It was announced that the iconic Sam the Record Man Sign will be restored and placed on display at Yonge & Dundas Square later this summer.
“We are very pleased to announce the iconic Sam the Record Man signs, with their spinning neon discs, will once again illuminate downtown Toronto,” said Ryerson President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi. “We’re very thankful to the City of Toronto and the Sniderman family for their ongoing support and patience. We are all looking forward to the signs lighting up Toronto later this year.”
The neon signs will be refurbished before moving to its new permanent home later this summer. Ryerson University will be covering all costs associated with the restoration, installation and on-going maintenance.
The news that the sign will be back on display this summer comes following several years of debate between city staff and Ryerson over the placement of the sign.
A statement issued on behalf of Sam The Record Man founder Sam Sniderman’s family called the new home for the sign overlooking Yonge-Dundas Square the perfect place for a piece of Toronto history.
“On behalf of every person who remembers purchasing their first record at or who ever worked in a Sam the Record Man store, Jason and Bobby Sniderman, the sons of Sam Sniderman, want to sincerely thank Ryerson university and the City of Toronto for having fulfilled their commitment to reinstall the iconic “Sam the Record Man” signs. The relocation to Yonge-Dundas square is the perfect “home” for them and it should be known that our first record store in downtown Toronto opened on the east side of Yonge Street just south of Dundas; so our signs will now be mounted above and shining down on the original location.
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