Where should the Sam The Record Man sign go?
Imagining a new home for Toronto's famous pair of spinning neon records
The iconic neon signs that once hung outside the Yonge Street location of Sam The Record Man continue to face an uncertain future.
City council voted Tuesday to give Ryerson University, the sign's current owners, one year to find a new home for the signs which have served as landmarks for a generation of music lovers.
Ryerson bought Sam’s space in 2008 — signage included — for future expansion of its downtown campus. At that time Ryerson formally agreed to remount the sign around the Yonge and Gould block that year.
Then 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.
CBC imagined the sign in different spaces around the city. Can you?