Local avant-garde duo Les Momies de Palerme (Xarah Dion and Marie Davidson) reunited for a special live performance on CKUT’s If You Got Ears in May 2013. On “Quebec,” the pair create a synth soundscape that is somehow both calming and unsettling. Listen for yourself below.
The theme song to the radio show Dykes on Mykes on CKUT 90.3fm has always been a bit of a mystery. Listeners would call in asking about its origins and pre – Goggle much of this information was based on hearsay and intuition. Finally, in honour of CKUT ‘s 25th Anniversary on the FM dial, some staff at the station decided to get to the bottom of it…turns out the song is from a 1970s Italian opera – La Gatta Cenerentola by Roberto De Simone- loosely based on the Cinderella story (WOW – who’ da guessed it) .
But how DID this obscure opera end up on CKUT’s airwaves as the Dykes on Mykes theme no less? A little google-ing led them to the underground club scene in Montreal in the 80s (weird right?). DJ Perry “Wizzard” Lamarre had turned La Gatta into a Montreal dance hit and released it (very limited edition) on an EP entilted Strange Pleasures – Sure enough we found it in our library.
Anyway,we got obsessed and one thing led to another culminating in this live performance by CKUT Dykes on Mykes hosts past and current.
Vince Tinguely current host of the radio show Kitchen Kitchen Bang Bang Tuesdays noon – 2pm , previous co-host of Victorious and Invincible and previous to that In from the Cold. AT CKUT’s 25th Anniversary event, Vince read a piece about what it was like to be a part of campus community radio when C/C radio was still in diapers.
As you may have heard, CKUT had a pretty great party to celebrate our 25 years on air. One of the highlights was a unique rap written & performed live by Logic Johnson, host of Listen You Smell Something. It was a one-time only performance but it’s too good to not share. Check it out!
Venus Radio started in 1996 by Laura MacNeil, Delphine Foo and Erin MacLeod. The show is run by a collective of hosts and “explores women’s impact on music and the impact of music on women in various jobs, stations and positions in life” (show proposal Nov 1996). The show went on to win many #1 Best Radio Show in the Montreal Mirror/Cult Montreal readers poll and is well known for its infamous Radiokee where Montreal musician came to the station to sing their hearts out and raise funds for CKUT.
Below is a bit of oral history – the story of the origins of Venus radio.