Diana perform at Sonic Boom for Record Store Day 2014. (Photo: Keith Beaty/Toronto Star)
Sonic Boom is not just the biggest record store in downtown Toronto, it’s also the most restless. After famously being pushed out of its original Bloor Street location in the summer of 2011—only to move right across the street into the Honest Ed’s building while concurrently opening a second outlet in Kensington Market—the shop announced today that it will soon be moving both of its stores into a single, 12,000-sq. ft. location at 215 Spadina Ave. (a.k.a. The Robertson Building, a.k.a. the building with the Dark Horse Espresso Bar in it.)
In a press release, owner Jeff Barber explains that the reason for the move is two-fold: to get out of the Honest Ed’s block well before the discount store’s Dec. 31, 2016 closure (and presumed subsequent redevelopment), and to help spur the retail revitalization of Spadina north of Queen.
“We wanted be an early contributor to all the exciting changes happening on Spadina and jumped at this opportunity when we found the space. It’s as if it was made for a record store. Sonic Boom is going to be better than ever.”
Sonic Boom’s Kensington store will close this summer; the Honest Ed’s location will shut down at the end of September. The new Spadina location is set to open in October.