A meeting today is set to debate the future of a Toronto landmark. The iconic neon signs that once hung outside the Yonge Street location of Sam The Record Man have endured six years of uncertainty since the store closed on June 30, 2007.
At the centre of the debate is Ryerson University, which bought Sam’s space in 2008 — signage included — for future expansion of its downtown campus. Ryerson formally agreed to remount the sign around the Yonge and Gould block that year.
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.
But as of today, 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?