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Lost Tunes

As Record Store Day approaches, a look at some of Toronto's past music merchants.


Toronto’s history with record stores runs deep. Yonge Street, especially during the 1980s, typified the diversity of the city’s music shops, from giants like A&A and Sam the Record Man to assorted general, specialist or used stores filled with racks of vinyl. Across the rest of the city, music lovers could shop at chain outlets or smaller stores. Though rising rents and technology shifts have shuttered industry giants and neighbourhood nooks alike, memories of where we assembled our music collections live on.

In honour of tomorrow’s Record Store Day, the gallery, above, has some information about a few of the stores that once allowed Torontonians to spend hours sifting through rows of vinyl, cassettes, and even, eventually, digital discoveries.