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] He also played keyboards on a number of rock music albums, performed with the band Blue Peter, and later released several albums under the name Ensign Broderick.

Early life[edit]

Sniderman grew up in Toronto, Ontario, the son of businessman Sam Sniderman.[1] He was involved in the music industry from childhood through the family record store.[2]

Music career[edit]

Sniderman was a keyboard player in 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.[3][4] He has appeared as a guest musician on albums by other Canadian artists, including contributing keyboards on Randy Bachman's album Any Road,[5] Chalk Circle's recording of 20th Century Boy,[6] and recordings produced by fellow Blue Peter member Chris Wardman.[5] He played keyboards on the albums Presto and Clockwork Angels by Rush and Don't Cry Too Hard by Leslie Spit Treeo, and played piano on 6 Blocks by Meryn Cadell.

Sniderman is an Advisory Board Member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame[7] 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.[8][9] By November, Sniderman had released three more albums of music recorded decades earlier, and one album of new material, Bloodcrush.[10] [11]

Sam the Record Man[edit]

Sniderman's father, Sam Sniderman, started selling records in his brother's radio store in the 1930s.[12] His company grew into a national chain, with a flagship store on Yonge Street in Toronto.[13] In the 1980s and 1990s the chain was operated by Roblan Distributors, with Jason Sniderman as Vice President.[14] Sam retired in 2000,[13] and the majority of the chain was closed in 2001 after declaring bankruptcy.[12] Jason Sniderman and his brother Bobby saved the store's iconic neon signs, and re-opened the Yonge St. location in 2002.[13] An attempt at building the Sam's brand with online sales was not enough,[15] 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.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Sam the Record Man to shut its Yonge St. doors". The Toronto Star. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman dies at 92". Winnipeg Free Press, via Newspaper Archives, September 25, 2012 - Page 26
  3. ^ "Artist: Blue Peter". Jam! Showbiz - The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. canoe.ca. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Blue Peter bounces back with stylish new album". Winnipeg Free Press, via Newspaper Archives, August 10, 1983 - Page 31
  5. ^ a b "Any Road". Bachman. artistdirect.com. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  6. ^ "credits". The Great Lake - Chalk Circle. allmusic.com. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  7. ^ "People". About. Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  8. ^ Ottenhof, Luke (9 March 2018). "It's taken 47 years, but Ensign Broderick's debut album is here". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Jason Sniderman's glam-rock persona Ensign Broderick unleashed at 60". National Post, David Friend, November 22, 2018
  10. ^ "Jason Sniderman's Glam-Rock Reinvention As Ensign Broderick". FYI Music News, Nov 28, 2018 by Kerry Doole
  11. ^ "Ensign Broderick BloodCrush". Exclaim!, By Paul Blinov, Nov 08, 2018
  12. ^ a b Black, Debra (May 30, 2007). "Sam the Record Man finally signs off". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  13. ^ a b c Miller, Adam D (June 29, 2007). "Goodbye, Sam The Record Man". Torontoist. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  14. ^ Larry LeBlanc (12 July 1997). "Changes at Sam the Record Man Shake Market" - Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 44. ISSN 0006-2510.
  15. ^ Thompson, Robert. "Parking cash in Net ventures". News. itbusiness.ca. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  16. ^ 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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