Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I'm a big Sam The Record Man fan. I've done the Boxing Day line-up thing every year since 1982, even doing it en route to a funeral. I have a fine collection of Rain Cheques to prove it. I would pop in every Saturday night after a Leafs game, in-between classes at Ryerson, and basically just meander through the stacks whenever I was downtown.

Perhaps my most memorable moment was on my wedding day when I managed to get our photographer to shoot a roll of pictures outside the store. I wanted to go inside but my freshly-betrothed missus wasn't having any of that. Oh like the floors were THAT dirty!

I was saddened to see chain dry up one-store-at-a-time. The uniqueness of the store at Eglinton Square, with their empty cassette cases and the neighbourly store at Bloor and Jane had their own special charm. Even the bad ideas like the relocated store beside the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton and the store they tried to run at Yonge and Eglinton made for interesting perusing.

To me, it's not just 'the songs', although I have downloaded a tune or twelve off the net, it's about the purchasing of the piece of plastic. New or used, it doesn't matter. The first record I remember buying at Sam's (at least after I started buying records in earnest) was the 45 of "Athena" by The Who. The last one was the CD reissue of Warren Zevon's "Stand In The Fire".

Now, with the end in sight, I guess it's time to raid the joint like it's 2001 all over again.

Photos taken by Neil Prime-Coote on July 22, 2000 outside 347 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Return To Lower Bay Station

As part of this year's Doors Open, the TTC let the public pay a visit (in earnest this time) to the Lower Bay subway station to see what only film and maintenance crews have been able to see for the past 40 years. To be frank, it wasn't as exciting as I'd anticipated, but the displays, old brochures and video footage of some of the movies filmed down there made for an informative half-hour or so.

Probably the most interesting thing about the station was the state of disrepair the "Bay-Yorkville" signs had become and thus, that is the focus of this post.

Would it be bad punmanship to call this a "Bay Window"?

This was one of the better looking signs on the platform

For those days when the station is in a New York state of sign

I don't normally hang out at the "Y"....

Damaged signs weren't only underground, as evidenced by the Bellair Street exit.

Photos taken Saturday, May 26, 2007 at (or above) Lower Bay Station, Toronto, Ontario.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Sunset Skyway

Taken at about 8:30pm on Monday, May 21, 2007 beneath the Burlington Bay Skyway, Hamilton side.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


As disturbing as this is for you to see, and frankly for me to photograph, the sight of a dead baby bird is still fascinating. Its skin, its veins, its undeveloped muscles, yet seemingly fully-developed claws.

It also raises several questions: How did it get here? Did it fall out of the nest? Was it pushed? If so, why? Was it the runt? Shunned by its mother?

Rest in peace, little guy.

Taken Tuesday, May 22, 2007 in Toronto.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Springtime in Huntsville

OK, it's not exactly Vienna, however a trip north gave plenty of opportunity to take a shot or two in one of Ontario's most picturesque towns.

Shots taken Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Lion's Lookout, Muskoka Heritage Place and on Church Street in Huntsville, Ontario.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Foreplay On The Beach

Ahh young love...

Taken on Saturday, April 21, 2007 on Victoria Park Beach, Cobourg, Ontario

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

At The Drive In

On the border between Port Hope and Cobourg, Ontario is an anchronism. The Port Hope Drive-In, located ironically on the Cobourg side of Theatre Road, still pumps out the latest and greatest (?) two-at-a-time, every weekend. During the day, though.... you'd swear that the last customers they had were decades ago...

Field of Film

Playing Now

Screening Room


Speakers Corner

Sadly, the equally-old-school 2-screen Park Theatre, located in downtown Cobourg hasn't survived the changing times. Closed as a cinema since the early 90s, it was briefly resurrected as the Alcatraz Night (Nite?) Club before finally going dark for good.

Photos taken Saturday, April 21, 2007 in Cobourg, Ontario.