DJ SPOTLIGHT #4 - Gordon Weekes

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 Gordon Weekes, host of Anatomy of Caribbean Music and World Beat News.

I started at CJLO about 10 years ago on Caribbean Callaloo, then started Anatomy of Caribbean Music and World Beat News sometime after—can’t remember when.

What is your show on CJLO?

AOCM is a show that examines the origins and the evolution of Caribbean music. I did not want to just play music, but wanted my listeners to understand where the music comes from, how it evolves, what is its relationship with other genres of music. I saw that there was a need to spotlight Canadian artists in the World Beat genres, hence World Beat News.

What’s the best thing about hosting your show?

Satisfaction that I am informing my listeners about the music that I am playing.

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

Can’t remember.

Which album has left the greatest impact on you?

Any Bob Marley album.

Best show of your life?

Stevie Wonder Live at the Montreal International Jazz Festival for free! But I have to mention Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, and Dean Fraser on the same show—epic.

…What about the worst?

There is always something good about every show.

What do you collect?

Watches and Single malt Scotch.

Favourite food?


Any famous last words?

Always do what makes you happy!