Monthly Archives: September 2014

Concert Review: Calypso Rose at Pop Montreal

By Melissa Limina

The final show of the 2014 POP Montreal festival was held at Little Burgundy, a cozy dance hall in the basement of Saint Michael church. Late-night shows were held here throughout the weekend. The closing lineup was Fwonte & Poirier, Pierre Kwenders, Kobo Town and Calypso Rose.

I arrived at the venue two hours before the doors opened with no real plan for how I would get inside. There were several doors and I could not be sure which one would open. Eventually some gentlemen arrived, speaking of a friend who was supposed to let them into the venue early. We were ushered into the venue by Drew Gonsalves himself shortly thereafter. I recognized him from the promo photos for the event as the front man for Kobo Town. I managed to introduce myself briefly before he fled to the stage for sound check.  Continue reading

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Weird Canada hosts IF YOU GOT EARS_October 1

WC LogoAre you weird? Good!… ’cause Weird Canada is shaking up CKUT’s airwaves all October long, every Wednesday noon – 2pm, on If You Got Ears.

Listeners are gonna be treated to all things WYRD ~ from how the site got its legs to the start of National Drone Day, plus episodes about the labels of Canada, Wyrd Distro and the empowering How-To section of the website. This is a residency to be reckoned with! Today on the show we’re chatting with WC founders Marie LeBlanc-Flanagan, Aaron Levin and Jesse Locke – stay weird, CKUT.



POP Montreal hosts The Montreal Sessions :: September 30

pop-montreal1Gone so soon — September, this is the end… So, the folks over here at CKUT want to extend a HUGE “thank you” to Pop Montreal for once again rocking our city in so many unexpected ways; from the symposiums to shows, art installations to the record fair, plus all the late night dance parties that had us rubbing our eyes till noon the next day. The 13th edition was a another success! On The Montreal Sessions today we’ll try to relive the reverie with music and memories of this years fest, tune in at 90.3 FM from 3-5pm this afternoon.

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CHEAP WIG // Underground Sounds

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Hey folks, Nick here ~ catch me hosting Underground Sounds tonight 8-10pm where I’ll be dishing out local tunes on the airwaves at 90.3 FM or — if you listen to the website and the radio at the same time there’s a wicked delay that’ll make the show especially psychedelic. Anyway, eager listeners will get some additional ear candy from the local scene tonight ’cause I’m focusing my attention on two gigs in particular this week…CKUT’s TOTAL ECLIPSE CONCERT SERIES!!! The first gig is October 3rd and features Afrikelektro, Meryem Saci + more and the second is October 4th with CHEAP WIG, Balltripper and Squalor. I’ll have Sam from CHEAP WIG on the line talking about what she’s listening to these days and how pumped the band is for the big gig on Saturday! I’ll also be joined by Rachel Weldon and Christina Bell, who are hosting If You Got Ears in October, for a triple-DJ-threat not to be trifled with.

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The Music Department’s bi-annual concert series is back! Twice a year we present a string of shows around the city that reflect our renowned community-powered free-form stylings. Kicking it off is World Skip The Beat, who’ll be hosting a night of live music and DJs at Inspecteur Epingle on Friday October with AfrikelektroMeryem Saci (mem. Nomadic Massive), Veeby and Bolbo Art. Spread the word & bring your dancin’ shoes!

Facebook event: World Skip The Beat

For night #2 of the Total Eclipse concert series, The Witching Hour is casting a spell on all our cursed listeners at the haunted Cabaret Playhouse on Saturday October 4 ~ dark vibrations emanating from the woods are courtesy of SqualorCheap Wig and Balltripper.

Facebook event: The Witching Hour

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From the Vault: Interview with Danielle Dax (1988)

Vince, the voice behind CKUT’s long-running musical smorgasbord The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, is a man of many talents: all-star radio host, crate-digger extraordinaire and… writer. Digging through the archives, he discovered an interview with the legendary Danielle Dax dating back to 1988 (the year after CKUT got its FM license, y’know?) that remained unpublished up till this day. Dust this one off, it’s a bit of a gem… and stay tuned to this here music blog for more written pieces from CKUT veterans and new volunteers alike.

Read the full interview here.


If you’re in the neighbourhood, come by CKUT (3647 University) for our Fall Garage Sale. It’s going on on this beautiful sunny afternoon, Thursday September 25, noon to 6pm.

Looking for cheap yet awesome merch? We have vinyl, CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, books and other goodies for sale ~ but get here early for the cream of the crop! See you at CKUT :)

Album Review: Christine Fellows ‘Burning Daylight’

By: Amanda Zarnowski

Christine Fellows’ sixth album Burning Daylight is a concept album about winter which draws inspiration from the stories of Jack London as well as from her travels through the Yukon and Nunavut. The song cycle and accompanying book of poetry equally spotlight her words and her music, which seems fitting for an artist whose songs have always painted bold, clear pictures.

 The book contains her poetry and song lyrics, as well as visual art by Alicia Smith. Fellows’ poetry takes place in modern day, but the poems blend right in with London’s turn of the century stories, which are quoted throughout the book. The line between winters present and past seem to blur together where nature is concerned, the cold itself overriding everything. The difference is not in the frozen landscape, but in working through it: radar systems, ships, rail lines, shelter and warmth. Each poem seems like a little crisis, a storm which both nature and humanity must overcome. Winter provides little hope.  Continue reading