Sam the Record Man Sign To Go Up Near Yonge-Dundas Square

A Piece of Toronto's Music History Restored!

Vinyl-record lovers rejoice! Do you remember Sam the Record Man? Well, of course you do. Any true Torontonian will remember the brightly illuminated, kitschy sign a top of 347 Yonge St.

The infamous sign which was formerly speculated to go back to it’s original spot (right beside the newly created Ryerson Student Centre) will instead breathe new life a top of 277 Victoria St, right above Yonge-Dundas Square. In 2014, city council voted to move the sign to it’s new location on Victoria St.

Sam Sniderman, right, gets a light from a customer at his flagship Sam the Record Man store on in 1972 (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ryerson University has finally agreed to pay to restore and remount the sign, which has been sitting dismantled in storage, but the question is who will remount it? Ryerson is currently soliciting bids to re-install the sign to it’s former dazzling glory. There is no timeline of when the sign will be officially up.


Main image courtesy Jackman Chiu via Flickr