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CKMS-FM Studio Re-opening on Monday, 18 October 2021

Bob Jonkman, Jeff Stager, and Brian Doucet in the studio at the microphones
Bob Jonkman, Jeff Stager, and Brian Doucet
Good news! With the new ventilation system installed, the CKMS-FM studio is re-opening! Starting on Monday, 18 October 2021 you’ll be able to hear your favourite DJs and show hosts directly from our studios again.

There are still a few restrictions in effect — there will be no in-studio guests, but phone and web conference interviews can be held with studio equipment.

DJs and show hosts can check details for studio re-opening to see what they need to do before returning (login required for that link).

Welcome back, everyone!

The Feminist Shift

(logo of two sine waves forming the letters FS)The Feminist Shift is an advocacy capacity building collaborative between YW Kitchener-Waterloo and YWCA Cambridge that started in 2019. Together, with partnerships in the community, The Feminist Shift is taking on gender-based violence in Waterloo Region and working to improve the lives women and gender-diverse people. Their mission is to build a region that acknowledges and rejects gender-based violence. They will do this through engaging in thoughtful conversations, challenging engrained local issues with other feminist organizations, hosting knowledge sharing and training opportunities and through pointed and strategic advocacy projects.

This project is funded through Women and Gender Equality Canada’s capacity building grant, which allows The Feminist Shift to increase our community’s understanding of gender-based issues and build policy and preventative solutions to tackle these issues. The understanding of feminism is from an inclusive, strengths-based, intersectional lens and they focus on smart advocacy that promotes systemic progress and change.

The Feminist Shift airs on CKMS-FM alternate Wednesdays from Noon to 1:00pm starting on 6 October 2021 and runs to 12 January 2022.

Improvfest 2021 on 14 August 2021

Improvfest 2021 poster listing start times around the globe

Improvfest 2021 airs on CKMS-FM on Saturday, 14 August 2021:

  • Midnight to 4:00am
  • 6:00am to 9:00am
  • 12:30pm to 2:00pm

CONTACT: Sam Boer at iicsipr@uoguelph.ca

Improvisation Institute Announces IF 2021: a 24-hour Digital Festival of Improvised Arts

The second iteration of this “all-day, all-night, online celebration of the arts” is taking place on August 13-14 and will feature 150+ artists of all disciplines from around the world.

You can view the IF 2021 teaser and the full artist line-up on our website.

July 8, 2021 (Guelph, ON)—The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of Guelph is thrilled to announce the second annual edition of a 24-hour improvised arts festival: IF 2021. Starting on August 13th at 7pm (EDT), this free, multi-disciplinary Festival will feature a stream of curated improvised works by 150+ artists from more than 20 countries. 

World-class artists performing at IF 2021 include legendary Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie; iconic free jazz musicians Matthew Shipp and William Parker; prolific Japanese composer and pianist Satoko Fujii; Czech avant-garde violinist Iva Bittová; renowned soprano saxophonist and bandleader Jane Bunnett; former poet Laureate of Toronto George Elliott Clarke; playwright and Order of Canada recipient Judith Thompson; Governor General’s Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier; and curator/composer team Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon. Take a look at the full line-up on our website.

IF 2021 will showcase a range of creators—including musicians, dancers, theatre practitioners, poets, visual artists, filmmakers, and more—exploring the limitations the pandemic has imposed and, in turn, imagining the world anew. It builds upon the success of last summer’s inaugural festival, which attendees praised as “deeply touching and beautiful” and which the Italian music magazine Musica Jazz called “a huge, cathartic rite.”

IF 2021 is curated by IICSI director Dr. Ajay Heble (Founder and former Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival) and features sponsored performances courtesy of 25+ partnering organizations across Canada (such as Hillside Festival, Suoni per il Popolo, Mariposa Festival, Downtown Toronto Jazz Society, Calgary Opera, Small World Music, and Wavelength Music) and international partners including Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Sonic Arts Research Centre (N. Ireland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Música UNAM (Mexico), and Elysium Gallery (UK).

