CKCU co-presents the Hand Drawn Dracula Party at Arboretum

Arboretum festival starts Wednesday, Aug. 17 with a musical showcase at Bar Robo. CKCU is co-presenting the three bands with Weird Canada.

Ottawa locals The Heavy Medicine Band will be opening the night at 8 p.m. to be followed by Toronto-based bands Vallens and Beliefs.

Come out to Bar Robo to kick off the festival with CKCU! Tickets are $15 at the door, or free with a pass. Check out the full schedule here.

New Website Launch

After several years of development, we have launched a new website that works as well on your mobile device as it does at your desk or on your laptop. Whenever you visit, the site will be featuring the program airing right now, with new program-specific artwork.

Let us know what you think by emailing us at

CKCU DJs at S.O.T.O. FEST 2016

SOTO_posterWE are pleased that CKCU DJs will be spinning tunes at the first ever S.O.T.O (Sitting On The Outside) Fest on Saturday, July 23rd at the very awesome McNabb Park! Picture the scene: you shreddin’ the park with your board while enjoying some live punk music and CKCU DJs in-between! Not only that but there will be other goodies, activities and a delicious BBQ (including vegan options!). Following this will be a night gig with more obliterating punk rock!


TRIAGE (Toronto)
GAZM (Montréal)
NIÑOS RATA (Montréal)
DOXX (Ottawa)

at McNabb Park in Downtown Ottawa (180 Percy St, Ottawa)

12:00PM – 7:00PM / Admission: $15 / All ages welcome!

There will be a BBQ selling chicken (halal) or beef hot-dogs, vegan dogs, soda pop and water bottles. There will also be open spaces for watersport activities so bring your water guns, water balloons etc!

Official Birdman Sound 25th Anniversary Live In-store and Simulcast on CKCU-FM


On Saturday, July 30 from 6 PM – 8 PM during the Steve Kirkland show, we travel to Bank St. in the north end of the Glebe to simulcast a concert that will take place in the legendary local Record Store Birdman Sound that is celebrating 25 incredible years of existence. This pillar in the underground Rawk music community, is also owned and operated by John Westhaver longtime CKCUer and host of the program Friday Morning Cartunes (Fridays 9:30AM to 1 PM), as if you didn’t know already. Congratulations to John for keep the dream alive for all this time and keeping Ottawa musically enlightened!

Enjoy these two fine musical acts on this fine occasion:

Pachyderm (Montréal QC, Brothers & Sisters Records)

Mark Alexander McIntyre (Victoria, BC, ex-TBWNIAS)