So long Sam…

Sam the Record Man

Was sad to read that the Sam the Record Man on Barrington St. in Halifax quietly closed for good on Tuesday. A big supporter of the local indie scene, this is where I bought my first Sloan, Eric’s Trip and Thrush Hermit cassettes. The store also employed a lot of local band members while they waited for their careers to take off — or fizzle.

Waiting in a frigid block-long lineup to get into their annual Boxing Day sale was another Halifax tradition. I think I still have the REM Out of Time CD that I bought for $3.99 during one of their door crasher specials.

It’s not really a shock, though. Nationwide, Sam has been on his way out for years and it’s just a matter of time before the flagship store on Yonge St. in Toronto does the same. The chain hasn’t been able to keep up with the “digital music revolution” and it was probably already hurting from the price war that HMV and Future Shop started years before.

Still, it was a Halifax institution and while it may have out-lived its purpose, the street won’t be the same without it. I’m glad I got to stop in one last time over the holidays to do some Christmas shopping — although I’ll always regret that that last album I ever bought there was Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong.

Shut up. It was for my mom.


Now I’m crying.


  1. cuzoogle

    agreed, sad to see it go

    can’t wait to see it become another starbucks or some shit yuppy place

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