IF 2021 is presented by IICSI, with support from Musagetes, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Art Gallery of Guelph, as well as the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the College of Arts at the University of Guelph.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems’ (LCSFS) podcast Handpicked (letter I replaced by a carrot about to be picked)Handpicked: Stories from the Field showcases the excellent and varied research happening at the LCSFS with a focus on how the work creates meaningful changes to the ways we produce, get, eat and understand our food.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field is hosted by Amanda Di Battista, the LCSFS Project Coordinator, and Laine Young, PhD Candidate in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The first season of the Handpicked podcast launched on Sept. 30, 2019

Handpicked: Stories from the Field is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule, but will return with Season Two in 2022.

Subscribe to the podcast at http://handpickedpodcast.libsyn.com/rss

Revolution Rock

Revolution Rock | The best Punk, New Wave, Garage, Surf and Indie rock. 7-9pm every Saturday | Only on CJAM 99.1 FM | revrock.blogspot.comRevolution Rock is an award winning radio program on CJAM FM that first began broadcasting on CJAM’s airwaves in the late night hours of June 2004. Revolution Rock focuses on 60s garage rock, 70s punk/new wave, surf, alternative, indie and new/old music within those genres. The Revolution Rock blog provides band profiles, download links to the radio show, playlists and more.

Revolution Rock is hosted by Dave Konstantino and Adam Peltier on CJAM 99.1 FM (Windsor/Detroit). Dave is a freelance blogger/writer, musician and film maker. Download links to the show are provided by the CJAM website and can be found at the bottom of each play list on his blog.

Music Submissions:

Dave and Adam are always looking for bands that fit the format of the show (punk, post-punk, new wave, alternative, garage rock, etc). If you have a band you can send music to Dave and Adam, if they like it they will play it.

To send music:

ATTN: Revolution Rock
c/o University of Windsor/CJAM 99.1 FM
401 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4
[FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY]


Revolution Rock is syndicated on CKMS-FM from the NCRA Community Radio Exchange, and currently airs on Radio Waterloo CKMS-FM 102.7 on Sundays from 10:00pm to Midnight.

Back Porch Bluegrass

Back Porch Bluegrass (Paul Trenwith playing banjo, FM98 logo in bottom right corner)
Paul Trenwith
Back Porch Bluegrass is hosted by Paul Trenwith, a founder member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, playing banjo and occasionally singing harmony parts. From the mid-70’s to the mid-90’s, Paul and his fiddle-playing wife Colleen played as mostly gospel music, bluegrass-style, with a group of friends, and often featuring songs that Paul had written. He has become something of a musical ‘jack-of-all-trades’, playing banjo, dobro, pedal steel and rhythm guitar. He also plays double bass in the Hamilton-based Irish band. Paul has always been an enthusiastic advocate for and promoter of bluegrass music, and the show includes tracks from the classic bands, the traditional stylists and contemporary groups as well as some ‘roots’ bluegrass and new-grass. NZ and Australian bluegrass gets an airing, and every show includes some of his personal favourites.

Back Porch Bluegrass is produced by Free FM (New Zealand) and is syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA Community Radio Exchange.

Back Porch Bluegrass airs on Radio Waterloo on Fridays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

The Freedom Principle

Black and white photo of Black musicians playing a variety of instrumentsThe Freedom Principle features music of the African Diaspora; this program sees acoustic ensemble music as a developing world jazz incorporating styles and rhythms which draw from Indigenous sources. On the air since June 1986, The Freedom Principle features new releases from the disparate genres of the African Diaspora with occasional forays into specialized thematic programs. Past programs include Manding Swing, Congolese Rumba, Zimbabwean Liberation, South African Jazz, Mississippi Delta Slide & Moan, African Impressionism in American Jazz, etc.

The Freedom Principle is hosted by Tom Fleming, is produced at CJAM-FM in Windsor, and is syndicated on CKMS-FM from the NCRA Community Radio Exchange. Contact The Freedom Principle at thefreedomprinciple99.1fm@gmail.com, and see their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/freedomprinciple/

The Freedom Principle airs on CKMS-FM on Mondays from 12:30am to 2:00am.

She Is Your Neighbour

In 2019, Moving Beyond Violence (text surrounding a circle with silhoutte of a dragonfly)She Is Your Neighbour was launched in the form of a blog series and social media campaign. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WSCWR) asked community leaders to share their perspectives on domestic violence and explain why they are invested in ending it. These community leaders became ambassadors of the She Is Your Neighbour project. Together, WCSWR and these leaders explored different types of abuse and challenged the misconception that domestic violence refers only to physical violence. Many ambassadors shared stories of emotional, psychological, and financial violence that they have witnessed or experienced.

