CKCU hosts Alternative Election (#AltElxn) Coverage 2019

2019 Election Night Coverage presented by CKCU-FM and aired nationally on various NCRA stations!
ELECTION DAY – October 21st, 9pm – Midnight Eastern Daylight Time (6-9pm Pacific)

LIVE from CKCU, the event will feature CKCU political host Brendan McLoughlin (co-host of “The Filibuster“) and Luke Smith (CanQueer: Canada’s LGBT Community Talk Show) along side panelists from different experiences and communities who will speak about the election from their perspective.

Each hour will feature three guests, three discussions on key ridings as well as local breaks so that the syndicated stations may cut into the program with their own local updates.

Other stations participating so far include:
CKVE-FM (Hubbards Cove, NS)
CFRO-FM (Vancouver, BC)
CHXL-FM 95.3 Creek FM (Balcarres, SK)
CICK-FM (Smithers, BC)
CJSF-FM 90.1 FM (Burnaby, BC)
CFRU-FM 93.3 (Guelph, ON)
CKAR-FM (Huntsville, ON)
CiTR-FM 101.9 FM (Vancouver, BC)

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A CKCU Fundraiser presented by Curiocity!

CKCU-FM and Curiocity present:
A Very Curious Funding Drive Show

Neha Sin
The Tackies (acoustic set)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8 – 11 PM
Bar Robo 692 Somerset W.

Erik Stolpmann who is host of “Curiocity” (every Monday from 10 – 11AM on CKCU) invites us to get “curious about community” by bringing us a night to celebrate some great local music at Bar Robo. These three very talented local artists who each have a special connection to the venue and the station, will be performing in support of the annual CKCU Funding Drive. There will also be door prizes supporting other local artists in the city.

Door: $10 / PWYC  ….All proceeds go directly to CKCU 📻

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LIFEBOOGIE session at the Merc in support of CKCU!

LIFEBOOGIE with Resident Mercury Lounge DJ Trevor Walker (also host of “Friday Drive” Fridays, 4-5PM on CKCU)

With special guest JACSSEN (of Gemini Records) and other surprise DJ guests!

All proceeds will go the CKCU’s 2019 Funding Drive

Visuals by Andrew Pakuts (host of CKCU’s “Lost In Bass“)

Saturday, October 12th

Mercury Lounge 56 Byward

Doors at 10PM / $7 cover

Funding Drive Concert presented by Indie City Madness!

Indie City Madness, CKCU and LIVE on Elgin proudly present:

Mehdi Cayenne
(Ottawa post-punk, pop-funk)

Mia Kelly Music
(Ottawa-Gatineau indie folk, blues)

Siberian Breaks
(Ottawa indie folk rock)

Playing LIVE on Elgin on Saturday, October 12, 2019
In support of CKCU-FM’s 2019 Funding Drive

Doors: 8 p.m. Music: 9 p.m.

Door price: $10-$15 sliding scale / All Ages/Licensed

CKCU benefit: CU House and Techno Club Presents: Bathing In Tunes

Carleton University House and Techno Club Presents:
Bathing In Tunes – Volume 1

Prepare yourself for a night of bathing in tunes! Join us at Babylon Nightclub for Carleton University House and Techno Club‘s first ever official event featuring the likes of local legend, Stackhouse, plus Rlly B, Badi, Matt May & Dr. Shepard! This event will feature an immersive experience unlike any other student run experience to be found in Ottawa. Prepare your ears for some of the finest house music and techno on the market.

Entry is FREE before 11PM and 5$ after. A 19+ Event. Proceeds will be donated to CKCU-FM

Big thanks to the CU House and Techno Club for thinking of us!

Ottawa Live Music on CKCU, archive still available

Our live music specialty program “Ottawa Live Music” has been put on the shelf for now. However, you can still access the vast archive here! Great performances by tons of local artists such as Bonnie Doon, Saint Clare, Chautauqua, The Sentries, Huntley Slim, Larissa Desrosiers, Clavius, (just to name a few, MUCH more) can be heard when you explore the Program page list of episodes: …from there click on “ARCHIVED PLAYLISTS” to view the catalog/archive of episodes. All the most recent episodes will still have a “LISTEN NOW” option to listen in.

