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Sam the Record Man sign coming back to downtown in 2017

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2017

File photo of the Sam The Record Man music store on Yonge Street. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Don Denton

The iconic Sam the Record Man sign is coming back to downtown Toronto later this year, Ryerson University said Wednesday.

The school has chosen a company, Sunset Neon, to install the ‘spinning’ records atop 277 Victoria St., just east of the previous location on Yonge Street near Dundas Street.

“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,” Ryerson president and vice-chancellor Mohamed Lachemi said in a statement.

About a year ago, Ryerson said it was accepting bids to re-install the sign. The sign has been in storage since 2008. Last February, Ryerson said it was too early to estimate exactly when it will be installed. Now, the school said, it’s happening this year.

Ryerson has been responsible for preserving the sign and the university is paying all costs for the sign to go back up, including restoration and on-going maintenance.

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