Prisoners' Justice Week on CKUT: August 6th - 10th

August 10th marks Prisoners› Justice Day - a day to commemorate and remember all of those who have died at the hands of the prison system.

CKUT’s news show - Off the Hour - will focus on prison justice related issues all week long. The week will culminate with a special feature program from 5 to 6pm on August 10th with programming produced by Prison Radio.

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What is Prison Radio all about?

Prison Radio has been on the air in Montreal for more than eight years. Prison Radio seeks to confront the invisibility of prisons and prisoner struggle, by focusing on the roots of incarceration, policing, and criminalization, and by challenging our ideas about what prisons are and the people inside our jails. Prison Radio is dedicated to programming that is directly collaborative with people who are currently incarcerated. This is in the interest of forging stronger ties between incarcerated and non-incarcerated people, ensuring that prisoners have direct control over their representation, and that our understandings of prisons be informed by those who live inside their walls.

Visit the Prison Radio blog!

Off the Hour is a corporate-free news zone that reflects our community because it is made by our community. Airing weekdays from 5-6PM the show is produced by the station’s Community News Collective of CKUT volunteers and representatives from a number of community groups across Montreal.

There are many Prisoners› Justice Day events planned across the city of Montreal. You can find more information here.

Content Details:

Tuesday/ August 7 / 5-6PM

Tuesday’s Off the Hour is jam-packed with exciting content:

Hippies, Housewives and Watering Holes on Radio is Dead

Tune in to Radio is Dead this Monday, August 6th from 2 to 3PM, for a little radio drama. CKUT’s Youth Radio Campers will be voicing a rendition of HIPPIES, HOUSEWIVES, AND WATERING HOLES by D. M. Larson.

Expect surprise twists and improvisations in the making of a conventional radio play in an unconventional manner!

Catch Radio is Dead - stayin’ strong on the front lines of sound - every Monday from 2 to 3 PM.

You a Music Head? Intern in CKUT’s Music Department!

CKUT’s Music Department is seeking a Social Media Intern to manage the music department blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. This is a 6 month long unpaid internship. Responsibilities will include taking on the management of the music blog in an editorial capacity, managing contributors, generating new content, as well as contributing blog posts, Twitter, and Facebook updates about music department programming and events daily. Requirements include a familiarity with WordPress or similar blog platforms, experience in journalism, music writing and criticism, and strong social media/promotional skills. Please send your resume and cover letter to library@ckut.ca. Deadline for applications: August 15th , 2012. Only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview.

CKUT’s Music Department is also seeking an Event Planning Intern to take on the task of organizing, coordinating and branding a mixtape exchange/blog relaunch party. This is an unpaid, project based internship. Responsibilities will include securing a venue, musical acts, and all aspects of event promotion. Please send your resume and cover letter to library@ckut.ca. Deadline for applications: August 15th , 2012. Only individuals with previous experience in event planning and strong communication and social media skills will be considered.

Migrant Voices - Monday July 30th

Monday at 11am on CKUT, the Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) presents the account of a Mexican man who worked for up to 80 hours a week as a butcher in conditions tantamount to slavery.

«I was basically a slave,» he states. «There’s no other word to describe it.»

His story of struggle for dignity challenges popular notions of the «Canadian dream,» which construes Canada as an idyllic place for immigrants.

«I have a lot of experience working in the United States, and I can tell you with respect to my rural countrymen and all of the people in Mexican cities intending to come here: Canada is not the dream of the Mexican people.»

This broadcast is part of the Migrant Voices project. Migrant Voices is a series of testimonies recorded in workshops organized by the IWC and CKUT. In these segments, workers share their stories about their lives and struggles in their places of work.

The IWC and CKUT will present a new edition of Migrant Voices every Monday at 11am throughout the summer.

Pretty please, take 5 minutes to fill out the CKUT Alumni questionnaire!

This little survey will take you very little time to fill out but will mean so much to us!

