REVIEW: Sleepy and the Noise release debut EP


by Beverly Osazuwa

Ottawa’s Sleepy and the Noise steps onto the scene with their debut EP, Altitudes.

Sleepy and the Noise brings us emotionally charged lyrics over easy listening melodies. The indie-rock-pop trio formed in 2012, but the music started much before that.

Before Sleepy and the Noise, lead singer Christian Pasiak was working on solo projects. In an interview with Ottawa Showbox, the musician talks about how he found love in singing and songwriting. When drummer Kira Montfort and bassist Sarah Fitzpatrick joined Pasiak, they completed the sound.

Altitudes is an authentic piece. The four-track EP moves from mellow beats in “Mountains and Valleys” to a harder sound in “Crossroads and Graveyards.” Pasiak’s lyricism shows its strength in tracks two and three, “Noisy Universe” and “My Medusa,” where he tackles the depth and struggles of anxiety. Continue reading

CKCU out on the ROAD during Funding Drive 2016:

This morning we kicked off the Funding Drive with our Friday Special Blend team of  Bob LeDrew (pictured here), Susan Johnston, Amanda Jette, Barb Grey, Brendan McLoughlin and Ben James live from the Folk Music Ontario Conference @ the Delta Hotel!  There will be further adventures outside the Master Control Room during the Drive:

Friday, Oct. 21 – 3 to 4 pm
“Window of Opportunity” with Tony Copple bob_liveremote
live from the Folk Music Ontario Conference – Delta Hotel – 101 Lyon Street

Saturday, Oct. 22 – 10 am to noon
“Canadian Spaces” with Tonya Price and Chris White
live from the Folk Music Ontario Conference – Delta Hotel – 101 Lyon Street

Sunday Oct 30 – 4 to 5:30 pm
“Swing Is In the Air” with Bill Krause & Matthew Crosier
featuring a live performance by Rake Star
Live from the Record Centre, 1099 Wellington St. West

Thursday Nov 3 – 10 to 11 pm
“Ottawa Live Music” with Charles Anthony, Dana Somayaji, Phil Bennett, David Pratt, and David Sklubal
featuring live performances by Outtacontroller, School Damage, Neck, Average Times
Live from Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square

Friday Nov 4 – 10 pm to midnight
“Friday Night Truckstop” with Ray Harris and Lefty McRighty
Live from the Record Centre, 1099 Wellington St. West

Exciting times for us here at CKCU, hope you will enjoy and take it all in, and please don’t forget to take the time to donate, we need you, you are why we exist, we love to serve our community!! – Dave Aardvark CKCU PD

CKCU Funding Drive 2016: Oct 21 – Nov 6, Goal $135,000

FDposter_smartThank you for supporting CKCU-FM.  Your donation last year helped make another year of community broadcasting possible.  Now that year has flown by and Funding Drive 2016 is upon us.   We hope you can help us once again to keep this unique radio station on the air.

CKCU-FM/Radio Carleton broadcasts at 93.1 FM and around the globe at  There are over 120 shows each week, in more than a dozen languages, all produced and presented by volunteers.  The schedule includes local music, international underground sounds, rich cultural and community programming, live remotes from community events, and much more.  Program archives on our website make it possible to access a year’s worth of shows on demand.  Your financial support helps pay the rent, equip the studios and send out the signal.

Funding Drive starts Friday October 21 and ends Sunday November 6, 2016.  Our goal is $135,000.   We hope you can help.  There are many convenient ways to donate.  You can use the enclosed envelope to mail a cheque made payable to CKCU Radio.  During the Drive, you can phone 613-520-3920 (1-877-520-3920 from out-of-town) to donate or click the DONATE button to do it online.  Thank you again for supporting the mighty 93.1.  There is no CKCU without you!

Some CKCU Funding Drive Presentations!

icmfundingdrivefinal_smCKCU & Lost In Bass present a Halloween Funding Drive benefit with:
Syvyl, T-23, Lock City Groove, Brink + Special Guest
Thursday, Oct. 27 at 9:00pm
Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square…. more info, click here

CKCU & The Upstairs Neighbour present a Funding Drive benefit with:
Boom Creek (reunion show), Muffler Crunch, Slim ‘n’ Popular
Friday, Oct. 28 at 9:00pm
Dominion Tavern, 33 York St….. more info, click here

CKCU & Ottawa Live Music present:
Outtacontroller, School Damage, Neck, Averages Times
Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9:00pm
Mercury Lounge, Byward 56 Market Square….. more info, click here

CKCU & Indie City Madness present a Funding Drive benefit with:
Okies, Maggie’s March and Snake Church
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8:30pm
Café Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland St. ….. more info, click here

surinder_jajeet_smAsian Sounds in partnership with Urban Tandoor restaurants (Bells Corners location) have arranged for a lunch buffet on the 29th of October at 11:30 a.m. The lunch buffet is priced at $15.00. Part of the proceeds will go to CKCU’s funding drive. Please call Urban Tandoor at 613-820-1700 for reservations and mention “CKCU Funding Drive”. Please make your reservations before the 28th of October. Asian Sounds is hosted by Jagjeet and Surinder Sharma (pictured here) every Wednesday evening from 6 – 7 PM on CKCU!

Interview: LUKA talks songwriting and making movies as a kid

The cover of artist LUKA's new album, Summon Up a Monkey King. Pictures LUKA sitting on a chair in front of a mostly blank wall.

By Renee LeBlanc

Luke Kuplowsky, or LUKA, is a sad but beautifully amorous voice who resides in Toronto, Ont. He’s soft spoken and passionate. His fourth release, Summon Up a Monkey King, was released in June 2016 on Yellow K Records. CKCU’s Renee Leblanc caught up with LUKA to talk about the new album, his inspirations, and making movies as a kid. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

How would you say your taste in music has influenced the music that you’ve created?

LUKA: I guess with Monkey King, I was listening to lots of Jonathan Richman, and Nina Simone, and Arthur Russell. Specifically they’re all singers who have a lot of freedom and an unstructured feel to their vocal performances. So there’s this kind of sincerity in their vocals that seems to be unconstrained by strict forms. I wanted to, in this album, speak to the songs very honestly, and I think they were touchstones for people who sing in a very untraditional way.

CKCU: So would you say that your vocals are the main focus on Monkey King?

LUKA: Yeah, I’d say there’s an element—and the instruments definitely help create a certain space where those vocals can lie—but I definitely try to approach the songs through the vocal performance and find a very natural, and sometimes nontraditional, way to do that.

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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