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Two hours of programmer created content, podcasts, music, interviews, and community announcements. Hour One airs Mondays from 11am to Noon; Hour Two airs Fridays from 3pm to 4pm.

CKMS Community Connections for 29 April 2024 with Scott McGovern of Waterloo Arts and Culture Industries

Show Notes

A man with white hair wearing headphones at a microphone with the CKMS-FM logo on it.
Scott McGovern

Jenniefer Stronge and Bob Jonkman talk with Scott McGovern of the City of Waterloo Arts and Cultural Industries about upcoming events taking place in Waterloo.

The interview starts at 3m44s.

Online:

Upcoming Events

We’re listing only the events where Radio Waterloo is participating, for the full City of Waterloo events list see https://www.waterloo.ca/events

Podcast

Download: ckms-community-connections-2024-04-29-episode156-Scott-McGovern-of-Waterloo-Arts-and-Culture-Industries.mp3 (49 MB, 53m19s, episode 156)

Index

Time Title Album Artist
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
CKMS Community Connections
Steve Todd
0m54s Waiting Arms Hyness | Waiting Arms (B&W letters in squares, somewhat mixed up)
(single)
Hyness
3m44s Scott McGovern introduces himself: For the last two years he’s the Festival and Events Specialist at the City of Waterloo. Scott is a 30-year alumnus of CKMS! He remembers the walls of vinyl records, letting DJs play whatever they wanted, music you would never hear on mainstream radio. A portal into alternative music! Talking about the purpose of community radio. Coming up to the busy season for Scott; lots of interesting programs and events, sometimes two a week! Scott organizes the “Campfire Series” on Waterloo Public Square, eight throughout the summer, 6pm to 8pm. Hyness plays on 10 July 2024. The first event will be a Campfire session on Wednesday 8 May 2024, with Sammy Duke and Gerima Harvey.
10m58s Just Breathe Speed Of Life | Sammy Duke (stylized illustration of a pale pink moon over orange mountains with a dark red river running through them)
Speed of Life
Sammy Duke
15m24s Other events are one-off (annual) events, like Winterloo, where Scott met Bob Jonkman this past January. Open Streets on 15 June 2024 is another annual event, and Radio Waterloo will be there too! And DJ Denim will be playing Live-To-Air at the Art Market, 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday 31 May 2024.

Clarissa Diokno is playing at the second Campfire event from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on 22 May 2024.

19m19s Any Other Way Any Other Way | Clarissa Diokno (Clarissa Diokno, a woman with long black hair wearing a red blouse stands in front of a pink backdrop)
Any Other Way
Clarissa Diokno
22m21s Clarissa’s music is perfect for the vibe Scott is trying for at these events. Scott and his team have some set annual events, like this year’s Community Picnic on 1 July 2024 in Waterloo Park West, another Radio Waterloo Live-To-Air event. Yet another annual event is Day of Play on 10 August 2024. Lumen is the biggest event each year, a one-night celebration of light-based installations. And there are the “affiliate groups”, like Busker Fest, the Uptown Jazz Festival, Royal Medieval Faire. Some started as City events and became so big that they formed their own organizations. The City of Waterloo still helps with logistics such as using City facilities and road closures, making sure that they provide what Waterluvians have come to love and expect.
25m18s What can we expect on July 1st? The student-run Canada Day celebrations came to an end in 2018, and the City of Waterloo saw that would leave a huge vacuum, so they decided to take it on. It now take place in Waterloo Park by the bandshell. The highlight of the night is the choreographed drone show, with a live soundtrack.

Introducing Nicolette and the Nobodies.

28m22s Don’t Know Nicolette and the Nobodies | The Long Way (a woman wearing a white dress and a straw hat sitting in a wicker chair beside a plant)
The Long Way
Nicolette and the Nobodies
30m58s The event on 1 July is branded as a Community Picnic, it isn’t a super traditional Canada Day celebration. Last year the audience was estimated at 15- to 20 thousand people.
32m26s There are eight campfires in the square. Scott can’t reveal names yet, but it will be great. There will also be three Art Markets, very popular with audiences as well as local artists and craftspeople. And Scott announces that on 31 May there will be an Art Market and a Celebration In The Square to show off the new improvements such as the water feature and the shade structures. And the new artwork on the Events trailer will be unveiled. There will be remarks from the Mayor and others, followed by music from Anet Hector.
37m04s Weatherman Weatherman | Hyness (B&W negative image of three people with plants and birds in the background)
(single)
Hyness
38m40s Jenniefer thanks Scott for the city creating a nice atmosphere and caring about the quality of life for city dwellers. Scott says he appreciates that, Waterloo is a special community to get behind the arts and culture that exists here. Not all cities do it to this extent. Scott sees is as supporting the mental health of the community.
43m44s Show Up Nicolette and the Nobodies | The Long Way (a woman wearing a white dress and a straw hat sitting in a wicker chair beside a plant)
The Long Way
Nicolette and the Nobodies
47m28s Scott is looking forward to the point where everyone has done their work, and the events come alive.
50m30s Artists come to the Scott’s attention through calls for submissions that are open to anyone — there’s a lot of interest, so not everyone is accepted. Other artists are selected for specific things. It’s a huge range of new people, and people the city has worked with in the past.
51m53s Jenniefer gives the end credits.

CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at ccc@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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Bonus Video


Video: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 29 April 2024 (YouTube)

Show notes and podcast interview content is Copyright © 2024 by the participants, and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license. Copy, re-use, and derivative works are allowed with attribution to Radio Waterloo and a link to this page. Music selections are copyright by the respective rights holders.

CKMS Community Connections for 18 March 2024 with Sepehr Reybod and June Sung of the UofW Department of Theatre and Performance

Show Notes

(A man with a moustache wearing a beige shirt and headphones smiles while sitting at a microphone)
Sepehr Reybod
(A woman with long hair wearing a brown watch cap and headphones speaks into a microphone)
June Sung

Bob Jonkman talks to script developer Sepehr Reybod and actor June Sung about the upcoming performance of Immolation, how the play was developed, the theme of the play, how it relates to current events, and how the play is structured to achieve the message it is trying to convey.

The interview starts at 3m50s.

Online:

Upcoming Events

(Silhouette of a man falling backwards into flames, red on a yellow background)

  • Immolation

Podcast

Download: ckms-community-connections-2024-03-18-episode155-Sepehr-Reybod-and-June-Sung-of-the-UofW-Department-of-Theatre-and-Performance.mp3 (50 MB, 54m06s, episode 155)

Index

Time Title Album Artist
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
CKMS Community Connections
Steve Todd
0m58s Great Strides Great Strides | Tim McInnes (legs striding on a wavy piano keyboard)
(single)
Tim McInnes
3m49s Bob introduces Sepehr Reybod and June Sung. June explains what the Department of Theatre and Performance is, and how students are involved. Sepehr describes what he does as “text developer” — Immolation is a devised piece, there was no script, only a spark of an idea. The actors wanted to look at resistance, revolution, and rebellion. The text was created by the actors, and Sepehr fleshed it out, created a narrative structure, and assembled it into the script. He’s also the assistant director, working with director Pam Patel of MT Space. Similar to a piece of music, the play follows four movements and interludes. The story emerged in rehearsal and improvs. Even the title took time to come out. Script writing isn’t generally part of the course, but it’s the nature of a divised piece. There is lots of dependence on the other actors and supporting staff, and even the audience is invited to fill in for themselves. Sepehr describes the stage setup.
16m11s That’s The Way She Goes RiffAction | Things We Do For Fun (blue letters on a green textured background)
The Things We Do For Fun
RiffAction
19m32s June tells us of the background and research on freedom fighters that went into Immolation. June researched the South Korean trans-gender activist Jungle.
24m04s Talking about immolation in the news, and Aaron Bushnell. Sepehr thinks it’s important to differentiate immolation itself from self-immolation: Immolation is the act to destroy by fire, whereas self-immolation is a performative act of protest. But Immolation was created before the self-immolation of Aaron Bushnell. The act is done with the hope of a response to bring something new. This is a big part of the show, taking a look at the different ways we can spark this hope, burn something down, create something new by the act of metaphorically burning down the system. Sepehr repeats the message of hope in Immolation. But mainstream media doesn’t often show the hope and restoration, only the protest and destruction. The language of protest is violence, because that is how these protests can be heard. June thinks that Immolation does end with the hope that something better will come along; each movement shows the destruction and regrowth in different ways. Telling a story that shows regrowth and joy is one of the best forms of protest.
31m02s June recites an excerpt from Immolation.
32m29s June provides some analysis of the meaning behind those words. Sepehr gives different examples of what resistance looks like; sometimes it is 100,000 people marching in the street, but also someone walking into a space where they don’t belong and changing it from within. Sepehr goes over the structure of the play. Each movement is a standalone piece, that together tells the whole story.
37m23s What happens next? After a well-deserved rest, June might like to see one movement or the whole play fleshed out into a larger piece; revolution doesn’t stop when the lights go down. While Waterloo Region has seen its share of protest, reception for Immolation will depend a lot on the venue. At UofW a wide variety of perspectives is appreciated, but that’s not true everywhere; all the more reason to continue to present it. But Sepehr says people are hungry for change, they can use Immolation as the spark to make that change. Theatre is ephemeral, but June says the experience she’s had will stay with her forever. Working on Immolation has got her more energized to work for freedom for all people.
42m38s I Believe The Glow | Try (faded background of an old manuscript, lettering illegible)
Try
Glow
47m54s June reminds us of the dates and time for performances of Immolation, as well as the web site and ticket prices. Sepehr tells us about the theatre and the arrangement of the thrust stage. June tells us there will be a new production in the fall, but she is graduating so she won’t be a part of it. Students don’t have to be a theatre major to register for course “Theatre Performance 417”. June tells us about the audition process, slightly different because of the improv.
53m27s Bob gives the end credits.

CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at ccc@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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Bonus Video

Video: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 18 March 2024 (YouTube Video)

Show notes and podcast interview content is Copyright © 2024 by the participants, and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license. Copy, re-use, and derivative works are allowed with attribution to Radio Waterloo and a link to this page. Music selections are copyright by the respective rights holders.

KIX 2024: Knowledge Integration Exhibition at University of Waterloo, March 18-23

Knowledge Integration Exhibition 2024

Visit from Monday & Tuesday, March 18, 19, Thursday & Friday Mrch 21, & 22: 11 am-6pm, Wednesday, March 20: 11am-4:30pm, Saturday, March 23: 10am-4pm

St. Jerome’s University, Siegfried Hall

Residence Wellness Centre Gym,

290 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON N2L

Songs played today per request:

Sarah McLachlan, Rarities, B-sides and Other Stuff. Vol. 2: Time after Time, Composer Lyricist: C. Lauper and R. Hyman (Duet with Cyndi and Sarah).

