Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tim Beeler of Isle of Pine


Tim Beeler of Isle of Pine

Oh man oh man, funding drive is in full swing here and the station is hopping! Just check out that shot of local artist (and CKUT-er) Isle of Pine from a live improvised set that happened yesterday on New Shit, the CKUT music dept’s weekly show. In the other half of the studio, former music coordinator AJ Cornell was blasting away on an accordion and processing sounds from contact mics taped in & around the studios. And that’s just a peek at the special programming we’re featuring this week in honour of funding drive — it’s only getting wilder and more awesome from here on in.

Hope all NYC friends are staying safe out there!





Hope you guys got to tune in to our very special presentation of New Shit this last Monday. We had a truckload of performances from some CKUT homies, an interview with Marie Davidson of Les Momies de Palerme, and took a bunch of photos! You can listen to it all here and check out the pictures and links to the bands below:

Craig of Feel Alright on acoustic guitar

Feel Alright

Andrea-Jane Cornell (collaborating with Isle of Pine) on accordion, effects and vocals

Andrea-Jane Cornell

Isle of Pine’s microphones

Tim Beeler of Isle of Pine on keyboard, pedals, acoustic guitar and vocals

Isle of Pine

Astral Swans (Matt, also of Extra Happy Ghost & Hot Little Rocket) on electric guitar

Astral Swans

Ratchet Orchestra


Hey gang! We hope you guys have been enjoying all of the special programming we’ve been doing in honor of our 25th Annual Funding DriveWe’ve had a lot of great stuff already this week, but we wanted to highlight some upcoming events as well.


  • Wednesday Morning After LIVE FROM Café l’Artère, 7000, Avenue du Parc (7-9AM)
  • If You Got (f)Earshosts A-J and J-A will deliver an all hallows’ eve special
    Harmonic forces will collide when accordion meets a 1959 Emenee Electric Golden Pipe Organ and convoluted tales that twist and tumble off the tongue be told.
  • Broadcasting LIVE from the Ratchet Orchestra show (8-10PM) The first hour of Jazz Euphorium will be hosted live from the venue by Lawrence Joseph – spinning plenty of jams! The second hour will feature Ratchet Orchestra themselves! Come on out to the show and say hi, or call CKUT’s phone rooms and make a pledge!
  • SKALLOWEEN Extravaganza with Roots Rock Rebel – members of Kman and the 45s live in studio & DJ Mossman spinning oldies on the decks (10PM-Midnight)


  • Lendemain de la Veille LIVE FROM Coop Touski Café de Quartier, 2361 Ontario Est (7-9AM)
  • Folk Directions will welcome special guests Annabelle Chvostek and Amelia Curran to the airwaves! (9-11AM)
  • Radioke with the Venus Collective (Noon-2PM)


  • Friday Morning After LIVE FROM Cafe Club Social, 180 rue Saint-Viateur (7-9AM)
Stay tuned!


Live Broadcast from the Ratchet Orchestra show TONIGHT!

Attention lovers of jazz & live music! We’ve got a very special episode of Jazz Euphorium in the works tonight featuring a live broadcast from the Ratchet Orchestra show at the Sala. Tune in from 8-10pm to catch the band play live through the magic of CKUT’s airwaves. And don’t forget that we’re still deep in Funding Drive mode, so be sure to call in or donate online if you dig what you’re hearing. Or better yet, if you’re at the show then stop by our table and donate in person. It’s an early gig so there’s still plenty of time for your Halloween shenanigans later in the night. Don’t sleep on this one, Montreal.

Montreal Sessions Halloween Metal Special

Got yr earplugs handy? We’ve got one last week of ear-bleeding goodness for October’s Montreal Sessions, and it’s an extra special funding drive metal extravaganza. Tune in this afternoon at 3pm for interviews from Nick Guerin from Dungeon Works Productions, the promoters behind Heavy Mtl, DJ Satannick of the band Cauchemar, and the good folks over at Sound Central. And of course, there will be lots of great metal tunes sandwiched in between.

If you dig the sounds, don’t forget to show our funding drive some love. Keep supporting the loud & the local!


New Shit Funding Drive Special! Today from 3-5pm!

It’s CKUT FM’s annual Funding Drive, and the music department team is putting together a very special edition of New Shit for your ears this afternoon. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:

Live sets from:
Les Momies de Palerme

Astral Swans of Pine

Interviews with:
Charlotte Cornfield

Craig Fahner

…and we’ll be digging into the old archives to bring you some of the best live-to-air performance moments from the past year! It’ll be two hours of special CKUT exclusive material from some of our favourite local and touring acts. This is the music you won’t hear anywhere else, so be sure to call in and pledge your support to New Shit & CKUT!

