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Sam the Record Man sign headed to Yonge & Dundas?

Posted by Derek Flack / June 12, 2014

Sam Record Man SignThe iconic Sam the Record Man sign might be headed to Yonge-Dundas Square, according to a new report filed with the city. Currently sitting in the back of a tractor trailer at a sign shop in Vaughan, the sign has been meticulously catalogued for its future reinstallation. Just where and when such a return would be has remained a mystery since Ryerson University indicated it didn't have plans to make the sign a part of its fancy new Student Centre.

Sam Record Man 277 VictoriaThe new plan would see the sign installed on the rooftop of the Toronto Public Health building at 277 Victoria Street. Yes, it looks kinda funny in the rendering, but it might actually be a great scenario for this lost bit of Toronto history. Yonge and Dundas is, after all, Toronto's most neon-clad intersection, and the sign would have a prominence that surpasses even its former home at Yonge and Gould. Along with the installation of the Sam's sign, the city would erect an additional sign hailing Toronto as "Music City."

If there's a downfall, it's that the city has long term plans to sell the building, so the future of the sign beyond a decade would remain a question mark. One can only hope that a future buyer of 277 Victoria would see the old records as an asset. The proposal will be discussed at the June 19th city planning and growth committee meeting.



Alexander / June 12, 2014 at 02:43 pm
Toss it in the garbage...Jesus's a sign for a frigging record store...what does it say to tourists "what's that" "oh, it's a sign for a record store that used to be up the street". Super good use of resources and space. Toss it in a landfill where it belongs.
iSkyscraper / June 12, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Great! In fact, I suggested this a year ago in a comment on a post about the sign. It makes perfect sense for all parties.

I still prefer my rendering, which mixed it into Metropolis, but all good.
Joey / June 12, 2014 at 03:50 pm
If the negligent morons at Ryerson aren't going to put it where it originally was (like they said they were going to), then it should just stay in the tractor trailer. Why put it on the Toronto Public Health building? What relation does it have to Sam the Record Man? I guess the rational is that Yonge and Dundas is already cluttered with ugly advertising so one more sign won't hurt?
Joey / June 12, 2014 at 03:52 pm
Oh, and that "music city" sign is ridiculous. If Toronto really was really music city, then Sam's wouldn't have closed.
Tits / June 12, 2014 at 04:49 pm
Sam's tits may live on! Yes, let's hold on to that misogynistic relic and continue to objectify women for the sake of nostalgia.
d / June 12, 2014 at 05:34 pm
Sorry but it looks stupid there ... there's really nowhere else??
toronto dude / June 12, 2014 at 06:32 pm
It looks stupid on top of that building and music city....forget about that.

I want it installed in Yonge-Dundas Square embedded under glass as a sidewalk like Ryerson had proposed at one point at the Ryerson site. It would just add to the lights and energy that the square already has, would look great and people would love to walk over it and pose for pictures with it.

Everytime, I walk by the new Ryerson building, I think about a) how Ryerson reneged on their deal or misrepresented their intentions and b) how Ryerson wrongly dominates more and more of that section of downtown. One saving grace is at least the architecture of the new building is not offensive and even mildly interesting unlike that Ryerson monstrosity at Bay and Dundas that has Canadian Tire and Best Buy in it. What a wasted opportunity that was..a prime corner and they only built a 4 storey high structure like it was Dixie Road in Etobicoke or something.
JohnnyD / June 12, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"If there's a downfall, it's that the city has long term plans to sell the building, so the future of the sign beyond a decade would remain a question mark. One can only hope that a future buyer of 277 Victoria would see the old records as an asset."

So basically:
1. After a few more years of delay the sign will be installed there
2. the City will then put the building up for sale
3. Ryerson, always looking to expand, will buy the building with plans to demolish it
4. Ryerson will promise to keep the sign and reinstall it in their new building, but will end up storing it in a dank trailer instead

Lather, rinse, repeat.
Jordan / June 12, 2014 at 08:33 pm
Why do people care about that stupid, gaudy, mercury-filled energy drain? The fact that people care so much about a dumb old neon sign from a chain store is one of the reasons why Toronto isn't "world class".
Pelletier replying to a comment from Tits / June 12, 2014 at 09:02 pm
You bleeding hearts will find any reason to make it about feminism and mysogeny...
Chris / June 12, 2014 at 09:18 pm
I love all of you. Peace and love and happy!
ScarboroughStudent / June 12, 2014 at 09:20 pm
i miss the popcorn machine
Gary / June 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm
I'm glad to hear that the Sam's sign will be going up. I have been waiting to hear this, so for me, it's good news. I wish Toronto had a lot more neon signs. Yonge Street used to be full of them but now we have only a few left. Nothing lights up and animates a street, like neon.
Torontorocks / June 13, 2014 at 10:39 am
This is BS. Ryerson has told the city to eff off and reneged on its agreement. So the city now has to pay to put the sign somewhere lose ? Screw that make Ryerson pay!
Avery / June 14, 2014 at 03:25 pm
I remember Sam The Record Man in its hayday. At the time it was cool along with A&A's sign that used to be next door but I don't think it's worthy of being resurrected. Some things are best left in the past.
Off to the dump it should go.
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