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Hi friends,
Hope you’re having a good week! We’ve dipped back into sub-zero temperatures here in Montreal, please keep yr fingers crossed for warmth and sunshine here in the 514. All I wanna do is cruise around on my bike and not have to wear five layers of clothing to not freeze. A girl can dream, right?


In celebration of the annual Howl! Arts Festival, we’re psyched to have the Howl crew into our studios to curate the April edition of our beloved Montreal Sessions. Exploring intersections of art and activism, they embody a true DYI spirit and proudly showcase their politics through everything they do. Hear them on the airwaves every Tuesday in April from 3-5pm, and check the full event listings for the Howl! festival here.

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2. essaie pas – demain est une autre nuit – dfa CC *
3. lantern – black highways and green garden roads – fixture records CC
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Friday 30th 2015: Howl! + CKUT Benefit Concert


What are you doing this Friday? Oh you’re going to the Howl Arts Benefit Concert? Us too!

In conjunction with our annual funding drive, CKUT is teaming up with Howl! to bring you an amazing night full of great music and great humans. With a line up including dArk mAAt’r, Marika Tirolien, Rhythm and Hues, and All Da Way Live Radio, it’s a good thing you’re coming! But seriously, it’s going to be nuts, so swing by and bring your friends for a guaranteed good time.

CKUT needs loving too so do bring monetary hugs aka donations if you can (recommended amount is $8-$15). The gates to our sweet party open at 9pm, and everyone is invited. Check out our Facebook event for more info!

See you all there <321

Howl! hosts The Montreal Sessions (#4)

Tune in to CKUT FM today for The Montreal Sessions, featuring an interview with Loosestrife on Saturn Returns label, launching their new album Getting Better Getting Worse on Sunday at the Howl! festival.

Later in the show, listen for a live in studio performance by Ari Swan, who is playing at the Missing Justice benefit on Friday night at La Sala Rossa, tune-in at 90.3fm !

Howl! festival is now its second year, and all week artistic/activist events are happening at venues around the city, including La Passe, Cagabi, Casa del Popolo and more. Check out the full festival listings online and tune in to the Howl! Montreal Sessions every Wednesday 3-5pm.

Howl! Arts Collective hosts The Montreal Sessions (#1)

We are very excited to welcome the Howl! Arts Collective into our studios to curate the April edition of The Montreal Sessions. Howl! is a Montreal-based collective of cultural workers, artists and activists working for social justice via artistic expression.

In addition to their ever-growing, prolific recorded catalog and an ongoing flurry of rad events, they’re pooling their efforts this month to host a Howl! concert series, rooted in Montreal’s fiercely creative independent arts community. From music to dance, spoken-word poetry to film, Howl! features a diversity of local, national, and international artists. Howl! aims to challenge corporate-directed musical modes by celebrating grassroots artists actively building bridges between the arts and activism for social justice. Hear them take over the CKUT airwaves every Tuesday in April from 3-5pm EST: stream it live here, and catch past episodes here.


Bent By Elephants + Smokes + Howl! arts live album // Underground Sounds


Tune in to Underground Sounds 8-10 tonight for a dose of fresh Montreal music.

Starting the show is a live interview and performance with Bent By Elephants — this will be special and should be filed under ‘not to be missed’. Later in the show Patrick Cruvellier from Mile-End rock trio Smokes premiere songs from their Unlucky EP.

On Wednesday November 13 Howl! arts is launching their first live album at la Sala Rossa featuring some of my recordings dating back to 2009. I caught up with Howl! member, musician and community activist Stefan Christoff about the making of the album, the artwork by Kevin Lo and who will be performing at the album release concert. We’ll close the show with that interview and some recordings from Norsola, Sarah Page and Les Momies de Palerme.

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Temps Libre

LIVE RECORDING: Stefan Christoff – Temps Libre

Temps Libre

The headspace for this instrumental duet is a dark night in early February; the point when Montreal winter shuts down most social outings and a budding flower is a distant glimmer.

Following a lulling performance by Dulcimerist Amir Amiri, Casa’s lights dimmed and the crowd hushed for the performance of Temps Libre by Stefan Christoff. Joining the pianist on stage for the album launch was contrabassist Peter Burton, and saxophonist Brahja Waldman.

This album stems from the tradition of non-metric composition, an approach employed by adventurous jazz musicians under the genre ‘free-time’ and ‘free-jazz’. Stefan appropriates the term en-français with modern nods to Montréal’s ambient landscape. The pieces flow in the drone vein of Constellation-style artists while flirting with more experimental-jazz akin to Suoni Per Il Popolo’s aesthetic. Once again, Stefan has made a valuable contribution to the Montréal arts catalogue, offering a resounding message of activism and social reflection.

HowlArts co-presented the event with CKUT.


TONIGHT on Venus Radio, A K U A


Tune in today to CKUT from 12-2pm for Venus to hear an interview with Ghanan/Canadian synth-soul songstress A K U A !

Born to an immigrant father from Ghana and a Canadian mother, Akua Carson was raised in a relatively uneventful suburb of London, Ontario. As a biracial child in a culturally homogenous community, Akua’s childhood would bear a certain uneasiness surrounding identity and categorization; a theme that has persisted its way into her music and undoubtedly influenced the diversity and ambiguity one hears in her sound today.

She’ll be playing a show presented by the Howl Arts Collective tonight at La Sala Rossa alongside Detroit MC Invincible. Definitely don’t miss it if you’re into good vibes, soul or hip hop.