I am delighted to report that a location has been finalized for the beloved Sam the Record Man Signs to once again illuminate our city’s downtown streetscape. Earlier this month, City Council approved an amendment to the agreement between the City of Toronto and Ryerson University (initially the signs were to be located on Ryerson’s new Student Centre) to place the signs atop the existing building at 277 Victoria Street. From this location, the signs will be a crowning addition to dynamic lights and sounds of Yonge & Dundas Square.
I went one step further to ensure the display of the Sam the Record Man signs in perpetuity, by successfully moving a motion requiring that any subsequent developer/owner of 277 Victoria Street also undertake ownership, maintenance and display of this important piece of our city’s cultural heritage.
For more information on the Sam’s Signs, please see this excellent article in CityLab for The Atlantic: Saving Sam the Record Man’s Giant Spinning Discs.