Toronto radio and indie legend gets a heritage plaque at the Horseshoe Tavern

When David Bookman died in May 2019, he left a giant hole in both Toronto radio and the indie scene of not just the city but the country. As a former co-worker and later his boss, I can tell you that Bookie was the most authentic, the most passionate, and the most supportive music fan I’ve ever met. He was also one of the best interviewers on the planet.

In 1993, while working part-time at 102.1 the Edge/Toronto, he started hosting Nu Music Night at The Horseshoe ever Tuesday. Hundreds, nay, thousands of bands made their way into the back room over the decades with Bookie (often in his Wilco hat) presiding over the evening.

Yesterday, Heritage Toronto unveiled a memorial plaque that will soon be permanently displayed at The Horseshoe. It’s the culmination of efforts of friends, fans, and supporters to honour his contributions to Canadian music. Fantastic!

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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