CKUT is turning 25 this year! Help us get in touch with alumni of the station - anyone who has been involved, in any capacity - by filling out the short survey below. The information will be used to update our alumni database, so we can continue to share the CKUT love with you and get in touch with you about this year’s anniversary, as well as the ones yet to come.

Share your stories with us here

Hip Hop & Social Justice on the Wednesday Morning After

MC Emrical aka Ricardo Lamour-Blaise of Montréal Nord Républik joined the Wednesday Morning After crew live in-studio for some live rapping and conversation.

Emrical mixes hip hop with his passion for social justice to speak up about issues facing Montrealers like the death of Fredy Villanueva, black youth shot by police in Montreal Nord, and the student strike.

Also in the news, Emrical will be performing this Thursday, July 26th at Carré Rouge Sonore - a Student Strike inspired concert being put on by the Howl Arts Collective.

Listen to the show! http://soundcloud.com/emrical/emrical-ckut-hip-hop-social?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=http://soundcloud.com/emrical/emrical-ckut-hip-hop-social

Is Canadian music boring? Really?

Last week an article titled «Canadian Music is Boring: Living in the Age of Enforced Mediocrity» was published in Calgary’s alternative weekly FFWD, and received a flurry of interweb attention.

It also got CKUT’s Music Department thinking.

Today’s New Shit (3 to 5 pm) will be dedicated to unravelling the truths, falsehoods and necessary nuances behind the claim that Canadian music is so totally and utterly boring.

The show will kick off with an interview with the authors of the article themselves - Josiah Hughes and Mark Teo- and then Jonathan Cummins (musician and music writer) will delve into the world of the Polaris Prize.

New Shit is a show curated by CKUT’s Music Department, bringing you the best in new releases every Monday from 3 to 5pm!

Jimmy Cliff Interviewed on Roots Rock Rebel!

Roots Rock Rebel aired an exclusive interview with the legendary Jimmy Cliff on Wednesday, July 25th (10pm-12midnight).

Jimmy Cliff has just released a brand new full-length album -«Rebirth» produced by Tim Armstrong (of Rancid), and he’ll be headlining the Montreal International Reggae Festival on August 19th.

If you missed the show jump into the archives and relive the magic here.

Roots Rock Rebel is ska/reggae/punk/soul heard every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT. Learn more about the host of Roots Rock Rebel here.

Clip of the Week: Talking Montreal Mirror & Music Journalism with Jonathan Cummins

This week’s clip is from The Tuesdays Morning After’s recent sit down with a couple of the past editors and writers of the Montreal Mirror.

CKUT’s Music Director sat down with longtime Mirror music columnist Jonathan Cummins to talk music journalism, holding print in your hands, and what the heck happened to the Mirror.

Listen! http://soundcloud.com/funding/clip-of-the-week-july-20-tma

You can get the full program, which also includes an interview with Chris Barry, here.

Also, just in case you haven’t yet done this, make sure you check out the Mirror’s new online magazine which Jonathan mentions in the interview. It’s great & you can access it here!

Ya dig?

P.S. Jonathan Cummins will be hosting The Montreal Sessions every Tuesday from 3-5pm in August.

Today is...World Listening Day with Chris Strickland and AJ Cornell!

If You Got Ears celebrates the third annual World Listening Day, an initiative of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology to underline the work of the World Soundscape Project, and promote the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness and acoustic ecology.

Tune in from Noon to 2pm today for CKUT’s If You Got Ears, welcoming Chris Strickland and AJ Cornell into the studio for live performances focused on the act of listening.

Chris Strickland will perform a new composition for flute sine waves and field recordings with flautist Solomiya Moroz, and AJ Cornell will amplfy the sounds outside the studio and filter them with short range radio transmission and audio stream feedback looping.

If You Got Ears is a music program dedicated to sonic experimentation that airs on CKUT every Wednesday from 12-2pm. Tune in on the dial at 90.3FM, stream the show live at ckut.ca, and download past episodes from our program archives.

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