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Dave (Bookie) Bookman was a radio and concert host who promoted and nurtured Canadian indie-rock music for more than 30 years.
Bookman’s career began in the 1980s at CIUT-FM, the University of Toronto’s campus radio station. His show Don’t Look Back featured in-depth interviews with emerging bands. At this time, Bookman also worked for A&A Records, selecting music the store would sell.
In the 1990s, Bookman became a reporter and host for the Toronto radio station CFNY-FM. He continued to highlight new bands and local shows when Canadian indie-rock music received little media attention. For many artists, it was their first exposure on the radio.
In 1993, Bookman co-created Nu Music Nites, a weekly showcase at the Horseshoe Tavern. The free concerts spotlighted emerging bands and occasionally featured intimate performances by major artists like Billy Talent, Foo Fighters, Sloan, the Strokes, and Thom Yorke.
Bookman helped launch the indie-rock radio station CIND-FM in 2013. In recognition of his long career, he received the Canadian Independent Music Association’s Unsung Hero Award in 2018.
Entertainment and Leisure, Music History
Dave (Bookie) Bookman (1960-2019) Commemorative plaque, 2021.