As a kid in Scarborough, Sam the Record Man loomed larger than life. Sam`s held out the possibility that somewhere, amidst its endless aisles of LP`s and 45`s, you could find a secret passage to the truth, or at the very least a rare Elvis Costello import.
You’ve got to go back to a time before CD’s and MTV when you barely knew what your favorite band looked like let alone what they ate for breakfast. So you went to Sam’s searching for clues—you went there to get close to and be part of an emerging, exciting Canadian music scene.
Indeed, Sam `The Record Man` Sniderman laid the foundation for a cultural renaissance in Canadian popular music for which the industry, artists and Canadian music fans today enjoy like never before.
Sam Sniderman died yesterday at the age of 92 and so on behalf of this House I`d like to pay tribute his life and career, to an iconoclast, pioneer and staunch believer in the greatness of Canadian music.