Canadian Spaces & Back Forty to broadcast from CityFolk this Saturday!

We will be broadcasting live from CityFolk this year to celebrate 25 years of Folkfest — There will be an elaborate installation in the Aberdeen Pavilion throughout the festival featuring photos, videos, artifacts etc. from the past 25 years. Canadian Spaces host Chris White will also have a “Chopper McKinnon  selfie station” set up. Former Ottawa XPress editor Allan Wigney will be co-hosting Canadian Spaces with Chris, and there will be a number of musical and non-musical guests dropping by throughout the show, with interviews interspersed with live performances.

The “Innovation Pod” (pictured here) that we’ll be broadcasting from was built at a very cool prototyping facility at Bayview Yards by a company called called PrototypeD.  The Pod is parked behind the Aberdeen Pavilion for the next two months.  Apt-613 and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) are also teaming up to use it for podcasts and other activities during CityFolk and at various other times over the next two months.

So tune in or drop by and check out the hi-jinx this Saturday (Sept. 15th) starting at 10AM.

CKC-You: Meet Elly Laberge

This is Elly Laberge! She is an amazing co-host for the radio program, Indie City Madness here at CKCU.

Elly joined the CKCU team as an official volunteer in 2014 because of her passion for local music and her desire to showcase the breadth of talent in the Ottawa Gatineau region.

Elly’s love for music began on her 8th birthday when she received a yellow Sony Walkman and her first album was, Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo by MC Solaar.

Check out Indie City Madness, every Monday from 5-6PM!

A Summer FUNdraiser Series for Young Women’s Emergency Shelter!

Jars In Bars and CKCU 93.1 FM presents: A Summer FUNdraiser Series
DJ’s showcasing a variety of music on the last 3 Fridays in August with 100% of the proceeds going to the Youth Services Bureau’s Young Women’s Emergency Shelter!
3 events – 3 venues – 3 styles!!

⦁    The first Friday night (August 17th) will be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Punk BBQ  at the Dominion Tavern with DJ Candy (host of Candyshop Fridays 4-5PM) & Friends!
⦁    The second Friday night (August 24th) will be Hip-Hop night at Overkill with DJ SeiiizMikk!
⦁    The third Friday night (August 31st) will be a House music dance party blowout on the patio at Kinki with DJ del Pilar!

There will be raffles with tons of prizes! Literally 100% of the profits raised will go to the YSB’s Young Women’s Emergency Shelter for all three events.

For more information go to events/2120820391463843/

Roots & Rhythms moving to Sunday night!

Goodbye midweek, hello weekend! After 21 years and many hosts, (currently hosted by Retro Renny Godier) ROOTS & RHYTHMS will be moving from Wednesday night to Sunday night, at 8:00 before John Tackaberry‘s BLACK & BLUES. The last Wednesday night episode of Roots & Rhythms will take place August 8th at 8:00  and the first Sunday show will take place the following Sunday, August 12 still at 8PM. Same time, same station but on a Sunday night.

Barnstorm 19 in Finch Ontario August 25th!

Barnstorm is a yearly festival/concert event that takes place at tic‘s (host of Wednesday Special Blend) place in the small town of Finch Ont., about 45 minutes south/east Ottawa. The setting and venue is majestic, ideal for tremendous yet intimate concert experience, in a well tended and beautifully decorated, 150-year-old barn known as the “Odditorium”. The surrounding property known at “The Sanctuary” is also a sight to behold and explore, includes a DJ chill-zone, bonfire pits, hiking trails…. and is totally perfect for camping, which we strongly encourage for the full Barnstorm bombast!

This years line up consists of:
The Bushpilots
KJ Thomas
The Reverb Syndicate
Evil Farm Children (reunion)
Area Resident
Slo’ Tom and The Handsome Devils

Saturday, August 25 at 5 PM – 2 AM
Tickets are available online at and on Facebook.
advance tickets are $30.00 (until August 17)  ….$40.00 (at the gate)
You’ll want to have some cash on hand for the raffle! 1st Prize is barnSTORMer hipCRANK guitART by John Sekerka. Tickets $3 each/$20 1 arm length. Must be present to win. All proceeds to Barnstorm.
more details:

SurroundSound returns to CKCU!

SurroundSound is a Canadian radio documentary festival celebrating interesting and compelling audio stories by both emerging and veteran journalists, producers and writers. It was started by CKCU volunteer Kristine St-Pierre.

With some really strong content in its 4th year, the documentaries aired on CKCU over four weeks in July.
You can find it ON DEMAND and listen back to it here:

It also aired in Edmonton on CJSR FM88, in Regina on CJTR 91.3 FM, and in Halifax on CKDU 88.5 FM.

For more information, visit the website at, like us and follow on Twitter @SurroundSndFest!


Come out to Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar on (this) Wednesday, July 27, and join us to celebrate 20 years of broadcasting Turn Up The Radio on CKCU. Host (and DJ extraordinaire) Chris International will be there spinning tunes with friends. The event will go  8 pm – 11 pm. Come grab a drink and snack, hear some great tunes as always, and that you are surely accustomed to hearing on this popular program. Black Squirrel Books is located at 1073 Bank St….. Congratulations to Chris for his excellent service on the airwaves and everything else you do at CKCU!

Here is the Facebook event: events/232758974115912/

Saint Brigid’s Sessions

Recorded at the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, located in Ottawa’s Lowertown, 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.” Sponsored by CKCU , hosted and produced by CKCU’s Steve Neale

Past performers have included Lucky Ron, Kaleigh Watts, Chris Page, Jim Bryson, Irish Airs and Laments, Lynn Miles, Craig Cardiff & Kelly Sloan. Check it out here: