Yonge & Gould, 2000s
Yonge & Gould, 2000s
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Yonge and Gould, 1970s
Yonge and Gould, 1970s
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Sam’s and A&A Records, 1989
Sam’s and A&A Records, 1989
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After Sam's Closes Down
After Sam's Closes Down
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Music On Yonge Celebrating 70 Years of Sam's

When Sam the Record Man closed its doors in 2007, so ended an era that left many of us with warm memories of sifting through classic records, tapes and CDs in Sam’s and other music stores on Yonge Street.

This web project brings together the history and photographs that Ryerson has collected over the last several years and assembles it in one place for the public to enjoy. Some material is being published for the first time.

We celebrate the legacy of Sam the Record Man and all of the other venues along Yonge Street in downtown Toronto that have had an impact on the music scene in the city and in Canada, from retailers such as A&A Records to live music venues such as the Edison Hotel.

If you have your own memories of Sam’s, we invite you to go to our Memories section and tell us your stories.
Let the music play on.