Sam the Record Man Sign to go on Display in Yonge-Dundas Square This Summer
The iconic Sam the Record Man sign will be restored and placed on display at Yonge-Dundas Square later this summer, Ryerson University has announced.
The famous neon sign has been kept in storage since the downtown record store went out of business in 2007.
Ryerson University had initially planned to install the sign at the site of its new Student Learning Centre, which now occupies the Yonge Street lot where Sam’s once stood, but the university had a change of heart after realizing that the neon sign would clash with the modern building.
The university then agreed to install the sign atop a city-owned building at 277 Victoria Street.
In a news release issued on Wednesday, Ryerson announced that it has chosen signage contractor Sunset Neon to refurbish the sign and install it. The school also announced a rough timeline of later this summer for the installation of the sign.
"We are very pleased to announce the iconic Sam the Record Man signs, with their spinning neon discs, will once again illuminate downtown Toronto," Ryerson President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi said in the press release. "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."
When Ryerson bought the former home of Sam The Record Man at 347 Yonge Street, city council voted to give a heritage designation to the site, making the school responsible for its preservation.