reunion articles: eye weekly, november 2003

From Eye Weekly, November, 2003:


As a teenager growing up in very small-town Ontario, I was saved by CFNY. I discovered the station in 1982, coat hanger jammed in the antenna, listening through static with my ear literally pressed to the speaker. I danced in my bedroom when they started transmitting loud and clear from the CN Tower late in 1983, but lost interest once free-spirited, forward-thinking program director David Marsden stepped down in 1987.

Like many, I'm happy to reminisce about The Spirit of Radio's glory days. Marsden and fellow CFNY alumni Don Berns, a.k.a. Dr. Trance, are betting a few thousand of us are as they organize the first official Spirit Reunion. Taking place Wednesday (Nov. 12) at The Guvernment and Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E.), the bash features other 'NYers from past 'n' present, including Alan Cross, Earl Jive, "Deadly" Hedley Jones, Scot Turner, Liz Janik and Maie Pauts. Bands made stars by CFNY -- including The Spoons, Images in Vogue, Martha and the Muffins, Carol Pope with Kevan Staples, and others -- will also perform. While the memories don't come cheap (tickets are $65.50 through Ticketmaster), this is one night of retro that's truly relevant to T.O.

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