Funky Revolutions exposes and explores groove music through the framework and concepts of funk music and its spirit of revolution. The show aims to present all forms of funky music from around the world, to produce relevant cross-cultural and creative alternative radio programming, and to provide an interesting framework for the expression of grass roots voices for change within the contexts of revolution. Funky Revolutions is for those who love to drive, love to dance, and just like to sit back and let the rhythm flow through their souls. The goal of this program is to trace the course of the funk movement: original funk in the 1970s; techno, hip hop, and progressive rock of the 1980s and 90s; and contemporary acid jazz and trip hop movements. Funky Revolutions is on the airwaves every Saturday from 14:00-16:00.
The Goods is an exploratory look at the “wider spectrum” of black music in Canada beyond, a spectrum that represents an abundance of great music that has been consistently marginalized by commercial black music. Through entertaining and informative segments, which include everything from interviews, documentaries, panel discussions and musical profiles, The Goods challenges the term “urban music” and its inherent ambiguity.
This show will explore black music in its many forms, past and present, looking deeper into hip hop, funk. soul, jazz, reggae, house, broken-beat, and Afro-Latin sounds.
The program will focus on a plethora of sensational work that connects generations, genres and geography.
The Goods airs every Sunday afternoon 14:00-16:00.
Off The Hook Radio has been broadcasting on CKUT 90.3 in Montreal for 19ish years, Wednesday nights from midnight to 2am, with a live call-in freestyle half hour at 1am. We’ve won ‘Best Radio Show in Montreal’ 4 years, as voted by the reading public of the weekly (now defunct) paper The Montreal Mirror. Underpendant hip-hop radio broadcasting out of Montreal, CKUT 90.3 FM or ckut.ca, with Budda Blaze, Flow and Pro-V.
Rebel Beat is a show of radical political music across different genres, and across different continents.
It is a mixtape to a riot against police brutality. It is your nightly newscast set to bass and beats. It is a rallying cry against apathy. It is protest anthems from Hong Kong to Istanbul to Ferguson to Montreal.
Curated and hosted by Aaron Maiden (formerly Roots Rock Rebel), and featuring regular collaborators and guest DJ’s.
Tune in every Wednesday from 10pm-12am EST on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal.
Desi Beats is a South Asian show celebrating Desi and South Asian music with a spicy flavor. They play all different forms of South Asian music including Bollywood, Sifu, Folk, Baul, Jugni, Ghazals, Sitaar, Tabla, Sarangi Classic, Thumri, Carnatic, Bhajan, Lavani, garba, and pop in all the national and local languages.
Each week there is an overarching theme that determines the particular music, poetry, and feature stories of the week’s program. The agenda of Desi Beats is to portray the real music representing real people of certain South Asian communities to the rest of Montreal and all listeners so that they can enjoy the true essence of Desi music.
Catch this program Sunday evenings from 18:00-19:00.
If You Got Ears is a weekly, two-hour voyage through various types of sonic experimentation: ranging from noise to electroacoustics, the program digs deep into the goldmine of musique actuelle and all its sprawling tangents. Sometimes loud and aggressive, sometimes minimal and minutely detailed, but always bridging the gap between the challenging and the familiar. Use your ears every Wednesday from 12-14h.
Past curators include Jeunesse Cosmique, Doldrums, Ramzi, Weird Canada, Frank De Gallo, JLK, Gambletron and many more!
The Montreal Sessions is a monthly artist-in-residency program. Each month a new local artist / DJ / musician / label / festival / promotor programs a month’s worth of live, weekly radio shows, which air every Tuesday from 3-5pm.
The program dramatically increases community access to CKUT’s airwaves among local independent artists and musicians, and provides CKUT listeners with an opportunity to hear unique live performances and garner information about local musical subcultures and movements. Many of the sessions have been recorded and shared on the Free Music Archive, a curated repository of excellent, free recordings, of which CKUT is a curator.
Past artists have included Suoni Per Il Popolo, Pop Montreal, Stomp Records, Passovah Productions, Psychic Handshake, MUTEK, Crustaces Tapes, Kalmunity, Soundcentral, Katacombes, Pierre Kwenders, Blue Skies Turn Black, Nomadic Massive, and many, many more!
Spanning thirty years and many locations coast to coast, Vince has worked as a performance poet, audio artist, and writer. He was a volunteer music programmer for CKUT right around the time the station won it’s FM license in 1987-88. After a six year hiatus he returned in 1994 and has been spinning discs here ever since. What to expect: sound collage, indie rock, demos, musique actuelle, jazz, world music, post-rock, avant-garde 20th cen. composition, field recordings, theme sets, and selections from Montreal’s newest & hottest releases. Plus, interviews with local artists, culture creators, activists, and plenty more.