Beaumont Records proprietor Scott Gowen has announced that the retail store will soon be shut down. Gowen issued the following statement via Facebook on Thursday afternoon:
Time to face reality: The shop will most likely close by the end of the year. I’ve tried everything I can to keep it going, but I’m slipping further and further behind on virtually every payment I have. The stress of the shop is getting to be too much for me to handle, and I think it’s time to begin looking for a full time “real” job.
To everyone who has supported the shop, I can’t thank you enough. I’ve met some incredible people, and enjoyed hosting shows, and generally getting to hang out with some of the best people.
Gowen said that he hopes to continue to sell online or in a pop-up shop, but hasn’t released any details.
Beaumont has also released albums from local bands, including Phalec Baldwin’s cassette, and says that while the label will continue there will likely be some delays until the next release.
Beaumont is located on 100-220 3rd Avenue South.
Some of our favourite memories of the store include the time Fist City played an in-store show there, and singer Kier smashed a plate full of weird chemicals and threw up on a microphone.
Punk rock history is important, and can be made anywhere, and we feel incredibly lucky that we had some part in that moment and that space even as a spectator.