Our good friend and MuchMusic colleague, Kim Clark Champniss, is in Nova Scotia visiting and we’re taking advantage of that by having him spin tunes on The Carleton deck on Canada Day – Friday, July 1st! He’ll DJ from 2 – 5 (or something like that). If it’s raining, he’ll just move his act indoors – either way, he’ll be there! Kim’s a musicologist if you weren’t aware and for the purposes of this day, he’ll be playing a mix of classic cuts: 80s alternative, Motown, Stax, and Ska. It’s FREE.
Kim Clarke Champniss (KCC) has had many exciting gigs: from executive producer for E!
Entertainment, to producer/writer of the tribute tapes for the Junos and Canada’s Walk of Fame, and most famously as a VJ on MuchMusic and special assignment reporter for TheNewMusic. He’s even recorded and released a series of spoken word/electronic records. And the foundation of all of those roles is his love of music and DJing. Spinning tunes is second nature to him.
Kim became a major player in the Vancouver New Wave/Alternative scene as a DJ at the notorious Luv-a-Fair night club. This led to managing one of Canada’s pioneer electronic bands: Images In Vogue. MuchMusic then brought Kim to Toronto to host the Rockflash news desk and the alternative music show City Limits. In the 90s KCC became special assignment reporter for TheNewMusic and music ambassador for MuchUSA.
Here’s a fun video outlining Kim’s life and times…
Live Nation hired Kim for the opening act DJ for the 2012 Roxette/Glass Tiger cross-Canada arena tour. And in 2013 Warner Brothers Canada partnered with Kim on the publication of his E-Book The Republic of Rock’n’Roll: the Roaring 80s from Curtis Cobain. Kim, who lives in Toronto, continues to produce and write about the music industry, and that love of spinning records for the crowd has never left him, no matter what role he occupies.