Meet Victor Ubaru one of this summer’s Radio Camp Counselors at CKCU!

Born in Benin City Nigeria, Victor is going into his last year as an Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science student here at Carleton University. He is a self-professed “hardcore nerd” who loved to read encyclopedias when he was younger and apparently had no friends, so lucky for the care and love of a giant family! At only 13, his father decided to move to Calgary which Victor describes as “less of a culture shock and more of a cultural electrocution”, and then eventually landed in Ottawa to study at Carleton.

Victor is an audio enthusiast who enjoys being creative; he does podcasting and has produced a few “wannabe rappers” along the way and appreciates the opportunities, freedom and space that CKCU provides… “Working with and around the people here I have learned a lot not just about the technical aspects of live audio production but also about how to bring people and ideas together like nothing before.”

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5th Annual SURROUNDSOUND Radio Documentary Festival

SurroundSound is an annual Canadian radio documentary festival celebrating interesting and compelling audio stories by emerging and veteran journalists, producers and writers. Now in its fifth year, it takes place in July on community radios across Canada. Organized by CKCU volunteer Kristine St-Pierre, it will begin Monday, July 8th at 9-10AM and continue through the month of July in that timeslot while the Filibuster takes a hiatus.

You can also hear the episodes from years previous, just navigate to “All Playlists” (middle menu) to see them:


The Groove w/ Elorious Cain celebrates 40 years!!!

On Saturday July 6th, The Groove will be celebrating 40 years on CKCU!

For the occasion, Elorious Cain will present the ‘Real History Of Disco‘ over 18 hours, with his usual Saturday at 1 PM start and finish at 7 AM Sunday morning! This extra long shift is something he has done in the past, and no better time for a repeat to celebrate the Groove’s 40th!  When he did it in 1999 and then in 2009 it was very well received.

“THE REAL HISTORY OF DISCO”  is an intensive eighteen hour guide that chronicles the industry and it’s music from it’s very beginnings. It talks about the different musical genres, some of the dance crazes and significant clubs. Expect plenty of music from the super-groups that changed everything, amazing vocalists along with many of the divas and discoqueens! Also included are certain treats like spectacular cover-versions, remixes, megamixes and mash ups!
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Mystic & Severe reviews 9 MORE entries in the NYAFF!

New York Asian Film Festival – a BAZILLION reviews by Michael O’Keefe, host of Mystic & Severe (alternating Thursdays, midnight to 2AM)

Covering #NYAFF2019 has truly been a privilege and while I’ve reviewed plenty of films over the radio this has proven to be a very fun exercise that ate up the majority of my spare time for 2 weeks out of choice.  Trying to understand any culture that is different is challenging but the medium of film is certainly the strongest medium to do just because of the power on the senses that watching a movie provides can lead to empathy.  These 40 different film scenarios that have been reviewed all have their strengths while they are not all great there were plenty of gems to be found in here and if there was a negative review that still captured your interest then that’s fantastic.  Enjoy the last batch of reviews and remember it has been a true pleasure for me to let you know about these films! …..

If you find yourself in New York during June 28th to July 14th you should check out the New York Asian Film Festival at the legendary Lincoln Centre!  There you could see all the finest films from Tibet, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam & Japan.  If you’re a little tired of Hollywood Blockbusters & would like to be entertained outside the system you cannot go wrong with contemporary Asian cinema.  Check in every Friday to read about these fine films!

Ottawa would be very fortunate if the ByTowne Cinema or Mayfair Theatre book films from the New York Asian Film Festival because of the diversity of the work.  Tibetan and Taiwanese mysticism, odd Japanese humor, historical oppression, horror and action can be found in the films being reviewed here.  As the festival begins we should remember it’s not about being Asian or wanting to be respectful of a different culture it is really about the quality of the work as a reason to watch these films!

The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale: This is the ultimate Zom-Com of the festival.  Not to knock ‘Zombiepura,’ but this is just set the bar higher for Asian Zom-Com’s it may be the best one yet and obviously is comes from South Korea a country who is now producing one of the greatest production systems out of Hollywood.  This is a film that looks at family and what one does when an old relative gets a little funny – we’ve all been there & the lengths we’d go to protect that family member basically doesn’t differ.  The visuals are really strong in the film the camera buzzes around at appropriate time and they make the movie have a lot of flare which is totally appropriate for a Zom-Com in fact this movie has pulse throughout its duration.  To expect effects like ‘The Walking Dead,’ is unfair & arguably the effects in this film are better because they’ve got more heart and soul in them instead of being as slick or as high budget as possible.  There also isn’t all that much gore and it is the family element that makes this film the best Asian Zom-Com ever!

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Michael O’Keefe interviews legendary Italian film director & producer Sergio Martino

With recent releases on Blu Ray of Sergio Martino’s ‘Torso,’ (1973) by Arrow Video or ‘All the Colours of the Dark,’ (1972) by Severin Films the man’s work still gets appreciated by fans of Italian Genre movies.  CKCU FM’s Michael O’Keefe even arranged an interview with Kat Ellinger author of  ‘All the Colours of Martino,’ (2018) but decided to go directly to the man himself for more questions!  Thanks to Patrick Lang for translating Sergio Martino’s Italian to English.

