Expressing goodbye to Dave Kuzenko’s X-Ray Records

Right after a long time of spinning vinyls, X-Ray Data is possessing one previous go round with a closing sale following the unforeseen dying of owner and Regina legend Dave Kuzenko.

The beloved new music lover died on May 25 in healthcare facility surrounded by his family. 

Pals and longtime clients have been flooding the downtown shop to spend their respects and choose up documents from the substantial stock. 

“It implies the entire world,” Dave’s daughter Ivy Kuzenko instructed CBC. 

“Dad was these a big portion of the neighborhood and the audio group in Regina. It truly is been so wonderful. We’ve had this sort of a warm embrace from the group in general … It is actually type of a testament to the person he is and the man or woman he was.”

Dave Kuzenko
X-Ray Records proprietor Dave Kuzenko died unexpectedly in Regina on Might 25. (Dan Plaster/CBC Information)

Kuzenko described her father as a form, heat and gentle man or woman who created people today really feel at household when they walked through the doors of X-Ray Data.

“He constantly remembered everybody’s names, remembered what sort of audio you had been interested in … your relatives users were intrigued in,” she reported.

Kuzenko reported that when men and women came into X-Ray Records, Dave would frequently improve the music to what he imagined they would be intrigued in. 

“He just experienced these kinds of a wonderful memory and seriously made all people come to feel observed. We truly are missing his presence and we really do come to feel his absence here this weekend,” she explained.

Hear to buyers and close friends speak about Dave Kuzenko’s effect on the Regina songs scene on CBC’s arts and tradition column ‘Queen Town Scene Setter’ on The Early morning Edition: 

The Early morning Edition – Sask10:55Queen Town Scene Setter: Mates, shoppers mirror on legacy of beloved Regina X-Ray Information proprietor Dave Kuzenko

Regina has an active and nurturing audio scene, and our arts and culture column “Queen City Scene Setter” has all the latest on what is happening all over city. We are going to also hear how the group is declaring goodbye to 1 of the scene’s greatest supporters, when reporter Laura Sciarpelletti joins us.

Buyers remember Dave

Adam Shill reported he is been searching at X-Ray Records for eight decades, and wanted to go to the retail store a single past time in honour of Dave. 

“Strolling as a result of the doorway and just listening to him say, ‘Hey Adam.’ It’s like, awwww person, this person knows my identify. Which is brilliant,” mentioned Shill, who would spend as considerably time as he could hanging out speaking to Dave about music.

Jesse Robson mentioned he has located actually wonderful albums at X-Ray Documents, largely due to the fact of Dave’s know-how.

“There was aged jazz information that I would talk to him about and heavy metallic documents that I would communicate to him about. He was enthusiastic across the board for all musical genres. So it’s a place of value for diversity and songs and people,” Robson mentioned.

People line up to buy vinyl in a record store.
X-Ray Records was packed as audio lovers arrived to invest in documents and reminisce about Dave Kuzenko, the proprietor who just lately passed away unexpectedly. (CBC Information)

Randy Gill, who has been a shopper for far more than 20 several years, produced an visual appearance at the sale as nicely. He claimed he’s anxious there will not be yet another impartial shop in Regina to promote recently packaged vinyl. 

“It’s sad, unexpected [and] relatively tragic the way it has occur to an conclude,” claimed Gill. 

Kuzenko echoed Gill’s problems.

“I consider you will find likely to be a significant hole in the neighborhood and the Regina audio scene. My dad generally introduced in very obscure, incredibly form of style-expansive music. There isn’t a area for that any longer,” she claimed.

A total new individual

X-Ray Data was all around for Kuzenko’s entire childhood and she stated it is been the most regular point in her lifestyle.

“I was generally so happy of my father, knowing how a lot he was residing his enthusiasm and his desire. I was often so very pleased to be his daughter,” stated Kuzenko. 

The family has no instant programs to market or not provide X-Ray Information. They’re targeted on clearing as significantly stock as they can.

A man in a jean jacket and a man in a black hoodie pose in a record store.
Dave Kuzenko, left, and former personnel and long-time pal Derek Petrovitch (at X-Ray Documents in the early 2000s. (Submitted by Derek Petrovitch)

The sale, which started out on Thursday, ends Sunday. Kuzenko said she’s been blown absent by how packed the little retail store has been.

“We normally knew that the retail outlet was effective. Whenever I would go anyplace as a kid or in my adulthood, five people at any provided minute would quit my dad. And he’d know anyone through the town.”

Kuzenko said she’s been confused by all the type text about her father in excess of the past 7 days.

“It can be just been the most comforting thing. I know him as my dad. And now I am receiving to meet up with him as Dave, as the group understood him. And which is just been remarkable. I come to feel like I am currently being released to a full new particular person. One that was actually cherished and appreciated.”