Sonic Boom
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As the largest independently-owned record store in Canada since 2001, Sonic Boom is a hub for vinyl collectors and music lovers alike. Once located in Toronto’s historic Honest Ed's building, this music destination is now located in Chinatown at 215 Spadina Avenue.

The record shop is a must-visit for anyone with a passion for music.

The company’s founder is Jeff Barber, who wanted to share his love and passion for vinyl collecting of vintage records. Today Sonic Boom has evolved into a hotspot that carries records, CDs, DVDs, and cassettes, as well as music-related products — think turntables, speakers, headphones, and band t-shirts — and accessories, games, and beyond.

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The shop has two sections with very different unique looks.

One level has fluorescent lighting combined with fancy chandeliers, while the other level has hardwood floors and exposed pipes on the ceiling, giving it a vintage feel and reminiscent of a 1970s basement.

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It's a great atmosphere for music lovers of all kinds!

Find music for all genres from folk-rock like Bob Dylan’s "Highway 61 Revisited" to soul-jazz like Grant Green’s "Born to Be Blue". Not to mention, the shop has also been known to host live music in-store and have hosted musical guests like Broken Social Scenes, The Sadies, Angel Olsen, and Superchunk.

Sonic Boom Interior

On top of the plethora of items to shop the store runs a consignment service.

You can head into the store to sell CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and vinyl. The team will examine your items and if they like what you've got, make you an offer in as quickly as 30 minutes.

If you can't make it to the store, be sure to check out the selection online if you're looking to add to your music collection.


Sonic Boom

215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada