Toronto record store staple Sonic Boom is moving and I for one and so excited! (My wallet, not so much…)
This Saturday (September 27), Sonic Boom Records will open the doors to its new home at 215 Spadina Avenue,just north of Queen St West. The music retailing veterans will be undertaking the colossal and risky task of moving their massive and delicate inventory of over 75,000 LPs, 20,000 CDs and 20,000 DVDs to their new Spadina location in the beautiful and historic Robertson Building .
Previously located in the Honest Ed’s building in Toronto’s cozy Annex neighborhood, Sonic Boom was forced to undertake this relocation after the news that the Mirvish Village has been sold and will be redeveloped. While they would have been happy to remain in the Annex location for a few more years, Sonic Boom owner Jeffrey Barber fell in love with the space in the Robertson Building and decided to seize the opportunity. “The location is incredible, the size is nearly the same as our current location and the building itself is absolutely beautiful. It really is going to be the same old Sonic Boom, just in a much nicer space.”
While saddened to be leaving the neighbourhood they have called home for the last 13 years, Barber is very excited to have found a space so close to Queen Street. “I’ve noticed Spadina has really been changing in the last few years- cool bars, nice restaurants, tons of foot traffic. I believe Sonic Boom is going to be a great fit in this area. And hey, we’re actually still really close to the Annex, so we hope our local friends keep in touch!” And as a Queen West dweller, I’m thrilled to have yet another fantastic spot to blow my hard earned cash on expanding my record collection. Can’t wait to visit Sonic Boom, see you soon!