April 2021: Pandemonium

Pandemonium Books & Disks

2920 Dundas St W. | 416-769-5257

You likely know Pandemonium as it is today. The high-ceilinged, sunny location at 2920 Dundas St W. is stacked high with a myriad of records and books nestled into their bins and shelves. Pandemonium has been a staple of the area since the year 2000. “Since when it became cool,” Neill Cunningham, Owner, says jokingly. Opening his business in the Junction primarily because of the cheap rent, Neill has made Pandemonium and his love of good books and music a fundamental part of the community.

“Books and music … they work well together. I couldn’t imagine doing one or the other. I’ve been collecting cool stuff for 20 years.” This sentiment is represented by the variety displayed throughout Pandemonium. Pandemonium’s comfortable vibe is well-curated, with an endless selection of classics and rarities. Neill’s ability to keep the store constantly stocked with new merchandise is incredible. 

Neill listened to a lot of punk music in an angrier time of his life, but running the shop for the last 20 years has served to diversify his tastes significantly. From Australian psychedelic rock records to poetry collections, Pandemonium has everything you could ask for.  Plus, after so many years, the community will finally get to see the more niche and delicate parts of his collection with the pandemonium.ca website update coming in April. Sixties magazines, cool, rare books and ephemera will be there to browse virtually.

Neill has spent the last 20 years creating a fantastic place where Junction residents can feel at home. While the pandemic has created new hurdles for those in the business of browsing, that doesn’t stop Pandemonium’s cozy feel and incredible selection from shining through. When you can’t shop in-store, show Pandemonium some love through their Instagram @pandemoniumbooksanddiscs or by visiting their new and improved website, pandemonium.ca.

-Riley Wiley, Journalism Intern, The Junction BIA

Member of the Month

Our Member of the Month features will shine a light on the businesses within the Junction and allow customers to get to know their neighbours who run the shops in our community. If you are a Junction BIA business interested in sharing your story with us and being featured by The Junction BIA, contact Carol Jolly, Executive Director