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Welcome to CKUT’s Time Capsule!

Welcome to CKUT’s Time Capsule!

New content is dated to when it happened, not when it’s posted – so have fun digging through the archive.

 

But to help you out, here’s an index by decade:

1980’s AND Earlier

1990’s

2000’s

2010’s

25th Anniversary

30th Anniversary

2020’s

Here are some newer posts:

Sounds and Reflections on Dub Poetry Festival Toronto May 1993

Prison Radio reports live from the Caravan April 2020

Oral History in conversation with Suhrid Manchanda aka Su Real

LIVE from ISART – Montreal Massive IV Nov 27 1998

July 1990 Reports from Behind the Barricades

Interview with Jeremy Harding music producer and host of DJ Genius & the Prophet

Protest and Pedagogy Funky Revolutions 2019

Oral History in Conversation with Andy Williams

Oral History with Martha Marie Kleinhams

Sex Garage 25th Anniversary

Oral History with Andrea Jane Cornell

Oral History with Ian Pringle

Vince Tinguely’s 20th Anniversary Reflections

Oral History with Sue Elrington

Oral History with Bryan Zuraw

Oral History With Stuart Greer

History of the Community News Department

Oral History with Samaa Elibyari Dec. 2017

Interview with Rev Jesse Jackson by Christopher Heron April 2018

Feminism On the Radio 30th Anniversary Special March 2018

Oral History lesson with Pat Dillon Moore March 2018

A Letter To Kiss

March Montreal Sessions opens up the Time Capsule. Episode 1 – March 6 2018

Tactical Squad 1996

CKUT MOVES TO 3647 UNIVERSITY IN 1995

30th Anniversary – In Conversation with Rickey D

 

Prison Radio reports live from the Caravan April 2020

 

On Sunday April 21st Montrealers took to the streets,  in their vehicles, (respecting social distancing requirements) with their car radios tuned to CKUT,  to show solidarity to all those incarcerated and to denounce the conditions inside these institutions especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.  This special one hour broadcast hosted by CKUT’s Prison Radio includes reports both from the Caravan and from those within the walls of these institutions.

Social distancing is impossible inside prisons and detention centres and those inside remain at high risk of contracting COVID-19. There are now over 260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to Canadian carceral institutions around the country, where people are held on both criminal and migrant holds. There have also been cases confirmed in both the Laval and Toronto migrant detention centres. On April 16th, the Correctional Service of Canada confirmed that an inmate at BC’s Mission Institution prison had died due to COVID-19, with over 50 other inmates testing positive for the virus.

From March 24th to April 1st, detainees at the Laval migrant prison held an eight-day hunger strike to demand their immediate liberation and decent, safe housing upon release. While many hunger-strikers have since been released, 11 people remain in detention.

Despite the mounting calls from dozens of organizations for Canada to release migrant detainees and prisoners, the Canadian government still refuses to free all prisoners. The CBSA for its part has been slowly releasing migrant detainees on a case-by-case basis through individual detention review hearings.

Oral History in conversation with Suhrid Manchanda aka Su Real

Suhrid Manchanda was a force in Montreal’s music community before decamping to the United States and eventually to (his motherland) New Dehli, India. He was studying at McGil but ultimately spent most of his time playing guitar around the city. The mighty Detroit Metal, the unforgettable Bloody Gashes, with Chloe Lum, Yannick Desranleau and  Joel Taylor were both Suhrid’s babies.

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He formed Aum Supreme with Dane Mills, the original drummer in the Arcade Fire. Suhrid booked shows, ran festivals and was generally a personality on the Boulevard. He was eventually hired as Fundraising Coordinator at CKUT in 2004. Suhrid was tireless in his devotion to the radio station’s community, the city’s musicians and DIY music in general. No one was surprised when Suhrid turned up as Su Real, dj/producer and star of India’s Desi Bass scene. Music Coordinator Alex Moskos sat down to talk about it all with his old buddy and colleague Suhrid. 