Gordon Lightfoot, The Way I feel: Song For A Winter’s Night

Bruce Cockburn, Stealing Fire: Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic:Under the Bridge

Radiohead, In Rainbows: Jigsaw Falling Into Place

 

 

 

CKMS Community Connections for 1 March 2024 with Tim Cameron of Cameronoise

Show Notes

(a man wearing a blue shirt laughs)
Tim Cameron

Tim Cameron and Bob Jonkman talk about the Hammond B3 organ, GarageBand, instrumentals vs. lyrics, naming bands, new releases for Cameronoise, T.C. Folkpunk performances pre-pandemic, and The Bumblebats.

The interview starts at 2m55s.

Online:

Podcast

Download: ckms-community-connections-2024-03-01-episode152-Tim-Cameron-of-Cameronoise.mp3 (50 MB, 54m59s, episode 152)

Index

Time Title Album Artist
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
CKMS Community Connections
Steve Todd
0m50s Hillbilly Heroin Cameronoise | Id's My Party (a collage of B&W photos on a red background)
Id’s My Party
Cameronoise
2m55s Bob and Tim are bopping to the music. Tim explains the origin of the name Id’s My Party; discussing Id, Ego, and Superego, but nobody remembers what it means. Also talking about the Cameronoise name. Talking about the sound of Cameronoise, the Hammond B3 organ, and groups that used it. Tim has no Hammond B3, but uses GarageBand and a guitar and bass. Tim explains how he composes and plays music on GarageBand. Talking about past bands Tim has played in.
14m55s Edwige Cameronoise | Id's My Party (a collage of B&W photos on a red background)
Id’s My Party
Cameronoise
18m07s More tricks on using GarageBand. Cameronoise music is shorter than typical, Tim says that’s the PowerPunk esthetic. All Cameronoise is all instrumental, Tim compares it to his T.C. Folkpunk music that does have lyrics. The lack of lyrics sells well in Japan, where the puns and colloquialisms don’t always come across. How T.C. Folkpunk came to be. Music or lyrics first? It depends! The music may come in a dream, but lyrics need more work. Talking about the orgins and production of the Lamest Fast Words album.
30m46s Honey, What’s The Deal? T.C. Folkpunk | Lamest Fast Words (words over a silhoutte of a man playing guitar and singing into a microphone on a floorstand)
Lamest Fast Words
T.C. Folkpunk
33m52s Talking about band names: “Mondale”? You had to be there. Talking about the future: No more T.C. Folkpunk, live performances ended with the pandemic. No online performances either. But there will be new Cameronoise releases every six months. There have been some covers and other songs inspired by Tim’s music. Talking about musician’s block, but with a home studio you can record whenever inspiration strikes. Talking about another of Tim’s projects, The Bumblebats.
47m11s Balaclava The Bumblebats | Standing in the Shadows of Moncton (black and yellow lettering on a yellow and black background)
Standing in the Shadows of Moncton
The Bumblebats
49m06s Talking about the lineup of The Bumblebats. Bob points out the similar sound quality of the guitars of The Bumblebats and the Hammond B3 organ of Cameronoise. Tim explains how he achieves that sound with GarageBand effects. Would Mozart use GarageBand? Probably. Talking about Tim’s guitar collection.
54m36s Bob gives the end credits.

CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at ccc@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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Bonus Video

Show notes and podcast interview content is Copyright © 2024 by the participants, and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license. Copy, re-use, and derivative works are allowed with attribution to Radio Waterloo and a link to this page. Music selections are copyright by the respective rights holders.

CKMS Community Connections for 26 February 2024 with Raechele Lovell of Save The Arts Waterloo Region

Show Notes

Raechele Lovell (a woman with long curly hair wearing a red sweater, sitting at a microphone with headphones on)
Raechele Lovell

Raechele Lovell is the chair of the Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and due to recent funding cuts has set up Save The Arts Waterloo Region. She also runs DiverseWorks, a safe space to practice the arts and teach de-colonialization.

The interview starts at 2m57s.

Save The Arts Waterloo Region:

Raechele Lovell:

DiverseWorks Co.:

Upcoming Events

Podcast

Download: ckms-community-connections-2024-02-26-episode151-Raechele-Lovell-of-Save-The-Arts-Waterloo-Region.mp3 (51 MB, 55m43s, episode 151)

Index

Time Title Album Artist
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
CKMS Community Connections
Steve Todd
0m58s Too Many Notes Cameronoise | Id's My Party (a collage of B&W photos on a red background)
Id’s My Party
Cameronoise
2m57s Raechele is the chair of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, which provides grant support for artists, both organizations and individuals. Raechele had received funds for her company, Diverse Works, but the production was thwarted by the pandemic, so she turned it into a film, shown at the Registry Theatre. Subsequent years she received funds for other, varied projects. Raechele runs down what other types of projects are funded.
6m07s There are a lot of artists in Wateloo Region, but few opportunities. Federally, we’re considered an “artistic desert”; we’ve been systemically underfunded. There are several sources of funding, including the private sector and family. This artistic desert started with gentrification and the Mike Harris government (in 1995) reducing funding for arts in education. Private schools aren’t necessarily any better at teaching the arts, but they may have more capacity. The pandemic forced artists to change how they presented their art, but not equitably — not everyone has access to the equipment, or the learning capacity. And much pandemic funding is no longer available, even though the effects of the pandemic are still with us. Artists predominantly live under the poverty line. Raechele is lucky in that her day job is also in the arts. But people who need to work as servers, in retail, or a corporate job don’t have the capacity to do the art work.
13m00s Talking about the KW Symphony shut down. Not unexpected, but still a big shock. The symphony was deeply in debt, and funding from the region had been denied. Raechele points out, as a racialized, younger person “If the symphony can’t make it, who can?” The symphony shutdown caused a lot of unrest in the arts community. Over 70 musicians lost their jobs, as well as executives, supporters, the people who worked at the Conrad Centre and the Centre In The Square. And the patrons of the symphony are now going to other cities to enjoy their music. But the KW Symphony funding is not the only funding that was removed. Regional Councillor Kari Williams proposed a 20% reduction to the Arts Fund, but Waterloo Regional Council approved a 10% reduction. Not just the Arts Fund is affected, but the entire portfolio: the key cultural institutions, the grassroots initiatives, the upstream fund, a climate action change fund, and entrepreneurial initiatives. And this loss in funding occurred after these organizations had established their 2024 budgets; the cuts were made after the Director of Culture and Art, Helen Chimirri-Russell, stepped down, so the department had no oversight. Raechele was personally affected by these cuts, and has set up Save The Arts Waterloo Region, hoping to grow an on-going advocacy body for the arts sector.
20m05s jealous jealous (brightly coloured photo of light streaming into a church window)
jealous
pax & Mikayla Lane
23m06s Raechele set up Save The Arts as a response to the systemic defunding of the arts, not just in Waterloo Region. Yet people are keen to approve a $14 million increase for the police budget which already has surpluses. Raechele is concerned about the funding of racist enforcement, that this is a delibrate effort to protect their colonial ways. There’s no interest in redirecting any of that money into community initiatives. There is data that putting money into prevention programs and affordable housing there would not be as much crime. The fact that this is being actively ignored feels intentional and like a systemic problem. Raechele feels very personally attacked. The hope is that Save The Arts will be able to address some of these issues. The campaign is for artists to have a safe space to come together to fight these battles together. Raechele’s goal is to move towards an arts council, to seek funding for the arts outside the Region.
28m39s Raechele talks about making art accessible. Her show for the MT Space IMPACT23 festival took place outside, on the Gaukel Block, free and available for everyone. Art gives hope, entertainment, empathy, compassion; this is what art does for us. Funding is vital to put on these no-admission performances, and still provide an income to the artists.
30m35s Communication about the cut in funding was poor — Raechele learned about the cuts from the news. This was just one of many concerns about governance alleged in the news. Raechele is joined in Save The Arts by some people from the Waterloo Arts Fund board and other artists, but this group is for everyone. The arts community in Waterloo Region is more vibrant that what Raechele has experienced in Toronto. The campaign can grow to benefit other regions; there are funding cuts at other arts organizations. Raechele sees the drop in funding as a step backwards to last century when artists needed to fight for civil rights, fighting for marginalized people. Raechele has had two meetings, the first a special Waterloo Arts Fund meeting to discuss the funding cuts, then a Town Hall meeting for the community. There’s a mailing list of around 200 people to keep informed of upcoming events. There are plans, but none Raechele is willing to share.
37m03s Pink Paper Hearts (crudely drawn picture of a four-pane window)
Origami
Amanda Braam
39m31s How to get funding: Running community workshops on how to get money from the Arts Fund, how to get money from the Ontario Arts Council. There’s no database of available options. Workshops on dealing with tax problems, how to make investments, and more. Most artists don’t have a financial background, but Raechele does. She started in the corporate workforce, but quickly realized she wanted to pursue her dreams. Recently Raechele made a trip to Barbados to celebrate her grandmother’s 100th birthday, and turned that experience into a documentary that she presented last year at THEMUSEUM. Her roots go back to the British slave trade on Barbados.
45m42s Raechele’s company DiverseWorks sprang out of frustration in giving dance lessons six days a week. It provided a creative outlet, and she had the experience to make it work. Working on de-colonialization sounds more like teaching, but Raechele still views it as art. She is in the process of building the DiverseWorks de-colonial arts hub, a physical safe space to practice, perform, dance, teach, all with racialized representation.
51m15s Raechele gives out the contact info for the Save The Arts campaign, and encourages everyone with concerns about funding in the arts sector to come to the Committee meeting on Tuesday 5 March 2024 to speak to Council. And go see art!
55m00s Bob gives the credits.

CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at ccc@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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Bonus Video

Video: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 26 February 2024 (1.4 GB, Radio Waterloo Video)

Show notes and podcast interview content is Copyright © 2024 by the participants, and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license. Copy, re-use, and derivative works are allowed with attribution to Radio Waterloo and a link to this page. Music selections are copyright by the respective rights holders.

CKMS Community Connections for 29 January 2024 with Barbara Spronk of CFUW and Melissa Star Ireland of Indigenous Relations UW

Show Notes are in progress! Check this page later for updates!

Melissa Star Ireland (a woman with long dark hair smiling into the camera)
Melissa Star Ireland
Barbara Spronk (a woman with grey hair wearing headphones and speaking into a microphone)
Barbara Spronk

Show Notes

Barbara Spronk of CFUW-KW and Melissa Star Ireland of Indigenous Relations UW join Jenniefer Strong and Bob Jonkman to discuss the Indigenous Film Festival taking place in February.

