Kim Clarke Champniss knows popular culture. He has played it, promoted it, created it, managed it, and written about it.
KCC was born in Bahrain, but raised in London, England. He achieved early success as a child actor, including roles in MGM’s sci-fi classic Village of The Damned (he was the original alien child whose eyes light up) and was The Quaker Oats Boy. While still a teenager Kim moved to Canada and spent a year in the sub-Arctic buying furs for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the northern outpost of Eskimo Point, now known as Arviat. Then, after traveling around Canada, Kim broke into the music industry as a deejay in Vancouver nightclubs while studying English Literature at the University of British Columbia. He went on to manage one of Canada’s pioneer electronic bands – Images In Vogue.
In 1986 MuchMusic brought Kim to Toronto to host/produce the rock and roll news desk. He then became special assignment reporter for The NewMusic and traveled the world reporting on pop culture. Along the way there were countless interviews conducted, from U2 to The Sex Pistols, and numerous documentaries produced. KCC was named Music Television personality of the year at the Canadian Music Industry awards (1994). In the mid-90’s MuchMusic expanded into the USA and Kim was chosen as the station’s music ambassador.
At the turn of the millennium, KCC set up his own music and media company, Invisible Republic Incorporated. In 2003 the Ontario Government hired Kim as their consultant for the hugely successful “Concert for Toronto”, a unique event featuring some of Canada’s greatest musical talents playing before 70,000 people at Skydome and The Air Canada Center with both venues linked by giant screen television.
KCC is the former executive producer of E! Entertainment Television. He has produced work for the Junos, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Bravo Television, and BPM:TV. He wrote and hosted “A History of Popular Culture” – an eight-part series for Canadian Learning Television. Kim has also released and performed spoken word music under the moniker KCC & DanceSpeak, curated an 80s compilation album for EMI Canada, and is the author of the E-book The Republic of Rock’n’Roll, released in 2013 in partnership with Warner Music Canada. His second book, Skinheads, Fur Traders, & DJs, an adventure through the 1970s, is due September 2017 published by Dundurn Press.