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Canadian Spaces on CKCU Canadian Spaces is Canada’s longest-running folk music radio show, founded by Chopper McKinnon in 1980. Tune in to CKCU on Saturday mornings from 10 to noon eastern.

And catch 'Canadian Faces' streamed to this page on Sundays from 7 to 9 pm Eastern. CKCU FM in Ottawa is the home of "Canadian Spaces", Canada's longest-running folk music radio program. Chopper McKinnon founded the show in 1980 and hosted it for 33 years. The show serves as a vital hub and sounding board for Canadian singer-songwriters. Each Saturday morning, the loyal listeners – the "Space Cadets" – are treated to live performances and relaxed interviews. Chopper believed passionately in the quality of Canadian folk music, and gave airplay and encouragement to countless artists from across the country. Listeners have always showed strong support for Canadian Spaces during CKCU's annual funding drive. The high level of donations to the show saved the entire station from bankruptcy at one point. CKCU created the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1994 in response to the immense passion and loyalty of Chopper's audience. He served as the Main Stage host at the festival for the next 15 years, and received the Helen Verger Award in 1999 for his "significant, sustained contributions to folk music in Canada". Chopper passed away on March 13, 2013. Listeners and musicians from across Canada and beyond expressed a deep, personal sense of loss on hearing of his passing. A number of songs were written in his honour, and several memorial concerts and tributes were held. "Canadian Spaces" is now hosted by Chris White with a series of co-hosts who have connections to the folk community. All CKCU shows are broadcast on 93.1 FM to a 100 km radius on, streamed at www.ckcufm.com, and available for a year in the CKCU audio archive at www.ckcufm.com/schedule. For more information, please contact Chris White: [email protected]

Jody Benjamin, Lynn Miles - Canadian Spaces - 2020-08-29
28/08/2020
Jody Benjamin, Lynn Miles - Canadian Spaces - 2020-08-29

Jody Benjamin, Lynn Miles - Canadian Spaces - 2020-08-29

Jody Benjamin writes, performs and records with Ball & Chain, The Vanier Playboys, The Old Show-Offs and The Toasted Westerns. She also organizes annual celebrations for Mardi Gras and Hank Williams, and she leads three 'Shout Sister' singing groups that are currently being held online. Jody joins t...

As Sullivan would say: "another big show" tomorrow night for #CanadianFaces. Earth To Andre and Chris White welcome Grah...
15/08/2020

As Sullivan would say: "another big show" tomorrow night for #CanadianFaces. Earth To Andre and Chris White welcome Graham Greer Music, popping in to chat about the 25th anniversary of Barstool Prophets Crank album and share some videos. Angelique Francis will also have some vids for us and chat up her recent mashup with Ottawa Jazz Festival. Shawna Caspi, Julie Corrigan and Jack Pine and The Fire's Gareth Auden-Hole will also be performing. Hendrik Pape from Sound Check Entertainment will talk about keeping a live music site afloat during the pandemic and where he sees the future of the biz going!

Join us tomorrow night right here at 7PM EDT!

13/08/2020
Earth To Andre

Another big show coming your way Sunday night.

Sunday's become alllllll about faces...Canadian Faces. I'm back again this coming Sunday eve for CKCU Canadian Spaces on CKCU's live stream show. Another packed one with some amazing guests. Graham Greer Music will pop on to chat up the Anniversary of Barstool Prophets Crank album! Julie Corrigan will join us and she has some new stuff coming soon. Might we hear a new song? Hendrik Pape from Sound Check Entertainment swings in to discuss how his entertainment site has been keeping afloat without live shows to report on as well as thoughts on the future of the biz. Shawna Caspi's been in the studio recently. What's she working on? We'll find out! Plus Angelique Francis will share some vids and chat about her recent participation in a huge Ottawa Jazz Festival mashup. All this and possible more as Chris White and I hit the live stream button Sunday at 7 EDT!

29/07/2020
Mariposa Folk Festival

Mariposa Folk Festival

On Tuesday, July 28th at 9pm EST we'll be the first ones to share a very special new song with you here on our page as part of a cross-country online music premiere.

At a time when we miss hanging out with fellow music lovers at the Mariposa Folk Festival, we are reminded of the overwhelming effects of COVID-19 on the Canadian arts and music community. The entire industry has been devastated by the pandemic and it will be the last one able to return to work.