The interview starts at 3m00s.

Office of Indigenous Relations at University of Waterloo:

Melissa provided us with some additional information on other Indigenous Relations programs:

Conestoga College Indigenous Services

Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings provides services for Indigenous students at Conestoga College, including those who are First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit. It is a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment that assists students with a smooth transition to college life by providing ongoing student support. The leader there is ​Christina Restoule, Manager.

Wilfrid Laurier University

We’ve been working with Bonnie Whitlow of The Office of Indigenous Relations at Laurier which has been working toward the goal of Indigenization, a term that reflects the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into the daily life of the university.

CFUW:

  • Website: cfuw KITCHENER-WATERLOO (stylized logo of an open book, with each page a different colour looking like flames)https://www.cfuwkw.org/
  • Twitter (X): @CFUWKW | Twitter
  • Facebook: CFUW K-W | Facebook
  • Instagram: @cfuwkw | Instagram
  • YouTube: CFUW K-W | YouTube
  • E-mail: cfuwkw@gmail.com
  • Upcoming Events

    Winter Storytelling: A Celebration of Indigenous Film | 2024 Film Series | Mon Feb 5 at 2pm - Run Woman Run | Mon Feb 12 at 2pm - Beans | Wed Feb 28 at 7pm - Bones of Crows | Princess Twin Cinema | 46 King St. N. Waterloo | Sponsored by CFUW-KW in partnership with Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Waterloo | Discussion to follow each film | FREE ADMISSION | We welcome donations to Indigenous Youth Roots (logo of CFUW-KW on the left, a single feather on the right, and logo of Indigenous Youth Roots at the bottom)
    Poster for CFUW-KW Indigenous Film Series
    Winter Storytelling: A Celebration of Indigenous Film

    All films are showing at the Princess Twin Cinemas. There will be a discussion after each film. Free Admission!

    • Run Woman Run
    • Beans
      • When: 2:00pm on Monday 12 February 2024
      • Info and Trailer: Beans (2020)
    • Bones of Crows

    Podcast

    Podcast coming soon!

    Index

    Index in progress, stay tuned!

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

    Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at ccc@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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    Bonus Video

    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 29 January 2024
    Sound on this video is terrible, there’ll be a new video soon!

    Show notes and podcast interview content is Copyright © 2024 by the participants, and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license. Copy, re-use, and derivative works are allowed with attribution to Radio Waterloo and a link to this page. Music selections are copyright by the respective rights holders.

    CKMS Community Connections for 22 January 2024: Bob & Yenny interview with DJ Jordan & “Through the Static”

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2024-01-22-episode149-DJ-Jordan-Through-The-Static.mp3 (55 MB, 1h00m02s)

    DJ Jordan with Through the Static, on Wednesdays at 9 PM til 10 PM and replay on Saturdays at 1 PM til 2 PM. Bob and I enjoyed our chat with DJ Jordan, who puts in a lot of thought to her shows and is a genuine music lover, spinning her vinyls.

    DJ Jordan is currently an undergraduate student at University of Waterloo, and CCC is looking forward to following up on Monday, March 11th, in studio, with Jordan and her professor.  A conversation that will conclude  during the week of March 18th, and exhibit held at UW.

    Thank you DJ Jordan!

    Throughout the hour, Bob played Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

    Bonus Video

    YouTube: (1) CKMS Community Connections for 22 January 2024 with Jordan Kalist of Through The Static

    Through The Static (black letters on a background of B&W television static, with a sound waveform running between the words)

    CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Community Connections | Monday 11am-Noon, Friday 3pm-4pm (sunflower logo on the left, black and purple lettering on a teal background to the right and below)

    CKMS Community Connections for 8 December 2023: Amnesty International’s Write For Rights with Margaret Jackson

    Show Notes

    Margaret Jackson wearing a bright pink N95 mask and headphones, with a "Write For Rights" button on her blue sweater.
    Margaret Jackson

    Margaret Jackson from Amnesty International‘s local KW chapter Group Nine talks to Bob Jonkman about this year’s Write For Rights campaign, describes some of the cases that are being written about, the petition to BC premier David Eby about the criminalization of the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders, and gives some info on joining the Group Nine chapter.

    Previous episode on Write For Rights: CKMS Community Connections for 6 December 2019 with Sandee Lovas of Amnesty International Group Nine

    Website: https://amnesty.ca/ (Amnesty International Canada)

  • Twitter: Amnesty Canada (@AmnestyNow) | Twitter
  • Facebook: Amnesty International Kitchener Waterloo Chapter, Group 9
  • Instagram: Amnesty Canada (@amnestycanada) | Instagram
  • YouTube: Amnesty International Canada (@amnestyinternationalcanada4524) | YouTube
  • TikTok: Amnesty (@amnesty) | TikTok
  • E-mail: groupnine9@gmail.com
  • Write For Rights | Amnesty International (black letters on a yellow background withthe Amnesty logo (a candle wrapped in barbed wire) at the bottom)

    Upcoming Events

    • Amnesty International KW Chapter (Group Nine) Write For Rights
      • When: 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 9 December 2023
      • Where: Kitchener Public Library, Meeting Room D
      • Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1
      • E-mail: groupnine9@gmail.com
      • Package: Case letters for 2023 (PDF file, 172 kBytes)

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-12-08-episode148-Amnesty-Internationals-Write-For-Rights-with-Margaret-Jackson.mp3 (53 MB, 57m50s, episode 148)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m12s Joy To The World Joy To The World | Jamie Bonk (white letters on a red background, two lines of text separated by a ribbon of landscape photos).
    (single)
    Jamie Bonk
    4m45s Margaret Jackson tells us about Write For Rights, focusing on ten cases for this campaign, sending a blitz of letter to government and other people involved in human rights abuses. This has been quite effective; half-a-million letters for each case can’t be ignored. Margaret tells us the details of some of this year’s cases. In some cases the letters get sent to the individuals directly, sometimes they go to a local Amnesty office and are forwarded to the recipient. These letters are always appreciated.
    24m38s Margaret reads her letter to David Eby, premier of British Columbia and former KW resident, to express her concern over the criminalization of the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders.
    32m03 Christmas Comes By Rail Onion Honey | A Merry Little While (photo of a cottage nestled in snow-covered trees, with line drawings of snowmen in the foreground)
    A Merry Little While
    Onion Honey
    35m08s Margaret tells us how the Write For Rights works. It’s at the Kitchener Public Library, downstairs in meeting room D. People can sign pre-printed letters, add an illustration or other artwork on a postcard. The Group Nine chapter will take care of mailing them out.
    39m05s This year Margaret wrote the standard letters, based on ideas of what should go in the letters from the Amnesty International campaign. Margaret adds that these letters come from Kitchener-Waterloo, and adds some information about each case to help the people who come in. The last in-person Write For Rights was in 2019, the past two years it was held as a ten-day e-mail blitz. The letters were printed, signed, and dropped off in a mailbox at a member’s house. This year there’s an e-mail letter sent to the government of Tunisia. Letters don’t have return addresses, but people are encouraged to sign their name, city, country, and postal code.
    43m53s For people who can’t come to the library there are online petitions at https://writeathon.ca, all of the information is available there. You can contact local chapter Group Nine at groupnine9@gmail.com and they can send you a package of case letters. The mailbox is still available at the member”s house until 15 December 2023.
    47m32s Margaret tells us that the letters are generally received well, because Amnesty International has a good reputation world-wide; people trust the information they get from Amnesty. There is nothing Amnesty can do in the way of applying economic pressure or sanctions; but perhaps local chapters can apply pressure to their local governments to act.
    50m08s Group Nine meets regularly on the first Tuesday of the month at Conrad Grebel college. There are speakers, either from Group Nine or from other agencies. Group Nine also participates in local events, like the Multicultural Festival and the Waterloo Pow Wow. Group Nine consists of about twelve core people, another 20 who help out at events, and a large number of people who are signed up for their e-mail list. People can get involved by sending an e-mail to groupnine9@gmail.com to come to the meeting. There is no cost, but people who make a donation become Amnesty International members and get to vote at their annual general meeting. Group Nine was the ninth group in Canada, now there are hundreds of groups. Margaret gives a bit of history of Amnesty International.
    56m45s Margaret recaps the info for Write For Rights and Bob gives the end credits.

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    CKMS Community Connections for 4 December 2023: The CFUW December 6 vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with Margaret Walker and Fadhilah Balogun

    Show Notes

    Margaret Walker wearing headphones.
    Margaret Walker
    Fadhilah Balogun wearing headphones at a microphone.
    Fadhilah Balogun

    Bob Jonkman chats with Margaret Walker of CFUW and Fadhilah Balogun of African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region about the upcoming Vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Margaret and Fadhilah also talk about gender-based violence, how it affects our communities, some available resources for women facing gender-based violence in Waterloo Region, how men can help as male allies. Margaret tells us about the books CFUW has published, and Fadhilah gives more background on the African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region.

    The interview starts at 4m02s.

    Previous interview with CFUW: 17 April 2023: The CFUW Book Sale with Rowena Samuel and Alison Watson

    CFUW Online:

    (illustration of an open book on a heart, with tulips above and below)

    African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region:

    (drawing of two hands holding the earth, with Africa towards the viewer)

    CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo | Join us for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women | December 6th (2023) vigil at | St. Columba Anglican Church | 256 Lincoln Road, Waterloo | By Grand River Transit: Bus 29 to Lincoln/Mayfield Stop 2793 | 5:30pm | Speakers and Music | Light snacks will be served | Realizing potential. For all women. (photo of a red rose and a candle on a black background; CFUW logo at the top).
     

