U-Knows Highlights from 1984

radioThe JUNO Awards are tonight. The JUNOs always make me think about the U-Knows, CFNY's music awards for Canadian independent and alternative acts. The U-Knows have been called the CASBYs since 1986. Check out this clip of CFNY's Nick Charles celebrating Chalk Circle's 1986 CASBY win.

Mondoville is sharing highlights from the 1984 U-Know Awards held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on April 2, 1984. The host was Jim Carrey and you'll see the Spoons, Nash The Slash, Sherry Kean, Paul Humphries (Blue Peter), Live Earl Jive & Beverly Hills, Men Without Hats, Peter Noble, Parachute Club, Lorraine Segato, Billy Bryans, Billy Idol and the late BB Gabor.

Great find. Do you remember the U-Knows?

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Great find, indeed. I think the only "three-dimensional radio" out there today, at least in the Toronto area, is available on Saturday and Sunday nights on 94.9.

After seeing the interview with Marsden (nice mustache!) in part 3 and his acceptance of the Allen Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award, it becomes apparent that Marsden had a vision of what radio should be - and stuck with it for decades.

March 27, 2011 @ 6:02 PM


What a great find!

What happened to radio in Toronto?

March 28, 2011 @ 9:13 AM


I might remember them Mike, but you don't. You have admitted you did not listen to CFNY during the "Spirit of Radio" era pre 1985.

March 28, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Detective Irvine

Where in my entry did I say I remembered the U-Knows?

I know of them, the same way I know of the Beatles. Yellow Submarines make me think of The Beatles even though I don't remember when they were a band.

March 28, 2011 @ 11:20 AM


You're a CFNY fan boi Mike that's what. Quietly trying to imply that you were part of something cool when really you were just part of 102.1 when it was a generic rock station with a name that they bought out of Houston or whatever.

Here's an idea Mike. Rather than dwell in the past why not look forward to something cool. I mean you tell us you're a tech dude. Isn't that what tech people do? Find cool new stuff?

The whole "rah rah CFNY" stuff is lame dude. The CFNY of 1985 was remarkably different than the CFNY of 1992. Even the definition of "alternative rock" is different.

102.1 used to have the "worst songs of 19xx. Ya know, if they existed in the format today that they did in 1985 90% of their playlist would be on that "worst of" list.

March 29, 2011 @ 11:48 AM


Wow, Irvine...I hope the onion on your belt didn't fall off as you typed that.

You sound so incredibly condescending, bitter and lame.

You listened to CFNY before Mike did? Well, clearly you're the superior lover of music and Mike isn't entitled to be a fan.

Glad we cleared this up, but while we're at it, is there anything else that you might have seen/listened to/attended/liked before anybody else did? That way, others can know what they're not allowed to enjoy.

March 30, 2011 @ 12:02 AM



I believe the term "touché" fits here....

Well said.

As an aside.... MAN, those interviews were funny... makes some of the sports interviews you hear sound like Meet The Press...

March 31, 2011 @ 2:59 AM

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