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A Very Special Thank You

May 28, 2019 12:17 PM | Deleted user

The Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Board of Directors wishes to express a deep and sincere thank you to an individual who is moving away from his formal administrative role with the CPDJA.

CPDJA Founder and Executive Director, Dennis Hampson, is stepping away from his administrative role with the CPDJA. He has also stepped down and retired from his position on the CPDJA Board of Directors. Dennis has been the cornerstone of the association since he founded it and has left his mark on so many people.

Dennis Hampson is retiring with an unrivalled legacy behind him that spans many, many decades. From the formation of the Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA) in the 1970s, to helping organize the beginnings of the American Disc Jockey Association (ADJA) to the creation of the Canadian Online Disc Jockey Association (CODJA) which ultimately become the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association (CPDJA), Dennis has been a key part of each of those moments in mobile DJ history.

The impact of Dennis’ work is felt by every DJ in Canada today, whether they are directly aware of it or not. From standing up to the music industry to secure DJ rights to use recorded music at live events, to inspiring new generations of leaders, Dennis has much to be proud of.  We look forward to ensuring that his spirit lives on in his greatest accomplishment for DJs, the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association.

Dennis Hampson (right) being presented with a very special award on October 22, 2017 on behalf of Music Canada and CONNECT Music in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian music industry and the impact his vision and mentorship have had. Also pictured: CPDJA President Derek Schwartzentruber.

It is now the work of each and every person who cares about our industry to preserve the legacy that Dennis has built for us with the CPDJA, and to enhance it with new ideas to ensure its longevity. We will encourage DJs to stand up as he inspired us to do, in leading and building the future for all Canadian DJs from coast to coast.

On behalf of the entire DJ community, thank you Dennis Hampson for bringing us together and showing us that when we pool our efforts, we can accomplish more. You have shown us what it means to help one another and contribute to the greater good for our peers and industry and for that, we thank you. The work you have done will continue to be felt for years and years to come.


  • December 15, 2019 11:06 AM | Randy Halmo
    MR. DENNIS HAMPSON has INDEED CREATED A WONDERFUL LEGACY....AS THE FOUNDING FATHER OF THE CPDJA of Canada...His commitment,his dedication,and his direction and support has been second to none.
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