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Celebrating 10 years of Both Kinds of Music

 "So keep right of the center line, try hard to make real good time

And make sure you keep both hands on the wheel

Cuz when you drive right into glory each piece of glass will tell you

On this road there aren't that many rules " - Jr. Gone Wild

Wow! Is it possible a decade has gone by since Dick Altavista first came to a new volunteer session at CKCU. Right from the start he was brilliant at talking to the audience and not at them. He has shared many an afternoon with us and we are the better for it. Always promoting the Ottawa music scene and inviting the musicians of Ottawa to come in and talk and perform on the program. Once a year he does his trip to SXSW and brings a bucket load of great Texas music back with him to play for us. He is the perfect example of it being better to give than to receive.

Please listen to his program On Demand archive. Here is CKCU presented with the highest standards. Here is CKCU as a community hub. Here is great radio !!!!

One March 25 he celebrated 10 years of great programming on the Mighty 93. with a tremendous program that featured many live performances on the show from the last 10 years.

Here is the audio

Join Dick Altavista for his 2 concerts celebrating Both Kinds of Music. Thursday March 26th at House of Targ, 1077 Bank Street with Chris Page, G Rogers & Capitol Dominion Radiators, Lone Pig & The Rhythm Suckers. And then on Friday March 27th at Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street with Saint Clare, Trevor Alguire and Mark Ripp.

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Persian New Year Special 2015

On Friday March 20th, Namaashoum presented the Persian New Years special program!

more info:

here is the audio

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Musicians in Residence on CKCU Saturday Morning Radio Show

Every fourth Saturday morning at 9 AM
Beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015

Birdie Whyte (, who is the resident musician at the Chateau Lafayette on Sunday evenings, hosts a new series on Stephen Neale’s edition of the Saturday Morning program called: "Musicians in Residence."

Birdie Whyte interviews local musicians who are currently holding down weekly residencies in the city. And, she will also get them to play us a few songs live on air! The first of this six part series is on March 21st at 9 AM with songstress Tara Holloway ( who is in residence at the Atomic Rooster every Wednesday night! Do not forget too that Tara has a new record out: Little Ghosts.

It is going to be an interesting and exciting show within a show and, as Birdie says on her Facebook page: “I have always wanted to be a radio host!!!”

On April 18 it is Megan Jerome ( who will play each Sunday in April at Irene’s.

Tune in! Musicians in Residence

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2nd Annual Chopper McKinnon Tribute

On Saturday March 14th, Canadian Spaces remembered Chopper Mckinnon. With the 2nd Annual Tribute to our former Host, Station Manager, mentor, friend. From 10am-12pm,

It was hosted by Mike Regenstreif and Chris White. You can listen to the show here:

Last year's tribute, co-hosted by Lynn Miles, includes some wonderful audio segments and listener comments. It's available in the CKCU audio archive at if you feel like viewing the comments and/or giving it a listen.

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We have lost one of the very best

Hello,Mark Valcour

On January 7, I found out that long time CKCU host, Mark Valcour passed away. This news comes as a tremendous shock. Only a few weeks ago he was his usual vibrant self in my office asking about my holiday plans.

Mark was associated with the station right from the beginning. He was our Production Manager for several years and would later work at 54 Rock as an Assistant Engineer. In 1984 Mark was hired by Algonquin College to teach Advanced Production Techniques in their Radio Program. In 1986 Mark was hired as the full-time Radio Technologist for The Carleton School of Journalism. Positions he held until his death. Since 1984, he operated his own audio production company called Sound Output, he provided sound at 1000's of concerts in the Ottawa area. And he hosted a once a month radio show on CKCU where he played the many concerts he recorded.

He had a great ear. He worked hard. He helped people all the time. He was a really good person. He was racing from place to place, with a smile and a spring in his step. He was charging around hoisting heavy equipment at the end of a long night, after he had finished a full day job. He was the audio Energizer bunny. He loved what he did and he did it well.

If you were at any CKCU event: concerts. anniversaries etc, he was probably doing the sound. He always came through for us and went above and beyond anything we asked of him, He taught me and 100's if not 1000's of people everything about audio.

He taught me to hear, to listen to details. He was amazing.

I can't believe he is gone. He was one of the very best.

Matthew Crosier
CKCU Station Manager

click here for the Obituary and Celebration of Mark's Life.

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Sounds Simple Acoustic Music Series

The Sounds Simple Acoustic Music Series  Sounds Simple

Takes place at "A Thing For Chocolate" located at 1262 Wellington W.

