The Saint Brigid’s Sessions on Saturday Morning

Tune in to Stephen Neale’s edition of the Saturday Morning program for the SAINT BRIGID’S SESSIONS. Recorded at the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, located in Ottawa’s lynn-milesLowertown, this former church, which was built in 1890, plays the ideal host to the sessions.  The goal of the Saint Brigid’s Sessions is to capture live unplugged performances by artists in as technically minimal and unobtrusive manner as possible in order to capture a natural sound in what really is a magnificent sounding space.

The Saint Brigid’s Sessions are sponsored by Brigid’s Well, a pub located in the basement of the Centre.  Brigid’s Well is open Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 4PM. The address is 310 St. Patrick Street.

The Saint Brigid’s Sessions resume on Saturday, October 1 at 9AM. The guest is Lynn Miles. Photo Credit: Patricia Traill.

From humble radio beginnings, Debaser continues to grow

Rachel Weldon (left) and Emily McQuarrie (right) stand holding a Frquency posterby Gillian Francis

Rachel Weldon named Debaser after a Pixie’s song she found while scrolling through her iPod.  Debaser started as a CKCU FM radio show that gradually grew to become a local promoter of under-recognized acts in Ottawa’s music scene.

Weldon and her partner Emily McQuarrie are planning to make a few major alterations to Debaser starting this fall, including changing the status of the organization and restoring an old show.

Debaser curates events regularly that showcase local bands. The organization also focuses on putting underrepresented genders on stage, such as women and people who are a part of the LGBTQ spectrum.

“Part of our goal in putting underrepresented folks on stage is to help other folks to be inspired.  They see themselves in the person on stage and they picture themselves as performers. You know, they look like you,” Weldon said.

As a part of this goal, Debaser collaborates with other local collectives such as Babely Shades, an organization that aids in assisting individuals of colour within the artistic industry.  Debaser and Babely Shades collaborate to show how seemingly progressive punk spaces are reinforcing the same hierarchy and marginalization seen across the music industry as a whole.

“They are incredible. They have done some of the most challenging and selfless work and I know it’s been so hard on their collective and them personally.  It’s very emotional work and thank goodness for them,” Weldon said. “They were pretty much the first people to call us out on not really considering the erasure of colour in the music scene and it’s always difficult to receive criticism but it’s so essential.”

Debaser was not always an organization.  It had its humble beginnings as a radio show. Weldon said she first broadcast the show through CKCU FM 93.1 for the first time in October 2012.

Shortly after this, McQuarrie joined through her connection with Weird Canada, a blog for emerging and experimental Canadian musicians and artists.

“The executive director at Weird Canada, Marie Flanagan, sent an email and was like ‘You both are interested in doing shows in Ottawa. You should connect,’” Weldon said. “So we did our first show together—probably it was in May 2013.”

McQuarrie said Weird Canada inspired her to get involved with Debaser and helped her build it into the organization it is today.  The excitement she felt for the music industry, the community, and for interacting with people is what McQuarrie said pushed her to be involved music. Continue reading

CKCU broadcasts from Festival Latino on Sept 4th!!

LatinFestlogoHere is the link to the live broadcast from Festival Latino Ottawa Gatineau on Sunday September 4th from 4 to 6 PM.

The Barrio Latino team entertained us with two hours of music, interviews, guests and sounds from the Festival at Festival Plaza (City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W)

more info about the festival:

Barrio Latino:

Flesh Rag, FITS, Durs Coeurs at Sept 3rd @The Dominion Tavern

FleshRag_posterCrucial Collective and CKCU FM 93.1 present:

Hamilton, ON punk rippers // members of TV Freaks & Rocket Reducers

Montreal’s best new hardcore band // members of Ultrarat

Ottawa punk mania

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
at The Dominion Tavern (33 York St,)
$5. Doors at 9:00pm. 19+. Accessibility info: There is a few small steps at the entrance, bathrooms are downstairs

Hear/play the Radio Ad below: