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Zulu | Place, Institution | Short for Zulu Records, an independent record store of local and national renown located at 1972 West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. Launched in 1981 by music enthusiast Grant McDonagh, the shop has played a major supportive role in Vancouver’s music scene for decades by floating its own indie record label, employing local musicians, promoting concerts both large and small, and hosting many gigs right in the store itself (eg. Lou Barlow, The XX, The War on Drugs). They also buy and sell vintage tuners, speakers and turntables. Oh, and records. Lots and lots of records, and quite a few CDs too.

Usage: “Three of my top five most intimate and memorable shows of all time were staged among the crates at Zulu…”

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