CALGARY: After opening its doors in September 2015 with the promise of offering fast, affordable delivery of vinyl albums it appears that Canada Boy Vinyl is no more.
At launch, COO Dean Reid (who carries the title Commanding Officer) said he won over investors by focusing on Indie bands looking for short production runs, but something has gone amiss with the factory. In a Reddit post, Reid is quoted as stating "I wish to inform you that CBV has suspended operations effective Monday December 12/2016 with an anticipated start date of January 2017.
" I know how frustrating it can be to have unanswered questions , so I will provide updates in regards to your orders come January when the information becomes available. Please anticipate an extra 4-6 weeks to scheduled target dates as we do our best to fill your orders as quickly as possible. I would like to send my deepest and sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. I appreciate the love and support from our CBV family and the patience you are all extending at this time . I wish you all the best this holiday season and looking forward to a new year of making beautiful music together."
A subsequent post offered little more to customers with deposits made and orders placed. This post isn't attributable to anyone at CBV: "CBV is in the middle of a complete restructure and will not likely get back into operations until the end of January . This is a really shitty situation and currently all orders are at least 4-6 weeks behind schedule . I feel absolutely terrible and helpless as myself and all the employees were laid off on December 9th and I am waiting for my marching orders from the owners of the company myself .
"All I can do at this point is send my deepest apologies for any inconvenience this will cause you and hopefully CBV will get back up and running quickly . I won’t know anymore until the new year as everything seems to be shut down still for the holidays , so there is very little movement.
"I will let everyone know as soon as I hear something."
The company website is up but offers no suggestion that it's anything but business as usual; however, Exclaim magazine reports that Reid has issued a statement reporting that "we do not expect CBV to be able to continue operations. I know you are all looking for updates and answers and my intention is to give everyone an official report by January 9th and hopefully sooner."
-- Supplementary reading: Canada Boy Vinyl Ramps Up, FYI--July 2016;