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.

From The CKCU Mailbag: Extremely Lost Water Bottle

I found this green (?) Nalgene water bottle in Hearst, ON while tree planting this past spring. When I saw it in town on a day off, and I thought it might have belonged to one of my crew members so I grabbed it. No one from my crew claimed it and for the last 6 months, I have been in the possession of someone else’s water bottle. There are at least three tree planting companies that operate out of Hearst and the bottle likely belonged to one of their planters. Based on the wear, and the vast amount of stickers, I imagine that it’s pretty special to them and they miss it very much. This beautiful bottle may even have a name, but if it does, it’s a name I do not know. Seeing as this isn’t my bottle I’d like to get it back to its rightful owner and I think that there is a possibility that you guys may be able to help. The most identifiable and significant sticker on the bottle is a CKCU sticker. Do you know who the owner of this bottle is? Do you have any way of finding out? If you do, I’d love to send it home for Christmas.

Let me know,
Merry Christmas from the University of Waterloo,

IS [..bottle name here..] YOURS? feel free to get in touch:

London Calling 40th anniversary PARTY in support of CKCU!

The Clash‘s 3rd studio album LONDON CALLING left a huge mark on the world of music. To celebrate, we invite you to come on down for the 40th anniversary celebration (to the day) of the “best album of all time” at the 27th Club!.

London Calling performed front to back by Police and Thieves (ex-Furnace Face/The Skatterbrains), Ready Steady Go (ex-Jimmy George), Radicals (ex-Rude Boy), John Carroll and Juice with the proceeds benefiting CKCU-FM!

Also, David Yazbeck host of Thursday Special Blend ( will be the MC for the proceedings!

Saturday December 14 @ The 27 Club Ottawa (27 York St)  licensed 19+ – 8pm doors – $10 advance + service charges

tickets available at Vertigo Records and online…. more info here:

Radio Gaga ENCORE at Shanghai Restaurant!

Fresh off a very positive and successful event at The Atomic Rooster earlier this month, Erik Stolpmann host of the CKCU program “Curiocity” (Mondays, 10 to 11:30 AM) is pleased to be reprising Radio Gaga Karaoke for another edition! 🎤

Back by popular demand! Join Erik, China Doll and the rest of the karaoke-loving community at Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset Street West) on Saturday, November 23rd as we celebrate CKCU-FM – and it is actually Erik’s birthday to boot! Should be a real blast!!

Come sing your favourite tunes while we raise money funds for the Mighty 93.1! Can’t wait to CK-see you there.

SPINNIN’ FOR CKCU at the Ottawa Triathlon Club!

Do you love local radio? Do you also love to keep in shape? Then head down to SPINNIN’ FOR CKCU at the Ottawa Triathlon Club!

This indoor cycling workout will be led by a coach who will take you on a challenging adventure set to the soundtrack of the oldest campus station in all of Canada, CKCUFM!  Your $20 admission will go directly to CKCU’s Funding Drive!

Lace up those shoes and hit the pedals at SPINNIN’ FOR CKCU, Friday November 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Ottawa Triathlon Club!

For more information and to register, contact Shelley Ann Morris, co-host of Welcome To My World at

Join us to change the conversation about disability and cycle for the Mighty 93.1!

CKCU host Shelley Ann Morris to receive award this Sunday!

The Spirit of Tony Turner Award (the “SofTTie“) was originated by Chris White, Ottawa singer-songwriter, broadcaster, festival organizer and music enthusiast. It is presented to an individual who has devoted his or her time and talent to creating opportunities for Ottawa musicians, and is named for Tony Turner, who is just such a person.

The new SofTTie winner is accessibility activist and co-host of CKCU’s program “Welcome To My WorldShelley Ann Morris, who will receive the award at the Spirit of Tony Turner Award Concert on November 17 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall. More info:

Continuous Play Music: DJ Wig @ Robo in support of CKCU!

Long-suffering (Allan’s words, not ours!) friend of CKCU Allan Wigney (DJ “Relax Ay Voo”) turns the tables at Bar Robo for your entertainment. There is no cover, but your donations to CKCU will be accepted and appreciated. Funding drive may be over, but the need for funds continues. Have a mug of your favourite cold amber drink, listen to a selection of tunes and help to keep community radio alive in Ottawa.

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Bar Robo (Chinatown) 692 Somerset St. W. events/581073879327919/