I was born in Toronto, and spent the first 19 years of my life there. In 1969 I took the train across Canada, with the idea of travelling the world, or at least the USA. I got to Vancouver, liked it, and thought I'd just stay here for a while. I never left.
I went to Simon Fraser University and graduated in 1977 with a BA in Communications Studies.
I started hosting radio shows on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, which I continue to do to this day.
To put food on the table I worked in retail. Sold electronics for folks like Woodward's and Radio Shack. I owned a video rental store for most of the 1980s. It was the third such enterprise to open in Vancouver. I also owned, with a partner, a video store and a Radio Shack on Saltspring Island.
In the early 1990s, I went to work for Festival Distribution, a national distributor of roots-related music CDs. I was in the promotions department, and did everything from graphics and web design to retail sales and promo mailouts. I worked there until August 31st, 2007, when a number of staff were laid off due to the general downturn in the music business. The company's gone now.
As well as doing the usual things distributors do, I was involved in running the CD sales tents at festivals in Vancouver, Mission, Salmon Arm and Calgary.
I celebrated the beginning of the new millineum by inaugurating a new show in CiTR, the UBC radio station.
In March to August of 2008, I was Coordinator of the Golden Spike Days Festival in nearby Port Moody. A venerable institution of the Tri-Cities area (32 years), the four day event can draw up to 10,000 attendees per day in a good year. 2008 was a good year. I was invited to come back in 2009.
In what's left of my spare time I create and maintain web sites, manage events, manipulate graphics, drive buses and do whatever else I can think of to make ends meet.
I live in a condo in the vibrant Commercial Drive area of East Vancouver with my partner Sue Malcolm.