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Circus Books and Music

Posted by Derek Flack / Posted on March 25, 2009

Circus Books and Music TorontoCircus Books and Music relocated from Cabbagetown to its current location at Danforth and Jones in March of 2008. Owned and operated by Ron Duffy, the store stocks primarily secondhand books, CDs and vinyl. From a literary standpoint, the focus here is less on bestsellers (although one can find a few here), and more on high literary fiction both past and present.

Circus Books 2The 1000 square foot space also offers a range of art, culinary and children's books. I was particularly impressed by the collection of Jazz on vinyl, but the musical selections are as wide-ranging as the books.

Circus Books 3During my visit it was clear that Ron has cultivated a nice relationship with the community. Many of the people browsing stopped to say high and chat about matters musical and literary.

With its location at the top of Jones Avenue, it tends to draw customers from both the Danforth and Leslieville.



bookhunter / April 20, 2009 at 07:25 pm
along with Books Plus,this is another classy and inviting used book and record store on the Danforth.

Vivre le Circus Books!
Matt / December 11, 2012 at 05:25 pm
Incredible art and design book selection!
Martino / December 27, 2012 at 06:22 pm
I love going to this shop. The owner and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, while letting you browse at keisure. It is a nicely curated shop where one can find great literature and music. I recently happened on a stash of still-in-the-wrapping 1970's era dub reggae reissues on vinyl. E.g. U-Roy, Big Youth, Burning Spear. Great place to kill an hour and walk away with a good read or some rare tunes.
Burt Humpdorph / September 6, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Really over priced LP's here and most are beat.Kinda typical for Toronto to see shit records selling for too much $.

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