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-12-04-episode147-December-6th-vigil-with-Margaret-Walker-and-Fadilah-Balogun.mp3 (52.9 MB, 55m04s, episode 147)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m00s Stuck In The Middle Red Output | Stuck In The Middle (watercolour illustration of a crudely drawn house, with a person staring into the background of red clouds)
    (single)
    Red Output
    4m02s Fadhilah Balogun introduces the African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region. Margaret Walker tells us the reasons for having a vigil on 6 December, and explains what gender-based violence is. Fadhilah provides some statistics on gender-based violence. The pandemic has made the issue worse — the shelters and services were shut down, women could not leave, men were staying in the house as well so there was more stress in the home. Fadhilah explains that gender-based violence crosses across all demographics: culture and race, geographic location, economic status, &c. There are some women with the financial capacity to flee violence, but that’s mostly not the case.
    16m29s Over You Lady Hayes | Over You (Shelley Hayes sitting on the trunk of a TransAm, "Over You" is the license plate)
    (single)
    Shelley Hayes
    20m40s Margaret gives the details of the December 6th vigil. The main purpose is the remember the fourteen women. Bob can remember the name of the perpetrator, but does not know the names of the victims. Margaret says that’s common, but these days the press avoids naming the perpetrator. But Fadhilah says that the movie business still glamorizes violence and serial killers. After the victim remembrance there are speakers, including Fadhilah, Fran Pappert-Shannon of the KW Unity Mosque, and Sarah Casselman of the Sexual Assault Support Centre Waterloo Region. The vigil takes place in the sanctuary of St. Columba church. Margaret Walker is the priest at the church, so that provides her an “in”. The church provides support in a number of ways, including a food bank.
    27m35s December 6th is the actual date, the 34th anniversary of the attack. It is now the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Margaret reminds us that it is not just a day of remembrance, but action. The action is coming to learn about the issue of violence against women, how the violence is affecting the communities, and how to deal with it. Fadhilah says that it’s important to put faces to the issue, which helps us take action. We can localize our actions; Toronto is not the same as Waterloo Region. Even in Waterloo Region there are different needs for the rural areas than the urban areas.
    33m13s Margaret points out that we need to get more men involved, having male allies tell their male colleagues what is unacceptable behaviour. Men may be reluctant to speak to violent men, but there are programs in how to be an ally; for example, the Sexual Assault Support Centre has offered courses in Bystander Training. Margaret says allies can influence others in locker room talk, objecting to sexist jokes, &c. Fadhilah says that men tie that behaviour to their masculinity. That perception needs to be broken. Keep an eye on the Groups and Workshops” page on the Sexual Assault Support Centre‘s website.
    39m11s Margaret has brought some books with her, Women of Waterloo County (now sold out, but available at the library), and a pair of other books, Proudly She Marched (two book covers by the CFUW on Canada's women in the armed forces) Proudly She Marched, two editions, one on the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, and the other on the Naval Service. These two books can be bought directly from the CFUW. The proceeds of that go towards funding scholarships for people in high schools, St. Louis Adult Learning centres, and local colleges and universities.
    44m50s Forget You Avalon Stone looks over her shoulder at the camera.
    (single)
    Avalon Stone
    48m05s Margaret recaps the time, location, and purpose for the December 6th vigil, and gives information about the CFUW and the advocacy they perform. Fadhilah gives some more background information on the African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region.
    54m04s Bob gives the end credits.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday, 4 December 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 20 November 2023: Fundraising Week and KWCon Music

    Show Notes

    Program Leaderboard | Friends of CKMS 2023 Fall Fundraising Drive | Requiem For Rock $25 | Radio Nowhare $100 | Pressure Drop $365 | Street Hop $45 | Atardecer Ranchero $50 | Mixtape Monopoly $110 | Virasat Radio $625 | Lijepa Nasa $300 | Bandwidth $25 | 81 82 83 84 $250 | AW@L Radio $40 | Father To Son $103 | The Clean Up Hour $500
    2023 Fall Fundraiser Leaderboard

    Today I play music from Waterloo Region musicians (“KW Content”), and then talk all over it to request donations for our Fall 2023 Fundraiser. My sincere apologies to all the musicians.

    No podcast today. Instead, go out and buy the music I played or go to a concert, and listen to the music as it was meant to be heard.

    –Bob.

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    1m02s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m33s Introduction Piece and Hackerboy CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    From a Live, On-Air, In-Studio recording.
    CxViolet
    6m14s Saved Last Chance to Dance | EVO | Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra (illustration of a vinyl disk, lettering in Art Deco typeface)
    Last chance to Dance
    Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra
    9m42s Nothing factory city | art is war (BW photo of a frog sitting on a skull)
    Art is War
    Factory City
    14m11s Wandering
    17m54s Ruby Mae Snooky Pryor & Mel Brown | Double Shot! (Snooky playing harmonica and Mel Brown playing guitar)
    Double Shot!
    Snooky Pryor & Mel Brown
    22m53s Pygmy Blow Dart Oktoberfest Cheer | Max the Axe (beer steins being klinked)
    Oktoberfest Cheer
    Max The Axe
    26m38s Repeated Dreams 78 North (white letters on a purple shield)
    (single)
    78 North
    31m36s Can You See Me Can You See Me? | Courtney Wolfe (line drawing of eyes and eyebrows with a pink flower all on a black background)
    (single)
    Courtney Wolfe
    34m11s Cardinal Red Codename Justine (line drawing of 3/4 of a head wearing a fedora)
    (single)
    Codename Justine
    37m52s Never Be Apart
    42m40s Snow Came Falling Snow Came Falling | Carla Muller | 50% of proceeds from sales of this single will benefit our local Food Bank | FoodBank of Waterloo Region (photo of ice and snow laden tree branches)
    (single)
    Carla Muller
    46m36s Wasting My Time (Alyssa DVM wearing a bright green pantsuit sitting on a black leather couch)
    (single)
    Alyssa DVM
    50m11s Miss You Like I Should (double exposure of a man sitting in the grass playing a guitar)
    (single)
    Arih SK
    53m43s Simcoe Mud Jay Linden | Ordinary Sunrise (illustration of a banjo with the resonator illustrated in a First Nations art style)
    (single)
    Jay Linden
    57m23s CCC Theme while Bob gives the end credits. CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    58m26s Interlude III bruises | missy bauman (illustration of a rabbit on its back, a person with horns falling down on the rabbit, surrounded by white flowers, all on a tan background)
    Bruises
    Missy Bauman

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 20 November 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 13 November 2023: Fundraising Week, with guest Jack Bishop of the KW Santa Claus Parade

    Show Notes
    Jack Bishop (a man wearing headphones and a blue golf shirt with a Lions Club logo sits at a microphone in front of a CKMS 102.7 banner)
    Jack Bishop

    Bob Jonkman makes a fundraising request for a new audio board, and talks to Jack Bishop, the chair of the KW Santa Claus Parade about this Saturday’s parade and the preparations that go into it.

    The interview starts at 5m17s.

    Online: The Lions Club of Kitchener

    Santa Needs You! | Santa needs you to help make the 2023 KW Santa Claus Parade happen! | Saturday November 18, 2023 | Volunteer Today! | Students can earn volunteer hours! Adults can also volunteer! lionskitchener@gmail.com (Santa Claus holding a poster a la Kilroy Was Here, with a Santa Claus logo in the top left corner)
     

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-11-13-episode146-Fundraising-Week-with-guest-Jack-Bishop-chair-of-the-KW-Santa-Claus-Parade.mp3 (57.4 MB, 59m46s, episode 146)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m53s Believer Deceiver (torso view of two people exchanging a package, while one person surreptitiously reaches for the other's wallet)
    (single)
    Space Kitchen
    5m17s Jack Bishop tells us when and where this year’s KW Santa Claus Parade takes place: Saturday, 18 November 2023; it begins at 10:00am at the corner of Frederick Street and Weber Street, and continues up Weber Street to Erb Street in Waterloo. Why so early? The Toronto Santa Claus parade is on Sunday, and the KW parade is always the day before. The route has changed from north-to-south along King Street to south-to-north along Weber Street, it’s because of the ION tracks and wires. Any wires on this route can be dealt with. It’s about an hour trip, with the head of the parade arriving at Erb just as the tail leaves Frederick.
    8m15s The KW Santa Claus Parade is a community parade, for community groups to show their involvement to the public. There’s no limits to the groups that want to enter. There are fees, because it costs about $25,000 to put on the parade: policing costs, paying the marching bands, and other costs. The community groups pay a fee of $300, commercial entries pay $500. There are other thoughtful community people that sponsor some bands. Jack may still be able to squeeze in one or two last-minute entries if you contact him right away! There are about 80 entries, including community groups, marching bands, clowns. Jack is still looking for volunteers to help out, there are lots of costumes available. It’s a good role for young people; it’s a good experience. To enter, click on the 2023 Parade Registration Here button on the Lions Club’s Santa Claus Parade website.
    13m44s Jack tells us what happens when people sign up for the parade. There’s a meeting for volunteers on Friday night, where they get outfitted with a costume. Then people come back at 8:00am on Saturday and get slotted into the parade. Jack makes it sound easy, but he’s been doing to for a while. There are about ten core people who manage the event, but it grows just before the event. Planning starts in the summer, and it takes four of five months. Working with the City, there’s an all-services meeting: fire, police, ambulance, transit… The same people are involved in the Oktoberfest Parade, good practice for the Santa Claus Parade. Jack organizes the order of the entries; it’s mostly random. But Santa goes at the end, the main sponsor goes at the start, the bands need to spaced out. Jack has had 15 years of experience. The parade was going for 25 years before the Lions took over, so it’s probably existed for 40 years.
    20m10s I’m Here I'm Here | Josh Taerk (man sitting on a park bench facing away from the camera. There is a dead-looking tree in front of him)
    (single)
    Josh Taerk
    24m13s IG fall funding drive 2023 Some of the buttons and lights on the sound board don’t work, so Bob makes a pitch for a new audio board. You can help by making a donation at https://radiowaterloo.ca/give.
    26m11s Jack explains how the parade logistics are organized. The floats line up at Frederick and Weber all the way back to Edna Street. Just before the parade starts there’s a Santa Claus Run, hundreds of runners all dressed in Santa Claus suits. A Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer inflatable float leads the way. When it (and the other inflatable floats) get to the rail overpass and other overhead obstructions the float is pulled down out of the way. The inflatable snowman is 20ft tall, others are only(!) 15 feet. The obstructions are pretty consistent over the years, so people get to know the route. Jack makes the organization sound easy, but reminds parade participants to arrive early to get on the float well before it leaves. At the destination there are buses to take people back, the floats need to arrange their own transportation back. The bands have their own buses, assembling at The Aud then picking up the band members at the end.
    35m15s Jack says that booking marching bands has been a big problem. All the drum and bugle corps are gone! Some companies that sponsored bands are gone, and the organizers are gone. It takes a lot of dedication, a lot of money, and a lot of experience to manage a marching band, and people have gone on to other things. Covid has been a big factor too. Small bands, rock bands, just don’t participate much in parades. The Regional Police have a marching band, but only participate in the Oktoberfest Parade, not the Santa Claus Parade. Band members are getting older, and it takes a lot of stamina to march for an hour carrying an instrument and huffing and puffing into a trumpet or clarinet. Jack is always an organizer, but has never marched in a parade. He knows lots of people, which helps getting sponsorships. There are not many people who like to ask people for money. Bob is asking for donations today too, but with inflation people are not donating as much as they used to. Jack finds that getting permits from two City municipalities and one Regional municpality is easier year after year, there are lots of volunteers, no paid staff, to do that.
    42m44s Hobo Waltz (single) Chris Temple
    45m12s Jack has been up since 3:00 in the morning, working on parade stuff. The line-up keeps changing! Jack finds there can’t be too many people working on one job, better to have one person do it. And that’s Jack.
    46m32s The Lions Club was formed just over 100 years ago in Chicago, the Lions Club of Kitchener was chartered in 1937. The Lions Club, right from the start, has been involved in vision-related issues. Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be the “Knights of the Blind”. There are about 25,000 members across Canada, every small community has a Lions Club. They do screening of kindergarten kids, kids who have never had their eyes checked. The Lions are tied in with the optometry school at the University of Waterloo. They have refractors used for testing. Kids are referred to optometrists, but not all kids actually follow up with appointments. The Lions will buy glasses for kids who need the financial assistance. The Lions Clubs have just created two new districts, and want to take this project across the country. Another major project is guide dogs for the blind, started in 1985. That’s expanded to hearing dogs, diabetic-sensing dogs, stress-relief dogs. There’s a school in Oakville for the finishing part of training a client with their dog. It takes a month to get trained! People can apply to the Lions Foundation of Canada in Oakville through https://www.dogguides.com/.
    54m17s Another major project is the Citizen of the Year. This year’s recipient is John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College. He’ll be in the parade as a celebrity! The award is in May, the search begins in January. There’s a selection process, nominators have to write a letter to say what the nominee has done, then a selection committee makes the decision.
    55m30s Bob thanks Jack, gives the credits, and introduces the last musical selection.
    56m27s Hey Allie autogramm | Music That Humans Can Play (photo silhoutte of four people dancing, they're coloured in vertical pink stripes, with a teal background)
    Music That Humans Can Play
    Autogramm

