Hammer City Records is an independent PUNK/HC/METAL record store located on James St North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The shop prides itself in being a mostly vinyl record shop carrying titles from small independent labels from around the block and across the world. From early punk to modern day thrash and grind, Hammer City Records carries a wide variety of aggressive music genres, and our SKA & REGGAE sections are growing rapidly. We also stock many consignment items that cover a wide range of genres, including new local releases bands have brought in and used records from personal collections. Vinyl fans be advised that Hammer City Records is one of many stores that carry the format on James Street North which has been unofficially christened Vinyl Alley.
We launched with limited stock on Friday, August 13, 2010 just in time for Art Crawl night and have since greatly expanded stock and great consignment items. At present we’re cash only but debit and credit (or some form of electro payment) are coming soon (we hope), there are two ATM’s nearby.
We’re located at 228 James North but the entrance is around the back of the building, off the alley that runs from Robert St (between the Classic patio and Granny’s Place Caribbean), though it’s not always obvious that it’s an alley because people often park in it. We’re down in the basement space so hang a left as soon as you’re in the door. Lost? Want to know if we’re open or still have that release we featured online? Ring us at 905-546-PUNX
The shop is less than a 10 min walk from the GO Station, and even less so from the MacNab Bus Terminal – just head North (towards the lake, I know it’s weird if you’re coming from TO) along James Street.
If you’re driving there is some metered parking along Robert Street but parking’s free on Hughson ( first street off Robert) & where there’s also a City pay lot.
For a handy map to help you find us click here.
REGULAR SHOP HOURS*:
Monday to Thursday 12-6PM
Saturday & Sunday 12-5PM
*If something’s going on at our local This Ain’t Hollywood and we’re there just ask and we might open – shop’s just 2 blocks away – and we’re open until 11PM on Art Crawl nights.
HAMMER CITY RECORDS: Down the alley…in the pit…where punk belongs!!!
Visit us on face***k.
Snail Mail/Deliveries: 17 W 4th St Hamilton, ON L9C 3M2
On Art Crawl nights (2nd Friday of every month) the front unit is open and we are accessible via the BContemporary Gallery on the happening James Street North where every gallery and most businesses have art on display.