Toronto report retailer that supported native music scene to shut doorways by June

A much-loved Toronto report retailer that supported the native impartial music scene will shut by June 1.

Soundscapes, positioned at 572 Faculty St., drew lineups on Saturday and Sunday for its closing sale, which started on Wednesday and can proceed till the shop closes its doorways. The shop has been in enterprise for 22 years. It opened in August 1999.

“A giant thanks to all of our loyal prospects by means of the years! You may have made all of it worthwhile and we so admire your assist for us by means of the great instances and lean instances,” a word on the shop window reads.

“We’re all fortunate to be residing in a golden age for musical discovery. The previous twenty years produced musical riches aplenty, each from new artists, in addition to the invention of archival releases from the previous. We hope you will have loved the music we had been fortunate sufficient to advocate and promote to you through the years.”

Phil Liberbaum, senior workers clerk at Soundscapes, stated on Sunday in a short interview earlier than the shop opened that the shop has acquired a lot assist because it introduced that it has to shut.

“The present of affection, adoration and assist now we have all had right here has been wonderful. It has been great,” he stated.

In an article in Now Journal, Liberbaum elaborated on the explanations for the approaching closure.

“Ever because the pandemic hit we had been on shakier floor,” he advised the journal. “We had a major variety of loyal prospects who got here in through the reopening in June after the primary lockdown. However it wasn’t sufficient.”

The shop, which was opened by Greg Davis, rapidly turned a “neighborhood hub” for impartial music in Toronto.

The Toronto Public Library, in an article in regards to the retailer on Could 11, 2011, stated: “During the last decade, Soundscapes has stored its prospects steadily provided with a few of the greatest recordings, in-store performances, and live performance tickets to be discovered within the GTA.

“Greg’s been joined behind the counter by another faces through the years, however his enthusiastic recommendation and pleasant encouragement of audiophiles new and previous has remained a vital a part of what makes Soundscapes the most effective report shops you will ever stroll into.”

Soundscapes partnered with the library on its Native Music Scene program because the retailer first opened and the shop has helped the library “select recordings, plan occasions and host reveals,” it stated.

Added Liberbaum: “We’re taking a look at placing a lock on the door by June 1st.”

Prospects took to Twitter on the Easter lengthy weekend to specific their gratitude for the shop.

RIP Soundscapes, one of the best report retailer in Toronto. I had hoped they’d weathered the lockdowns, however it wasn’t to be. Such an enormous loss.


Soundscapes Toronto was a complete lot greater than only a report retailer. Curation, neighborhood, continuum, dedication to the written phrase and reside efficiency. Greg Davis &amp; his workers will go down in TO music historical past. My love letter right here: <a href=”″></a> <a href=””></a>


Unhappy information about <a href=””>@soundscapesTO</a> — Greg was an early supporter of us &amp; different initiatives. Here is an incredible piece by <a href=””>@JDovercourt</a> we ran in 2009 about how Soundscapes efficiently fostered the native music neighborhood. <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#TOpoli</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#TOculture</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#shoplocal</a> <a href=””></a>


Right now there was a protracted line outdoors Soundscapes. Sadly they’re closing and doing a last sale. Plenty of nice books, CDs, magazines, movies and naturally, information. In true Toronto style, I waited shut to 2 hours, however it was well worth the wait. <a href=””></a>


Gutted to listen to in regards to the finish of Soundscapes, Toronto’s greatest report store. A major % of the albums in my home got here from there. Right here is the very first one I purchased. I couldn’t consider you could possibly simply stroll right into a retailer and purchase an Alex Chilton album off the wall. <a href=””></a>


Soundscapes report store, a Toronto establishment, is closing its doorways this week. Right here’s a profile of its grooviest clerk, Flipped Out Phil. <a href=””></a>


An actual pity to listen to that <a href=””>@soundscapesTO</a> is closing. I’ve very fond reminiscences of popping in for a browse, shopping for live performance tickets and seeing in-store performances by native bands <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#soundscapes</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#toronto</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#recordstore</a> <a href=””></a>


APR 2 2021 – Farewell SOUNDSCAPES MUSIC right here in Toronto; pandemic enterprise casualty? A nod of thanks &amp; to that great store for being FAB supply for music books, import music, field units, <a href=””>@shindigmagazine</a> <a href=””>@RecCollMag</a> <a href=””>@MOJOmagazine</a>, and <a href=”;ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#TheBeatleInCanada</a> RED books. <a href=””></a>


The lack of Soundscapes is just not solely unhappy for the humanities scene of Toronto. Creativeness and actuality change locations. Creativeness appears to grow to be actuality and actuality imagined. The expertise of that magic neighbourhood modifications internally. The one comparability I’ve is Letterman retiring.



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