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Hi radio,

Not much to report here this week — we’re nearing the end of the semester and many of our student volunteers are deep in final papers and exam prep, so it’s been pretty quiet around the station. This lull in the usual craziness gives us a nice chance to work on some big-picture ideas. It’s CKUT’s 30th birthday in the fall, and we’re cooking up some exciting plans to celebrate. Stay tuned… :)

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to catch a show featuring live debuts from three great acts, including sundogs (above), L’Ordre de l’Infiniment Nada, and dmr. I always find it inspiring to see acts hit the stage for the first time and totally crush it; it’s a good reminder of the creative and gutsy artists we are fortunate to have in abundance here in Montreal.


We’re very excited to welcome Iranian-born, Montreal-based sound artists MP | vH+as our curators for our monthly experimental radio residency, If You Got Ears. Here’s what to expect, in their own words:

We are “MP | vH+”, and we invite you to take a trip with us to the farthest territories of computational sound art. We will point at aspects, approaches, questions and meditations on the different areas of “La music informatique”.

Most important, we will listen to music, some of them are composed and performed by ourselves, and the others are masterworks of contemporary music composed by others, only performed by us, using diverse methods, divergent techniques and different systems.

Welcome to our lab.

MP & vH+

Catch this very special program every Wednesday in April from noon – 2pm, or download the archive via ckut.ca.

ckut top 30 – march 28, 2017

1. saltland – a common truth – constellation CC *
2. xiu xiu – forget – polyvinyl
3. the painters/carla sagan – supermoon lunar eclipse – egg
paper factory CC *
4. tim darcy – saturday night – jagjaguwar CC *
5. anjou – epithymia – kranky  Continue reading


Hi friends,
I am still recovering from a crazy weekend of book launchesbenefit gigs, andworkshops, capping it all off last night by opening for the excellent NYC band PILL… I feel like I’ll be pushing the limits of my caffeine intake today. Whew. It’s also reading break at McGill this week, so many of our regular volunteers are out of town visiting warmer climates — please be patient with us if we’re a little behind on music intake this week.

Spike Taylor is a local artist and piano tuner. His projects can be found at theharmonist.ca. For the month of March, 2017, he will host If You Got Ears and feature unusual piano music from around the world, spanning the age of record. He will share stories of the piano technician trade and of the instrument itself. Each week will build toward Piano Day – a new global initiative celebrated on the 88th day of the year to draw attention to the pianos in our midst and the people who love them. CKUT and The Harmonist are co-presenting a Piano Day event at Sala Rossa on March 29 featuring the music of Montreal poet/hero Leonard Cohen in a benefit fundraiser for a new used piano for the street youth outreach centre Dans-La-Rue. Hear this special program on CKUT every Wednesday in March from 12-2pm.

ckut top 30 – february 28, 2017

1. tim darcy – saturday night – jagjaguwar CC *
2. the luyas – human voicing – paper bag CC *
3. moor mother – fetish bones – don giovanni
4. leif vollebekk – twin solitude – secret city CC *
5. pc worship – buried wish – northern spy Continue reading



Hi folks,
Sorry for missing your tracking calls & emails last week, I got hit with a brutal cold and was outta the office for a couple days. Catching up soon, promise.

Strength to our American buds – we’re biting our nails up here in Canada, too.

A Picturesque Venus Transit (aka Danji Buck-Moore, mem. Slight and Anabasine) takes control of CKUT’s mighty airwaves for all of November’s freaky Wednesdays (noon – 2pm). Expect an array of funny friends and extreme experimentalists from the deepest darkest corners of Montreal’s strangest scenes. He’ll also take deep dives into some of his favourite obscure and famous recordings, be it on microchip or dusty wax, culling brain-bending and mind-dripping sonics fromevery corner of our weird and wonderful lily pad known as spaceship Earth. Call in: 514-448-4013

ckut top 30 – november 8, 2016

1. duchess says – sciences nouvelles – bonsound CC *
2. tanya tagaq – retribution – six shooter CC
3. loscil – monument builders – kranky CC
4. sam shalabi – isis and osiris – nashazphone CC *
5. a tribe called red – we are the halluci nation – radicalized records CC * Continue reading