Brought to you by the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, Red Leaf Music and CKCU 93.1 FM

Here is the list of upcoming performers:

Thursday, March 26, 2015 RW Haller
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Greg Kelly
Thursday, April 09, 2015 Tariq Anwar
Thursday, April 16, 2015 Shawn Tavenier
Thursday, April 23, 2015 Denis Turbide
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Gareth Auden-Hole
Thursday, May 07, 2015 Paul Spafford
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Kristine St. Pierre

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CKCU FM presents World Sports at Oliver's Pub

If you love soccer we encourage you to watch the matches at Oliver`s Pub. See all the mid week EPL, UEFA, Europa and Euro matches on the big screens. Bring your jerseys, scarfs and chants to support your side. CKCU is the sponsor of the matches at Oliver`s.

Friday March 27: National Rugby League: Tigers vs. Bulldogs; UEFA European Qualifiers: England v Lithuania; Spain v Ukraine

Head down to Oliver's to see the best in Footy, Rugby & Cricket from around the world.
Proudly presented by CKCU 93.1 FM

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CKCU On Demand is Here!

CKCU is proud to announce that our programming is now available for on demand listening. That means you can listen to your favourite program at the time of your choosing, alert others to a great broadcast you heard, or just sample our extensive program guide to test-drive shows that you may not have been able to catch before.

Audio will be linked to your favourite program's playlist within minutes after the conclusion of the broadcast, and will be available for on demand listening for 30 days. Click a show in the program guide, or click the Playlists link above to get started.

The ability to listen to CKCU programs on demand is one of the most common requests that we receive. With 111 shows currently airing, we are thrilled to offer this new way to enjoy the richness of CKCU's programming. Let us know what you think!

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CKCU Releases App for Android Phones

You can now get CKCU on your Android Phone using our cool new CKCU App! Check it out here: CKCU Android App Download Page

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i. said: wow... amazing music. thank you DJ Spy for your collection from sub continent. you made my day :)
Ćhrizto said: Major Grooves!!
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Coming up Sat. Mar. 28
10:00 PM Vintage Love
Seems like March just started and here we are at the last VL show for the month. Vintage Love this week returns to regular scheduled programming. Last week was a 3/4 part detour show and this week we return to the land of Reggae. This week featuring artists such as Lefty Banton, the legendary (and one of my favorite) Morgan Heritage, Duane Stephenson, Lukie D., Romain Virgo, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Boris Gardiner and of course some vintage classics as we always do on Vintage Love. Check out Vintage Love with your host, O'shea Adagio, Saturday night at 10pm EST on CKCU 93.1FM or around the world at CKCUFM.COM Vintage Love "Playing With Those Memories Again" vintageloveckcu :-)
Coming up Sun. Mar. 29
12:00 AM The Docking Station
Johnny is on his own this week inside the CKCU FM studios but have no fear! He kind of sort of knows what he's doing. :) Expect anything and everything from Johnny, he may take you anywhere from 100bpm to 190bpm so be ready for anything! Check out the show live at 93.1 on your FM dial in Ottawa or at anywhere else on the planet. If you would like to comment on the show, get a shout out, or want to say “Yooo Johnny!” to Johnny call him in studio at 613 520 CKCU (2528)! Don’t forget follow us on Twitter: @CKCUFM @docksta @itsojohnny @SKCZY Or Like Us on Facebook! CKCU FM, The Dockingstation
2:00 AM The nu Planet Rave Show
DJ KubaMaye 5hour extravaganza
8:00 AM Over My Head
David Leibold hosts - songs for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter
1:00 PM This Island Earth
Neil hosts this week's episode, with 3 hours of planet-hopping treats!
4:00 PM Swing Is In The Air
Today we'll welcome in the Spring season with a collection of songs with spring like themes. We'll be featuring performances by JJ Johnson, Eddie Higgins, Tierney Sutton, Stan Getz, Jackie Ryan, Jessica Williams, Bill Charlap and other Jazz greats.
9:00 PM Black And Blues
"The Hustle Is On" - The west coast blues sounds of harmonica man and singer Mark Hummel featuring his recordings on Electro-Fi Records. That is in the first hour. The "down in the delta" segment in the second hour includes numbers from Rhiannon Giddens and Bernie Pearl.
Coming up Mon. Mar. 30
12:30 PM Acoustic Frontiers
The music on today's program includes a work by Christos Hatzis that is one of my favourites and it's a lot of fun to listen to. In addition to that, some old and some new works as end of March treats. I hope you can join me, Ralph Hopper, at 12.30.
Coming up Wed. Apr. 1
8:00 PM Roots and Rhythms
April foolishness with guest host Allan Wigney. You'll laugh; you'll cry.
Coming up Thu. Apr. 2
12:00 AM Cool Cuts
Tonight's show features musical thoughts on April Fool's Day(April 1), the Christian observance of Easter(April 5) and World Health Day(April 7).The music of Blue Cheer, Tim Buckley, Flo & Eddie and The Kinks(among many others) along with Monty Python's comedy will be featured so you are invited to listen in live or on demand at your leisure.
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