End of an Era

For those of you who don't know, this is the flagship store of the now defunct Sam the Record Man, which has been an iconic Toronto landmark since 1961.

 

Perhaps I'm waxing nostalgic here, but Sam's has truly been a part of life in Toronto and I'm probably not the only one who thinks so. I've definitely spent some fun teenage years here, and of course there were the crazy Boxing Day sales too. One year my dad dragged me along to wait outside at 7:30AM, so that we could buy Ace of Bass and Alanis Morrissette CDs for $1.99 apiece. *shudder*

 

The company declared bankruptcy in 2001, closing most of its locations across Canada. The flagship store remained open until last summer, when the lights went out for good.

 

The building is slated to become the student centre of the neighbouring Ryerson University, and they were allowed to acquire the building on the condition that they refurbish and reinstall the sign once construction is completed.

 

Last night, the sign, in its original context, was lit up one last time as part of Nuit Blanche 2008.

 

At the risk of sounding corny, does anyone else have memories of Sam's that they would like to share?

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Taken on October 5, 2008