And HEY! Have you checked out the sweet gifts that can be yours if you make a donation? We here in the music department are especially fond of those amazing t-shirt designs, not to mention the killer grand prizes that are up for grabs. If you dig Suoni, POP Montreal, beer, records, and local culture then don’t sleep on your chance to win.
If you’re still not convinced about how great today’s New Shit is going to be, just listen to the folks over at Cult MTL.
They know what’s up.3-5 PM in Montréal on CKUT 90.3 FM, or online at!

Halloween party at Sala Rossa on Saturday with DJs The Goods

This Week’s Shows (October 25-31)

Halloween party at Sala Rossa on Saturday with DJs The Goods

Between our funding drive and last minute costume ideas, things are pretty busy at the station as of late… Here are some shows!!


Michigan beatsmith Shigeto will be infusing Club Lambi with his soulful rhythms later tonight.


After trying your luck at the sold out Swans show at La Tulipe, get your power pop happening with The Bawdy Electric at Casa Del Popolo.


…could get Thelonius at Resonance Cafe with Hat & Beard playing choice tunes from the Monk’s songbook, or enjoy the electroacoustic work of Monty Adkins at Usine C.


Joel Kerr Quintet at Casa Del Popolo promises to enliven your eardrums with their rollicking jazz rhythms.


Get fantastic, freaky and psyched for Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush project as they take over the hearts and minds of those attending Sala Rossa this Monday — and be sure to stop by the CKUT table while you’re there.


Whether it’s folk with Canadian songwriter Jerry Ledger at Divan Orange or improvisation with L’envers cofounder Philippe Battikha at Caigibi, All Hallow’s Eve Eve will be the perfect precursor to your numerous rounds of trick or treating on Wednesday.


The Ratchet Orchestra

A rambunctious, thirty piece orchestra will be causing a racket at Sala Rossa on Halloween. CKUT will be there in full force with a live broadcast of their set, so be sure to come say hi if you make it out to the show.


Enjoy and Happy Halloween!



CKUT’s Annual Funding Drive has just started! Stay tuned in and start pledging. We’ll be going strong until November 4th, 2012!

That’s right! We’ve been a community supported and run radio station for 25 years and now’s the perfect time for you to show your support. There’s a whole bunch of information about that here.

You can pledge a donation here.

And we have some very exciting GRAND PRIZE DRAWS that you can enter when you pledge. It includes:

  • 1 pair of passes to POP Montreal 2013!
  • 2 passes to Suoni Per Il Popolo Music Festival!
  • A Year of Beer from McAuslan Brewery!
  • 25 tickets to Blue Skies Turn Black concerts throughout the year! conditions apply
  • 25 pairs to tickets to EVENKO concerts throughout the year! conditions apply
  • Word lovers prize pack! (Gift certificates from The Word Bookstore, Paragraphe Bookstore, two subscriptions to Maisonneuve Magazine and more!) Stay tuned for more deets.
  • Music lovers prize pack! (Gift certificates from Phonopolis, Sonorama, Cheap Thrills and more!)


Please, please take the time to make a pledge so we can keep bringing you the best radio station in Montreal for another year!





3647 University (Metro McGill) Monday to Friday from 11am-6pm.



Hi radio,
I’m back from another whirlwind trip to New York for CMJ, feeling inspired and psyched on radio. Got to hang with lots of old pals, met some great new friends, and saw too many shows to recall. Thanks to all who came out to catch the DIY For All Sizes panel — it was pretty amazing to see so many folks in the audience and to hear their radio stories. I’m battling the inevitable post-fest cold now, but it was 100% worth it.
Outta the past, onto the future – FUNDING DRIVE kicks off on Thursday and we couldn’t be more excited. CKUT will be all over the streets of Montreal for the next two weeks, putting on tons of events and giving away amazing prizes to raise the money that will keep us on air for another year. Check out our Funding Drive page for more info, and if you really need any more reason to show yr support, just check out these kittens. They know where it’s at.




This Week’s Shows (October 19 – 25)

Whoa, were you guys at Thursdays Alive last night? How cool were those bands!? And there’s still more ahead!

Definitely keep your eyes on the Phénoma festival happening all this week, which promises avant garde, challenging and fascinating performances from a wide array of artists both local and global.

And, as always, check out CKUT’s main listings page for more shows!



Hit up La Brique and bring Elaine Kahn’s literary drone pop project Horsebladder into your life.


Phénomena has a lot happening, so how about checking out some of the shows happening Saturday at Popolo and Sala Rossa?


Silent Land Time Machine

Austin, Texas’ superbly named freaks of folk and ambience Silent Land Time Machine will be doing their thing at Il Motore. Prepare for a serotonin rich head trip.



Punk legends OFF! are at Foufones Electriques!


Pantha Du Prince

Master of the pastoral electric, Pantha Du Prince will lay down a set of highly organic dance music at S.A.T.


How about the cold weather informed soundscapes of Montreal multi-instrumentalist Alex Hackett performing as Pang Attack? He’ll be doing his thing at Quai Des Brumes.

It’s a great week for shows, so get out there and have fun!