Media Advisory - Historic Sam the Record Man Sign to Shine One Last Time on Yonge St.

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - In celebration of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at
Ryerson University, on October 4 Ryerson will light the iconic Sam the Record
Man Sign one last time on Yonge St. The sign will remain illuminated until
sunrise on October 5.
    Ryerson acquired the property at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets,
the location of the former Sam the Record Man, earlier this year. Planning is
underway for a state-of-the-art Ryerson University Student Learning Centre
that will be constructed on the site.
    Ryerson is committed to preserving the legacy of Sam the Record Man and
the iconic sign for the city and people of Toronto. On October 6 removal of
the famous sign will begin. Following the construction of the new Student
Learning Centre, the sign will be remounted and displayed in a new permanent
home on the Ryerson campus.


    Outside the former site of Sam the Record Man, 347 Yonge Street, Toronto


    Saturday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m.


    Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University
    Kyle Rae, City Councillor, Ward 27
    Muhammad Ali Jabbar, President, Ryerson Students' Union

    Sam the Record Man Sign Background

    The original neon record sign (located at 347 Yonge Street) was
constructed in 1969-70 by the Markle Brothers. A second neon record sign
(located at 349 Yonge Street to the north of the original sign) was
constructed in 1987 by Claude Neon Inc. Each spinning record is 7.5 meters
wide and 8 meters high and consists of 120 individual tubes of white neon.
There are over 800 lights on the sign.
    On Monday, October 6 removal of the famous sign will begin, taking
approximately three weeks. The work will progress in stages starting with an
assessment and inventory of the sign and all of its components, followed by
disassembly and storage.

    Ryerson's Light up the Night

    Ryerson's Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD) has extensive
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche programs this year including fashion shows,
interactive video displays, short film and photography exhibits, sculptural
installations, and multimedia show pieces. Come out to see the art
installations across campus created by Ryerson's talented students, faculty,
staff and alumni. For a complete list of programs go to

For further information:

For further information: Michael Forbes, PW Communications, (416)
999-3069,; Heather Kearney, Ryerson University,
(416) 979-5000 ext. 4282,

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