All Da Way Live Radio hosts Widget and Pro-V take advantage of this COVID lock down to interview Montreal OG Don Smooth (former host, producer of Street Sounds on K103 Radio). A two hour discussion on the history of hip hop from early 80s to now. Broadcast June 10th 2020 on CKUT 90.3fm.
The Morning Detour on CKUT 90.3fm have been adding a strong dose of caffeine to Friday Mornings on CKUT. A blend of hip hop, current affairs, and local business news. This show takes a critical and open conversation about Montreal response to police killing of George Floyd from elected officials to everyday people.
Hosts Wizzy Moonchaser, So Kay, Tamara Angeline , RG Music, Lord Pharaoh,
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.
Ian Pringle was a Bookkeeper, then Spoken Word Coordinator from 1987-1991.
He discovered CKUT when he was a McGill student, assigned to do a piece on CKUT getting our FM license for the student newspaper The Tribune. Taken with the diversity and excitement of the station he became a volunteer and ultimately staff member. In this interview he talks about the passion and commitment to diversity and the democratization of media. He also talks about the profound impact people like Martha Marie Kleinhans, Lisa Vinebaum, Christof Migone and especially hosts of the Homo Show, David Shannon and Donnie Rossiter had on him. He also recollects the infamous and historic turning points in the Queer Community, the death of Joe Rose and the Sex Garage raid, police brutality and community uproar.
He went on to work internationally in communications and radio, and now resides in Ottawa.
Here are some links to the HIV/AIDS PSAs Ian mentions (warning: explicit content)
CKUT intern Eve Fiertag looks at experimenting with the radio on the radio for this time capsule installment. She speaks to ex CKUT Music Coordinator and Production Coordinator Christof Migone who participated at CKUT from 1987 – 92. He also hosted the radio show “Dangers In Paradise” which he described as anything other than college rock. He collaborated with Julia Loktev on a show called Body Map where they took the island of Montreal and imagined it as a reclining body and got people to call in so they could let them know what part of the body they were situated in. He also collaborated with Margo Lane (also interviewed in this series) called Margo’s Intense Listening Corner. As production coordinator he trained and motivated volunteers to create with sound and open up the possibilities of radio.
Samaa Elibyari is a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and has been doing programming at CKUT since 1997. CKUT Culture Coordinator, Tamara Filyavich, speaks with Samaa (the week after Trump announced the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) about covering issues affecting the Muslim community for over 20 years. She began with the radio show, Crossroads with Ehab Loteyef in 1997 while she was working at the Islamic Center. Then started the radio show Caravan . She recalls being on the air the day after 9-11 and how this event focused and galvanized her objectives for the show. She was/is alarmed at how reductive the mainstream reporting of this event was and felt it important to talk about the effects of the sanctions in Iraq, the bias in U.S. policy towards Palestinians and the other issues that motivate young men to such extreme behavior. She used her voice as a programmer at CKUT to counterbalance the bias against muslims which she sees as a “downward spiral against Muslims” both in the U.S and in Quebec.
Samaa took a hiatus from programming and a new team have formed with a new show entitled Montreal Arab Show that currently airs Fridays 2pm – 3pm. Samaa continues to provide mentorship to this group and is a frequent contributor.
Special hour long episode of the International Radio Report in honor of 30 year on the air. Hosts Sheldon Harvey and David Asselin, are joined by past contributors Janice Laws, Gilles Letourneau, CKUT culture Coordinator Tamara Filyavich, Alan Roberts and Zack Rynar. Clips from the very first broadcast and discussions about their shared fascination with RADIO.
Howard “Stretch” Carr and Faithlyn Sankar interview the one and only Jimmy Cliff. This interview took place July 28th 2012 for CKUT radio show West Indian Rhythms. They cover the inspiration behind The Harder They Come and Many Rivers to Cross, riots in Brixton, and his commitment to uplifting his audience.
November 1998 CKUT broadcasts live from IsARt in Montreal. Show is hosted by CKUT’s Donald D (then host of the Weekend Groove) and Stephen “ZipLox” Hennessey (Ill Groove Garden). Artists mentioned – Mizery, MEtaphor (Meta-4?) At Random, Shades of Culture, LE, Wiser, Chuck Ice (the 50 cent of Montreal) OverProof, C4 San Pression, Damian from Zoobone . – DJ sets by DJ KAne – (DMC competitor) and Similak.
Before Pat Dillon Moore became known as Sistah P, she was also known as The Empress, and was the station manager at CKUT from 1992 -96. The tactical squad was the tri-fecta of Pat Dillon (aka the Dread-head), Louise Burns (aka the Redhead) and Sarah Toy (aka The Bedhead). The piece was produced by Prime Time, CKUT Production Coordinator circa 1996 – 2003. It features the voices of John Braithwaite, Rawls , Gordon Kreiger, Mikey Don, Khalid M’Seffar, Margo Lane, Howard ‘Stretch’ Carr, Detroit Burns, Richard Iton and more.
During the COVID-19 lockdown. CKUT has been operating remotely. Funky Revolutions took the time to dig into their archives to present – The Mothership’s Cassette Archives (25 Years of Funky Revolutions) This episode reaches in fact into the roots of Funky Revolutions and the First International Dub Poetry Festival held in Toronto from May 8-15 1993. This was inspirational and transformative event that would shape Funky Revolution’s vision of word, sound and power and influence the importance that the program gave to spoken word and the poetic traditions of the Funk in the program’s first ten years.
This episode features recordings of the foundational dub poets of the late 70s and early 80s as well as interviews with Oku Onoura, Jean Binta Breeze and rapso poet Brother Resistance
In July 1990 Mohawk Warriors and their supporters began an blockade to stop a group of developers from expanding a golf course onto a piece of land referred to as “The Pines”, a sacred burial ground in Kanehsatà:ke. The resistance expanded to Akwesasne and Kahnawake and then across the country, which lasted throughout the summer. The confrontation with Canada’s Armed Forces and Sûrté du Québec were at times violent. CKUT programmers were embedded behind the barricades and provided regular reports.
This piece is a montage of reports made from behind the barricades by Lisa Vinebaum
Browse mixcloud and you will never know what you might find – Thanks to Alexandre Beaudet for pressing record on the cassette deck.
This is another home recording of the legendary Sound Supreme Show, which aired Saturday nights on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal during the late 80s-early 90s. The mix is by LDG and the MC is Flight, now known as DJ Flight Almighty. I believe the recording is from 1989.
The Sound Supreme show brought us the sounds of the Golden Age of Hip Hop, at a time when Hip Hop was almost completely underground in Montreal, especially among Francophones. Thanks to LDG and Flight, a lot of kids such as myself were able to discover Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, 3rd Bass, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and many others.