 

How to make Prison Hooch

CKUT’s “Prison Radio” was included in the will of someone previously incarcerated.  As a result we were able to hire Gene as the coordinator of the Prison Radio show for a year. He educated us on a number of realities facing those behind babylon walls.  Check out Soundcloud for archives of this programming.

He also told us how to make alcohol out of ketchup inside prison.  Here is how you do it.

72 HR. PRISON KETCHUP BREW

Ingredients for a three-gallon ketchup brew:

      1. 3 lbs of sugar

      2. 1 gallon of ketchup

      3. 1 ripe orange or approx. 4 ounces of bread dough for our homemade yeast starter

      4. 3 gallons of warm water

      5. bicarbonate soda powder

Materials to make the brew:

      1. 1 (preferably 2) large plastic garbage bags

      2. any clean rubber tube, preferably at least 12 to 18 inches, ¼ to ½ inch internal diameter

      3. any plastic/glass jar and lid (a clean 500 gr to 1 lb peanut jar is ideal size)

      4. tape (hockey, medical, packaging) or even a shoelace will work

      5. pillow case(s) (3 or 4 would be ideal)

      6.  cardboard box or footlocker or even a pillowcase will do here

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DJ Genius & The Prophet aired on CKUT early 90s.  Two McGill students who dj’ed frat parties and then created a radio show and ruled the clubs with their blend of hip hop house and reggae.  The Prophet aka Dave  Welchsler, went on to be the Assistant Direct on Marvel Studios Neflix series as well other feature films.  DJ Genius aka Jeremy Harding returned to Jamaica where he produced Beenie Man’s Who Am I? (Sim Simma) Assassin, Something’s Gotta Give,  Mr. Vegas – Nike Air (Hands in the Air) and worked extensively with Sean Paul – just to drop a few names.  Take a listen to Pat Dillon Moore catch up with Jeremy who is currently a lecturer (reggae in the digital age) at the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

 

 

 

Protest and Pedagogy Funky Revolutions 2019

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In 1969 a group of students occupied the 9th floor computer center of Sir George Williams University (currently known as Concordia University) to object to racial bias in academic grading.  50 Years later we revisit this page in Montreal history through an event called Protest & Pedagogy.  Khalid M’Seffar of Funky Revolutions interviews Kaie Kellough, spoken word artist,  (& Soul Perspective Allum) one of the event organizers to discuss the events that shaped this incident. This piece explores racial tensions, student activism, Montreal Black history through the music of the era, through documentation of the event, personal connection and historic legacy .

 

Oral History in Conversation with Andy Williams

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Sunday Aug 19th The Goods Radio show went live from Casa Del Popolo for a  live interview with Andy Williams conducted by Doug Miller (co-host of Amandla, CKUT’s African News Programme since 1987). They go through Andy’s musical origins in  Derby, England, Jamaica, Toronto, Lennoxville  and now Montreal. He speaks of the music he listened to growing up and his insatiable hunt for sounds that are sweet to his ears.

 

 

 

Oral History with Martha Marie Kleinhams

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(above picture Donnie Rossiter and Martha Marie Kleinham)

As part of CKUT’s 30th Anniversary Oral History project, we interviewed Martha Marie Kleinhans who was one of the key driving forces behind CKUT’s fm licence application and move to FM. She says that Concordia University was expected to get the licence because of their active ties to the local scene however, CKUT’s (McGill) application put a strong focus on community programming and she believes this is what worked in the end. She also said there was some internal resistance as programmers knew that they would be evolving to a different kind of radio station. She volunteered prior to the license and ran for station manager on the basis of delivering the fm licence. She was the first station manager at CKUT 1986-87.  She said she worked closely with Don Rossiter and had the help of McGill Legal Professor Dr. F.H. Buckley who said “they rejected my idea that they go All-Monkees, All the time.”

She and Donnie went around to various cultural communities with a large hypothetical grid and said “should we get the licence would you be interested in producing radio”.

“We got the licence based on a promise.” The rest is history.