​R.I.P. Toronto Radio Legend Dave "Bookie" Bookman

​R.I.P. Toronto Radio Legend Dave "Bookie" Bookman
Toronto radio icon Dave "Bookie" Bookman has passed away, Indie88 has confirmed. He was 58.
 
The champion of independent music reportedly passed away at 12:45 a.m. this morning, after being hospitalized last month due to an aneurysm.
 
Prior to working as an on-air personality at Indie88, Bookman was a distinct voice on Toronto's 102.1 The Edge for two decades.
 
Bookman was the longtime host of the "Indie Hour" on The Edge and also hosted weekly live music showcase Nu Music Night at the Horseshoe Tavern.
 
"Bookie was the last true personality on air," his friend and colleague at both Indie88 and the Edge, Josie Dye, said in a statement. "He wasn't hired for his charm, his looks, or his voice. He didn't work his brand, or promote himself. He exuded knowledge, truth, opinions that mattered that had foundations in research and love for music. Bookie was never defined by a genre or a stereotype and cool was never in his vocabulary. He never lost vision of the music that unites us and even the word 'indie' was too pigeon-holed for what he brought to the music scene."

Jeff Cohen, the owner of the Horseshoe Tavern, has also shared his memories of Bookman in a post. He reflects on Bookman's time as the singer in the Bookman — a band that "wrote Dylanesque folk ditties a la Billy Bragg and name checked streets/eateries (even delicatessens) in Ottawa," who he encountered at Carleton University's campus radio station.

Cohen goes on to detail their time together at CIUT and all the connections Bookman made for him in the Toronto music industry, as well as his enduring commitment to bringing new bands to the Horseshoe Tavern.

Cohen added, "Our loss is beyond devastating, and words are tough to come by now," but managed to pen the following Frank Turner-inspired tribute tune to Bookman:

Well I was working on some words when Craig called me up
He said that Bookie had gone asleep and wasn't waking up
And even though I knew that there was nothing to be done
I felt bad for not being there and now, well, he was gone

So I tried to think what Dave would want me to do
At times like this when I was feeling blue (like play Racing In The Streets '78)
So I gathered up some friends to spread the sad sad news
And we headed to the H-Shoe for a drink or two

And we sang 'We live to dance another day,
It's just now we have to dance for one more of us'
So stop looking so damn depressed
And sing with all our hearts, 'Long live the King.'
 

A number of other media personalities and musicians have shared memories and messages of condolences for Bookie via social media. See some of those below.