Tell me about cool shops in Toronto cos I'm not going there.
My wife is travelling to Toronto in a week or so, and I'm wondering if some of you folks in the know can tell me about cool stuff happening there in the next month or two, or any must-visit comic or toy shops there.
She has lived and worked in Toronto before, and knows the city pretty well, though perhaps not well enough to buy up gifts for her nerdy and selfish husband.
So what and where do you guys recommend?
Silver Snail on Queen St is a must stop.
Is she going to be in the downtown core? Keep in mind the Greater Toronto Area is pretty huge. If she's staying out by the airport for example, it's pretty desolate and transit sucks. If she's inside the city along one of the subway lines, then she's golden.
As Chris mentioned, Silver Snail is pretty much the destination store for everyone on Queen ST. W (although it will soon be moving to yonge and dundas, next to the HMV).
1,000,000 Comix at Yonge and Wellesley also has a large selection of toys and back issues as well as trades.
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My personal recommendation however is for the Annex community on Bloor...
BMV is close to Spadina and has a huge section upstairs on the third floor that sells deeply discounted trades and back issues.
BMV Books - The Annex - Toronto, ON
Plus The Beguiling, THE best Alt Comics store in North America IMHO. If you are seeking stuff beyond the diamond catalogue, this is the place.
If you have kids to shop for, The BeguiIng recently opened up the first comics shop aimed only at kids... Little Island.
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If you are a Golden Age, Silver Age, bronze age, CGC type of collector, then it's Paradise Comics all the way uptown on Yonge (keep in mind Yonge street is a big long St that covers the GTA and beyond north and south)
Vintage toys is tough... We generally do toy shows far into the suburbs or drive to the nearby city of Hamilton to visit Kool Stuff.
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Kool Stuff is just that. My buddy lives down the street. If we're talking Hamilton way, then I also suggest Big B Comics on Upper James. I go there from time to time. They have some decent toys and the entire basement is a big comic bargin bin.
I used to go to Bounty Hunter Toys a lot but sadly he closed down for health reasons. He's a good guy and I got most of my Trek Mego's from him back in the day.
Wow, I didn't know they were moving. That will be a great location, I won't miss the long trek down Queen St W. When is that happening? I'm just glad they are still open, I've been going there everytime I go to Toronto since I was about 13 years old.
Originally Posted by samurainoir
Thanks very much for the replies guys.
There are a few Bronze Age books that I'd like to track down, so while I could probably find them online, I also really like the feeling of knowing where and when I managed to plug the gaps.
My wife will be visiting friends and family all over Toronto (she has quite the extended family over there) and with a bit of luck I've a feeling that two or three of the shops mentioned may be nearby to folks who she is visiting.
Thanks for the links, Samurai. I would say you guys seem pretty spoiled for comic shops overr there.
For bronze age, email paradise comics with your list ahead of time. I'm sure they can be of great help and will pull what you are looking for, and then you can arrange for your wife to pick them up in person at the store.