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Play It Forward

In this Experimental Radio Podcast Series each episode will feature a different band who will select three other bands that they enjoy.

Mano A Mano will contact all the selected bands and if they reply, a continuation branch from this episode will be created with that band as the feature along with their three selections and so on and so forth….

A branch dies when a band does not reply, chooses an already selected band or the mentioned band cannot be found.

Hosted and produced by Mano A Mano. DJ’d and directed by bands.

Improvfest 2021 on 14 August 2021

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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

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.

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

Changemakers Ep – Photo 51 – The DNA Lady – Part 1

What happens behind closed doors in prestigious university labs comes out slowly, in trails of information and bits of knowledge, or sometimes none at all, to the point where the wrong people will get awarded, and the right people may even die young, like what happened to one Rosalind Franklin. This is her story, of a young woman with ambition and talent, and her journey to discover the double helix, the structure of the DNA, and the deceit and intrigue that lurked in the background that wasn’t discovered until much later. Some don’t even know it until today.

Changemakers Without Borders

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, humanitarian doctor, philosopher and author

Changemakers Without Borders is hosted by May Cooper on Radio Waterloo, CKMS, as well as on Peach City Radio, CFUZ in Penticton, BC. You can also find Changemakers on her home site, where you can even leave a voice message!

Changemakers Without Borders is not currently on the schedule.

What is Changemakers?

Changemakers Without Borders is a spoken-word episodic interview and biographical podcast that explores changemakers in our history who’ve made a positive change in our world, and through these stories, hopefully inspire us to be changemakers in our own lives.

I also interview current community changemakers who are investing their time to better their surroundings, and who take true action to make a positive difference.

My Approach

I take a more personal slant in my show to demonstrate that every leader in our history was, in fact, human. Despite each and every one of us having a difficult challenge to overcome, we can seek encouragement from these personal stories, and allow them to propel us forward.

The knowledge of leader’s triumphs can aid us in our present and future so that we can seek to become more responsible and innovative stewards of our future, and only allow the positive aspects of history’s leaders to shine through.

Contact Changemakers for Interviews, Feedback, or Questions

You can email me at for any suggestions for people to interview, or if you would like to come on the show as a person who is making a positive influence with your work. You can also write to me about a particular episode you want to ask about, or give me feedback or comments on!

Feel free to write to me for any inquiries about CKMS in regards to Outreach, as I am also one of the Board of Directors, who has taken on this role.

I am also part of Peach City Radio, and my email there is

DISKO for July 4, 2020 @ 2200 – 2300 hours

init6 – Korendians (Psychedelic shaggadelic PSY TRANCE)
Hold That Body – Sshh (Global Underground 021: Moscow [Disc 1])
The Strong Rhythm – Carlos Manaça & Chus & Ceballos
Thank You – Dido
The Dub Session – Chab
Rapture – iiO
Lost In Brixton – Dakota (Global Underground 021: Moscow [Disc 1])
Shame (Way Out West Mix) – BT (Global Underground 021: Moscow [Disc 2])
Word Unspoken – Professor Okku (Global Underground 021: Moscow [Disc 2])

Disko for June 27, 2020 @ 2200 – 2300 hours

I Want You – Traci Lords (1, 000 Fires)
Say Something – Traci Lords
Father’s Field – Traci Lords
Okey Dokey – Traci Lords (1, 000 Fires)
Escape (Driving To Heaven) – 16B Feat. Morel (Global Underground 021: Moscow [Disc 1])
Rise – Soul Providers Feat. Michelle Shellers
I Can See The Lights – Gpal Presents Ghos
Night Watch – El Greco
Hot – Meecha
Waiting – Nat Monday
Hold That Body – Sshh (Global Underground 021: Moscow [Disc 1])

Welcome To The Civic Hub

Welcome To The Civic Hub promotes the grassroots and small nonprofit organizations working to make lives better for everyone in Waterloo Region. Join the 23 groups already booking space for their activities, events or joint initiatives. These partners of the Civic Hub WR logoCivic Hub Waterloo Region are active in a range of fields: environmental justice, democratic reform, arts and culture, anti-poverty, anti-racism, human rights, ethnocultural and newcomer support, technology, peace and nonviolence, spirituality and wellbeing.

Welcome To The Civic Hub is hosted by Bob Jonkman, and is sponsored by the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region. Some funding for the Civic Hub is provided by Heritage Canada through the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program.

SubscribeSubscribe to the Welcome To The Civic Hub podcast.

