What should happen to an iconic Toronto symbol, the Sam the Record Man sign, is still not decided.
The Sam the Record Man store on Toronto’s Yonge Street became a mecca for millions of Toronto music fans.
At the centre of the debate is Ryerson University, which bought Sam’s space in 2008 — signage included — for future expansion of its downtown campus. Ryerson formally agreed to remount the sign around the Yonge and Gould block that year. That has not happened.
When Sam Sniderman died last year at 92 a family statement included the following from family friend, Brian Robertson: “He was a mentor to literally hundreds of Canadian artists and musicians, and the Yonge Street record store and Sam’s presence there was the centre of the Canadian music industry’s universe for over three decades.”
CBC News – Iconic Sam the Record Man sign won’t reappear on Yonge Street – here
Toronto Star – Sam the Record Man’s son dismayed Ryerson won’t hang sign – here
CBC News – Sam ‘The Record Man’ Sniderman dies – here