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    Big Wreck’s Sekou Lumumba on CKMS Community Connections with Yenny

    TOUR DATES:
    2023.11.09 • HAMILTON, ON • FIRSTONTARIO CONCERT HALL
    2023.11.10 • LONDON, ON • LONDON MUSIC HALL
    2023.11.11 • KITCHENER, ON • ELEMENTS NIGHTCLUB
    2023.11.14 • CHARLOTTETOWN, PE • PEI BREWING CO.
    2023.11.15 • HALIFAX, NS • LIGHTHOUSE ARTS CENTRE
    2023.11.17 • MONCTON, NB • CASINO NEW BRUNSWICK
    2023.11.18 • MONTREAL, QC • THÉ TRE BEANFIELD
    2023.11.20 • PARRY SOUND, ON • STOCKEY CENTRE
    2023.11.21 • SAULT STE. MARIE, ON • THE MACHINE SHOP
    2023.11.23 • REGINA, SK • CASINO REGINA
    2023.11.24 • EDMONTON, AB • MIDWAY
    2023.11.25 • CALGARY, AB • THE PALACE THEATRE
    2023.11.28 • NANAIMO, BC • PORT THEATRE
    2023.11.29 • VANCOUVER, BC • COMMODORE BALLROOM
    2023.11.30 • SEATTLE, WA • NEUMOS
    2023.12.02 • PORTLAND, OR • WONDER BALLROOM
    2023.12.05 • OAKLAND, CA • THE NEW PARISH
    2023.12.06 • WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA • TROUBADOUR
    2023.12.08 • PHOENIX, AZ • CRESCENT BALLROOM
    2023.12.10 • AUSTIN, TX • EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM
    2023.12.11 • HOUSTON, TX • HOUSE OF BLUES HOUSTON
    2023.12.12 • DALLAS, TX • THE STUDIO AT DEEP VELLUM
    2023.12.14 • DENVER, CO • MARQUIS THEATRE
    2023.12.16 • SASKATOON, SK • COORS EVENT CENTRE
    2023.12.17 • WINNIPEG, MB • CLUB REGENT EVENT CENTRE
    2023.12.18 • THUNDER BAY, ON • NV NIGHTCLUB
    2023.12.20 • BELLEVILLE, ON • EMPIRE THEATRE
    2023.12.21 • OTTAWA, ON • BRONSON CENTRE
    2023.12.22 • TORONTO, ON • HISTORY

    Big Wreck Is:
    Ian Thornley
    Dave McMillan
    Chris Caddell
    Sekou Lumumba


    CKMS Community Connections with: “The Truth Behind The Smile” PTSD PEER SUPPORT

    Jean-Guy Poirier, a firefighter diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (Disorder), started PTSD Peer Support groups: “The Truth Behind The Smile. These groups so far are in London, Stratford, and Kitchener, Ontario. Jean-Guy has a big vision for The “Truth Behind The Smile.” Giving back is a big part of the endeveour.

    Thanks Jean-Guy!

     

    DJ Mophead on CCC with Yenny

    On the Monday 16th of October, 11 AM, CKMS Community Connections we talked with DJ Mophead!

    It was an amazing conversation, and we learned a lot about how little Richard back in the day, when he was nine years’ old, discovered Hip Hop. Til he had an opportunity to start a show with CKMS, and quite the show at that. DJ Mophead had prepared daytime friendly tunes:

    Skyblew x Navo the Maestro – Light Switch
    Aesop Rock – Blood Sandwich
    6 Dogs – Plant Life
    Blu – j e s u s
    Childish Gambino – Waiting
    Bloquera – Back to the Grind Again

    It was friggen awesome

    Check it out The Clean-Up Hour sometime: Thursdays 12 midnight til 2 am

    He’s also on SoundCloud: Mophead (Waterloo)

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    CKMS Community Connections for 18 September 2023 with David Alton of the Lived Expertise Working Group

    Show Notes

    (A man wearing a pink shirt and toque sitting at a microphone)
    David Alton

    David Alton of the Lived Expertise Working Group talks to Bob Jonkman about the work of LEWG, what is “lived expertise”, working with the City of Kitchener, the principles of human rights in housing, homelessness, and using contributions of people with lived expertise. David tells us of some upcoming events for the members of the Lived Expertise Working Group and the public.

    David was previously interviewed on CKMS Community News on 14 August 2023.

    The interview starts at 7m35s.

    Online:

    Housing | LIved Expertise Working Group (Illustration of a white house on an orange background with black lettering inside)
     
    Other Mutual Aid groups:

    Upcoming Events

    Queer Youth Defence | September 20th (2023) Kitchener City Hall 9 AM | #NoSpaceForHate (additional text with info and instructions)
     
    • Queer Youth Defence
      • When: 9:00am to 11:00am Wednesday 20 September 2023
      • Where: Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West Map
      • Website: Canada Anti-Hate Network
    • Ride For Refuge

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-09-18-episode140-David-Alton-of-the-Lived-Expertise-Working-Group.mp3 (55 MB, 57m11s, episode 140)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m58s Simcoe Mud Jay Linden | Ordinary Sunrise (illustration of a banjo with the resonator illustrated in a First Nations art style)
    Ordinary Sunrise
    Jay Linden
    4m15s Mississipi Mud Hank Williams III | Lovesick, Broke & Driftin' (B&W photo of a western town, a man on a horse to the left, a man on crutches in the centre)
    Lovesick Broke & Driftin’
    Hank Williams III
    7m35s David explains the purpose of the Lived Expertise Working Group, twelve folks with housing marginalization experience and advocacy experience. “Expertise” rather than “Experience”, so that the contributions are seen with the same value as academic expertise. They are presenting a report to the City of Kitchener council as part of a staff report from the Planning Department. Pointing out the different areas of responsibility for City departments, and different levels of government. The work LEWG is doing with the City of Kitchener is influencing decisions made in other municipalities (City of Cambrige, City of Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo). But a large part of the work is helping the mutual aid groups in the area, creating a bridge between these groups and the municipalities. Talking about the role and perceived role of by-law enforcement, part care-giving, part criminalizing. David’s message to all organizations is to remove the barriers to care. They recognize the difficult role that municipalities have. A good news story: The Region of Waterloo modified a by-law on hate speech to include income status and housing status.
    22m09s Can You See Me? Can You See Me? | Courtney Wolfe (line drawing of eyes and eyebrows with a pink flower all on a black background)
    (single)
    Courtney Wolfe
    24m45s David talks about the report that will be presented to council: A list of principles; what it means to include lived expertise in the planning process. The people working in the Lived Expertise Working Group are being compensated, just as experts from other areas would be. There are stipends for transportation, child care, &c. Not just the people in LEWG are at capacity, but councillors and city staff feel overwhelmed by all the pressures and logistics, but the community understands that. There was some friction at the June council meeting, David recaps. David discusses the different sources of funding for their position and the Lived Expertise Working Group. David tells us about the Ride For Refuge, this Saturday. Covering some of the eight principles of lived expertise engagement, for example “the value of bridges”, “the value of paid work”, “navigating around conflict.”
    40m57s Jillian I, the Mountain | Jillian (illustration of a sphere made of multicoloured bricks with a banner "Jillian" around it, and a rose and arrow crossed behind it)
    (YouTube)
    I, the Mountain
    44m05s Talking about David’s participation in the Jillian video, with their partner Aashay. Talking about David’s participation in Ground Up WR, working to counter the “Parents’ Rights” movement that restricts youth from self-expression. There is a rally at City Hall on Wednesday, everyone who wants to be an ally is invited. Ground Up is well connected with the community, it’s a good place to start if you’re looking to help. David encourages people to pay close attention to what’s going on in housing and homelessness — winter is coming. Follow organizations like Unsheltered Campaign or ACCKWA. The Lived Expertise Working Group is sending some members to Halifax for the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness conference in November, donations are gratefully accepted to enable LEWG to help send another member to the conference. Connect with the Social Development Centre or the Civic Hub Waterloo Region to get involved. Talking about the photographic exhibition, which was a conference fundraiser.

    56m46s Bob gives the end credits.

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    Bonus Video

    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 18 September 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 15 September 2023: The Concert Edition

    Show Notes

    Line drawing of a guitarist, dummer, and trumpeter
    Local Music is Sexy

    It’s another music show, with local bands from Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge (and a few from outside the region). Several have upcoming concerts, check their websites for more information.

