— INDIE88 (@Indie88Toronto) May 21, 2019
I first heard the name Bookie when I drove to Toronto for my job interview at the Edge in 2001. It was a cool name. ‘Live In Toronto’ with Bookie and Brother Bill was a local music/entertainment show that was legendary. Not because of what they talked about but more so because of Bookie and Billy and their producer Ben Kowalewicz.
Today Toronto, Canada and the entire rock and roll world lost a true legend and icon but today I lost a dear friend. Bookie was the kindest soul I ever met and a power point in my universe. There will never be another and I’ll miss ya forever. See ya down the road Cookie face. pic.twitter.com/Pb6BgLfnOG
— Ben Kowalewicz (@BenKowalewiczBT) May 21, 2019
I was lucky enough to walk into the studio at 228 Yonge St with the guys that eventually hired me. All the studio doors were open, and the first person I saw was David Bookman. He was unique in his baggy jeans, Cons, and plain black T-shirt. He smiled and welcomed me warmly and asked where I was from.
“Windsor,” I said nervously.
“Windsor!” Bookie spat back.
“Tunnel BBQ has THE BEST Ribs and Peas in North America!”
That’s how and who Bookie was. Warm, loving, kind and a human encyclopedia of notable Canadian Landmarks by where they were situated according to where he ate.
Bookie was a great guy who championed Alexis and so many other Toronto artists through the years. One of the real ones. He will me missed. https://t.co/upNnx7cKbe
— Wade MacNeil (@wade_macneil) May 21, 2019
He was unapologetically himself. He righteously put me in my place several times. He was passionate about what he loved, sometimes to his detriment but he never wavered from who he was and what he loved. When he left The Edge I didn’t understand why people were upset.
I didn’t think Dave was mainstream enough for what we were doing but I underestimated how much he meant to people.
Dave never had a bad day when he was on the Radio. If you liked his brand of entertaining people or not, you loved listening to him and he immediately earned your trust as a listener.
Pretty bunk news about Dave Bookman today. He was Bookie. He kept shoes in the studio closet, would eat gyros from Alexandros, do air bass during shows (TWO finger mind you), and most important…he was a fabulous human who was nice to me when he had no reason to be. pic.twitter.com/a5KkqFmLh7
— Fearless Fred (@Fearless_Fred) May 21, 2019
I didn’t know Dave very well. I worked with him for years but our shows were at polar opposite times so we didn’t mix. I honestly don’t even think he liked me but that’s not the point of me posting this.
I was floored when I found out Dave wasn’t well. I’m terrible when someone passes. I always think people glom on to stuff like this for attention and find it disrespectful.
Bookie’s passing made me look at what Dave contributed to radio, Toronto, and music and I wanted people to know how kind and eclectic he was. When I met him he lived above the Horseshoe Tavern. He loved it. It just meant he was closer to the thing he loved most in life. That’s who he was. Smart, careless and so caring at the same time. He had so much empathy and character. He never seemed down or troubled.
Bookie never wanted to trouble anyone. He never needed much. A Wilco hat and a microphone would be fine. Always. Maybe a Donair and some curly fries. He had breathing issues and lost his sense of taste so he’d judge food by the salt content.
As I said, he was unique. And I’m sad for those who loved him and knew him far better than I did.
Dave Bookman was, in the truest sense, the purest broadcaster I have ever met. He was Brilliant.
I hope Dave’s brilliance and personality live on and I’m so happy for his family to see him remembered so publically by the people he touched along the way.
I hope one day to be remembered as half the man Dave Bookman was today.
Rest Bookie. You’ve earned it.
Today's tributes are awesome because they're all inspired by the greatness that is Bookie.
He believed in the power of song and was supremely gifted at communicating that belief. He was one the truest friends music's ever had.
A rare bird. The Late Great Dave Bookman. pic.twitter.com/cInoZS1Mff
— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) May 21, 2019