In fall 2020, the She Is Your Neighbour podcast was released! In the podcast, WCSWR takes a deep dive into domestic violence. Through thought-provoking discussions WCSWR addresses hard topics like domestic violence and the drug trade, violence against Indigenous women and girls, challenges for transgender youth seeking support, and more.

She Is Your Neighbour is hosted by Jenna Mayne.

She Is Your Neighbour is not currently on the Radio Waterloo schedule.

What Next?

WCSWR encourages you to get involved! Read a blog story, tune into the podcast, buy a book, start conversations, and use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour. We can’t do this without you! We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

There are many forms of domestic violence, all of which include attempts to maintain power and control over the thoughts, beliefs and behaviour of a woman by creating fear and/or dependency. All forms of abuse result in the woman feeling powerless, unequal and unsafe.

Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse includes but is not limited to:

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Verbal
  • Spiritual

Know the signs

Signs of domestic abuse include but are not limited to:

  • Insults or put downs, name calling
  • Violent outbursts
  • Threats of violence or harm
  • Threats to destroy property or harm pets
  • Forced sexual acts
  • Physical assault
  • Control over finances
  • Unkept promises of change

We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence

Use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour

Deep Threes – Music Beyond Boundaries

Deep Threes | Music Beyond Boundaries (black and red text)Deep Threes — Music Beyond Boundaries is the weekly radio show that brings you eclectic instrumental soundscapes that fuse jazz, electronica, soundtracks, modern classical, experimental music, and more… “Deep” is a nod to the deep tracks of heard on freeform radio. “Threes” refers to the MP3s that fill up our hard drives and computing clouds.

Since going on the air in 2010, Deep Threes has brought the listener long pieces that take music beyond boundaries. New releases from independent artists. Rediscovered gems from the past. Compelling pieces from with room to breathe. Music with bite, passion and depth.

Themes are not chosen so much as they emerge. Long jams and instrumental tracks create a sense of flow. Light touches of spoken word, found sound, and subtle remixes bind the music into sets.

A Deep Threes mix can float over the clouds in the night sky, or gradually take you across terrain that is radically different than the starting point. Your destination: an oasis of deep listening and discovery.

At the heart of this process is the music. The synergy of math and physics, mechanics and electronics, infused with the human spirit, rising up in a river of feelings alongside all the glistening gems we found along the way. The Deep Threes.

Please e-mail jj@deep3s.com to find out about backup download sites.

Deep Threes – Music Beyond Boundaries is produced by Jay and is syndicated through the NCRA Community radioExchange at Deep Threes – Music Beyond Boundaries — Series Information.

Deep Threes – Music Beyond Boundaries airs on Tuesday mornings from Midnight to 1:00am.

Front Burner

(four circles, three black and one red)Front Burner is your essential daily news podcast, brought to you by CBC News & CBC Podcasts. Every weekday, award-winning investigative journalist Jayme Poisson takes you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world.

Front Burner is produced by CBC News, and is syndicated through the NCRA Community radioExchange at Front Burner — Series Information.

Front Burner airs weekdays from 6:30am to 7:00am.

The Reality Check

The Reality Check (a yellow impossible wireframe cube in the top right corner)The Reality Check is a weekly Canadian show that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities by probing popular myths and exposing the surprising truth behind them. In a world awash with information, The Reality Check helps listeners differentiate fact from fiction, yet tries to strike a balance between providing entertainment and information. Born out of a grassroots critical thinking group who decided a podcast was the way to go – before podcasting was cool – TRC cuts through the “nonsense” using science to examine dubious claims.

The Reality Check airs Mondays from 5:30am to 6:30am.

Festival of Neighbourhoods, 15 November 2020

A Mosaic of Neighbourhoods

Online Celebration

Sunday, 15 November 2020 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

www.festivalofneighbourhoods.ca

Festival of Neighbourhoods Kitchener invites YOU to participate in an interactive online celebration recognizing all the amazing ways you and your neighbours created community connections this year. Our theme is A Mosaic of Neighbourhoods, and we’ll be highlighting the neighbourhoods and people that make Kitchener the strong and diverse community we cherish.

Zoom along with your neighbours and City of Kitchener representatives to share your ideas for the future of your neighbourhoods, take video tours around the city and participate in a fun creative activity.

