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Friday Morning Cartunes host John Westhaver hits two milestones!

What can be said about John Westhaver and his 30 years in Ottawa and at CKCU? Volumes of course. He has provided the Ottawa community with a wealth of his musical knowledge week in week out through his popular program Friday Morning Cartunes, running 27 plus years now on CKCU. Friday Morning Cartunes is a world-class program really like no other that brings us deep, heavy, worldly, challenging, mind-blowing selections from near and far for three and a half hours every Friday.

Also, as most of you probably know, John is the owner and curator of the world-renowned brick and mortar, boutique Record Store called Birdman Sound that offers a small but incredible selection of great records that transcend the notion of musical genre. Nothing in the Birdman stock is there by accident, all is carefully considered with love to further our musical enlightenment. Birdman is remarkably in its 25 year as of this month, not long really after he first came to Ottawa from his hometown Fredericton NB and crossed the threshold of CKCU 30 years ago.

Therefore, it seems very appropriate to present next week’s Friday Morning Cartunes LIVE from Birdman Sound next Friday (August 28th between 9:30AM & 1PM naturally) before we miss the chance and John moves on to other incredible milestones! Come by and see radio live out of the studio, in the community. Come and buy a few records and congratulate the (bird)man on his 25 and 30!

UPDATE: Our sister station here in Ottawa CHUO 89.1 FM will be simulcasting Friday Morning Cartunes this Friday between 10 and 11 AM! Cool beans, thanks for doin' that!

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ALL THAT IS HEAVY 2015 August 28th @ Mavericks!

All That is HeaVy presents:

IRON MAN (Baltimore/Washington, Rise Above/Metal Blade Records)

and special guests:

Friday August 28th at Mavericks
221 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario
You won't want to miss it!!

Advance tickets only $10 available NOW
at Vertigo Records or

Doors at 8PM, Mind-blowing Heavy music all night long!!!

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Whatever's Cool With Me celebrates 18 years!

On Thursday, August 13, WHATEVER'S COOL WITH ME hosted by Ryan Bresee will be celebrating its 18th anniversary on CKCU. Be sure to tune in for your chance to win movie passes to the ByTowne Cinema or the new CKCU 40th anniversary hooded sweatshirt. And if you follow Ryan on Twitter (@coolckcu), you can get updates on how you can win a weekend pass to this year's Arboretum festival! Don't miss it this Thursday from 9:30AM until NOON!!! Congratulations Ryan on reaching full maturity! ha ha! ;)
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Barnstorm 16! August 22nd in Finch Ontario

August 22, 2015 will mark Barnstorm’s 16th year. Gates open at noon and the kick-off band, Jimmy Tri-Tone will hit the stage at 6:00 p.m. The evening also features other great bands including Capital Grass and the No Men , St. Stephen's , Ray Harris and the BSOB's, Brock Zeman, and Randy Shenanigans.

Barnstorm is a small annual music festival featuring alt country, rock, folk, ambient, instrumental, metal, and other types of music not heard in mainstream world. It's the most underrated high end of low budget festivals that will change your life!

Once a year, our 150-year-old barn, the “Odditorium”, located at “The Sanctuary” in Finch, Ontario, comes to life with friends, locals, and music lovers at Barnstorm. Six live bands of various genres, along with DJ’s in the “Chill Zone” spinning tunes, make Barnstorm an event you won’t want to miss.

It’s also an annual gathering of CKCU-FM announcers who have a wealth of musical knowledge. Come and rub shoulders with some of your favourite “DJ’s” and finest musicians Ottawa has to offer.

The country gets a taste of the city, and the city get a taste of the country!

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Remembering the Ottawa Folklore Centre

This week's edition of Canadian Spaces (Saturday morning from 10 to noon) is a tribute to Arthur McGregor and his tremendous work with the Ottawa Folklore Centre.
The Centre closed on July 23, 2015 after 38 years of operation. The Folklore Centre enriched the community in many important ways. It employed 40 musicians on an ongoing basis as teachers and staff, and played a vital role in connecting people with music through lessons, instruments, repairs, workshops, festivals, concerts, sponsorships, publications, awards, scholarships, mentorships and community choirs. Thank you, Arthur!