    Index


    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m13s Run (three men standing in a stairwell)
    Night Talks
    Lost In Japan
    4m09s Night Talks
    8m04s Can You See Me? Can You See Me? | Courtney Wolfe (line drawing of eyes and eyebrows with a pink flower all on a black background)
    (single)
    Courtney Wolfe
    11m16s Gravity (headshots of two women with red-painted cheeks)
    (single)
    Charm of Finches
    16m16s Hand Your Heart to the Wind Jay Linden | Ordinary Sunrise (illustration of a banjo with the resonator illustrated in a First Nations art style)
    Ordinary Sunrise
    Jay Linden
    20m21s They’re Sending a Crew to the Moon
    25m29s Snow Came Falling Snow Came Falling | Carla Muller | 50% of proceeds from sales of this single will benefit our local Food Bank | FoodBank of Waterloo Region (photo of ice and snow laden tree branches)
    (single)
    Carla Muller
    29m25s Another Morning After
    38m45s Never Be Apart Codename Justine (line drawing of 3/4 of a head wearing a fedora)
    (single)
    Codename Justine
    43m34s Hiding
    48m37s Cardinal Red
    53m18s Let’s Go Electric Love | Miss Tammy Darling (comic-style illustration of a woman in a skimpy dress kneeling beside a heart as large as she is)
    Electric Love
    Miss Tammy Darling
    55m28s Bob gives the end credits, then plays Boogie Into The Night
    58m46s Pretty Little Dress

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    CKMS Community Connections for 1 September 2023 with Vanessa Ricci-Thode of Waterloo Bookfest and the KW Writer’s Alliance

    Show Notes

    (a woman with blue hair wearing a purple dress and a facemask sits at a microphone)
    Vanessa Ricci-Thode

    Vanessa Ricci-Thode is one of the organizers for Waterloo Bookfest and a founder of the KW Writer’s Alliance, as well as the author of a series of books. She talks to Bob Jonkman about Bookfest and the KW Writer’s Alliance, writing, and reads from her most recent book, Fireborn.

    The interview starts at 4m57s.

    KW Writer’s Alliance Online:

    Vanessa Ricci-Thode:

    Waterloo Bookfest | Local authors. Live readings. | Saturday September 9th 1pm-7pm | Waterloo Public Square (black letters on an orange and green graduated background)
     

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-09-01-episode138-Vanessa-Ricci-Thode-of-Waterloo-Bookfest-and-KW-Writers-Alliance.mp3 (52 MB, 56m34s, episode 138)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m00s Stay Awake Quiet In The Land
    Quiet In The Land
    Quiet In The Land
    4m57s Vanessa Ricci-Thode tells us about Waterloo Bookfest, some of the special guests (Katie Mack, E.K. Johnston), and more listed on the KW Writer’s Alliance Bookfest website. How KW Writer’s Alliance got started on Zoom during the height of the pandemic. Talking about NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. KW Writer’s Alliance was started with Caroline Topperman, looking to give Waterloo Region authors a space to keep writing all year ’round. Support includes moral support (especially after rejections!), guides to publishing, guides to improving the writing craft. Talking about traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.
    19m35s Unbreakable You Unbreakable | single | Natalia Zuk (B&W photo of a woman playing piano)
    (single)
    Natalia Zuk
    23m16s Running down the events taking place at Waterloo Bookfest. How Bookfest is organized. There are 70 authors, and there’s a waiting list! Talking about other events, like Word On The Street which is no longer happening in Waterloo Region. Authors bring their books (of course), but some will have bookmarks and artwork as well. There is overlap in the arts for authors, several are visual artists or musicians. Jason Baronette is one such author, he’ll be at Bookfes, but he’s been on CKMS Community Connections as part of his band Athanase.
    33m18s Kicks In The Night Athanase | Between II Shores (painting of a schooner in full rigging approaching the viewer)
    Between II Shores
    Athanase
    36m35s It’s the Waterloo Bookfest, that means for all of Waterloo Region, including Kitchener, Cambridge, and the rural townships. Vanessa will be at Bookfest as an author, with her series Fireborn. Vanessa tells us about her writing process. Talking about acquiring Fireborn and the logistics of getting it in online stores.
    43m30s Fireborn Vanessa Ricci-Thode | Fireborn | Fireborn Series Book Three ()illustration of a woman carrying a large battleaxe looking away from the viewer beyond some rocks at dragons made of fire
    (Book)
    Vanessa Ricci-Thode
    48m41s Bob encourages more prose readings on the radio. Vanessa tells us about other reading series in southern Ontario. The website is for Grand River Writers & KW Writer’S Alliance, bringing in people from outside of Waterloo Region. Talking about possible upcoming events, readings, workshops. Vanessa gives some ideas for future workshops.
    55m43s Vanessa recaps the details for Bookfest and Bob gives the end credits.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    Bonus Video

    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Friday 1 September 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 21 August 2023 with CxViolet

    Show Notes

    CxViolet (a man with blond hair wearing a striped shirt and headphones over a white baseball cap sits at a microphone covered in a blue sock in the CKMS-FM studio)
    CxViolet

    CxViolet comes into the studio for a Live, On-Air, In-Studio performance, and talks to Bob Jonkman about his start in music, vocal training, composition, trying new things, and his upcoming EP Hackerboy and an album with The New People.

    The interview starts at 4m10s.

    Online:

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-08-21-episode136-CxViolet.mp3 (52.8 MB, 54m58s, episode 136)

    Index

    Exclusive tracks recorded in the CKMS-FM 102.7 Radio Waterloo Studio are now available! Right-click on a linked track title to download!

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m51s Glimpse of Us (a man with his back to the camera plays piano, the background is very orange)
    (YouTube)
    CxViolet
    4m10s We are having a technical difficulty! Talking about Glimpse of Us by Joji. The musician or artist isn’t always in control of creating music or art. Inspiration from Mr. Alonzo in high school, then to university for a Bachelor in Classical Music, the Romantic Era. CxViolet doesn’t play much of that any more, but it influences composition now. Introducing the Introduction Piece.

    11m38s Introduction Piece and Hackerboy CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    CxViolet
    16m19s Talking about CxViolet’s vocal range and voice training — everyone can find the voice they have to shape the art they create. Talking about the origins of Hackerboy, and the origins of CxViolet.
    22m25s Bob makes a pitch to local musicians to submit their music to office@radiowaterloo.ca with KWCon in the subject line for people from Waterloo Region, and CanCon for Canadians further away.
    22m49s CxViolet has played locally, but right now is taking time to hone his composition. CxViolet likes taking spaces that normally don’t play music and turning them into musical venues. Looking for venues and opportunities! Contact @_cxviolet on Instagram! Talking about other social media presences. The first self-hosted show was at AOK, a video game bar. Performing with The New People, working on starting a label / publishing house / band. Introducing “the roadies” Stevie and Naomi, and the next song, still untitled.
    27m40s Untitled CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    CxViolet
    31m38s Is this song autobiographical? All songs carry some biographical fingerprints. Talking about guitar technique. CxViolet is self-taught, claims he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Recently took up rock climbing, the forearm muscles are killing. Lyrics first, or music first? For this song, it came all at once. CxViolet pushes beyond the familiar, trying new things outside the norm. CxViolet writes for CxViolet, and the fans follow along. CxViolet doesn’t perform covers; for anything he likes well enough to cover he wants to do it justice. Talking about performance rights, SOCAN; any agents or managers should contact @_cxviolet. Music is a full-time gig, but CxViolet is sitting in the broke-artist trope. CxViolet got some grants from arts councils to offset recording expenses. CxViolet plays, records, produces everthing with the help of friend and artist-partner Stevie (more than a roadie!).
    40m34s Bob asks for another song, CxViolet sets up to improvise something. Asks Bob for a key (G), sad or happy (happy), something for end-of-summer.
    41m18s Improvisation CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    CxViolet
    43m00s CxViolet claims not to have practiced this before the show, he just knows some chord progressions. Talking about piano lessons.
    44m26s What’s coming up in the future? The Hackerboy EP in late September, followed by The New People album in October. CxViolet is working on 40 songs, ready to come out. He’ll be putting out music until he has no more music to put out, but feels there’s an infinite reservoir inside him. CxViolet has a three-year plan, maybe ending with a world tour. Playing outside Waterloo Region, playing at festivals, and playing in the classical sphere. CxViolet wouldn’t go back to playing classical, but might put those skills towards film scoring or video game scoring. Doesn’t do the restaurant / bar piano gigs, except for the pay. Prefers performing in non-musical venues. Maybe turn his attic studio into a venue, to host maybe ten people. Maybe doing secret concerts like Sofar Sounds. Working with The New People to help others find their voice, and playing with other artists.
    50m55s Appearing in the Jillian video with I, The Mountain. CxViolet received the sweetest worded e-mail ever, and couldn’t say no after that. The idea was to get people together who are a little bit unique and have a unique sense of self. CxViolet was very impressed with how the production came together.
    52m29s Dealing with an unreceptive audience: CxViolet hasn’t really experienced that, has some tricks up his sleeve, such as asking “Name a key” and making an improvisation. But the fan base is well curated, so that hardly ever happens. The fan base exists as far away Europe and South America.

    And Bob gives the end credits.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    Bonus Video

    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 21 August 2023

    Photo Gallery

    CxViolet, a man wearing a striped shirt and headphones over a white baseball cap sitting at a microphone and plays guitar. There is also a very large synthesizer on the desk in front of him)
    CxViolet plays guitar in a Live, On-Air, In-Studio performance!

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    CKMS Community Connections for 31 July 2023 with Megan Ruttan of Waterloo Region ACORN

    Show Notes

    Megan Ruttan (a woman wearing a summer dress and a grey N95 mask sitting at a microphone with a blue sock on it)
    Megan Ruttan
    ACORN CANADA ( white line drawing of an acorn in an '@' sign, with text curving along the botton, all on a red background)
     

    Megan Ruttan of Waterloo Region ACORN joins Bob Jonkman to talk about evictions, renovictions, tenants’ rights, and setting up a tenants’ union in Waterloo Region.

    The interview starts at 10m02s.

    ACORN was previously on CKMS News on 23 June 2023, 17 June 2023, and 7 June 2023.

