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When Sunrise Records closed its doors a year and a half ago, Stephen Yorke saw an opportunity. During his 33-year tenure as manager, he had always wanted to open a store of his own. “But every time I got bored, they would give me something else to do, so it never came to fruition,” he says.

With Sunrise’s demise, Stephen got the push he needed to strike out on his own. Partnering with former employees Maesy Kitching and Kristie Callaghan, whom Stephen calls his top dogs, Dead Dog Records was born. Landing in the west end neighbourhood of Bloordale, the shop opened its doors in May 2015. The location was in fact the idea of his younger partners, he explains. “They convinced me that in a year’s time this would be the place to be, and I believe it now.”

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    Toronto's best new record store...?

    An excellent neighbourhood record store! Great on-hand inventory organized by genre (soul, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, world, punk, metal/hardcore, and, of course, rock)and even better customer service! Highly recommended.

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    Dead Dog Records is a bastion of musical knowledge. When the sun set on Sunrise Records, Dead Dog sprang up, a second head from the body of vinyl Cerberus. Dead Dog offers a wide-range of selections, and if they don’t have a record in-store, they can have it on-hand as fast as Hermes can fly. A laid-back, we’re-always-excited-about-music disposition will make the newest vinyl aesthete shopping for records at Dead Dog feel like an aficionado.

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    Bloordale’s newest purveyor of vinyl will be toting a tempting deal on #ShopTheHood come November 28. LP aficionados who pass by the Bloor Street spot and buy three records will get the fourth free. And since the mid-sized Dead Dog strikes that ideal balance between a curated stock and a ton of options, it won’t be tough to find some serious gems for your collection.

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