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New Consoles at CKCU !!!!

A new era begins at CKCU with our new digital Wheatstone boards! For the first time since 1985 we have installed new consoles in all our studios. This allows us to continue to broadcast 24x7x365. We are thrilled to have been able to do this important work. We could not have done it without you. It is your support that enabled us to purchase and install this vital equipment. We thank you, we thank you, we thank you !!!!

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Special 6-Part Series on the Saturday Morning program

Musicians in Residence

Every Fourth Saturday morning at 9 AM
Next on: Saturday, September 5th 2015 with John Carroll

This special 6-part CKCU series is hosted by Birdie Whyte, the resident Sunday night musician at Ottawa's legendary Chateau Lafayette. Once a month Birdie presents, "Musicians in Residence" during the third hour of Stephen Neale’s edition of CKCU's Saturday Morning program.

On each episode, Birdie interviews a featured local musician who is currently holding down residence in one of many pubs across the city. Residents are also invited to play a few songs live on air from our studio!

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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 BPL, 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.

Join us in September as we sponsor Euro Qualifiers, World Cup Qualifiers, and much more on the big screen at Oliver's

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 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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Coming up Wed. Sep. 2
11:00 AM Permanent Waves
Tune in next Wednesday for a whole lot of enDURANce! With the release of a new collaborative single by Duran Duran and Canadian pop sensation Kiesza, I decided to look into the history of Duran Duran. This includes their side projects, performances in Ottawa and other tidbits tying the band to Canada then and now. Stay hungry like the wolf and I'll meet you on Wednesday!
12:00 PM Loosely Connected
Plenty of new stuff today! Lots of Canadian based world music. New releases from Souljazz Orchestra, FKA Twigs, and much more. PeterB hosts. Please join in on the musical silliness!
1:30 PM Both Kinds Of Music
Has ton's of NEW MUSIC from Pistol George Warren, The Fuzz Kings, Wilco, Kalle Mattson, Brock Zeman, The Bruitals, Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, Capital Grass And The No Men, Daniel Romano, Holly GoLighty and Barrence Whitfield And The Savages. VINTAGE music from The Golden Seals, Mick Collins, The Junkyard Dogs, Chris Wilson, The Vacant Lot, Daggers and Mr. Airplane Man.
8:00 PM Roots and Rhythms
Dick Altavista presents an hour of the best Label on the planet: Sympathy For The Record Industry. Lone Gone John curated pound for pound the best ratios of hits to misses of anyone in the music business. Give me your ears for an hour and I'll prove it. SFTRI forever!
9:00 PM In A Mellow Tone
Ron Steeds spins some of the tunes that were central to his musical journey in the land of jazz...
Coming up Thu. Sep. 3
12:00 AM Cool Cuts
Tonight's show will feature musicians and bands native to or based in the Midwestern American states of Minnesota and Colorado in the 60's and 70's.The music of such entities as Bob Dylan,C.A. Quintet,Judy Collins and Sugarloaf among many others will be featured so you are invited to listen live or on demand at your leisure.
2:00 PM David Dalle
Kora and Cello with the new album from Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal. Recorded in Bamako in January, half the pieces were recorded at night on the rooftop of Ballaké's house in the neighbourhood of Ntomikorobougou, home to many of Mali's musicians and artists. Their first album was recorded in 2009, at the start of their collaboration, 6 years later and after many tours together, this new album shows a much deeper mutual understanding--now a musical conversation between two old friends. Wonderful. We will also hear some explosive Carnatic violin from the great L. Subramaniam who will be making an extraordinarily rare appearance in Ottawa this Saturday!
10:00 PM Ottawa Live Music
Creep Wave
Coming up Fri. Sep. 4
3:00 PM Window of Opportunity
Laurie-Ann hosts
Coming up Sun. Sep. 6
8:00 AM Over My Head
Tony hosts - Rock the Capital preview
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