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mardi spaghetti


mardi spaghetti

Hey friends,

Charts are hitting you late because my day was mostly spent teching a super rad remote broadcast of the excellent Mardi Spaghetti series’ fifth anniversary show — so many amazing local musicians participating in a 12-hour free improv marathon, whewwww. If you dig wild jazz and avant-garde sounds, you owe it to yrself to check things out.

Quick note for those in Kingston and Toronto, I’ll be in your cities over the weekend playing a couple gigs — get in touch if you’ll be around!

This long day plus hauling gear through an intense snowstorm has done me in for now..
A bientot till next week,


ckut top 30 – march 19, 2013
colin stetson – new history warfare volume 3: to see more light – constellation CC
choeur maha – songs from silence – self-released CC
jerusalem in my heart – mo7it al-mo7it – constellation CC
grouper – the man who died in his boat – kranky
iceage – you’re nothing – matador
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Mardi Spaghetti

Mardi Spaghetti Marathon CKUT Remote

Mardi Spaghetti

Hey! Everybody’s a fan of improvised music, yeah?

Say, for example, Ellwood Epps (who we interviewed on this very blog) or Malcom Goldstein (who sometimes plays live on CKUT). Now add on about fifteen more extremely talented performers and you’ve got a marathon of improvised music hosted and curated by the Tuesday Montreal institution, Mardi Spaghetti.

Since we’re such fans of these sorts of sounds, we’re gonna be there from 12-2pm today doing a remote broadcast from this very special event.

Check the lineup after the jump and on Mardi Spaghetti’s site and tune into CKUT from 12-2pm to help celebrate this wonderful improvisational happening’s 5th year of existence!

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things we said on new shit 3/18

Sad news today with the loss of Secretly Canadian’s Jason Molina. We had a heavy first hour with tunes from the likes of Ken Mode and then tried our shot at the sun with bossa nova from Vinicius Cantuária. Lots of shows to look out for this week and be sure to tune in next week from 3-5pm. Or check out our archives.

Shows This Week

Mardi Spaghetti Marathon @ Caigibi 3/19
Ponctuation album launch @ Divan Orange 3/20
Nick Cave @ Metropolis 3/22
Leif Vollebekk @ Cabaret Du Mile End 3/23
Mac DeMarco @ Sala Rossa 3/24

New Shit Playlist 3/18

Suuns – Minor Work – Images du Futur
Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi – In Focus?
Pere Ubu – Feuksley Ma’am, The Hearing
Foot Village – This Song is a Drug Deal – Make Memories
Pat Jordache – Hunger – Hunger
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Ellwood Epps


Ellwood Epps

Interview with Ellwood Epps, February 17, 2013

Last Sunday night, CKUT had the pleasure of sitting down in a back room of La Brique with local trumpeter/improvised music promoter Ellwood Epps. The purpose of the chat was to shed some light on the current edition of concerts he is organizing, as well as discussing improvised music, music within the greater cultural sphere of Montreal and the pros and cons of running a loft venue.

Can you give some background on who you are and what you’ve been up to?

I’m a trumpet player, improv player, concert organizer, I’ve been In Montreal for seven and a half years or so and loving it here. 5 years ago I started L’Envers with another trumpet player Philip Battikha, who has since moved to NYC.


What was the story behind that?

L’envers was a loft space on Van Horne in the Mile end area of Montreal. Philip and I had a dream of having a space that was dedicated to improvised music. We were also looking for a place to live at the same time, so everything lined up. The space on Van Horne was the 1st building we walked in to. We visited some more, but we knew that was going to be the place. It was also expensive, we knew to make it workable we would have to build rooms and have room mates. We did that and also did the electricity, built a kitchen and bathtub, all these things to make it livable and suitable for concerts. 3 months later, June 28th 2008, we did our first show. 500 shows later we’re not in the building anymore, due to problems with the law and also with the very high rent. We did eventually move to a smaller space in the same building, but again rents just got too high. Which brings us to now, where we are presenting shows weekly here at La Brique on Sundays. And on Thursday nights we’re presenting concerts at Café L’Artere, also around the corner from here on Parc Avenue.


What’s changed aside from the venue?

We’re doing the same kinds of concerts as we used to, same kind of music. This format has even allowed us to focus more on improvised music

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Philippe Batthika

Mardi Spaghetti Anniversary: remote broadcast, live from Cagibi!

Philippe Battikha

Tune into to CKUT 90.3FM to hear some live music piping hot through the radio waves and directly into your lovely ears from Cagibi (5490 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) where we’ll be broadcasting the Mardi Spaghetti Anniversary all-day jam, from 11-1pm*. To check out the performance schedule and get more info about Mardi Spaghetti visit this handy site. Drop by and say hello too, whydontcha!

Mardi Spaghetti is Montréal’s weekly improvised music series since 2008. Every Tuesday at Le Cagibi

*(thanks to Ecolibrium and Kitchen Bang Bang Law for donating all and part of their shows to the cause respectively)