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Total Eclipse Spring Concert


This past weekend local Montreal music lovers gathered in the much needed sunshine to catch some rays (and some tunes) as part of the Total Eclipse Spring Concert Series. 


Listeners were treated to sounds from Brusque TwinsEnfant Magique, Effet Werther, Pierre-Luc Simon (pictured below) & DJ Markus Floats.



Were you there? Share your photos and check out more of ours on Instagram @ckutmtl or tweet them at us @CKUTMusicDept. We love new followers!




CKUT’s Music Department has finally thawed out from the Montreal Winter, just in time to present another Total Eclipse Concert Spring Series. Some of the station’s awesomest radio shows have come together to bring you three shows over three days of amazing live local music. So tell your friends, and come out and bask in the warmth and cool sounds with us.


May 1 at Poisson Noir: Doors @ 21h


Baked Goods – Moss Lime – Blanka – Sam Shalabi

May 2nd

MAY 2 at L’escogriffe (4467 rue Saint-Denis): doors @ 21h


Taliwah aka iamblackgirl of Nomadic Massive

Project TOombz featuring T.s Mr.Northerntouch & Djayz Iwonderz


Nazim Elnur

May 3

May 3rd St. Urbain + Van Horne (Outdoors): Music @ 15h

CKUT & If You Got Ears Present:

Brusque Twins – Enfant Magique – Effet Werther – Pierre-Luc Simon –DJ Markus Floats

Curated by Xarah Dion and Black Givre


CKUT + Green Room Radio

Check it out! You may have heard about Montreal’s new resto/bar Maison Sociale and the associated Green Room Radio channel that broadcasts for patrons and online-streamers alike. CKUT is pleased to host a weekly slot every Thursday from 7-8pm, directly after our good buds Cult MTL wrap up their 5-7 slot. The first transmission is today, so tune in to catch Nick Schofield, host of Underground Sounds, kick it off with an hour of local music selections. Stream it live right HERE.

Art’s Birthday 2015

The time has come: we are on the eve of another edition of Art’s Birthday, and once again we’re taking over the legendary Brasserie Beaubien for a night of wild music, art, cake, and partying. Seriously folks, check out this lineup:

+++CKUT Circuit Workshop

… and then we’ll have the unforgettable styles of DJ Rehtse Ttelps taking us to the end of the night.

Doors open at 9pm, bands start at 10pm sharp. But you should be on time because, y’know, CAKE. Sweet treats wait for no one. $7-10 sliding scale, and don’t forget — it’s a fundraiser for CKUT!

Need more convincing? Listen to the good folks over at Cult Mtl and Voir, they know what’s up.
Tomorrow night. We’ll see you there.


Behind the Scenes @ Venus Radioke

The annual Venus Radioke extravaganza is one of the city’s best-loved radio events, and we had a pretty special edition of it last week as part of CKUT’s Funding Drive. Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the magic that went down here in our on-air studio, featuring members of amazing local bands Heathers, the Femmaggots, Cheap Wig, and many others behind the mic.

Venus airs live every Thursday from 12-2pm EST. And don’t forget, it’s not too late to donate to Venus (or any other CKUT program) if you want to show some support!




This Saturday: The Goods w/ DJs Andy Williams & Scott C + Andy Smith (ex-Portishead)

We’re in day two of CKUT’s annual funding drive, and lemme tell you things are hopping around the station… we’re up to our eyeballs in special programming, wicked prizes, and insane events. Speaking of, here’s one going down this weekend that we’re particularly psyched about — the all-star crew behind The Goods is bring the one and only Andy Smith to town,  and it’s hands down the best weekend bet for groove-lovers around town.  For those not in the know…

Who is Andy Smith?

23 January 1967, Thornbury, Bristol, Avon, England. Smith made his name on the UK music scene in the mid-90s as the official tour DJ for the Bristol-based trip-hop act Portishead. The response to his opening sets for that band prompted Smith’s decision to release his own mix album in 1998. The highly praised The Document appeared on the Go! Beat Records label, and its popularity within the house and hip-hop fraternity helped give Smith a great profile boost. The list of records on the album seemed absolutely bizarre from Tom Jones to Jeru The Damaja, but with seamless mixing and top-drawer cutting and scratching Smith fashioned one of the year’s finest mix releases. Further work with Portishead was balanced with an increasingly hectic schedule as an international DJ, but in the new millennium Smith found the time to launch Dynamo Productions with Scott Hendy of the hip-hop outfit Boca 45. The duo issued a number of 12-inch singles before debuting with Analogue in early 2003. Shortly afterwards, Smith released his second mix set (inventively titled The Document II). The album continued in the eclectic vein of its predecessor, beginning with a Kate Bush track and moving through Serge Gainsbourg, the Ultramagnetic MC’s and Barbara Acklin. One of the least pretentious DJs on the UK music scene, Smith educates and rocks the party out at the same time.

