yes, sam the record man was legendary. it was THE place to get music and a staple of yonge street. of course, yonge was full of hookers, strip joints, and seedy theaters, but that was the charm! this was the place where The Band and Ronnie Hawkins, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young went to get their music when they were part of Toronto's 1960's music scene. amazing.
i'm what you UT veterans call a 'youngster' and was never around in its prime, but i've heard all of the stories. i was lucky enough to shop there in its twilight years and watch its beautifully tacky records shine over the street. i'm glad though that the site was given to a university and not a condo developer, or worse, as Joni said, a parking lot.
we'll have to wait for future renderings, but let's hope that the new building will be beautiful and create greater clout for both Yonge Street and Ryerson.
does anyone know where the records are going? i heard they'd be moved somewhere "appropriate" on campus but i really can't see these things fitting in anywhere. i think they would be best placed in, say, a Musem of Canadian Music on the waterfront...anybody else dreaming?