” if she’d continued at that pace. “At one point, the thing is, that my body got used to it at 20 and 30 and 40 [milligrams] until it went up. And I needed that. It was relaxing my whole body. For two weeks, for a month, the show would go on… but then you get used to [and] it doesn’t work anymore.”

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