Bon voyage Dick Altavista, we will miss you!

Best wishes and safe travels to Richard Parks (aka Dick Altavista) and his wife Michelle, as they have set sail to Victoria BC to be with their family. Long time CKCU volunteer, serving on our Board Of Directors, mentoring other volunteers, helping host multiple programs, but of course most notably his own popular “Both Kinds Of Music“. He was also very active in many facets or the Ottawa music community and will be sorely missed! In case you missed them, please check out the two tributes that aired last week.

Wednesday Special Blend
Both Kinds Of Music
The entire BKOM archive found here: (click on “ALL PLAYLISTS”)


New Programs on the Airwaves and On Demand.

We’re happy to share that select CKCU programs have the necessary resources to be able to produce content from home. This means fresh new programming from some of your favorite shows! You can hear new content on the airwaves during the show’s regular time slot, and via the On Demand feature online. It’s not live but it’s the next best thing as we navigate COVID-19. Check back regularly as new shows are added throughout the week. We’re fortunate and thankful to have the great team of people behind CKCU FM as we know it’s a challenging time for everyone. We’re grateful to be part of the community and your day. Thanks for having us!

Folks, amidst the current situation CKCU FM’s programming will not be as per usual. Things in the world and our city are not “as per usual”, sadly. The safety of our hosts, volunteers, staff and community at large, is of priority and we have made the decision to limit station access. We are here though! We are working to bring you different and special programming while we all get through this situation together. Tune into 93.1 FM on or online at and join us. For those who can’t get enough, our On Demand archives are full and waiting! Catch up on your favorite past programs. We hope we can bring a little positivity to your (likely isolated) day!


House of TARG & CKCU FM present

80s Hip Hop, Old School BreakBeats, Electro Funk & Breakdance Classics w/ DJ DAVEY & DJ DUCATS

Doors: 11pm – 2am / 19+
Cover: $5
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11 PM – 2 AM

DJ Ducats has without a doubt carved a solid name for himself in the Ottawa hip-hop scene. Best known for his unique style and successful radio show, Peaceful Journey from back in the day and his current “Straight Hip-Hop, No Fluff!!” radio show on CKCU FM called STYLE WARS. Some say Ducats is the gold standard for DJs in the nation’s capital. With one of the biggest vinyl collections in the city, you’ll be sure to enjoy his mix of old school beats and new school flavour. Getting his first set of decks in ’91, Ducats has always had a passion for hip-hop. With one ofhis main goals always being to please the crowd.

more info:

Ottawa Artists for Australia: A Bushfire Benefit

Ottawa artists Megan Jerome, Andrea Singerface (Naviger), Chris Pager Camp and Trevor Alguire will play in a round on the Arts Court Theatre stage for a great night of music, stories and community, to raise funds for Australian bushfire relief.

Artists For Australia is helping 2 Australian charities: the NSW Rural Fire Service which coordinates volunteer firefighting efforts across that state; and WIRES, the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service of New South Wales.
WIRES volunteers have rescued thousands of animals from the fires.

A varied silent auction table will be setup with donations from Ottawa businesses, restaurants, entertainment, visual artists and musicians wanting to help out.

For $25 get a great evening of music and fundraising to help Australia.

Friday, March 6th 7:30 – 10 PM
at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.
more info:

Sponsored by Ottawa Tonite, CKCU, and Arts Court.

Larissa Desrosiers returns to the airwaves to perform live!

Anishinaabekwe Singer-Songwriter Larissa Desrosiers returns to CKCU for an encore live presentation of her latest songs and a chat with Emily Baxter and Colin Boudreault who host the program “60 Minutes To Midnight” this coming Tuesday (February 4th) at 11PM.

You can check out her previous excellent appearance on “Ottawa Live Music” back in April of last year:

The 10th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash

CKCU and Friday Nite Truck Stop are proud to present The 10th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash – or simply “Cash Bash”!

Every year your hosts Ray Harris & Lefty McRighty bring together a stellar lineup of Ottawa songwriters and musicians to celebrate and pay tribute to the music, legacy, and influence of the great Johnny Cash! Proceeds go to CKCU 93.1FM!

This year’s amazing guests are:  John Allaire, Chris Landry, KJ Thomas, Cee Lawrence, Pat Moore & Roland Doucet, Spencer Scharf, Kristine St. Pierre, Rey Sebatin Jr., Joseph MacDonald, and The Dimestore Duo!

Everyone is backed by the equally stellar Whiskey Standards Cash Bash Band comprised of:
Stephen K.Donnelly – bass & trombone, Ian Cook – drums, Jim McDowell – keyboards, Gary Schertzer – harmonica & percussion, John Cormier – electric guitar, Ray Harris – various guitars, mandolin, Lefty – acoustic guitar + possible special guests!

Saturday, February 22th, at 9 PM
@ the Rainbow Bistro (76 Murray Street, Ottawa)

Tickets are $15 in advance…more info:

March Break Radio Camp – CANCELLED

UPDATE: Due to all the recent circumstances surrounding the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we feel we don’t really have much choice other than to cancel next week’s March Break Radio Camp. All other camps at Carleton next week have already been cancelled and we feel we need to follow suit.

Hopefully when it comes time for the Summer Camps, you will be able to consider us as an option then.
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CKCU’s March Break RADIO Camp, still accepting registration!

March 16th-20th, 20205 DAYS, BIG FUN!!! :D
Hey Kids! Want to take over the airwaves?

Join us at CKCU 93.1 FM for a truly unique camp experience this March Break. CKCU’s Radio Camp is the only camp in Ottawa that teaches kids between the ages of 10 and 14 how to be a real live radio star. CKCU has presented this very unique week long camp to kids in the Ottawa area since 2001.

For more info and how to register please check out: camp/ or call Dave at 613-520-3533

Thanks for your “vision”…. Happy 2020 to all our CKCU family!

I‘d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has made 2019 a wild, adventurous, enlightening, enriching experience. From all the tireless and amazing volunteers who passionately make great programs and/or support our community, to the listeners who immerse themselves in our content and especially the generous donors who responded resoundingly to our time of need; you are all integral parts of this crazy CKCU campus community radio puzzle and tapestry! Here’s to a less stressful and healthy 2020 and beyond, let’s bring this decade in with the gusto!

Speaking of which, Tune in Arjun Nijhawan (weekly host of “Results May Vary“) starting at 10PM this evening as he will do just that on airwaves! And yes, he is also going to do his regular show tomorrow morning to too!

Please enjoy responsibly however and whatever you may do to celebrate, catch you on the flipside :D

~davE (CKCU Program Director)

Roots and Rhythms still available On Demand!

Enormous thanks to Renny G (aka. Rockin’ Renny, Rapscallion Renny, Recalcitrant Renny, Reluctant Renny…the list goes on haha) for holding down one of CKCU’s flagship programs “Roots And Rhythms” for the better part of the last FIVE years! The program will go on a hiatus for a period, until we have a willing and suitable host to resume with it. However, don’t dismay… Renny will still be doing his lively general music program “Renny’s Riot” every second Friday morning starting at midnight ( and past episodes which we highly recommend hearing (and exemplary of how to present bar-setting, thematic, specialty program) are still available from the ARCHIVE. You will find it here: then be sure to follow the “ARCHIVED PLAYLISTS” link to peruse them all.