By joining the party on the Zoom meeting platform, you’ll have the opportunity to represent your neighbourhood and win one of five $100.00 ‘Door Prize’ Gift Cards from local businesses towards your neighbourhood projects.

Sign up to attend at Eventbrite

You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link to access the celebration.

On the reservation order form, you can volunteer to be a Breakout Session host; lead a small online discussion group and spark imagination as they envision the future of your neighbourhood.

The deadline to confirm is Thursday, November 12th at midnight. Sign up today!

If you wish to participate offline, or don’t have access to a home computer, a City of Kitchener Community Centre space is available for you to join in. Email allison.brown@waterlooregion.org or call 519‑567‑7407 for more information.
Festival of Neighbourhoods poster

WR Podcasts

CKMS logo with wavies out the sidesWR Podcasts is CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo’s showcase of some of the podcasts produced in Waterloo Region. Each week we air one or two episodes from local producers to give you a taste of what’s available in Waterloo Region.

Podcasts in the rotation:

WR Podcasts airs every Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Waterloo Region Podcast Producers! Do you want your podcast included in WR Podcasts? Drop us a line at office@radiowaterloo.ca with your podcast pitch!

Harrowsmith Radio

While this is a podcast, show logoHarrowsmith began as a groundbreaking Canadian magazine. It came to life on the kitchen table of James Lawrence in Camden East, Ontario in 1976. Back then it didn’t seem likely that his vision of a national magazine on the virtues of getting back to the land would last.

But before long Harrowsmith took off, quickly attracting legions of fans. Tapping into an urban desire to move to the country, the magazine also appealed to dyed-in-the wool ruralites. What Canada got was its magazine to promote green living and a country lifestyle. It also got the venerable Harrowsmith Almanac.

Over its 46-year history the Harrowsmith name became synonymous with Canadians living sustainably.

In this podcast we proudly continue the spirit of James Lawrence’s vision of sharing useful information for country dwellers and anyone seeking to tread a little more lightly upon the earth.

Harrowsmith Radio airs every fourth Wednesday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Zero Waste Countdown

Zero Waste Countdown Podcast showing hands holding a green earth with windturbines, solar panels, and buildingsZero Waste Countdown is a 30 minute radio show all about sustainability from a zero waste perspective.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a concept that eliminates unnecessary waste from the regular consumer cycle to decrease our impact on the planet as a whole. A countdown to zero waste is a pledge to reduce waste in personal lives, organizations, communities, and even entire cities or nations. While reaching total zero may seem impossible, a countdown to zero waste is a manageable approach to living with less trash.

The Host: Laura Nash

The ocean is on a countdown to 2050, when scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish. Laura is on her own countdown: to get as close as possible to zero waste. Through research, interviews, and personal experiences, Laura is on a mission to produce less waste and leave a happier, healthier planet for future generations.

Zero Waste Countdown airs on Thursday mornings from 5:30am to 6:30am.

Contact Laura Nash at laura@zerowastecountdown.com.

Follow Zero Waste Countdown on Instagram at @zero_waste_countdown

For The Wild: An Anthology of the Anthropocene

At for the wild | with Ayana Young | An Anthology of the AnthropoceneFor The Wild, we discuss the critical ideas of our time and parlay them into action for the defense and regeneration of natural communities. Key topics include the rediscovery of wild nature, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the trauma of individualistic society. We will travel deep into ancient forests, align with the struggles and ways of Earth-based people, and rekindle the mysteries of intuition. We will join today’s brightest visionaries in this momentous work of reimagining a world where humanity can find its way back into the web of life.

For The Wild airs on Wednesdays from 5:30am to 6:30am.

Your Host

Photo of Ayana Young
Ayana Young
Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she created the Environmental working group with March Young to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller. Ayana is currently creating an ecological research center and native plants nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. She teaches about empowered earth stewardship and leads biodiversity enhancement workshops across North America.

Subscribe to the For The Wild podcast (RSS feed)

Electro Experimental

(CKMS sunflower logo on teal background)Electro Experimental plays music from our Digital Music Library tagged with (you guessed it!) “Electro” and “Experimental”. Expect to hear new music, avant-garde jazz, synth-pop, and all the sounds you won’t hear on commercial stations!

Electronica airs on Wednesday mornings from 2:30am to 5:30am.

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