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.

Now in its 4th year, the documentaries will air over four weeks in Ottawa on (starting today, July 4th) Wednesdays from 10 to 11am ET on CKCU 93.1 FM or online at
You can find it ON DEMAND here:

It will also air in Edmonton on Wednesdays from 11am to 12pm MT on CJSR FM88, in Regina on Thursdays from 9 to 10am CST on CJTR 91.3 FM, and in Halifax on Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30pm AST 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/

Ottawa Psych Fest slated for Saturday July 7th!

When Dave Cambridge of Cardinal Fuzz Records was over from the UK last fall and Christopher Laramee of Shooting Guns was in town for a few shows, they also guested on John Westhaver‘s (also drummer in The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol) popular CKCU program “Friday Morning Cartunes”. They mused about doing something “next summer”. Chris messaged John late 2017 and said the plan was to come out in the summer as Shooting Guns were gonna do a small tour.
Hence the idea was hatched to do a small Psych Fest and make it all Cardinal Fuzz-centric, which it obviously is! The guy that owns the label is playing in The Golden Rule with the guy from the Dead Sea Apes and the rest of everyone has releases on the label as well…one big happy family and an evening of improvised sonically oriented psychedelia. Should prove to be mammoth!

Cardinal Fuzz UK showcase
One Night Only! featuring:
Shooting Guns (Saskatoon)
Hawkeyes (Kitchener)
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol
Mark Alexander McIntyre (Victoria)
The Golden Rule (UK)

Saturday, July 7th, 9 PM · House of TARG
Advance tickets only 15 dollars available at Birdman Sound

Alt-country pioneers Junior Gone Wild play the Dominion Tavern

Edmonton’ s Jr. Gone Wild roamed stages across Canada in the decade between their debut Less Art, More Pop in 1986 and their swan song Simple Little Wish in 1995. In his book about that decade in Canadian music NEVER BEEN THE SAME Michael Barclay writes “Jr. Gone Wild were combining hardcore country, punk rock and paisley underground 5 years before Uncle Tupelo would be hailed in America as pioneers of the “alt-country movement”.

Jr. Gone Wild became known for their take no prisoners live shows but what gets missed is the songwriting brilliance of Mike McDonald. If the Byrds seem a good comparison, that band had 3, 4 or 5 great songwriters producing that wide range of material. McDonald covers all those songwriting bases himself.

It’s is indeed a rare treat to get to see Jr. Gone Wild LIVE in Ottawa.

Be there on Tuesday June 26 at The Dominion Tavern, 33 York St. …advance tickets are available at Birdman Sound and Vertigo Records
Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers open the show.

Brought to you by CKCU 93.1 FM

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,.

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: