In 1984, Prince’s “When Doves Cry” topped the charts, the first Apple Macintosh personal computers landed in stores, fashion was all about aerobics and lace, Who’s The Boss was tops on TV, Madonna’s seminal sophomore album Like A Virgin arrived, and music videos on TV were king. And on August 31, a scrappy little music station was launched that quickly became a community for youth across Canada, thirsting for the latest fix of music and pop culture. Thirty years later, Much takes a look at some of the music and pop culture events that have shaped the channel with the 30-minute special 30 Years of Much, premiering Saturday, Aug. 30, as well as the 100 Greatest Videos Ever, starting earlier that day on Saturday, Aug. 30.
From legendary icons to incredible unscripted moments, 30 Years of Much features current and past Much VJs including Devon Soltendieck, Hannah Sung, Liz Trinnear, Phoebe Dykstra, Steve Anthony, Traci Melchor, and Tyrone Edwards, who share stories and insights from their time on Much. The special revisits some of the biggest and most entertaining happenings in the channel’s 30-year history, including One Direction shutting down the streets around Much HQ in Toronto and giving fans the surprise of a lifetime; a young Mark “Marky Mark” Walhberg stripping down to his skivvies to do abdominal tricks; an interview with Tupac Shakur taped just a week before his death; and Jay Z introducing his then unheard-of protégé, Rihanna, to his fans.
The special also includes new interviews with some of the Much audience’s favourite Canadian musicians, including Hedley, k-os, Serena Ryder, and Sam Roberts who recount their times at Much both past and present, as well exclusive anniversary greetings from some of music’s biggest names.