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VIDEO: Jian Ghomeshi's 1982 Book Launch Party

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Friends and family of Jian - seen above with his parents - hit up Toronto's
Opera House to celebrate the launch of his debut novel, 1982


In the lead up to the launch of Jian Ghomeshi's debut novel, 1982, the host of CBC Radio's Q posted a series of videos to YouTube with friends of his recalling various aspects of that year. For example, the music, the style and high school. The book has now hit shelves all across the country, and there was only really one way to celebrate... to get all of those friends together in one room - the Opera House in Toronto - for a big ol' shindig.


The walls were adorned with posters from the '80s: Michael Jackson, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols. Music that shaped lives blasted over the system, like Madness' Our House - the title of the first chapter of 1982. That was soon taken over by live bands performing like The Arkells and Jian even managed to jump up on stage with the guys and perform a number or two with them, including Ebony and Ivory - the title of the tenth chapter of 1982.


We were there, along with the likes of Justin Trudeau, Alexandre Despatie, Olivia Chow, Maestro Fresh Wes (expect to see more of him in the second season of CBC's Mr. D), Atom Egoyan, and Kelly Cutrone. Check out our video to see who else was there, and get some of their memories of 1982.



1982 focuses on a 14-year-old Jian and his desire to be David Bowie. We all know of Jian's love for the hugely influential English musician. In the book, told via ten stories - each titled by a different song - Jian takes on the persona of Bowie in an attempt to attract an older woman...


1982 is available now at Amazon.ca and Chapters.ca