Last week I was lucky enough to catch a sold-out Leonard Cohen tribute where a whole crew of Montreal artists played renditions of their fave Cohen tracks. It was a pretty special experience, perhaps even more so given that the whole night was a fundraiser to buy a piano for local youth centre Dans La Rue. Many of our programmers, including Li’l Andy (above) and Katie Moore, participated in the event; what a great reminder of the talent we are lucky to have in the city – not to mention right here at CKUT.
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During the month April Jean Cousin, aka Joni Void, will be hosting The Montréal Sessions on CKUT every Tuesday from 3-5pm, leading up to the release of his forthcoming album Selfless on Constellation Records. For this special residency, Jean is presenting a series entitled Scapes: a “series of conceptual musical selection experiences.” We’ve been promised immersive mixes that aim to transcend genres and traditional radioplay, instead sounding more like a lucid dream broadcast. Intrigued? You should be.
ckut top 30 – april 4, 2017
1. tonstartssbandht – sorcerer – mexican summer
2. saltland – a common truth – constellation CC *
3. high plains – cinderland – kranky CC
4. philippe lauzier – a pond in my living room – sofa CC *
5. arto lindsay – cuidado madame – northern spy Continue reading →
During the month April, Jean Cousin, aka Joni Void, will be hosting The Montréal Sessions on CKUT, every Tuesday from 3-5pm, leading up to the release of his forthcoming album Selfless on Constellation Records.
For the Montréal Sessions, Joni Void presents Scapes: a “series of conceptual musical selection experiences.” Immersive mixes that aim to transcend genres and traditional radioplay, instead sounding more like a lucid dream broadcast.
These thematic sonic journeys include: Voxscapes, a vocal-based mix of songs that are almost entirely a-capella/only use voice; Livescapes, a compilation of Montréal live recordings, with a first hour dedicated to recordings made at La Plante/The Plant, an alternative space in which Jean resides and organizes events; Dronescape, focusing on drone and ambient music, including a live performance with other members of La Plante; Cityscape, a soundscape of Montréal with local field recordings and songs that directly reference the city; and finally Filmscape, a collage of diverse film samples, and soundtracks. These episodes will also feature some of Jean’s own music, from his different monikers/projects, even including some unreleased material.
We got a ton of snow over the weekend and this dirty but cheerful snowman magically emerged in our backyard overnight. Not sure whether he’s the work of some creative overnight programmers or roving undergrads, but either way he made the whole crew smile this morning. We’re forecast for even more snow tonight so we’ll how our new buddy is looking tomorrow…
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For the month of February, CKUT’s own Elena Stoodley is taking over the Montreal Sessions to highlight Black History Month and the amazing work of black artists in Montreal and beyond. Today Elena & guests Ellise Barbara, James Goddard, and Sara Sheline have teamed up for a special Valentine’s Day episode. Find detailshere and stream or download the audio via ckut.ca.
ckut top 30 – february 14, 2017
1. austra – future politics – domino CC
2. pc worship – buried wish – northern spy
3. century palm – meet you – deranged CC
4. kid koala – music to draw to – arts & crafts CC *
5. run the jewels – run the jewels 3 – self-released Continue reading →
This December, Blue Skies Turn Black is taking over CKUT’s Montreal Sessions to celebrate its sweet 16. Every show will be hosted by a different BSTB employee looking back on their favorite music of the year. Look out for special co-hosts, giveaways and surprise announcements throughout the month.
About Blue Skies Turn Black
Blue Skies Turn Black is a Montreal based concert promotions company founded by Meyer
Billurcu and Brian Neuman in March 2000. BSTB has booked thousands of artists spanning across every genre in its 16 year history. From DIY lofts to 2000+ capacity theatres, BSTB has worked with just about every venue in town. Its small but dedicated team of music enthusiasts work tirelessly to discover new artists as well as cultivate the relationships with the bands it has already worked with, both from the local and international scene.
Stream the show live every Tuesday in December from 3-5pm or download the full audio archives from ckut.ca.
For the month of November, we’re stoked to welcome Eli Levinson of Mundial Montreal and M for Montreal into the studio to curate CKUT’s Montreal Sessions. Both M and Mundial bring industry people together to see shows, network, and create business. It’s a great opportunity for artists to develop themselves professionally and for audiences to discover the best and brightest local talent.