    Waterloo Region ACORN:

    ACORN Canada:

    Meg Ruttan Online:

    Other:

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-07-31-episode135-Meg-Ruttan-of-Waterloo-Region-ACORN.mp3 (50 MB, 54m11s, episode 135)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m02s Black Eyed Suzie Foul Weather Friends | Onion Honey (illustration of a snail on a mushroom, a mouse, and two frogs, all sheltering from the rain under a leaf)
    Foul Weather Friends
    Onion Honey
    2m51s 4 All The Animals 4 all the Animals | (Save The World) | VEFO | Prod. GuruuuV (green and purple lettering on a background of a green sky with orange clouds, there's a picture of a pig's snout in the middle)
    (single)
    VEFO
    6m35s Unknown Monster Genre-Bending P2 | GuruuuV (purple letters on a swirly purple background)
    Genre-Bending Pt. 2 (Beat Challenge)
    GuruuuV
    6m41s try and catch me next time
    7m42s Shake the House
    10m02s Introducing Megan Ruttan and ACORN: The Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, a low- to moderate-income tenants union, but they take on any issues that their members want to take on, for example payday loans. The union is just getting set up now to help fight renovictions and demovictions. Megan herself is experiencing attempts at renoviction. This has been happening for at least six years. This pre-dates ACORN, but ACORN would have fought it by drawing attention to it by direct action such as protests. There have been rallies against other renovictions in Kitchener. Landlords intimidate tenants by withholding information, so that tenants do not know what their rights are, or even who their landlord is. ACORN in Hamilton has helped create a by-law that makes it illegal to evict people in Hamilton for renovations. But each municipality will have different by-laws. ACORN has just held a national day of action on the financialization of housing. They’re asking for a law that will give first right of refusal will go to housing organizations, co-ops, and other businesses that want to build affordable housing. Waterloo Region ACORN has about 500 members; about 15 full members who pay $15/month in dues, but many people can’t afford that. Waterloo Region ACORN started about three months ago, in April.
    19m44s Beam Blues Live Nick Bordman | Beam Blues | (Live at Locust Ridge Studios) (black and white photo of a man with a beard and wearing a cowboy outfit leaning against a sporty-looking car)
    (YouTube)
    Nick Bordman
    23m59s Waterloo Region ACORN has a three month plan, meeting in August to plan an action to take place in September. They’re building membership; anyone is welcome to join, not just renters. The August meeting will be hybrid, both in-person and online for Covid safety. The national organization in Ottawa and the chapter in London have provided a lot of help in the form of flyers, handouts, mailing lists, &c. The money from dues goes towards copying costs and SDCWR for use of their facilities. The entire region of Waterloo has an epidemic of unsheltered people. The chapter was named Waterloo Region ACORN to include everyone in the region; it’s not just a Kitchener issue.
    28m47s “The financialization of housing” treats housing as an investment, not as shelter or homes, or as a human right. Municipalities are not building purpose-built rental housing; many politicians to make this happen to own rental properties, and seem disinclined to reduce their holdings to build affordable housing. Globally, the climate crisis is creating climate refugees, who need housing. Do we have shelter for these people? We need to build housing. The municipalities need to build the housing, not just pass by-laws or re-zones. The City of Kitchener is not acting to build housing or reduce renovictions when they had the chance to vote on zoning changes. Their answer seems to be to police housing. If they don’t build housing, people will die. Who could be affected by the housing crisis? Almost every renter. What happens with the laws that require landlords to provide the renovated units to former tenants? It gets ignored, landlords just rent to new, higher-paying tenants. People in this situation don’t have the capacity, “the spoons”, to deal with this. Megan has the spoons to deal with this because she’s connected in the community, and knows the resources.
    38m14s How did Waterloo Region ACORN get started here? There were already people with memberships in other chapters; people contacted the national chapter; they already had a mailing list! Everything is connected, Megan was already active in climate organizing, political organization; if one issue is advanced, the others are too.
    39m36s Who’s Gonna Suffer FOG Blues & Brass Band | Twelve Bar Prescription (B&W photo of band members centered on a blue background, typeface as though made from shiny cut metal)
    Twelve Bar Prescription
    FOG Blues & Brass Band
    43m04s How do people get involved if they have no background in tenant organization? Come to the meeting in August, ACORN will provide training on door knocking, &c. They’ll knock on the doors of tenants to let them know help is available. They’ve reached out to local politicians, but not all have responded. Talking about other events where ACORN has had a presence. Giving credit to Maribel and other leaders, their appearances in local media.
    48m25s What about all the local construction? It’s mostly condominiums, only 15% affordable housing. Condos aren’t affordable housing. The tenants’ union is the opposite of a Home Owners’ Association, the union lifts you up, doesn’t repress your rights.
    50m36s Reviewing Waterloo Region ACORN‘s presence on social media. Talking about Project Mushroom, an online presence for social activists. It had some setbacks when the founder discovered it could not be monetized, but Megan and others are still keeping it alive.
    53m12s Bob gives the end credits.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 31 July 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 24 July 2023 with VEFO

    Show Notes

    VEFO (a person with crossed arms sitting at a microphone wearing a gray sweater and grey gloves, and a gas mask over a Guy Fawkes mask; the gas mask has the eyes outlined in bright green paint, and there is a green heart painted on the forehead)
    VEFO

    Bob Jonkman talks with VEFO, musician and animal rights activist about his social justice philosophy, the alter-ego that VEFO represents, animal liberation, the Plant Based Treaty, producing music, VEFO’s influences and other activities, mainstream music, and the VEFOFEST Popup + Jaqui NDS Tribute this Saturday 29 June 2023 from 4 pm to 8pm at the Arts Quad at the University of Waterloo.

    The interview starts at 1m43s.

    Online:

    Upcoming Events

    Saturday July 29th (2023) 4pm at University of Waterloo Arts Quad (Dana Porter Library) | VEFOFEST Popup + Jaqui NDS Tribute | Join us for an evening of powerful music, speakers, poetry, art, estatic dance, food, & inspiring performances. | @UWAnimalRights @VEFOmusic (black letters on a gradient purple-to-green background, with a clip art image of a leaping dancer, a staff of musical notes, and a ribbon microphone)

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-07-24-episode134-VEFO.mp3 (51 MB, 55m32s, episode 134)

    Index


    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m29s Control the Voices Genre-Bending P2 | GuruuuV (purple letters on a swirly purple background)
    Genre-Bending, Pt. 2 (Beat Challenge)
    VEFO
    1m43s VEFO does perform on Control the Voices, but his vocals are sampled and chopped up. VEFO likes both lyrical and instrumental tracks for balance.
    2m57s VEFO wears a mask to create a character, an alter-ego, a new artist profile. VEFO’s music started to promote animal rights activism. In animal agriculture animals are viewed as though they don’t have a personality or a face, and so VEFO was created as an anonymous identity to show that you can turn yourself into whoever you want to, and VEFO is there to support. The mask reduces the ego, and shows how we are all a community of people trying to do better and trying to change the world for a kinder and sustainable future. VEFO has been doing music for six years, the activism for about four years, and hard-core animal rights for the last two years. VEFO draws inspiration from Regan Russell who was killed during an animal vigil in Burlington. Got Your Back was created as a tribute track to Regan. VEFO plays at both musical venues and animal rights rallies. Bob met VEFO at KW Vegfest.
    8m01s VEFO tells us about VEFOFEST, this Saturday 29 July 2023 at the University of Waterloo through the UW Animal Rights Society.
    10m24s 4 All the Animals (Save The World)
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio!
    4 all the Animals | (Save The World) | VEFO | Prod. GuruuuV (green and purple lettering on a background of a green sky with orange clouds, there's a picture of a pig's snout in the middle)
    (single)
    VEFO
    13m37s Talking about the lyrics in 4 All the Animals. Finding VEFO’s motivation in animal activism. Discussing animal liberation, and the trauma that animals experience in industrial agriculture. Are politicians paying attention? Yes, some politicians have endorsed the Plant Based Treaty, and VEFO is trying to get the University of Waterloo to adopt it. This is a world-wide campaign; the UK has had some success, but not so much in Canada. The treaty applies to institutions as well, such as hospitals, jails, schools. But Bob hasn’t seen much uptake in his mom’s long term care home.
    23m39s SHINE
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio!
    SHINE | VEFO (white and green lettering on a background of stars overlying a beach scene with a cliff to the left)
    (single)
    VEFO
    26m12s Talking about VEFO’s production work. He’s been concentrating on sampling vocals. It’s a way to process his emotions, feeling on top of the world when working on one track, then next day your heart is just torn; music is always there for you. VEFO is a big fan of Moby, re-recording his tracks when the emotion strikes. We discuss dancing. VEFO plays guitar as well, will be playing electric guitar at VEFOFEST. VEFO is also a big fan of Prince. He performs solo, but is always open to collaboration. He’s been practicing with the Liberation Choir at the Wishbone Animal Rights Lab in Toronto, as well as practicing drumming. VEFO will be playing snare drum at the Toronto Animal Rights March 2023 on Saturday 26 August. Will there be a march in Waterloo? VEFO doesn’t think there are enough animal rights activists here to hold a march.
    34m40s VEFO’s music isn’t mainstream; he doesn’t feel that he can make pop music. Is mainstream media ignoring this music because of commercial interests? Not even Moby releases animal rights music, there’s no commercial value. Maybe mainstream fans don’t want to hear social justice music. VEFO started @VeganLove4All on Instagram and Vegan Love 4 All on YouTube to promote animal rights.
    38m50s Talking about V4EVA and the Beat Challenge, creating a new beat and a new genre every day.
    39m45s V4EVA Genre-Bending P2 | GuruuuV (purple letters on a swirly purple background)
    Genre-Bending, Pt. 2 (Beat Challenge)
    VEFO
    42m02s MotionRave Demo
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio!
    motionrave | VEFO DEMO | GuruuuV (dark gray, white and purple letters on a purple-to-dark-blue gradient background)
    (single)
    43m21s Talking about MotionRave Demo. Music or lyrics first? Either way… Recap of VEFOFEST, doing it every month, next at University of Toronto. VEFO tells us how to release music on streaming services. Talking about the Burlington Vegfest (note: not at Spencer Smith Park, but at the Burloak Waterfront Park Map)
    49m21s Talking about GuruuuV, an alter-ego that started VEFO’s music story. It combines “groove” and “guru”; the purple comes from Prince. There’s no politics or message with GuruuuV, just music.
    51m40s Got Your Back
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio!
    GOT YOUR BACK | VEFO (black and yellow lettering on an indistinct background that looks like an anaglyph 3D image)
    (single)
    VEFO
    55m13s Bob gives the end credits.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 24 July 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 17 July 2023: KWCon Music; Mark Higgins of Canada’s Teen Jam

    Show Notes

    Canada's Teen Jam | Where the music begins (bright orange letters as though stardust on a black background; the CTJ letters are so large in comparison to the rest that CTJ is all you see from a distance)
    Canada’s Teen Jam

    Today we’re playing lots of KW Content: Music by musicians from Waterloo Region. Then we speak with Mark Higgins, the promoter/producer/impressario for Canada’s Teen Jam.

    The interview starts at 38m16s.

