Our very own Dave “Bookie” Bookman has been honoured with a Heritage Toronto plaque outside of the Horseshoe Tavern.
Bookman, who passed away on May 21st, 2019, had a longstanding relationship with the Horseshoe Tavern, where he hosted his Nu Music Nites. That weekly concert showcase, which began in 1993, quickly became a career-starter in the industry, launching some of the biggest bands in the country.
Yesterday (July 27th), Bookie’s close friends and family gathered together to unveil a Heritage Toronto plaque honouring his passion, positivity, and promotion of independent music. Artists like Billy Talent, Broken Social Scene, Arkells, and Rheostatics gathered outside of the Horseshoe to memorialize our dear friend.
Take a look at the plaque below, and keep your eyes peeled for a video recap and words from some of Bookman’s closest friends in the coming days.
The plaque is set to permanently stand outside of the beloved Queen Street West and Spadina music venue.
Hosted by our very own Josie Dye, the unveiling saw appearances and performances from Billy Talent’s Ben Kowalewicz, Bookman’s bandmate Tim Mech, July Talk’s Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis, and Lowest of the Low’s Stephen Stanley.
“I could tell you all about how dedicated Bookie was and how he was a force in this music scene, but instead I want to tell you about Bookie as a person,” Dye said recently. “Bookie was a connector. If you needed a job in music, he would connect you with the president of Warner Music Canada. If you loved Swiss Chalet, he would cut out Swiss Chalet coupons and then introduce you to his favourite server. And if you were a young girl who had a crush on his best friend, then he would do his best to connect you with his best friend.”