Toronto record store closing for good after more than 50 years

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For those who enjoy collecting records, the selection at the few remaining record stores around Toronto is about to get slightly smaller.

Mike’s Music Store recently announced its closure after more than 28 years of selling music at its Danforth location.

Although the news is sad for local music lovers, there is some comfort in the fact that this is due to Mike’s decision to retire and not more disheartening issues.

Owner Mike Waite walks through the selection in 2019.

In fact, Mike said on social media that he chooses to continue following his passion for music by focusing on his band Knights of the Mystic Eye.

There will even be CDs available for those who wish to take home some of Mike’s music.


Although no official announcement of the last day of the store has yet been made, they have announced that starting this week the store will have a 15% discount on everything except new CDs.

Used CDs, DVDs and vinyl will all be available at a discount, so those hoping to say goodbye and pick up some discounted goodies should consider heading to 105 Danforth Ave while there’s still plenty left.


Those familiar with Toronto’s history may also appreciate learning that the location was once a Sam the Record Man franchise before rebranding to Mike’s.

While it took a number of names, the one constant thing is that for decades the Danforth spot has been a favorite haunt for audiophiles in Canada’s largest city.

The closure of a beloved store is always a sad sight, but with over 50 years in the music business and the announcement that his band will continue rocking, there’s no doubt that owner Mike Waite will always be very active on the local scene.

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