Skinheads, Fur Traders, and DJs


The true story of a legend of Canadian pop culture broadcasting and the way he got his start: working for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the Northwest Territories as a fur trader — in the 1970s.

Skinheads, Fur Traders, and DJs is the true story of a precocious, 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 Eskimo Point, Northwest Territories (population: 750).

That young man was 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 that led him to Vancouver, where he became a nightclub DJ at the height of the disco craze. His mind-boggling journey, from London, to the far Canadian North, to the spotlight, is the stuff of music and TV legends. Kim brings his incredible knowledge of music and pop culture and the history of disco music weaving them into this wild story of his exciting and uniquely crazy 1970s.

About the Author

Kim Clarke Champniss

Posted by Kendra on November 15, 2016
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Kim Clarke Champniss

Kim Clarke Champniss (aka KCC) is an award-winning broadcaster who was a popular VJ on MuchMusic and host of . KCC is also the former executive producer of E! Entertainment Television. He wrote and hosted A History of Popular Culture for Canadian Learning Television. He is also the author of the e-book The Republic of Rock ’n’ Roll. Kim lives in Toronto.