HUGE appreciation, much respect and many thanks to the entire crew for all their hard work over the years for making the show so exciting, enjoyable and professional. Most of all, thanks to all the great talent that has gone above and beyond to lug their gear up to the 5th floor of the Unicentre to perform for us!

Live music on the Radio is still and always important to us! If you, or someone you know would like to perform live on CKCU, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to set something up on a program that is suitable.

Special Blend shows LIVE from Spaceman School of Music!

From September 30th to October 4th CKCU’s morning Special Blend programs were broadcasted live from Spaceman School of Music (390 Gladstone Ave. at Bank). Thanks to everyone who dropped by for a coffee and came to see Community Radio in action at this great remote location!

Gratitude goes out to our fine hosts Trish Bolechowsky, Jumpin’ Joel Elliott, Mike Powell, Jeff Larocque, Shelley Ann Morris, Kim Kilpatrick, Daniel Bourret, Dick Altavista, tic, Dennis Sakalauskas, David Yazbeck, Alecks Charron, Barbara Gray, Chris White & Monique Fuller who all brought many excellent musical guests performing and interviews with various interesting people in our community. HUGE appreciation to ALL the great guests and musicians (too many to mention all of them!) that came to entertain and inform us. I’m including the links to all those programs below, so you can check out what happened!  Also, big PROPS to all the excellent CKCU volunteers and street team folks that helped with different aspects of the proceedings especially Antonio Chamas, Katie Gill, Dick Altavista, Marcus Levis, Jason Lamarche, Victor Ubaru and of course Chris White who hatched this adventure! Also congrats again to Thursday host David Yazbeck who celebrated 15 years of hosting this week, and to tic who’s coming up on his 800th episode!! The award for steady hands and levels goes out to Dylan Hunter and Alecks Charron. Banner were flying and the CKCU trailer was there, and much merriment community building ensued. Nice going everyone! There are boatloads of images and videos on all the socials, check ’em out. Last but not least, thanks to Tom and Spaceman Music for sharing their awesome space with us all week. Until the next time ♥


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A Tribute To David Wiffen on CKCU’s Canadian Spaces

The Story Behind the Sept. 14th CKCU and CityFolk Tributes to David Wiffen

Canadian Spaces host Chris White invited Friday Nite Truck Stop host Ray Harris to join him for the June 29th edition of Canada’s longest-running folk radio show.  Ray put together a playlist that included several David Wiffen songs and suggested inviting David to drop by for an interview that morning.  The interview is available in CKCU’s audio archive, starting around the 51-minute mark: programs/129/43518.html.

In the interview, David told some fascinating anecdotes about his artistic development, the many notable people he performed and recorded with (including Bruce Cockburn, Neville Wells, Colleen Peterson, Sandy Crawley and Richard Patterson), and the many notable people who recorded his songs (including Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, The Byrds, Ian & Sylvia, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Eric Andersen, Tom Rush and The Cowboy Junkies).  The conversation was so intriguing and so connected to folk music history that Ray and Chris invited David to return for a two-hour special edition of ‘Canadian Spaces’ on Saturday, Sept. 14.  When he agreed, nine amazing musicians who are connected with him and love his songs accepted invitations to participate in the radio show:  Tom Wilson, Lynn Miles, Sneezy Waters, Neville Wells, Julie Corrigan, Sandy Crawley, Ray Harris, Frank Koller and Don Marcotte.  These musicians will be joining into the conversation with David and performing songs written by him or associated with him. Continue reading


BARNSTORM 2019, 20th edition!

In beautiful Finch Ontario, hosted by tic, host of Wednesday Special Blend.

Saturday, August 24th

Sean Oliver – 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Graven – 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Jumpin’ Joel Flash – 8:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Church of Trees – 9:30 to 10:15 p.m.
RedFox – 11:00 to 11:45 p.m.
She Wears Black – 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m.

plus DJ’s in the chillzone, camping available and encouraged. $35.00 in advance, $50 at the gate

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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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