Independent record store Dead Dog Records is a fresh and welcome addition to Toronto’s Bloordale Village. We carry a full selection of new and used vinyl records (both the hip and the hop, the pop and the punk, the heavy and the metal, the jazz and the blues, the classic and the rock… you get the idea). We continue to carry compact discs, DVDs and Blu-Rays, all curated by a staff with more than half a century of collective experience in record retail. Dead Dog Records is home to an approachable staff with the passion and patience to help you find lost but not forgotten artists and titles. If we don’t have an item in stock, we’ll special order and give you a call as soon as the goods arrive. We’ve been doing it for years and now as Dead Dog Records, we’ll do it for you! Try us, we double Dead Dog dare ya!
BlogTO, one of Toronto’s leading arts and culture resources, recently named Dead Dog Records one of the best record stores in the city, drawing collectors out on a regular basis. Come see for yourself why we’ve quickly become a neighbourhood favourite.
Have you ever thought about opening your own business? Yeah, you have? Well, what would the name be? Once our team knew we were going to open our own record store, naming it became the focus of many purpose-driven drinking sessions. We had a few way too cute names, some way too long monikers and a couple of the “that sucks” variety.
Days went by and we were stuck. That’s when our friend Jenn came by and told us a story about her very first job. She said she was working in a little variety store in her hometown and the proprietor there had, at some expense, acquired from overseas several hundred cute and fluffy, bouncing and yipping puppy automatons. As he filled the display and turned them on, nary a one of them yipped or bounced. He cursed long and hard in the proverbial “I’m ruined!” kind of way and walked away, slamming the office door behind him. Jenn shrugged and thought the dogs were still cute and fluffy. She got out her Sharpies and made this sign: “dead dogs for sale -- $5 each.”
The inventory was sold out by week’s end! So ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce Dead Dog Records – a Toronto record store with the ability to see beyond the obvious, bringing you the best available selection of artists and titles, perhaps just off the beaten path.
Visit us today to browse our stock in person and learn firsthand that this dead dog still has quite a bite.