Chris Sheppard (DJ)

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Chris Sheppard
Origin Canada
Occupation(s) DJ, radio personality

Chris Sheppard (also known as DJ Dogwhistle)[1] is a Jamaican born Canadian former DJ and musician.[2] One of the leading figures in the Canadian dance music scene in the 1980s and 1990s, he was active as a club and radio DJ and as a musician with the bands BKS[3] and Love Inc..[4][5]

Career[edit]

Sheppard's career began in the early 1980s as the DJ and host of warehouse parties in the Toronto area.[6] In 1985, David Marsden hired him as the host of a Saturday night alternative dance music show, Club 102, on CFNY.[7] this later expanded to a live broadcast from various Toronto nightclubs on Friday nights, a type of broadcast which was later copied by many other radio stations.

He later moved to Energy 108 and launched his new program, Groove Station, into syndication across Canada.[5] Sheppard also launched the Juno Award-winning dance groups BKS and Love Inc.,[8] with whom he had several charting pop and dance hits.

Sheppard launched his own record label, Pirate Records, to release compilation albums of dance music from around the world in Canada. His compilation album series included Pirate Radio Sessions, Destination Dance Floor, Groove Station and Club Cutz.[9]

During the late '80s and early '90s when Toronto's rave scene was at its peak, Sheppard would often attend as a guest DJ under his rave alias "Dogwhistle". Sheppard released two CD compilations under the Dogwhistle alias, entitled 2 Hi 4 Humans and The Life and Times of an After Hours DJ.

Sheppard has retired and currently lives in Toronto's suburbs. His home was featured on MTV Canada's Canadian edition of MTV Cribs in 2008.[10]

Discography[edit]

  • Techno Trip (1992)
  • Sheppard's Revenge (1992)
  • Still Trippin (1992)
  • Trip to the Moon (1993)
  • Have a Nice Trip (1993)
  • Pirate Radio Sessions Vol. 1: The Underground Collection (1994)
  • Pirate Radio Sessions Vol. 2: Club Culture (1994)
  • The Life and Time of an After Hours DJ (1995, as Dogwhistle)
  • Pirate Radio Sessions Vol. 3 (1995)
  • Pirate Radio Sessions Vol 4: The Best of 1995 (1995)
  • Destination Dance Floor (1995)
  • Pirate Radio Sessions Vol. 5 (1996)
  • 2 Hi 4 Humans (1996, as Dogwhistle)
  • Destination Dance Floor 2 (1996)
  • Pirate Radio Sessions Vol. 6 (1996)
  • Destination Dance Floor 3 (1997)
  • Kwikmix 2938 (1998, as Dogwhistle)
  • Groove Station 4 (1998)
  • Club Cutz 101 (1998)
  • Club Cutz 201 (1999)
  • Groove Station 5 (1999)
  • Club Cutz 303 (2000)
  • Groove Station 6 (2000)
  • Club Cutz 404 (2001)
  • Euphoria: Hard House & Progressive Anthems (2001)
  • Club Cutz 505 (2001)
  • Club Cutz 606 (2002)
  • Euphoria 2: Deep, Dark & Underground (2002)
  • Loud Ass Mother Fucker (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boles, Benjamin (June 7, 2016). "From Science Centre Parties to Rave Buses, Relive Toronto 90s History with This Flyer Collection". Thump. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Flynn, Andrew (1998-09-10). "DJ Chris Sheppard shares the Love Inc.". CANOE. Archived from the original on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Chris Sheppard comes back to the future". Toronto Star, October 16, 1997.
  4. ^ LeBlanc, Larry (2000-08-26). "BMG Canada Ventures 'Into The Night' With Radio-Friendly Dance Act Love Inc." (Google Books). Billboard. 112 (35): 64. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  5. ^ a b LeBlanc, Larry (1998-07-04). "BMG's Love Inc. Make Pop Breakthrough" (Google Books). Billboard. 110 (27): 51. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  6. ^ LeBlanc, Larry (1998-07-04). "Sheppard Grows With The Times" (Google Books). Billboard. 110 (27): 51. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  7. ^ "DJ's 'cool' street-guy style includes slippers". Toronto Star, November 12, 1987.
  8. ^ "Sheppard's a busy guy and Love Inc. it: Canada's top dance music guru is here with his group tonight". The Province, June 12, 1998.
  9. ^ "Summer of Love tour grooves into Cowboys". Calgary Herald, June 14, 1998.
  10. ^ "MTV Cribs". TV Guide, January 2, 2008.