Kim Clarke Champniss will be taking
The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival Stage in the Marquis Event Tent
Saturday September 15th, 3:00pm to 3:45pm
 

Skinheads, Fur Traders, and DJs

Skinheads, Fur Traders, and DJs is a one-man, story-telling show about an adventurous pop-loving teenager who, in the early 1970s, went from London’s discotheques to the Canadian sub-arctic to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company. His job? Buying furs and helping run the trading post in the settlement of Arviat (then known as Eskimo Point), Northwest Territories (population: 750).

That young man is Kim Clarke Champniss, who would later become a VJ on MuchMusic. His extraordinary adventures unfolded in a chain of On the Road experiences across Canada. His mind-boggling journey, from London to the far Canadian North and then to the spotlight, is the stuff of music and TV legends. Kim brings his incredible knowledge of music, pop culture, and the history of disco music, weaving them into this wild story of his exciting and uniquely crazy 1970s.


Kim Clarke Champniss (KCC) knows popular culture. He has played it, promoted it, created it, managed it, and taught it.

In 1986 MuchMusic hired Kim to host/produce the rock and roll news desk. He then became special assignment reporter for The NewMusic and traveled the world reporting on pop culture.

Kim has produced work for the Junos, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Bravo Television, and BPM:TV. He wrote and hosted “A History of Popular Culture” – an eight-part series for Canadian Learning Television. He is also the author of two books The Republic of Rock’n’Roll and Skinheads, Fur Traders, which he has turned into a theatrical monologue.

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