Catch it this Saturday, October 25 at the Sala. Want more info? Check it out via Cult Mtl or Facebook.


Photos: CKUT’s Autumn 2014 Total Eclipse Concert Series

Missed last week’s awesome Total Eclipse series? Or just want to re-live the magic? Either way, here are some of our best visual memories from a weekend full of amazing music. The World Skip the Beat photos are from the talented lens of Manikmati Photography, and CKUT’s own Tamara F. took the photo (and drew the neck tattoo) of DJ Damnbrunettes.

Of course, y’all should keep your dials tuned to CKUT because we’ll have tons more exciting events coming up with this year’s Funding Drive… things kick off on October 23rd, so stay tuned for all the details coming shortly!



Montreal International Reggae Festival Live on CKUT


CKUT is home base for all the reggae happenings in Montreal, and this year we are going to be ALL over the 11th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival. From 4pm till midnight on Saturday August 16th and Sunday August 17th, CKUT will be broadcasting LIVE from the Old Port with all of your favourite radio hosts. Hosts of CKUT’s Caribbean Programming: Positive Vibes, Butcher T’s Noon Time Cuts, Weekend Groove, Soca Sessions, West Indian Rhythms, Masters At Work, Bhum Bhum Tyme, Roots Rock Rebel, Roots Rock Reggae, Full Circle and New Born Reggae Ting will all be there! Tune in this weekend to hear it live, or better yet – come say hi to us at the festival and chill with the CKUT crew in person.


Underground Sounds Curates Marché des Possibles


CKUT Underground Sounds is pumped to be partnering with Marché des Possibles and Pop Montreal on July 25 for an evening of live music at the Mile End’s new open-air market.

The free event runs from 3 -11pm with musical guests Saxsyndrum, Hua Li and Fragile Feet starting at 7pm. RSVP for the event here and join us at Bernard and Saint-Dominique for live music, a farmers market, artisan crafts and food trucks in a kid-friendly outdoor community space. We’ll see you there!

Young Magic

Concert Review: Fuck Buttons + Young Magic @ Sala Rossa (Suoni Per Il Popolo)

Young Magic

It is needless to say that Suoni Per Il Popolo breeds the perfect breadth of genres for music connoisseurs to seriously get out of their comfort zones. However, this can result in either happy or less-welcome surprises. Seeing the opening band, Brooklyn-based Young Magic (YM), at Sala Rossa was indubitably a happy one.

Far from your average dream-pop and too special to dump in the overemployed experimental electronic music category, YM’s sound translates into masterfully layered synth lines with textured soundscapes.

Their latest LP Breathing Statues, released on May 6th, dominated the first half of their set. YM describes it as “landscape of violence and grace”. The band quickly mesmerized its audience with projected images and clips from Sergei Parajanov’s 1968 Armenian film “The Color of Pomegranates”. These ethereal visuals proved a well-suited compliment to Melati Malay’s eerily raw and sensual vocals and distorted guitar solos.

The second half of the set featured material from their 2012 album Melt. Slightly more psychedelic with its dark modal melodies, YM left the crowd meditative yet energized, closing with two of my favorites: “Sparkly” and “Night In The Ocean”. Weaving this all together, their performance held up to their self-description as “gold dreamers, aspiring world wanderers, silk sounders”.

Fuck Buttons

Sadly, British headliners Fuck Buttons (FB) were less inspiring. Unmistakably drone music, bordering on noise rock, with hints of Mogwai-inspired post-rock progressions, the experience was dizzying and draining.  Their set included tracks from their critically acclaimed third album, Slow Focus, released in July 2013.

Despite scoring 80 on Metacritic, I found their downtempo style redundant. Their presentation fell flat. One song flowed from one to the next without distinction, sucking the crowd into a nonconsensual time warp that failed to deliver the expected payoff. I was only really able to get into a groove with their more trance-like material (e.g. “The Red Wing”). All in all, it was way too much reverb for my nervous system to handle.

When it comes to anything electronic, the Brits usually exceed expectations. But unfortunately for FB, their conceptual nature felt more like an art project than a music performance.

– Jessica Newfield