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Welcome To The Civic Hub is not currently on the schedule.

Alan Quarry & Stacey Jacobs

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Alan Quarry Founder Heart Beats Hate, a well-known entrepreneur, educator and philanthropist in Waterloo Region.
He grew Quarry Communications from a three-person boutique marketing firm to a 100+ company with offices in Canada and the United States. He has served an entrepreneur in residence at both Communitech and the Accelerator Centre , and has taught business and marketing at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. Alan has dedicated much of his life to building a stronger, more vibrant Waterloo Region. In 2015 he organized the Stone Soup benefit concert as a way of bringing diverse members of the community together to raise awareness of and funds for Doctors Without Borders and raised money for local charities encouraging the community to raise over $50,000 for numerous important causes through these concerts.
For Alan, a tipping point was the Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, VA when he decided to stand up , speak out and push back. With that Heart Beats Hate was born.

While menstrual movement is happening internationally, the conversation does not include menopause which is part of the menstrual cycle.
People experiencing menopause are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce. This is another life event that is almost as disruptive and that isn’t much discussed. Talking openly about menopause, the change, the challenges, the remedies and more is Stacey Jacobs. Stacey has been a Sexual Health Educator, Writer and Speaker for almost two decades. She has personally educated over 10,000 people in her community, including children, youth and adults. Stacey is currently an instructor at the University of Waterloo in the Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies program.

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Anna Kuepfer, Jen Wilson & Jolene Knott

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Started in 2018 by Anna Kuepfer, Abigail Loewen and Leah Wouda , SheCycle aims to end the cycle of poverty for women in Uganda with a focus on menstrual hygiene. SheCycle is creating an antimicrobial and reusable menstrual pad that is environmentally friendly, creates employment and has a sustainable business model. In 2019 the trio from University of Waterloo SheCycle project took the top prize of $30,000 in the World’s Challenge Challenge beating 17 other universities from 9 countries at an international competition where students pitch their ideas to address a global issue.

Lipoffkw is KW’s only lip-sync battle fundraiser. The team is entirely volunteer and made up of 4 local women Tiffany Iden, Jen Wilson, Jolene Knott, and Rebecca Petricevic who organize the most fun fundraiser. They have raised almost $10,000 for local charities and each year, they choose a different benefiting cause. In the past funds were raised for St. Mary’s General Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, St Mary’s General Hospital , YWCA KW, Homelessness Housing Umbrella Group and this year they are supporting ALL IN 2020. They strongly believe, together as a community we can end homelessness in Waterloo Region.

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Carlie Roberts & Charlena Russell

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Carlie Roberts is a curvy movement maker, leading women to a stylish place of self love and fashion confidence one consignment at a time. She founded Consign Your Curves , Canada’s largest size inclusive consignment sale in 2013. After nearly adding to the closets of over 2000 women, Carlie then turned her treading hashtag into a headquarters when in 2018 she opened Consign Your Curves in Guelph, ON

A musician, songwriter, artist and music teacher. She has been the owner and founder of Russell Music Teaching Studios in Waterloo for the last 8 years and has been teaching for 18 years. A powerhouse vocalist and an adept multi-instrumentalist, who uses her classical training to create fiery, eclectic, soulful jazzy-electronica as well as acoustic songs, Charlena Russell

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Andrew Bass & Juneyt Yetkiner

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The fascinating story of clock-maker Andrew Bass. A retired mechanical engineer who previously owned his own company that he sold in 2012 started “Tempus” @tempus.making.time a business unlike anything he’s operated before. Bass, not sure yet if he’s making art or manufacturing a product, or a combination of both has made a total of seven clocks from external grade MDF and Baltic birch plywood for all of the mechanism parts, relying on his mathematics and mechanical engineering background. In an era of decreased life-cycles and product quality, Bass has become deeply invested in the revival of craft , handmade art and the making of time itself. To know more check out his website

An artist, a musician and a passionate performer Juneyt Yetkiner @juneytyetkiner , from Istanbul, Turkey, Juneyt is a self-taught musician playing Nuevo-Flamenco guitar for 17 years. Juneyt has performed on many albums and at numerous festivals representing Canada. He has also played alongside & opened for well-known musicians throughout his career such as Alex Cuba, John Mcdermott, Liona Boyd, Doobie Brothers and Santana. Juneyt has composed music for two television documentaries, won the Records Readers Choice Awards 11 times 2011-2019, Toronto Independent Music Awards in 2017 & and Waterloo Arts Awards In 2019 to name a few and has been nominated for many awards both Nationally & Internationally. He has built an impressive career as a professional musician playing both locally and internationally. You find find schedules and information on Juneyt at

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Azra Gregor & Ramya Ramachandran

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Azra Gregor @azragregor is a multifaceted woman – refugee mother and serial entrepreneur. She is a successful mom blogger , a coaching business entrepreneur of Matrescend and her debut book called “Your Mother Is A Storm” is an honest look into unspoken areas of motherhood and the gifts that this enormous challenge brings with it. Azra is on a new venture to publish a collection of poems and short stories based on her own journey of becoming a mother.

