Your Memories

Tell us your great memories of hanging out and browsing through the vinyl and CDs or tapes at Sam’s. We will look them over and post them on our website. Please note content will be edited for style and we reserve the right to publish material.


  1. Lynda Friendly July 27, 2012

    What's your favorite memory of Sam's?

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    Who is the most famous person (or band) you've ever seen at Sam's?

    I remember Sam personally. You would often find him right inside the store, ‘schmoozing’ with the customers. He always had a wonderful smile and a kind word to say to you. He treated everyone the same, no matter their appearance, or whether they made a purchase at his store, or not. He was a special man who enjoyed people. Several decades later, I had dealings with him on a professional basis, and he was pure joy to work with, always warm and concerned that he fulfilled his promise – and he always delivered. Sam is a solid man, generous, warm and he seems happy with life. I miss seeing him.

    What's the best album you ever bought at Sam's?

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  2. Brian Moore July 27, 2012

    What's your favorite memory of Sam's?

    Tuesdays in Halifax in the early 2000s were special. One could walk to Sam's on Barrington Street and check out the new CDs and see what was new and exciting on the local scene. Always a huge supporter of local artists and the "Halifax Sound," you could always pick up the latest from Joel Plaskett, Buck 65 and Matt Mays. Adorning the walls of the near city-block sized store were pictures of various entertainers and their autographs which were scribbled onto the cracked, painted walls. Featuring everything from gospel to country, Sam's had it all. Its staff was unrivalled in its knowledge and willingness to discuss new and up and coming music. Sam's on Barrington lacked the sleek interior and overpowering pop music being blasted throughout current music stores. Sam's was a place to go not only to buy the latest local music but also to learn about who would be the next big thing in the coming months and years. It was not uncommon to see handmade, cardboard sketched CD covers featuring a local unknown with dreams of making it big. You just can't find that anywhere else these days.

    Who is the most famous person (or band) you've ever seen at Sam's?

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    What's the best album you ever bought at Sam's?

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  3. jake June 1, 2012

    What's your favorite memory of Sam's?

    the day the world changed...new to the city I would often stop by Sam's to watch a spirited chess match between young and old masters when suddenly a young Ryerson student erupted in fear spreading silence across the chess tables...his fuzz box radio blarred

    Who is the most famous person (or band) you've ever seen at Sam's?

    It goes without saying... Neil Young! How much more iconic could that experience have gotten... Hey Hey, My My... Rock n' Roll will never die!

    What's the best album you ever bought at Sam's?

    Without a doubt…”G n ‘R’s – Appetite for Destruction”. Not only did define my generation of rock n’ roll but also, it seemed to captured what ‘Sam the Record Man’ meant to me…a ‘place of moments’… no matter what time of day it was ‘it was a place to be seen, against the scene’.

  4. Chris Berne April 16, 2012

    What's your favorite memory of Sam's?

    Sifting through all vinyl at my fingertips, it was a great retro joint.

    Who is the most famous person (or band) you've ever seen at Sam's?

    Sam himself! And some band called The Guess Who.

    What's the best album you ever bought at Sam's?

    Guitarchaeology, top 10 album on their Indie charts for a whole year, by Danny Marks.

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