Live Music on June 9th in Burnstown!!

Come on down to Burnstown for a fun summer Saturday evening in the heart of the Ottawa Valley! The evening will start with a gourmet BBQ (with veg/vegan options), drinks on the patio and will be followed by a night of live music from Fluffy Little Cowboys, Sparklesaurus, and Shadowhand  in the cozy old school house that is Neat Coffee Shop.

Fluffy Little Cowboys are a female Alt-country trio coming from Prince Edward Island. “They aren’t fluffy, they aren’t cowboys, and their sound isn’t “little”. Sparklesaurus is “like glitter infused jelly on toast”, and Shadowhand, self-describes as “the sound of leaving a party alone to walk to the store for cigarettes”. Both are incredibly talented local bands to come out and see!

Neat Coffee Shop is a red brick school building built in the 1800’s that’s now a charming venue with great food and drinks. Come out and relax on the patio, and if you feel inclined, take a stroll across the street to put your feet in the Madawaska River.

Saturday, June 9th, 2018.
BBQ – 5:30PM
Music – 8:00PM
1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown, Ontario

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, available at . Please note that show tickets do not include BBQ,.

Host of Asian Sounds launch her first book of Poems!

Nature’s Subtle Seductions” is  Guddi or Jagjeet Sharma, (host of Asian Sounds radio on CKCU) first book of poems to be launched on the 14th of April from 2 to 4 PM at Ottawa City Hall, Colonel By Room, on the 2nd floor. The book is priced at $15 (tax included). Proceeds of this event will go to the Ottawa Heart Institute. Honorable guests Mayor Jim Watson, MP Chandra Arya and Michael Qaqish, Councillor, Ward 22 will attend the event. A rep from the Ottawa Heart Institute will also be in attendance. This event is supported by the Ottawa Independent Writers and the Media Club of Ottawa.

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CKCU proudly sponsors DIY Spring Festival May 4 & 5th

DIY Spring Festival is a futuristic music and arts festival that nurtures the grassroots arts scene and empowers young creatives.

The original DIY Spring took place in 2016 as a collaborative project between local promoters Babely Shades and Debaser, with the support of the Bourse Tontine. It featured acts such as legendary shoegaze band The Veldt, California pop-tronic witch Ah-Mer-Ah-Su and renowned Anishnaabe violinist Melody McKiver.

Now, the project is being spearheaded by Elsa Mirzaei, local pop musician and community educator, with the help of Mikayla Gordon aka Seiiizmikk, who is best-known for being one of Ottawa’s up-and-coming hip hop artists, producers and production-teachers.

This year, DIY Spring Festival will be taking place out of General Assembly at 5A Fairmont Avenue.
It features CYBER, Shaya Ishaq, Strange Froots, Muzzy Legault, Thandie Dice, River Doucette, Larissa Desrosiers (also A CKCU show host!), Seiiizmikk & DJ Trinidaddy.

We acknowledge that DIY Spring Festival takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory known as Ottawa.

For more info, tickets and links to the individual events: or

Pat Moore Wins the 2018 Spirit of Tony Turner Award

Ottawa musician, event organizer and radio host Pat Moore has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Spirit of Tony Turner Award.  The award is presented annually to an individual who devotes their time and talents to creating opportunities for local musicians to develop their skills, connect with audiences and benefit the wider community. Tony Turner will present the Spirit of Tony Turner Award to Pat Moore on Saturday afternoon, April 21 at 2:00 pm at the Black Irish Pub.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Pat Moore grew up in a house filled with music.  She remembers singing harmonies with her sisters while doing the dinner dishes!  A versatile singer and musician, Pat performs and records with the bluegrass band Maple Hill, as well as with The Monroe Sisters, The Vinyl Frontier, and Moore & Doucet.   She has released two albums of original songs:  “The Time’s Never Been Better” and “Take it to Heart”.
One of Pat’s many contributions is producing the annual Christmas Goose benefit concert, now in its 16th year.  The multi-performer concert held at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage has raised significant funds for the Ottawa Food Bank.  The concert has also generated three albums that feature winter-themed songs written and performed by local musicians:  “Christmas Goose”, “Christmas Platter” and “Christmas Pudding”. For many years, Pat also produced an annual benefit concert called the Ottawa Opry, an event that raised funds for Amnesty International while providing local musicians with opportunities to connect with audiences. Pat organizes the long-running Bluegrass Mondays concert series held at Pressed Cafe each week.  She also hosts house concerts on an ongoing basis to bring audiences together with local and touring musicians.

Pat is a host of the “Saturday Morning” show on CKCU FM, sharing her wide-ranging musical expertise and creating live performance opportunities in the studio.  She is a past and current member of CKCU’s Board of Directors.  She has also been on the board of the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society, and served as Artistic Director for several years.  In her role as an author, Pat has written a not-for-profit children’s book entitled “Clean Water for Lukong” (2011) to help raise funds and awareness for clean water in Africa. Continue reading

CKCU FM Honours ‘Canadian Spaces’ Founder Chopper McKinnon, 1946-2013

Canadian folk enthusiast A.L. (Chopper) McKinnon was the founder of Canadian Spaces, Canada’s longest-running folk music show, heard on Saturday mornings on CKCU FM.  On March 10 CKCU dedicated a special edition of Canadian Spaces to Chopper, who passed away on March 13, 2013 after hosting the program for 33 years.  

This special edition of Canadian Spaces, was hosted by Chris White and Joyce MacPhee, to celebrate Chopper’s achievements and legacy. The program  featured a special playlist highlighting some of Chopper’s favourite Canadian folk music, along with a short documentary, phone interviews with those who knew Chopper well, and special guests in the studio.

Chopper was a vital element of the local folk scene and was recognized across Canada for his support and encouragement of Canadian singer-songwriters. Chopper hosted Canadian Spaces for an astounding 33 years. He is credited as the inspiration for the Ottawa Folk Festival (now called CityFolk), which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.

Nearly every major folk musician has appeared on Canadian Spaces and Chopper introduced countless artists from across the country to Ottawa audiences through his work with the Ottawa Folk Festival and the Acoustic Waves concert series.

Chopper was greatly admired by members of the folk music community, and received the Helen Verger Award recipient honouring his outstanding contributions to the music he loved so much. Chopper also received citations from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Governor General of Canada and the Province of Ontario. In both 2000 and 2012, the City of Ottawa proclaimed Chopper McKinnon Day in his honour.

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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: