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Don Berns aka Dr Trance Rest in Peace

Alex D. from TRIBE on Utility Room

Bernnie Federko

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David Marsden via FB:
Tonight I lost a friend. Tonight many of you also lost a friend. And many of you lost someone you knew on the radio.

Sometime Sunday our friend Don Berns put on his wings. We are all sad because of this and we must continue to share Don's spirit in our hearts. We must always remember his amazing smile and his warm and joyous laughter.

We shall miss you greatly! Good night Don. Good night....with love from all of us.
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Oh damn I just saw on this FB...so sad. He was one of the guys I immediately recognized from the radio back in the 90s and loved listening to his sessions.

RIP Dr. Trance.

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dude was on like half the lineups of the raves I attended back in the day. Such a giant. Truly cared about the scene and just loved dance music up down and sideways. Genuinely nice guy in person too.

RIP Dr Trance


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Such an ambassador to the scene in the early/mid 90's. Listening to his radio show Saturday night before hitting a party was a necessity for so many. He usually had the headline dj on as a guest regardless of who was organizing the rave that night. When I think of the golden years Dr. Trance was central to it for that reason and many others (Nitrous/Atlantis, CFNY etc). The scene has lost a legend... RIP.
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RIP Don Berns aka Dr. Trance, friend, fellow raver, wicked DJ, and a pioneer of the Toronto electronic music scene. I was so fortunate to have heard him spin many times but will especially remember his killer set at the last TRIBE BBQ under a small tent in the pouring rain. I will miss screaming Donnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!! at him whenever I saw him and hearing Alexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!!! back from him in return in his excellent radio voice. I know he will be dropping killer sets in heaven or making plans for the next giant party up there.


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this has hit me like a ton of bricks this morning...gonna take a few days to process...but until then, this one's for you don. thank you.

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His radio show was instrumental to me in my falling in love with dance music.

Thank you Don. We'll really miss you.


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Back when raves were these mysterious happenings that felt like they were out of my suburban reach, there was Dr. Trance on the radio letting me in on the secrets.

Rave hard and trance out, Doctor.
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Klubmasta Will

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I am absolutely heartbroken. Don was a very good friend and I miss him very much.

He touched so many lives and had such an enormous impact on so many communities. He was a founder and Godfather of Toronto's Rave Scene. He was a huge radio personality. Actor. Improv. 1groove.com. CFNY. Effective. Host of the biggest Pride events. One of the greatest voices of all time. a.k.a. Dr. Trance. a.k.a. Foonman. He rocked more dance floors than anyone I know.

He emceed my wedding. He was the best host I could imagine. My wife fell in love with him instantly, as did we all.

I am happy that he met my daughter, which was the last time I saw him, at Katrina & Jelo's baby shower last month.

The last time I spoke with him was just last week. He was about to enter a new retail lease for one of his business ventures. He was excited and, as always, full of life and energy. We ended the call strategizing about how to ensure we would get midnight sneak preview tickets to 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' - i.e. how early would we have to start checking cineplex.com every day so that we could buy our block of tickets before others, to get the best seats in the house at the first showing at Scotiabank IMAX.

He, along with Jelo and Timmy, were the only ones I knew that got as excited about stuff like that as I did. I loved talking comic books and superhero movies with him. He was living proof that one need not grow up as one grew older, and I loved that about him.

We will miss his pond parties. We will miss his wonderful sense of humour. We will miss his companionship, his emails and his hugs.

Deepest condolences to his family and best friends.

We love you, Don.
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