Saturday, September 28, 2013

Geddy Lee weighs in on effort to save iconic Sam the Record Man sign
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UPDATE - 9/29@9:11AM: Here's a petition at in support of remounting the sign (thanks RushFanForever).

Iconic Toronto music store Sam the Record Man closed its doors back in 2007 due to sagging sales, and store founder Sam Sniderman passed away last year at the age of 92. Sniderman was instrumental in the promotion of the Canadian music industry, helping several Canadian acts such as The Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Rush get their careers off the ground. Sam began selling records out of his family's College Street radio store in 1937. After Sam's business began to thrive, his family changed the name of the store to Sam the Record Man in the 1950s, and in 1961 Sam moved the store to its iconic Yonge Street location with its huge flashing red neon record sign. Ryerson University bought the store's old location and along with it the iconic sign back in 2008, and committed to remount the sign at some future time. From CBC News:

... in November 2011, Ryerson reevaluated its commitment to replace the sign. The university reconsidered after it estimated the cost to repair and hang the sign would be more than $250,000. The university has said it will negotiate a less expensive way to commemorate the sign with the city.

So far, Ryerson has not found a new home for the Sam's sign. It appeared briefly in a Nuit Blanche art exhibit, but has not had a permanent home since it was taken down. Today the spinning records, which were first seen on Yonge Street in the 1960s, sit at an undisclosed location, awaiting a placement somewhere in Toronto. ...

Toronto music journalist Nicholas Jennings has started an online effort to help push the reinstallation of the sign via a Facebook page titled SOS: SAVE OUR SAM the Record Man Sign. Earlier today the page shared a copy of a letter Geddy Lee sent to the Toronto City Council yesterday in support of preserving the sign. The letter reads as follows:

September 27, 2013

To: Toronto City Council

The Sam the Record Man store and sign were important fixtures in Toronto's musical landscape as well as its Civic history. Sadly, all that remains now are our memories of the store and this magnificent neon sign. Ryerson and the city of Toronto should absolutely preserve what myself and many of its citizens consider to be an important symbol of our past and of that store's contributions to our culture.

Geddy Lee

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.



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#19 - Posted 10/1/13 @11:41AM by random_sample [contact]

#18- Tell me about it. It's funny, too, how the first comment made usually way overshadowed by the attacks that happen after, by others and then it snowballs and goes on and on..blah,blah,blah...yadda, yadda...
#18 - Posted 9/30/13 @2:07PM by RushFanForever [contact]

In a perfect world, it would be nice if RIAB members didn't bicker with one another over petty issues.
#17 - Posted 9/30/13 @1:48PM by random_sample [contact]

#15- Ok. It wasn't creepy. I take it back. :)
#16- I haven't watched Breaking Bad, but have been thinking about watching it , actually. Just didn't get your reference, because I haven't watched the show yet. Dexter, Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos were my last 3 favourite series, so I doubt I will find Breaking Bad creepy , smartass. :P
#16 - Posted 9/30/13 @7:01AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

#14- random. It was in reference to the final episode of Breaking Bad.You probably wouldn't like's kinda creepy.
#15 - Posted 9/29/13 @8:36PM by Rushian Roulette [contact]

Well, Random, I read an article in a Toronto mag that Ed had posted here the included, amongst other pics, one of Alex's new kitchen. Creepy of Ed, eh?
#14 - Posted 9/29/13 @8:24PM by random_sample [contact]

#11- No idea what you're talkin' about, buddy.
#13 - Posted 9/29/13 @8:24PM by random_sample [contact]

#10- Kinda creepy, that you know what Alex's kitchen cabinets look like what and colours would go with them. That's what I meant. But, I did say "kinda". As long as you aren't a weirdo stalker type, like the guy who followed Alex around with a "Free Alex" sign, when Alex was getting out of jail after the Ritz Carlton "incident". Now that guy...was creepy.
#12 - Posted 9/29/13 @6:10PM by RushFanForever [contact]

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#11 - Posted 9/29/13 @6:01PM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Ya random, why is that "creepy". Who thinks Walter White kills A.Jessie B. The Grey Matter couple. C. Todd and his creepy relatives D. His family E. Himself ?
#10 - Posted 9/29/13 @5:22PM by Rushian Roulette [contact]


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