We are moving to 215 Spadina!

Dear customers/friends,

We are moving to our new location at 215 SPADINA AVE.

Our 782 Bathurst Location’s last day will be Sunday September 21st.

Come see us at our 215 Spadina shop (right next door to Dark Horse Coffee!)
Saturday September 27th at 10AM

And yes…We will be open until midnight. 7 days a week. 364 days a year.

See you there!

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This Tuesday: The Wooden Sky at Sonic Boom


Tuesday evening, as the clock strikes lucky number 7 in the PM, the Wooden Sky bring their tried, tested and true Canadiana roots rock to this here Sonic Boom.  This could quite possibly be the last celebration of live music at the 782 Bathurst location of Sonic Boom (before our big bad ass move to 215 Spadina).  We’re excited to have fan favourites the Wooden Sky closing out what has become a storied tradition of fantastic live music here.  This has included tremendous performances over the past year from the remarkable Angel Olsen, Polaris nominee Shad, local favourites Weaves, and international hardcore juggernaut Fucked Up.  For further information on this ‘historic’ event:

Facebook Event


The Wooden Sky INFO:
Official Site

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Thursday Thunder: Fresh Snow @Field Trip/Discovery Series III


This Thursday night, ‘don’t eat the yellow snow’ as Francis Zappa once said, taste it fresh!  Our house band, our Roots, our Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show band, our CBS orchestra, our Max Weinberg 7, Fresh Snow unleash their inspired kraut fury at the Garrison for Field Trip’s Discovery Series.  Joining them will be Sonic Boom’s finest import, from the land down under, the continent of Australia (insert ‘rare Men at Work in stock’ joke), Evan Lewis and his chamber pop/rock conglomerate Grounders.  VU inspired ‘gazers Programm and grunge revivalists Dirty Frigs round out the terrific citywide bill.  Event is free with RSVP, more info can be obtained here.

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Cinema of the Mind Expansion/Explosion: Herzog!


The Werner Herzog Collection on Blu-Ray has arrived!  About their new release Shout Factory joyfully shouts:

“He has taken his camera to parts of the world no other director would dare go, and told stories in ways no one had ever considered. These sixteen masterpieces, which blur the line between “fiction” and “documentary,” illustrate why Werner Herzog is the most daring, visionary and dangerous filmmaker of our lifetime — the director that both Milos Forman and Francois Truffaut have called “the greatest filmmaker alive today.”

Take a look at this beaut…


Also new this week: Pickpocket (Criterion), Way Of the 5 Finger Death Strike (12 Films), WWE The Best of Great American Bash, the beautiful new Criterion addition of Cronenberg’s early best(?) Scanners, and more more more (with new used titles stocked everyday).


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The New Music: The Week of July the 15th, 2014


MORRISSEY’S much anticipated ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ hits the shelves this week.  We’ve been excited since talk began and more so after these wonderful promos were issued:

‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ (with Nancy Sinatra)
‘The Bullfighter Dies’
‘Earth Is The Loneliest Planet’ (with Pamela Anderson)

p.s. Some of us have suggested that Ms. Anderson (has she ever looked so good?) is starting to really come into her own.

The new Mozzer press is joined on the racks by Anna Calvi, Com Truise, a Fela Kuti reissue, the returning Plastikman, a Clean anthology from Domino, Trash Talk, Wrong Hole and more (see the left side panel for full(er) listings).

Note: our Nathan Houbraken aka NATO is terribly excited about the new Reigning Sound ‘Shattered’ LP.  He would like to thank the band and Merge Records for the issue of this fine new Rock n Roll album. 

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This Week: In the City


This Friday night, standout Toronto label ‘Pleasence Records’ (along with PPOP) presents the Wrong Hole ’2012′ release show (available along with the entire Pleasence catalogue at Sonic Boom).  This marks the debut from this local-synth-punk-super-group featuring Jon Schouten (Teenanger), Andrew Gunn (Deadly Snakes, Comet Control) and Nick Flanagan (Brutal Knights).  Also on this superb (potentially best of the summer) bill, two of our absolute favourite emerging acts:  trance inducing (but keep your head up) kraut punks Surinam and the manic and possessed New Fries.  Click here for further info.


Also, this Wednesday, Sonic Boom Wednesdays at Handlebar showcases (another PPOP event) the Motor City’s Jamaican Queens alongside (Gay’s) Tom Avis’ solo project Farragoes and a hodge podge of locos calling themselves curiously Bodybutter (one wonders, could Gay’s Neil Rankin be involved?).  Most importantly, perhaps, to us Evan Lewis of local rockers Grounders and our own Sohnik Buh’whom Vinyl Desk is on the 1s and 2s.  The Wheels of Steel if you will.  When last we spoke to our Aussie mate Evan aka ‘Lewi Lewi’ he was hunting for No Wave/Early 80s NYC LPs, so expect some skronk and mutation of the disco.  More info on this PWYC show here.

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Sonic Boom Cinema: Possession

Possession2460787159Possession (1981, Andrzej Zulawski)

We’re pleased to announce a copy of the decorated avant garde/thriller/drama ‘Possession’ limited box set has arrived.  Have a sneak peak at this beautiful set here, and then come by to see it in person (along with our ever expanding DVD/Blu-Ray section  featuring tons of marked down and newly stocked titles).  For more information, because that picture above screams you need to know, can be found below:

AMG Review


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This Friday: Zacht Automaat at Double Double Land


Sonic Boom highly recommends a rare live appearance from Toronto to England’s Zacht Automaat (featuring our semi-own, adopted own Carl Didur) this Friday at Double Double Land.  This follows their fantastic ‘lock groove’ performance from our NXNE co-promotion with PPOP at the inaugural Indie label fair, and their wonderful trip to the Island for rouge non-NXNE outlaw show ‘Unaffliated’.  It’s a PWYC affair celebrating the discovery of the fifth moon of the planetoid Pluto.  The event will also feature the release of Carl Didur’s new solo cassette ‘Nothing is the Secret to Anything’.  More info can be found on the Facebook Event.

‘ZA’ (2014)
‘Bags Inside Bags’ (2012)

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Staff Picks: Who is William Onyeabor?


Sonic Boom highly recommends the ‘Who is William Onyeabor?’ reissue from Luaka Bop (available on CD and LP).  Familiarize yourself with the crucial work of this Nigerian legend via this Noisey/Vice short documentary entitled ‘Fantastic Man’.

Listen to:
‘Heaven and Hell’
‘Body and Soul’

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Have you heard the news?  Sonic Boom is on the move!  We’re excited to announce we’ll be merging our two locations in the Fall at 215 Spadina!

For further details click here.

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TONIGHT / 7PM / 782 Bathurst


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Soundcheck TO – Brendan Canning

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