If You Got Ears: A Picturesque Venus Transit


A Picturesque Venus Transit (aka Danji Buck-Moore, mem. Slight and Anabasine) will take control of the CKUT’s mighty airwaves for all five of November’s freaky Wednesdays from the noon hour till 2pm, bringing through an array of funny friends and extreme experimentalists from the deepest darkest corners of Montreal’s strangest scenes. On top of that he’ll take deep dives through some of his favourite obscure and famous recordings, be it on microchip or dusty wax, culling brain-bending and mind-dripping sonics from each and every corner of our weird and wonderful lily pad known as spaceship Earth. Please do call in, wherever you are, we really do want to talk to you.

Estraven Lupino-Smith Hosts CKUT’s If You Got Ears

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Every Wednesday in October from 12-2pm tune into If You Got Ears for a very special residency curated by local audio/visual artist Estraven Lupino-Smith. Using a variety of angles to explore the intersections between nature and technology, they’ll be crafting soundscapes from long form drones, field recordings, and everything in between. In Lupino-Smith’s own words:

This residency will focus on drone/doom/experimental work and feature samples from animals that I have recorded or that are part of the Macauley Library. Expect some guests and live performances, where we will be drawing from this public archive for inspiration. The sound work I present will engage with the ideas of nature and technology, the way our interactions with the so-called “natural world” are technologically mediated, and that there are many amazing, wonderful and awe inspiring sounds made in nature.

Stream it live via ckut.ca every Wednesday afternoon, and download full episodes from our audio archives.

Hip Hop You Don’t Stop for If You Got Ears September 2016


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If you haven’t heard of Montreal’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop, you’re in for a treat this month. HHYDS is a powerful initiative that provides positive alternatives for at-risk and underprivileged youth in Côte-des-Neiges and NDG. The project allows people to participate in various activities such as dance, music, writing, and visual art, in the aims to help channel energies into constructive and creative purposes. The organizers of this project have been doing their magic since 2005, and now in 2016 they have agreed to host If You Got Ears for the month of September! You can expect a whole lot of great music, talks, and positive spirits. We’ll be bringing more information on the specific details of the show in the near future. But for now, trust us, it’s going to be amazing~~

Tune in to the Montreal Sessions, every Tuesday from 3-5pm EST



Hi friends,
It was a pretty nice long weekend here in QC (what’s up, Saint John Baptiste). The lovely Sarah C. from CiTR was in town and we got to catch up on all the usual radio gossip, and I also got to hang with one of my favourite Montreal pups (Chino, above) — our off-leash adventure was going great till he tried to eat a dead groundhog. Whoops.

For the month of July, the wildly creative multimedia duo Platitudes will be taking over the CKUT airwaves as the curators of our If You Got Ears residency. Platitudes is a collaboration between local artist (skin tone, *Shining Wizard*, Jef Elise Barbara’s Black Space) and music promoter, James Goddard, and sound artist, hairdresser and feminist researcher, Julia Dyck. They also play together in local experimental pop group Soft Cone. Platitudes uses voice / bent data / musical instruments / samples and field recordings to create audio performances exploring aspects of our psycho-technological contemporaneity.

Over the month of July, Platitudes will present four original works on CKUT’s If You’ve Got Ears. A Blizzard of Best Sellers (July 6th), Personal Stability Zones (July 13th), The Voice of The Dolphin (July 20th), and The Modular “Fun Palace” (July 27th). Tune in every Wednesday from 12-2pm, or download the audio from our archive page after it airs.

ckut top 30 – june 28, 2016

1. jef elise barbara – sexe machin/sex machine – fixture records CC *
2. v/a – space echo: the mystery behind the cosmic sound of cabo verde – analog africa
3. un blonde – good will come to you – egg paper factory CC *
4. tamara filyavich/portable cosmoshrine – split ep – fake press co. CC *
5. mitski – puberty 2 – dead oceans  Continue reading

Oonga hosts If You Got Ears June 2016

If you haven’t heard already, Montreal DJ/producer Oonga (aka Eli Levinson) is hosting the June edition of If You Got Ears! A creator of house/techno dubstep and tropical-influenced music, he has been transporting CKUT’s listeners far beyond their musical expectations and around the world.

