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Sonic Boom (Kensington Market)

Posted by Staff / Posted on August 11, 2011

Sonic Boom KensingtonSonic Boom records recently announced they were vacating the premises at 512 Bloor West, to be replaced by not one but two new locations. While the store in the Honest Ed's building on Bathurst just south of Bloor is not yet operational, a brand new Kensington Market branch is up and running as of yesterday.

Sonic Boom Kensington"We've wanted to move into Kensington for about a year", Matt Flook tells me from behind the counter, "we all like to hang out in the market anyway, so it made perfect sense". He adds that plans for a Kensington move predated the need to vacate the Bloor premises.

Sonic Boom KensingtonThe store has moved into the relatively undeveloped part of Augusta opposite the park. "Its been a while since much was going on on this strip, and it would be great to see things pick up", says Flook, hoping that the proximity of stores like She Said Boom and Paradise Bound, as well as the vinyl selection in neighbouring Sublime Cafe, will turn the area into a magnet for hungry record seekers.

Sonic Boom KensingtonThe vision for Sonic Boom Kensington is that of an "old school record store", so CDs and DVDs are absent- you'll have to go to the Honest Ed's location- but a great selection vinyl, cassettes, books and T-Shirts are available. Old school audio equipment and antique home furnishings are also part of concept, which should help the store blend seamlessly with the eclectic stores of Augusta.

Sonic Boom KensingtonMy eyes were drawn to a great assortment of 60s psychedelic rock and 70s Kraut-rock, and while Sonic Boom might excel in its selection of experimental sounds, everything from soul to heavy metal is comprehensively stocked. The space was still under construction and a typically eye-catching window display was being installed, but Sonic Boom Kensington already feels like an essential addition to the neighbourhood.

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9 Comments

Johnny / August 11, 2011 at 01:44 pm
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Damn, that girl in the first pic is smokin'. Gotta date her.
Michael / August 11, 2011 at 01:51 pm
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How are the prices? The records at the Bloor location were often rather steep.
Judylicious replying to a comment from Johnny / August 11, 2011 at 01:58 pm
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That's just the sweater talking.
Some Guy / August 11, 2011 at 02:34 pm
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Cassette tapes? Really?
I understand people continuing to buy vinyl because they like the sound, but cassettes were awful.
Colin replying to a comment from Some Guy / August 11, 2011 at 03:15 pm
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Well, considering the cassettes are between $1-$4, and it's only a small section of the store, what's the harm? I still have a tape deck and it's fun to throw one on from time to time. Especially if you don't want to shell out for the album on vinyl.
Cassette Tape Johnny / August 11, 2011 at 05:42 pm
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I love Cassettes and i'm glad they stock them. They deteriorate quickly but i think the sound quality is unique, and they are much cheaper than vinyl.
dnr / August 11, 2011 at 09:46 pm
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That's why the bloor location had such a crappy selection of vinyl this week. I wasn't aware that there was a new location. I'll check it out. There's another good store on Augusta just south of college. I hope the competition turns kensington into a record buying haven.
Taylor / August 13, 2011 at 05:19 pm
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I specifically went down there to review this store today, but I was with someone who wanted to look at overpriced used stinky shoes instead. LOL So, I missed it. I used to work at a used record store in the early 2000s, so I have a good idea of what's "rare" and what fair market value is. Fair market value is not what a record pricing book tells you, but how much you'll actually get for the record.

I did go into She Said Boom on College. The selection was small, but the prices were fair. No deals. But I bought something, and I'm playing it now, and it's in great shape. The service was very polite and friendly.

The other record store on the North-west section of Augusta is SEVERELY overpriced. I can't remember the name of the store, but you have to bend way down to look through the records. And there was a guy behind the counter on a lap top. He was polite. Oh, he offers 15% off the records. The selection is poor. I don't know how the place stays in business. A lot of suckers, I guess?

As a shopper, I am "thrifty to fair priced".
Taylor replying to a comment from Colin / August 13, 2011 at 05:24 pm
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Cassette tapes are great fun. There is no need to pay more than a buck though. They're not collectors' items. I would recommend a Sally Ann for tapes. Those toonies add up.

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