A Toronto Yonge Street landmark for over 40 years, the current fate of the Sam The Record Man neon sign is now in jeopardy. Ryerson University, who purchased the Sam’s property in 2007, after the flagship music retailer closed its doors, and entered into an agreement with the City of Toronto to remount the sign, is currently seeking an amendment to release itself from the obligation. The public has reacted, along with a number of legendary Canadian musicians (including Gordon Lightfoot, Geddy Lee, Sylvia Tyson, Liona Boyd, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Rik Emmett and Daniel Lanois), to resurrect the sign and preserve a piece of Toronto’s cultural heritage.
Music lovers, concerned citizens and anyone who cares about preserving this iconic Toronto symbol should write to Mayor Rob Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org), Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, whose ward comprises Ryerson (email@example.com), and their own councilor to express their views.
You can also sign the online petition available here: Change.org