Dave "Bookie" Bookman, Dead at 58

Dave “Bookie” BookmanDave “Bookie” Bookman was 58. Bookie was as fine a radio personality as a city like Toronto could hope for. He loved the music, and it showed. After 21 years on 102.1 the Edge, he was let go in 2012, but quickly resurfaced on Indie 88 where he hosted a show until suffering a brain aneurysm in April.

I've made no secret of the fact Bookie was a highly sought guest on Toronto Mike'd, but he politely declined both invitations, citing a desire for privacy. I even asked him to appear on a Martin Streek tribute episode I put together for the fifth year anniversary of his untimely passing.

This isn't just a huge loss for Toronto radio, this is a big loss for the music scene as a whole in this city. Bookie hosted Nu Music Night at The Horseshoe Tavern forever. Bookie will be missed.

Next Thursday, Marc Weisblott from 12:36 will join me and we'll pay tribute to his friend Dave "Bookie" Bookman.


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ah fuck

May 21, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Ryan G

For me, Bookie channelled the now largely defunct, cfny spirit of radio vibe when he was on air. He was authentic, quirky, polished and super knowledgeable. His show was one of the only terrestrial radio programs I'd go out of my way to listen to, and in a sea of generic radio dj's, he was an electric breath of fresh air who got better with age.

May 21, 2019 @ 10:10 AM


That sucks. Bookie was great.

May 21, 2019 @ 10:27 AM


Aw man. :(

May 21, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Damn...still so young too. That's really shitty.
RIP Bookie!

May 21, 2019 @ 1:58 PM


RIP Bookie.
BTW he would have been 59 years old on May 30th. Gone far too soon.

May 21, 2019 @ 5:04 PM


RIP Bookie.
Gone far too soon.
I loved listening to you.

May 21, 2019 @ 7:12 PM


Looking forward to the 12:36 Toronto Mike'd tribute to Bookie on Thursday. We got a taste of what's to come from Marc's April episode.

May 21, 2019 @ 8:49 PM


That is sad, always enjoyed hearing Bookie on air. He shared his love of music with his listeners, he will be missed.

May 21, 2019 @ 9:53 PM

James Edgar

RIP Bookie I've been a fan since his first days on the edge. A huge ls to the Canadian music scene :(

May 21, 2019 @ 10:07 PM

Vinnie Martini

When Bookie was on the air, I'd stay tuned in, enjoy his banter, and almost always be assured that the piece of music following would be worth a listen. He captivated me in the audience with his honest style of speech. Indie 88 has done a great job honoring him all day with Bookie soundbites and playlists. His conversation style interviews with artists could be sourced as research for anyone simply looking to improve on how to ask questions in every day dialogue. Toronto radio lost a star with the passing on of Dave Bookman.

May 22, 2019 @ 12:22 AM

James Edgar

Follow up Bookies reluctance to be on the podcast is the biggest miss you will probably ever have Mike. His knowledge and passion for Music would have been Epic. He'd probably have to Top Dave Hodge and give you a top 1000.

May 22, 2019 @ 9:13 AM

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@James Edgar

I always thought Bookie was an ideal guest, in the vein of Strombo or Alan Cross. Bookie, I learned, didn't want to talk about himself.

May 22, 2019 @ 10:31 AM


Todd Shapiro put out a hideous take on Bookie's passing. "He never made more then 70k in one year... Lived in an apartment....etc"

I'm so steamed and don't understand how he's still on air.


May 22, 2019 @ 11:04 PM

Not a fan of Shapiro

But he's not saying anything awful. He's simply pointing out the reality. Everyone mourns the guy now he's gone, pointing out how brilliant of a musical mind he was. But when he was alive and working he presented little value to the industry he worked in. He never made more than $70,000 a year and likely lived in an apartment. It's just his way of saying fluff pays better than integrity.

May 23, 2019 @ 12:11 AM


"But when he was alive and working he presented little value to the industry he worked in. He never made more than $70,000 a year and likely lived in an apartment. It's just his way of saying fluff pays better than integrity."

First of all Shapiro is most likely just humble bragging as he usually does about the second home he built himself. And as was pointed out by his former co-hosts who Mike had on his show, he screwed enough people over in regards to pay. And also, there is nothing wrong with doing something you truly love and making 70k a year doing it. Bookie loved what he was doing and was well respected. Bringing up living conditions while bragging about buying real estate to your audience is low class

May 23, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

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Just chiming in to say 70k is actually an awful lot of coin for a radio personality who doesn't have the morning or afternoon drive slot.

In fact, the vast majority of Canadians will never make 70k in a year. And, as BRI Guy just said, there's zero shame in doing something you love for 70k a year. Of course, there's zero shame in doing something you love for half that if you can swing it.

May 23, 2019 @ 8:22 AM


We don't know if Bookie was needing the accolades etc from anyone else anyway, he seems to be well loved and I hope he knew that. It is true that we ought to celebrate everyone we care for while they are here - but I agree, bringing up certain things after someone's passing is tacky.

May 23, 2019 @ 1:52 PM


Todd presents zero value to the industry he works in. Total hack. If Sirius was able to take part in ratings, he would’ve been gone long long ago.

May 23, 2019 @ 6:23 PM


I know Weisblott did a deep dive into the music played during Indie 88's on-air wake the morning after Bookman's death. Josie Dye did an amazing job, struggling not to choke up on air as callers shared emotional memories of her friend and mentor, whom few of them knew personally but felt like they did. My only qualm was that the focus seemed to be on how often he interviewed Dave Grohl or U2, and not about the hundreds, if not thousands, of Canadian acts who benefited so greatly from his benevolence. Listening to everything that was said on air, it sounds like Billy Talent were the only Canadian musicians to be Bookie's bud. Did they play any Rheostatics? Inbreds? Change of Heart? 13 Engines? Hell, did they even play any Tragically Hip? On another note, I'm glad they played Wilco, but did they play Husker Du? Minutemen? I would hate for Dave Bookman to be remembered as a guy who interviewed Coldplay a couple of times. That would be a travesty, an injustice to his true legacy.

May 28, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

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Marc Weisblott visits tomorrow for his monthly roundup and we'll open with a tribute to Bookie. I'm sure this point you've raised will be addressed.

May 28, 2019 @ 3:42 PM

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