    Online:

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-07-17-episode133-KWCon-Music-Mark-Higgins-from-Canadas-Teen-Jam.mp3 (49 MB, 53m58s, episode 133)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m47s Promised Land (a reverse colour solarized image of a woman with long hair blowing in the wind, wearing a flowing sari, and pointing ahead of her. One breast is uncovered)
    (single)
    No Service
    6m29s My Happy Place My Happy Place | Cameron Oakland (Cameron Oakland sitting in a field, backlit by the sun, petting two large dogs)
    (single)
    Cameron Oakland
    9m41s Living With Your Memory Natalia Valencia (a woman with long dark hair and a big smile, wearing headphones sitting at a microphone and playing guitar)
    CKMS Community Connections Live, On-Air, In-Studio Performance
    Natalia Valencia
    14m27s Any Other Way Any Other Way | Clarissa Diokno (Clarissa Diokno, a woman with long black hair wearing a red blouse stands in front of a pink backdrop)
    Any Other Way
    Clarissa Diokno
    17m28s Liquor (Paige Warner, a woman with long curly blonde hair sitting in front of white venetian blinds at the bottom right corner of the picture with her head resting on her hands which are on her knees. The photo is multiple exposure, showing faint outlines of Paige lowering her head to her hands. There is a small pile of clothes or blankets beside her)
    Stockholm Syndrome
    Paige Warner
    21m02s Steel Rail Blues Foul Weather Friends | Onion Honey (illustration of a snail on a mushroom, a mouse, and two frogs, all sheltering from the rain under a leaf)
    Foul Weather Friends
    Onion Honey
    25m07s The Last Two Years Carla Muller | The Last Two Years (a campfire blazes white-hot at the right, in the unfocused background twilight has made the sky dark blue and the ground black, with patches of water reflecting the sky)
    The Last Two Years
    Carla Muller
    28m14s My Love To You My Love To You (handwriting on an airmail envelope lying on a red background)
    (single)
    Space Kitchen
    31m56s A Song Is Born Piano Carousel | Tim McInnes (white letters over a photo of a carousel  with a carousel horse facing right, prominently in the foreground)
    (singles)
    Tim McInnes
    34m49s Piano Carousel
    38m16s Mark Higgins tells us about Canada’s Teen Jam: A program of musical discoveries for teens with dreams, the next generation of superstars. The mission is to take this across Ontario and Canada. Many teens have sports and other programs but teens with musical talent have nothing. Mark is not releasing the names of the performers yet, that will be revealed on Saturday. Bob offers to bring the performers into the studio for an interview and a Live, On-Air, In-Studio performance! Mark is impressed with the professionalism and demeanor of the performers. Canada’s Teen Jam launched in January, and is now starting the tour to get the performers into other festivals and showcases. Kitchener is the first stop. Canada’s Teen Jam goes from 3pm to 5pm, followed by the Wayback Festival performers. Mark appreciates the irony: Canada’s newest performers followed by Canada’s superstar rock performers. Mark has had a lot of experience promoting and producing performers, notably The Tragically Hip at Bobcageon, which was filmed for a documentary. Covid has affected the start of CTJ, everyone is catching up from the performances that were missed.
    53m04s Bob gives the end credits.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 17 July 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 3 July 2023: Nick Bordman with Caleb Khuu

    Show Notes

    Nick Bordman (a man wearing headphones over a cowboy-style hat, red shirt and denim vest sitting at two microphones in front of acoustic tiling)
    Nick Bordman
    Caleb Khuu (a man with glasses and dark hair wearing headphones and playing the guitar. His left hand is bending the strings on the fretboard)
    Caleb Khuu

    Nick Bordman, accompanied by Caleb Khuu, gives a Live, On-Air, In-Studio performance, and talks to Bob Jonkman about touring, recording, performing, and songwriting.

    Caleb Khuu appeared on CKMS Community Connections on 14 April 2023.

    The interview starts at 3m48s.

    Online:

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-07-03-episode132-Nick-Bordman-with-Caleb-Khuu.mp3 (54.7 MB, 56m54s, episode 132)

    Index

    Exclusive tracks recorded in the CKMS-FM 102.7 Radio Waterloo Studio are now available! Right-click on a linked track title to download!

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m48s Tread Lightly CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    Nick Bordman
    3m48s Talking about the genre of Country Music, and country music venues in Waterloo Region. Re-recording Tread Lightly , the first song Nick ever wrote with Matt Koebel; how it’s changed since the first recording. Talking about Nick’s recently completed tour, including the Horseshoe Tavern. Touring with The Boogie Boy Band, but there are session players on Nick’s studio recordings. Talking about the modern way of recording, session musicians record their tracks in their own studios, send them in, and the producer assembles them in the DAW, the Digital Audio Workstation. Nick tells us his songwriting technique: Inspiration from the outdoors.
    13m04s Home CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    Nick Bordman
    16m17s Talking about the origins of Home and the origins of Nick Bordman, and how he might develop in the future. Music is a full-time career for Nick, he feels lucky to have stumbled into the opportunities he’s had. He’s an old soul, getting compared to the country singers someone’s grandma might have listened to. Nick tells us how he met Caleb, just walking past Caleb’s band in the street. Caleb says playing everything from country to jazz is not such a big stretch. Talking about playlists on streaming services, and how to market to streamers and viewers.
    27m32s Take Out Some Insurance CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    Nick Bordman
    30m29s Take Out Some Insurance is a Jimmy Reed cover, Nick has only performed it live. Nick performs other songs with a bit of a yodel to them, Hank Williams’s Your Cheatin’ Heart. Nick has worked some vocal teachers, including Amanda Kind. Also talking about the Seneca College program, Independent Songwriting and Performance.
    37m03s Words first, or music first? Nick writes the words first, he has an idea for a story, some phrasing, then calls up collaborators to put the music to words. Sometimes that changes the words. Nick composes on guitar (so does Caleb), he doesn’t get along with piano. Talking about the process of songwriting from lyrics and music to production and recording. Nick has at least five songs he’s working on now. The EP of that should be coming out soon.
    40m46s Beam Blues CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    Nick Bordman
    44m52s Listening to the lyrics in Beam Blues. Listing some upcoming shows, and Nick’s contact information and social media accounts. Talking about an audience not paying attention to the music at some gigs. Getting subs for the band, and sessions musicians for recording. Caleb tells us about doing session work. Talking about ever-changing technology in recording.
    54m11s Movin’ On Over CKMS Logo - yellow sunflower with a black centre with diagonal wavies on a circular teal background, transparent background to corners
    Live, On-Air, In-Studio
    Nick Bordman
    56m15s Bob gives the end credits, and Caleb Khuu plays us out.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Monday 3 July 2023

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    CKMS Community Connections for 23 June 2023 with Matt Lam and Aaron Liang of Waterfowl

    Matt Lam (a man with dark curly hair and glasses wearing headphones in front of a microphone with a flag "CKMS 102.7 FM", the background is black acoustic tile)
    Matt Lam
    Aaron Liang (a man with dark hair and a Vandyke wearing glasses and headphones; a socked microphone is visible on the right, and a CKMS-FM poster is partially visible in the background)
    Aaron Liang

    Show Notes

    Aaron Liang and Matt Lam join Bob Jonkman to talk about their band Waterfowl, how they turned from a studio band into a live performance band, composing their music and writing their lyrics, and dealing with the many instruments and changeovers on their live gigs.

    The interview starts at 1m44s.

    Online:


    Lost Faculty with Waterfowl and Housecat | The Yeti | 14 Eby St. N. Kitchener, ON | Sunday Sept 10 (2023) 8pm Doors | $10 Advance $15 At The Door (four men wearing dark sunglasses standing in front of brightly coloured row houses)
    Lost Faculty with Waterfowl and Housecat

    Upcoming Events

    Podcast

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-06-23-episode-131-Matt-Lam-and-Aaron-Liang-of-Waterfowl.mp3 (51 MB, 55m27s, episode 131)

    Index

    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    0m30s Intro (watercolour illustration of a pink flower with green/blue leaves partially underwater. There are fuzzy clouds in the sky background. The viewpoint is half above and half below the waterline.
    Habitat
    Waterfowl
    1m44s Introducing the band, from both Toronto and Kitchener. There are other members, Ben Easton and Calvin Wu. There are lots of instruments, everyone plays keyboards, and there are many guitars. They’ve been playing live gigs, but made their album Habitat first. Adapting the recorded sound to live performance, the music wasn’t written with the idea of playing it live. Aaron and Matt had written music and played in bands before, while in high school in Toronto. There are recordings, but not for public listening yet. The Habitat album was intended for friends and family, with limited distribution. They used some online web services to get some press, now it’s just on the streaming services. Both Matt and Aaron have day jobs, it’s tough finding time to play and record music. Now that they have a live band, the next music will be written in a more traditional way, workshopping the songs during live performances. Some songs on the album were released individually, like Open Up. It was based on a Lesley speaker sound effect. It was much more difficult to produce this song than to come up with the music in the first place.
    12m05s Open Up (watercolour illustration of a pink flower with green/blue leaves partially underwater. There are fuzzy clouds in the sky background. The viewpoint is half above and half below the waterline.
    Habitat
    Waterfowl
    15m59s Analyzing the sampled vocals in Open Up. Music first, lyrics second. Matt does more lyrics, Aaron does the songwriting. Start with a melodic progression, then form some words to it, altering the melody to stay within their vocal range. We got a sneak peek of the entire album, CKMS-FM aired it before it was released. Matt and Aaron had some excitement during their album release, when the venue caught fire. They’re no longer calling their genre “Dream Pop”, their style is more varied than that. Talking about the theme of the album, “water”. They started their band in the middle of Covid, there was nothing else to do. They’ve already had some personnel churn in the band. How the other band members got the music. Introducing Ascending.
    28m20s Ascending (watercolour illustration of a pink flower with green/blue leaves partially underwater. There are fuzzy clouds in the sky background. The viewpoint is half above and half below the waterline.
    Habitat
    Waterfowl
    34m58s Talking about the instrumentation on Ascending, and writing for a particular instrument, or a particular effect. Playing covers to fill in a live set, and arranging the set list to accomodate instrument changes. Talking about upcoming gigs, no gigs in Kitchener-Waterloo yet. But they’re looking for new gigs! They’re adding more original music to their live sets, then record and produce them. Talking about their recording setup. How they named the band, Matt is a novice birder and was looking through birding books. Introducing All My Time.
    46m04s All My Time (watercolour illustration of a pink flower with green/blue leaves partially underwater. There are fuzzy clouds in the sky background. The viewpoint is half above and half below the waterline.
    Habitat
    Waterfowl
    49m58s All My Time is the song they close their live sets with. How they promote their music, using some online distribution services and music review blogging sites. Bob talks about the NCRA‘s !earshot Digital Distribution System to get their music to all campus and community radio stations in Canada. Talking about touring. Reviewing Waterfowl‘s contact information and streaming services.
    55m05s Bob gives the end credits.

    CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs alternate Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

    Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at ccc@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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    YouTube: CKMS Community Connections for Friday 23 June 2023

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