Jason Sniderman

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Jason Sniderman is a Canadian musician and businessman. He was one of the chief executives of Sam the Record Man,[1] which was established by his father, Sam Sniderman.[1]

Music career[edit]

Jason Sniderman was a member of the new wave band Blue Peter, joining towards the end of their run in 1983, in time for the recording and release of their final album, Falling.[2] He has appeared as a guest musician on albums by other Canadian artists, including contributing keyboards on Randy Bachman's album Any Road,[3] Chalk Circle's recording of 20th Century Boy,[4] and recordings produced by fellow Blue Peter member Chris Wardman.[3] He played keyboards on the albums Presto and Clockwork Angels by Rush[5] and Don't Cry Too Hard by Leslie Spit Treeo,[6] and played piano on 6 Blocks by Meryn Cadell.[7]

Sniderman is an Advisory Board Member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame[8] and plays shows with Blue Peter a few times a year.

In March 2018, Sniderman released the album Feast of Panthers under the pseudonym Ensign Broderick, a musical alter ego he had first created in childhood.[9]

Sam the Record Man[edit]

Sam's was started by Sniderman's father, Sam Sniderman, as a sideline selling records in his brother's radio store in the 1930s.[10] The company grew into a national chain, with a flagship store on Yonge Street in Toronto.[11] Sam retired in 2000,[11] and the majority of the chain was closed in 2001 after declaring bankruptcy.[10] Jason Sniderman and his brother Bobby saved the store's iconic neon signs, and re-opened the Yonge St. location in 2002.[11] An attempt at building the Sam's brand with online sales was not enough,[12] however, with the rise of mp3 downloads and competition from chains such as HMV down the street, Sam's was forced to close in 2007.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Sam the Record Man to shut its Yonge St. doors". The Toronto Star. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Artist: Blue Peter". Jam! Showbiz - The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. canoe.ca. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Any Road". Bachman. artistdirect.com. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  4. ^ "credits". The Great Lake - Chalk Circle. allmusic.com. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Presto". Jason Sinderman Discography. Discogs. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Don't Cry Too Hard". Jason Sniderman Discography. Discogs. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  7. ^ "6 Blocks". Jason Sniderman Discography. Discogs. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  8. ^ "People". About. Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  9. ^ Ottenhof, Luke (9 March 2018). "It's taken 47 years, but Ensign Broderick's debut album is here". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b Black, Debra (May 30, 2007). "Sam the Record Man finally signs off". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  11. ^ a b c Miller, Adam D (June 29, 2007). "Goodbye, Sam The Record Man". Torontoist. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  12. ^ Thompson, Robert. "Parking cash in Net ventures". News. itbusiness.ca. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  13. ^ Ursi, Marco (July 4, 2007). "Whither the record store jerk?". MacLean's. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2011.

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