DJ SPOTLIGHT #3 - Remi Caron

Ever wondered who exactly was behind your favourite show on CJLO? CJLO 1690 AM presents DJ Spotlight, a brand new series aiming to connect the station's DJs to the public. All the DJs answer the same fixed questions—meaning it's up to them to make their answers worth your while. This week, we introduce you Remi Caron, co-host of At the Movies (With Iconic Sounds).

So you want to get to know me? Start up a conversation with me about movies, television, or a funny bit, and you might get a conversation out of me. For example, I made two close friendships while discussing Spring Breakers and The Place Beyond The Pines. I have binged watched shows with these friends. Now we do funny bits like collect calls from Matt Damon or Ryan Gosling impersonations.

What is your show on CJLO?

At The Movies (With Iconic Sounds) came about a little while after the death of Roger Ebert, which had a profound effect on me being a passionate about film. There was never really a radio show besides Sunday night on the French CBC (Radio-Canada) that would play scores and soundtracks to movies. I felt that CJLO would be a great platform for featuring music from scores and soundtracks. So began my journey with “Superstar,” a Carpenters cover song by Sonic Youth from the Juno soundtrack. It has also developed into a great cinema discussion show with my regular show co-host Danny Aubry.

What’s the best thing about hosting your show?

Waking up at 4:50 AM for an 8 AM show. Why yes, indeed I am a morning person! Also, bringing a new discussion about film and film criticism. Telling everyone the good stuff that's out for DVD Duesday (Tuesday) and Cinematic Fridays. Playing some great iconic sounds from soundtracks and scores that get little airplay.

What was the first LP/cassette that you bought with your own money?

Hanson BrothersM(Mmmm Booop)iddle of Nowhere on cassette. I played the tape so much that it broke. I found the CD a few years later at 20 years old to relive my “MMMBop” phase. First CD was the soundtrack to Romeo + Juliette. First vinyl record was Radiohead’s The Bends.

Which album has left the greatest impact on you?

As a kid, The Best of Simon and Garfunkel. As a teenager in high school, discovering the many layers to music besides my pop teen years, American Idiot by Green Day, Kanye West’s Late Registration (first hip-hop album that my mom bought for me), and X&Y by Coldplay. In college and university, The KillersHot Fuss, Radiohead’s OK Computer, The Postal Service’s Give Up, and Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible. In my later years now would be The StrokesFirst Impressions Of Earth, Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, LCD Soundsystem’s Sound Of Silver, and Bright EyesI'm Wide Awake and It's Morning.

Best show of your life?

Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto Tour.

…What about the worst?

Grimes opening for Lana Del Rey (huge disappointment, compared to when I first saw her at the Metropolis for the Oblivion Tour).

What do you collect?

Vinyl records, movie posters (my mom thinks I have too many), vinyl pop figures (my mom has a love-hate relationship with them; she claims if there’s ever a fire, we would die from the plastic fumes they would emit first).

Favourite food?

Used to be pizza; it is now a religious experience with tacos.

Any famous last words?

Wait... Yes. Tacos are life. Live your life to the fullest. Life is also a bowl of cherries (the sweet, sour, and the pits). Also Family Matters was a great show with Jaleel White, who portrayed the timeless funny character of Steve Urkel.