Mundial Montreal (November 15-18) focuses on globe-spanning international sounds with an eclectic mix of Canadian talent, plus high caliber international acts and a special series called Aboriginal Sounds highlighting new music created by Indigenous artists.
M for Montreal (November 16-19) focuses on indie rock, hip hop, and electronic music and is primarily aimed at showcasing Montreal-based artists. It has been instrumental in bringing local talent to international stages and helping to raise the profile of our local scene.
This month, the Montreal sessions will focus on artists showcasing at Mundial and M as well as a couple highlights from past editions. There will be plenty of special guests, interviews, and live performances — tune in every Tuesday in November from 3-5pm for a truly diverse sampling of the artists hitting our stages this month.
This month’s Montreal Sessions, hosted by Alex Pelchat, will kick off today with a live session featuring rock duo Mother Tongue. Hailing from Rhode Island, Mother Tongue will be gracing our studio with sludgy tunes equipped with abrasive vocals, steady guitar, and chaotic drum beats. Alex will be holding a Q & A with the duo, so be sure to tune in for some rad music and convos!
Mother Tongue will be playing tonight at La Plante, kicking off their tour with Montreal trio Lungbutter. They will be touring the east coast for the month of August, so be sure to check out their facebook page to see when they’ll be in your area! Tune into CKUT 90.3 FM’s Montreal Session today from 3-5pm for some great live jams, or catch it on the archives if you miss it live.
For the entire month of July, Slut Island will be the host of Montréal sessions here at CKUT 90.3fm! Every Tuesday starting tomorrow July 5th from 3-5pm Slut Island will provide programming that will be focused from the perspective of those who see themselves as queer, female identifying/gender fluid people. They aim to change the music industry that is typical dominated by cisgendered white males and introduce a safer space for marginalized people that look for an outlet to showcase their talents on.
For the first two weeks on Montréal sessions the emphasis of the show will solely focus on Slut Island’s Festival activities! You can expect to hear more information about the festival which will be taking place at venues all over Montréal such as Casa Del Popolo, Bar le Ritz and 820 Plaza. Along with what you can expect to hear about Slut Island Festival, you can tune in tomorrow July 5th from 3-5pm for a live performance from local pop-punk band Chipped Nails! Keep it locked for tomorrows programming, brought to you by Ethel Eugene and Frankie Teardrop, to hear some wicked tunes and information on what to look forward to at the festival!
We’ve all been waiting for it, and it’s finally happening: the one and only Smileswithteeth will be blessing our studios for the May 2016 Montreal Sessions along with Lillian King!
Smileswithteeth, aka Gabriel Gutierrez, is an LA raised but Montreal based musician. He creates sounds that are emotive and ethereal, and (as we all know) is insanely talented. You can check out his bandcamp to see what he’s all about. With Lillian King providing some beautiful vocals, the two are partnering up this month to bring you all sorts of quality new music, performances, and some wholesome feel good times together. What could be better on a summer afternoon?
Tune in tomorrow and every Tuesday from 3-5pm to join the fun~~
The end of the month is a very emotionally confusing time for us. On one hand, a residency of the Montreal Session ends and we must say farewell to yet another amazing guest. But on the other, we’re super stoked to welcome another host to the station. This April, we are lucky enough to have Howl! Arts showing us what they got and more, with Stefan Christoff on the mic. Howl! Arts is an incredible collective that focuses on both local and international talent. They aim to creatively use their voice to combine arts and social justice, which we are definitely excited to hear. You can also check em out on their website to learn more.
Listen in to CKUT on Tuesdays 3-5pm to catch the show~
This March, Tammy Forsythe will be hosting CKUT’s Montreal Sessions. Originally hailing from Nova Scotia, Forsythe arrived in Montreal in the late 80’s to study dance at Concordia University. She stayed, exploring multimedia including radio (by hanging around CKUT!), music, books, and choreography. Forsythe founded her own dance company Tusketdance in 1996 and has won awards for her expressive and thought-provoking dances including The Backtrack (2003) and Golpe (2010). Along with her work with dance and physical theatre, Forsythe has been actively creating music with her band Black Popes and uploading clips of songs, rehearsals, and outdoor explorations to her Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/tusketdance/videos).
Tune in every Tuesday from 3-5 pm this month to hear live weekly sessions hosted by Tammy Forsythe!