572 College Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 1B3
The record store of tomorrow has the sounds of yesterday, today and beyond.
|Store Type |||Music|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||College Streetcar|
|Cross Street |||College and Bathurst|
Profile Last Updated: December 10, 2008
A fiercely independent CD and music book retailer, Soundscapes carries the best music of all persuasions, from genres including folk, jazz, world, psych, garage, prog, blues, soul, reggae, classical, experimental, noise, electronic, Americana, country, hip-hop, R&B, metal and pop/rock. Reissues, imports and local independent discs are also plentiful, along with tickets for relevant music events.
Soundscapes has thrived in the era that other music retailers have scaled back due to a staff that makes a personal connection with the customers, stocking the shelves with items that reflect their eclectic tastes. The store opened in 1999 as the vision of former accountant Greg Davis, who favoured clean lines, broad genre stocking and wide-eyed enthusiasm in his vision for the CD shop of the future. The boutique carries around 20,000 discs along with the books and DVDs that reflect an obsession for compelling music that spans several generations.
Tickets sold at Soundscapes cover venues like the Mod Club, Horsehoe Tavern, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Opera House and Danforth Music Hall. The store has also cultivated relationships throughout the local music community, including the weekly scene night Wavelength, and 21st century local celebrities like Broken Social Scene, Feist and The Constantines. The new and upcoming releases are always prominently highlighted, satiating the desire for the latest major label collectible along with many hard-to-find artists too obscure for a chain store.
Note: Wheelchair accessible