Michael O’Keefe: Hello Sergio Martino!  In the West there have been a lot of recent Blu Ray releases of your work by Arrow Video and also Severin Films.  How does it feel to have your work appreciated by fans to this day?

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CKC-YOU: Meet Alyson Duffy

Alyson Duffy is a fourth year Communications and Media Studies, originally from Halifax. She currently hosts a show called Bench Warmers on Tuesday afternoons with co-host Kwabena Oduro. She originally started at CKCU doing the program On The Sidelines in her second year with her friend Courtney Trim because we wanted to shed light on topics in sports that don’t get talked about.  Courtney and her even did commentary and play-by-play live on CKCU of both a Women’s basketball game and a Women’s hockey game from the Raven’s Nest and Icehouse respectively. Still sticking with the original mandate on the new program, Alyson and Kwabena continue to discuss sports that are not covered by mainstream platforms, while also discussing topics such as pay equality and female sports leagues that don’t receive the same coverage.

Alyson found out about Radio Carleton at the Fall orientation for students and came looking to gain experience in radio as being a broadcaster is something she wants to pursue as a career, and thinks CKCU is important and realistic way to gain experience in the broadcasting industry. “It is a very unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in multiple ways at a radio station. For those who are like Kwabena and I, it allows us to grow our skills that we can apply to the work force. CKCU allows us to meet others in the radio industry and to learn from which is crucial in our personal skill development.” Continue reading

CKC-YOU: Meet Nico Bompadre

Nico Bompadre is in his final year of communication and media studies with a minor in feminist and gender studies. He immigrated from Argentina to Ottawa eight years ago with his parents and little brother. “My parents and brother have since moved back to Argentina to join my other two siblings as my dads work contract ended. I decided to stay in Canada after high school to go to university and have been in Ottawa ever since!” Nico did some program training at Radio Carleton and  now hosts a show called The Tea Party, along with Brianna Gardner on alternating Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 PM. They discuss Queer, Trans, and Femme issues through discussions on popular culture, news, and politics. “We strive to keep a social justice lens while bringing some humour and personal testimony to these very serious topics.” Nico loves CKCU because it “gives us a space to discuss our own experiences, celebrate difference, and question the problems that we and people like us face on a daily basis.” Continue reading

CKC-YOU: Meet Carlos Felipe Mendoza

I’d like to introduce Carlos Felipe Mendoza, known mostly around here at CKCU as DJ Los.  Carlos was born and raised in Ottawa and is Carleton Alumni, having graduated with B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering the spring of 2017.

Los is co-host of Midnight In A Perfect World (MIAPW) on Saturdays with his buddy Aslam Yehia (DJ Slama) who had initially introduced CKCU to him.  Los followed the Programming and Production training sessions that CKCU run regularly and before long, MIAPW was born.  Broadcasting bi-weekly, MIAPW is a late night entertainment show, featuring underground & local talent, interviews, and live DJ mixes. They have consistently had interesting guests on the program since its inception in November 2016.

Carlos wanted to get more involved with DJing and music production, and Radio Carleton turned out to be a great fit for him.  He feels that Campus Community Radio gives real people from all backgrounds a voice, and provides first hand accounts and experiences of what is going on in the city.  It is also the first point of exposure for emerging talent and local artists. Continue reading

CKC-YOU: Meet Brianna Gardner

Born and raised in Ottawa, Brianna has been at Carleton for 3 years. She is currently taking a couple years off with plans to return as a student in the near future. She is working towards a degree that consists of an undeclared major with a focus in Communications. At CKCU, she runs a fantastic radio show called The Tea Party with her friend and Carleton student Nico Bompadre. “It’s a show for POC peeps and LGBTQ+, discussing our issues, history, pop culture, and successes in the community.”

Brianna found out about Radio Carleton from a booth in the University Centre playing music. “I thought it would be a cool way to get experience on a field of work I was genuinely interested in. Community radio is so amazing to me. It promotes so much individuality, so many voices are given a platform to be themselves. And share opinions and culture that usually get overlooked by mainstream standards.” while working at CKCU, she’s met some dope people! She also says that “CKCU helped me find my voice and helped me materialize my passion, and the most important aspect of CKCU is the community” Brianna’s other interests include TV, films, social media, and pop culture.

Listen into past episodes of The Tea Party by following the link here:


Born and raised in Ottawa, DJ N/A is actually a student at Ottawa U.  However, the opportunity to host a program at Radio Carleton is open to anyone who is willing to work hard and has a good idea for a show. Therefore, after following the various training sessions we offer to ensure hosts have the necessary tools and skills to be able to produce and present their content, DJ N/A  now does the program White Rabbit, every Thursday from 12:30-1. “I discuss popular topics by investigating unpopular history. Being a historian, my content is well researched and expertly proven.  If you are curious, you can check it out at” DJ N/A learned about CKCU from friends. DJ N/A states that the most important part of CKCU is that “ It is a non-commercial platform. It is an opportunity for people to express and interact with various cultures, beliefs and artistic tastes in a safe environment, without commercial pressures.” She is always “ looking to expand my team with Journalism students I met at the Production training. My show requires a lot of research, and it would be much easier if I had some help.” DJ N/A goes on to explain that “Not only does it (being at CKCU) look great on a resume, but I genuinely enjoy the historical aspect. It makes me happy!” Continue reading