Since If You Got Ears is CKUT’s exploration of sonic delights, Oonga has been experimenting with the music he is playing during his residency. He taps into unique sounds of the world to “get out of the [world music] narrative” and challenges listeners’ expectations by blending international music with electronic ideas. On his most recent show (June 15th), he played a phenomenal selection of tropical bass and featured fellow artists including global bass producer Munchi and trans-national bass music (Borneo bass!) producer Jet Airess.

Tuning into Oonga’s show is a trip far beyond Montreal’s city limits to destinations such as Haiti (think voodoo drums), Turtle Island (pow wow music), and Indonesia (minimalistic gamelan), as well as a chance to explore electronic from its roots (i.e. Brazilian funk, Angolan kuduro, South African Gqom, etc.)

Join Oonga on his journeys every Wednesday in June (12-14h EST), or listen to past episodes in the CKUT archives! & Also check out  his mixcloud (which has mixes uploaded from his shows) and his soundcloud!




Hello friends,
I had a great weekend celebrating the fifth birthday of beloved local loftspace La Plante with a big ol party featuring lots of rad performances (including Grace Brooks & the Bad Dog, above), great food, dance party vibes, and a really cute dog. It felt kinda like I died and went to Montreal heaven.

A new month is upon us and that means that we’re proud to introduce a new curator for CKUT’s experimental radio residency If You Got Ears. This time around, we’re excited to welcome sound artist Jeremy Young to host the show every Wednesday from 12-2pm. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store, straight from the horse’s mouth: “The purpose of this residency is to reimagine my role as a radio jockey as an active creative participant in the flow of music throughout the set. I will be “performing” my material alongside other artists’ music, integrating my own arsenal of reel-to-reel tape loops live to both intervene with as well as smoothly usher along the narrative of the set. We’re going to explore the dreamstate together, lots of repetition and lots of loops, and each set will wonderfully dictate its own sense of time and time space. What fun!” Not by a computer to stream it live? Don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.

ckut top 30 – may 3, 2016

1. tim hecker – love streams – paper bag CC
2. lantern – black highways and green garden roads – fixture records CC
3. v/a – fixture records 4 – fixture records CC *
4. konono no. 1 – konono no. 1 meets batida – crammed discs
5. nap eyes – thought rock fish scale – you’ve changed CC Continue reading



a5da077d-b41a-413d-9582-83f161477248Hello radio,

Hope you had a good Easter long weekend! I spent mine bouncing between Ottawa and Montreal, doing some jamming/recording and hanging with pals in both cities. The absolute highlight of the weekend was going into one of my favourite yarn stores in Ottawa and finding three (!!!) cute pups hanging out in the shop, all of whom wanted treats & head-scratches. The one pictured above was named Charlie and apparently he pesters all of the customers for attention non-stop. I melted from cuteness.


We’re thrilled to welcome local musician Kyle Jukka into the pilot seat for the April edition of If You Got Ears. During his residency, he’ll be sharing a collection of music that has a strong transportive affect, impressionistic intention and sense of inventiveness: music from different places and time periods that points towards the building of our relationship with our senses. From the mysteriously hypnotic rhythms of indigenous Tanzania to the sparkling flavors of Latin America to the popular music of the USA and UK, the focus will be on music that paints pictures of worlds and transports you into them. Tune in every Wednesday from 12-2pm, or download the audio from our archives.

ckut top 30 – march 29, 2016

1. essaie pas – demain est une autre nuit – dfa CC *
2. v/a – fixture records 4 – fixture records CC *
3. nennen – two mountains – self-released CC *
4. prince rama – extreme now – carpark
5. lesley flanigan – hedera – physical editions  Continue reading