A young passionate singer Ramya Ramachandran @ramyamusic18 is set out to follow her dreams with hard work and dedication. Sharing her struggles and failures in a competitive world where at times wanting to give up, she reached out to her tribe who helped pick herself up and move forward. Sharing her journey, she is giving many youth hope to never give up and keep following their dreams. Ramya has been training for the past nine years under the tutelage of Smt. Senthil Selvi Sureswaran in bharathanatyam , an indian classical dance form. Ramya a singer as well, sings cine music and carnatic music at various competitions and shows. She has been training in Carnatic music under Sri. Delhi. V. Muthukumar for the past two years

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Mary Neil & Zdravko Gunjevic

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Mary Neil is a singer, songwriter, community musician with a MA in Community Music, and founder of KW Junk Music
Mary makes music accessible to everyone, and encourages people to think about their sustainable practice by making instruments out of material diverted from landfills and recycling plants. Mary challenges people to wonder, “why do we have so much junk to make instruments out of?” and how we can make a difference in our lives toward a more sustainable future. As the 2019 City of Kitchener artist in residence, Mary’s residency project involves engaging with participants creating music that reflects the values and diversity of communities across the City of Kitchener. Mary is also working on an album of songs inspired by issues faced by the rapid growth in our community, communicating narratives of people with lived experience. Joining her perform live on air in studio was Jeff Cowell and Len McCarthy

Talking about his love for travelling, seeing and exploring new places is Zdravko Gunjevic, aka ‘Zee’.  Zee’s love to explore new places has led him to travel across Canada, around the US, Caribbean, Europe, down to Australia and China. North, South, East and West.  He likes to see it on a budget, experience cities and cultures like a local.  Zee talked about how he chooses to make it all happen and the tricks and tips of travelling.  He also suggested a few amazing websites that offer some great deals, listen to find out.

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Erin Michalski , Erin Watt, Kat vanLemmeren & Gerima Harvey









Erin Michalski and Erin Watt @erinwattphotography, photographers from Waterloo region shared their journey and experience with Christmas Wish Project bringing joy and happiness to sick children and their families. They brought the Christmas Magic into the lives of these families trough magical Santa photos.

Kat VanLammeren facilitates drumming workshops for hundreds of people of all ages. She found the Organic Groove (Canada!) Summer Drum Jam in 2002 and has travelled to many tiny Inuit villages in the Canadian Arctic to perform and teach kids how to drum. Kat collaborates and performs with poets, spoken word #artists , singer songwriters , electronic music, DJs and other musicians while taking workshops and lessons in West African drumming Middle Eastern drumming, Afro Cuban percussion, and Australian Didgeridoo.

Gerima Harvey is a dynamic soloist and a member of many musical relationships. He lives in a world where love reigns and where he hopes there is always an abundance of music lovers to collaborate with. He hears the beat of yonder drummers and possesses a unique gift of being able to gel with any art form and artist. He launched his first CD in June 2015. From studio to stage, this magical musical genius inspires everyone, everywhere he goes

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Emily Dyck & Komal Singh

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In Her Shoes is a YW Kitchener-Waterloo program and enterprise. The YWCA KW is now the longest-serving and largest social services organization for women and youth in the region. A training program that helps break barriers so women and youth can get the employment skills they need.  Sharing their work and programs In Her Shoes provides, was the Social Enterprise Coordinator Emily Dyck in studio #inconversationwithrashmi

It’s a well known fact that women are underrepresented in the field of STEM -aka- science, technology, engineering and math and Komal Singh wanted to change that. Komal Singh an engineer at Google, turned author when a conversation with her daughter, where she claimed “engineers are boys” led to her to pen her first STEM book. Talking all about her picture book Ara The Star Engineer and the changes she hopes to see in the world of STEM and a more diverse and inclusive work environment, Singh shared her experience as an engineer herself and through her passion project as an author, her mission is to inspire girls to become future leaders.

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