Three O’Clock Train live at Irene’s Pub March 1st!!

Yes you heard me right, Three O’clock Train will be performing one night only, at the intimate setting of Irene’s on March 1st! Whether you know it yet or not, Mack Mackenzie, Three O’Clock Train’s consummate leader is a brilliant songwriter and Canadian music legend, and it is no exaggeration that the bio on the TOT website starts out with: “….is the last of his breed: a singer-songwriter with an author’s depth and a Rock’n’Roll heart…”  There should be no question that you wouldn’t want to miss this performance, but if you don’t believe me look it up and read more, listen in, find out more about the Train!

Three O’Clock Train will be playing in support of a killer new “Cuatro de Los Ángeles” E.P., in which all proceeds go to to help Tony Kinman’s widow, Kristie White. Tony Kinman was the founding member with brother Chip Kinman of 70’s California punk rock The Dils and 80’s Texas cowpunk Rank and File. Tony recently passed due to an aggressive cancer, and being close friends and collaborators, Mack and band naturally wanted to help! More info on how you can too:

Three O’Clock Train w/ special guests Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers LIVE at Irene’s Pub (885 Bank St.) Friday March 1st. $20 dollars at the door. Come early to avoid disappointment! Brought to you in part by CKCU FM of course…..

CKCU and Megaphono team up to present this Punk rawk and roll thriller!


Bad Waitress (T.O.)

w/ special guests:



Liquid Assets

Friday, Feb. 8th… Doors at 10:00 pm / 19+
at The Dominion Tavern (33 York St.)

12$ at doors /  Free with MEGA, FO’SHOWS or FO’ SHOWS+ passes.
Festival passes available here:

Part of the MEGAPHONO Music Showcase Festival & Conference in Ottawa-Hull, February 7-9, 2019
more info: megaphono #MEGAPHONO2019

ROOTS REGGAE EXTRAVAGANZA – A Black History Month Affair!

CKCU is proud to be a sponsor of ROOTS REGGAE EXTRAVAGANZA – A cosmic blend of Afro-Carib Vibes… A Black History Month Affair!

This one of a kind event will feature authentic reggae beats, dancing, artistic performances, Afro-Caribbean hors d’oeuvre, prizes and more.

FEATURING: Roots Movement w/ international artists from Jamaica: I-NOAH & Sycorah

Other artists scheduled to perform include:
Slimflex, Toronto ∗ Ras Kwabena, Ottawa ∗ Shery Alexander Heinis, Ottawa + many more!

Music by  DJ Bountymiller from Music Master Sound spinning the best roots reggae beat.

Roots Reggae Extravaganza – A Black History Month Affair, isn’t just an evening filled with good Roots Reggae Beat. It’s a Movement! It’s Cultural Affair to celebrate Black History Month! It’s a Global Cultural Treasure! It’s a way of Life! It delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, dance, Afro-Caribbean gastronomy, poetry, drumming, live performances, D.J’s love and joy to all who enter!

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa ON
Doors open 8:00pm – Show starts 9:00pm  – $15 at the Door

March Break Radio Camp for Kids! Counselors Needed!

Job Position: Radio Camp Counselor

Dates: March 11th-15th, 2019

Salary: $560.00

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, M – F


CKCU is hiring a Radio Camp Counselor to help run our popular Radio Camp for kids ages 10-14. This camp contains a maximum of 12 children split into two groups. As a camp counselor you will be responsible for the supervision and training of one group. Some of the camp activities include:

– How to write, record and edit a radio advertisement,
– How to write, record and edit a review of their favourite CD, Movie, Book or Video Game, etc…
– How to use a professional broadcast mixing board
– How to record voice
– How to mix music together like a real radio DJ
– How to speak like a real radio DJ

The Children will also record a radio play, edit their voices, and add music and sound effects. At the end of the week they will do a live 2 hour radio show and show off what they have done at camp all week. Continue reading

The 9th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash in support of CKCU!

The Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is upon us again!

Join Ray and Lefty from Friday Nite Truck Stop, with their friends The Whiskey Standards and a slew of special guests, celebrating the life and music of The Man In Black, all night long!!

Special guests include:  Slo’ Tom! Pat Moore! Steve Stacey! Mabel Beggs! Ashley Newall! Jon Laurie-Beaumont! Howie Hooper! ⊕ Maria Hawkins!

The Whiskey Standards will be slogging away all night, show them lots of love too:

Ray Harris/Lefty McRighty – hosting, guitars, etc
John Cormier – electric guitar
Steve Donnelly – upright bass
Ian Cook – drums
Jim McDowell – keyboards
Gary Schertzer – harmonica/percussion

Bring some cash for raffle prizes, including prize packs from The Record Centre, and customized Johnny Cash Guitar(t)work from Hipcrank!

Saturday February 23rd, 2019  |  The Rainbow Bistro (76 Murray St)
Doors 8pm  |  Music 9pm  |   Tix $12 advance  |  $15 door

FemmeVox: Debut event at GCTC with Lynne Hanson and guests!

CKCU is super pleased to be part of FemmeVox‘s debut event which will be taking place at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Sunday, February 24th 2019. FemmeVox is a series of concerts and artist-led workshops celebrating established and emerging talent, and promoting mentor-ship among its artists.

Back from a whirlwind tour of Europe, the spectacular and award-winning Canadian music legend Lynne Hanson headlines the event. She will be joined by Ottawa’s Tara Holloway, Malak Sound and Sam Steel!

Advance tickets for the concert are $10 or $15 at the door. Prior to the event from 2:30-4PM, you can also join an exclusive songwriting workshop led by Lynne earlier in the day for only $15. The workshop will be facilitated by CKCU’s own Tonya Price. Don’t delay though, as seating is limited!

For tickets:

More info:

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!