Toronto record shop Soundscapes to close permanently

Iconic College Street shop to close by June 1

Beloved College Street record store Soundscapes will shutter operations by June 1st after 22 years of business.
Customers lined up over the weekend to take advantage of Soundscapes’ closing sale, which began last week.

“A big thank you to all of our loyal customers through the years! You have made it all worthwhile and we so appreciate your support for us through the good times and lean times,” reads a note posted on the store’s front window.

“We are all lucky to be living in a golden age for musical discovery. The past twenty years produced musical riches aplenty, both from new artists, as well as the discovery of archival releases from the past. We hope you have enjoyed the music we were lucky enough to recommend and sell to you over the years.”

Phil Liberbaum, a senior Soundscapes staff member, cited the music industry’s shift away from physical records to streaming as a contributing factor to the store’s closing.

“It basically was a while in coming because of the format shift away from physical media to streaming media,” Liberbaum told CBC. “We are looking at putting a lock on the door by June 1st.”

Soundscapes served as an important outlet for a lot of local independent musicians over the past two decades. In addition to records, the store also sold music-related books, films, and concert tickets.

Farewell to one of the city’s greatest record shops.