For anyone that grew up listening to The Edge, you know Bookie and his College of Musical Knowledge. He started working at 102.1 The Edge in 1991, the year I was born. I listened to him every morning with my dad in the car on the way to school and continued to appreciate his voice over the airways once he made the move to Indie 88.
Many fans know Bookie from his Nu Music Nights at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto where he hosted little known bands alongside heavy-hitters under pseudonyms.
For Indie 88, Bookie ran the infamous Indie Hour where Torontonians and Canadians alike would often be introduced to their new favourite bands. His love for Canadian musicians and his desire to see them succeed was endless.
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Canadian bands have all taken to Twitter today to share their memories and experiences with Bookie, but most of all to thank him for his tireless work when it came to sharing their music with Canadians when very few other would.
So while it seems that Bookie's College of Musical Knowledge is now permanently out for summer, we are lucky to be able to listen to all the bands that Bookie loved and shared with us.
I, personally, will miss hearing him on the radio when I'm back in Toronto driving around in my mom's car. Like Alan Cross before him, Bookie undeniably shaped not only the future of Canadian music, but helped us all see more of the amazing history we have in our own small yet powerful music scene.
Thanks for the tunes, Bookie. You will be sincerely missed.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.