Looking for ways to help the music community, multi-JUNO winner Stephen Fearing called on some dear friends (Connie Kaldor, James Keelaghan, and Shari Ulrich) for a special one-time 'virtual' project. Together, this group of iconic Canadian musicians recorded a folk music classic - "Hard Times Come Again No More".

Join us at 9pm EST for this one-time-only event.

Stephen and very special guest Julian Taylor will kick off the show with a quick chat about the project before the video drops.

#UnisonBenevolentFund #Covid19 #Music #Musicians

Another packed #CanadianFaces coming at you Sunday from 7 to 9 pm Eastern. Lineup includes Kimberly Sunstrum, Malak Ghan...
15/07/2020

Another packed #CanadianFaces coming at you Sunday from 7 to 9 pm Eastern. Lineup includes Kimberly Sunstrum, Malak Ghanem, Tariq Anwar, susan o, Shelley Hamilton, Russ Kelley, Nambuusi Kyeyune, Sid Ameen, and George Elliott Clarke! Earth To Andre and Randy Bluesfolk Roots MacNeil return as well!

Join us for another night of amazing music, poetry, art and conversation!

28/06/2020

Listening to soundchecks for tonight's Canadian Faces guests. You folks are in for a treat!

Guest update! Tragedy Ann joins our special Canadian Faces look at Couples in Music, Sunday evening 7PM (EDT).Full line-...
26/06/2020

Guest update! Tragedy Ann joins our special Canadian Faces look at Couples in Music, Sunday evening 7PM (EDT).

Full line-up:
Kris and Dee
Citizen Jane
Prairie Comeau
Lucas Haneman / Megan Laurence
Tragedy Ann
Piper & Carson

Join Chris White and co-host Earth To Andre for some fine music and chitty chat.

Join us here Sunday, June 28th 7pm (EDT) as Canadian Faces returns with our look at couples in music and how they've bee...
23/06/2020

Join us here Sunday, June 28th 7pm (EDT) as Canadian Faces returns with our look at couples in music and how they've been doing during the pandemic. We'll welcome guests Kris and Dee, Citizen Jane, Prairie Comeau, Lucas Haneman / Megan Laurence and Piper & Carson. Earth To Andre returns to co-host.

'Canadian Faces' is taking a week off.  Please tune in on Sunday, June 28 from 7 to 9 pm Eastern for the next episode.
21/06/2020

'Canadian Faces' is taking a week off. Please tune in on Sunday, June 28 from 7 to 9 pm Eastern for the next episode.

Canadian Faces returns right here tomorrow night at 7PM EDT. Join us as we welcome co-host Earth To Andre and guests Lyn...
06/06/2020

Canadian Faces returns right here tomorrow night at 7PM EDT. Join us as we welcome co-host Earth To Andre and guests Lynne Hanson, Graven, Shawn Tavenier, Malayka and Joel Elliott!

Earth To Andre
06/05/2020

Earth To Andre

Join me this Sunday, May 10th at 7PM for a new Canadian Faces. I'll be co-hosting with Chris White. Guests Rebecca Noelle (recent Ottawa Arts Council | Le Conseil des arts d'Ottawa precipitant) and Scottie Irving of The PepTides. They'll chat about what it's like for a big band during these days of social distancing and we'll show their new video! Also along for the fun will be Danielle Allard and Renee Landry with some performances and stories on what they've been up to over the last few weeks. More surprises and guests, too! Join us Sunday Night on Canadian Faces (and don't forget to tune in Saturday on CKCU for Canadian Spaces on CKCU).

02/05/2020

Live Sunday 7 pm

18/04/2020

7 pm This Sunday

Stay tuned
04/04/2020

Stay tuned

Here's a lovely article by Heather Kitching, Managing Editor of the Roots Music Canada website.  CKCU has closed the stu...
27/03/2020
Roots Music Canada

Here's a lovely article by Heather Kitching, Managing Editor of the Roots Music Canada website. CKCU has closed the studios temporarily and is not currently broadcasting live programming on FM radio or through the website. However, you can now hear – and see – Canadian Spaces on Facebook Live on Saturday mornings from 10 to noon Eastern. Please "Like" the Canadian Spaces page if you'd like to be notified when the broadcast is about to start.

There are also 200 archived episodes of Canadian Spaces available at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/index.html?filter=all.

Wondering where you can find a friendly folk-roots voice to keep you calm during the era of social-isolation? Here are links to podcast feeds from some favourite shows, including Steve Edge's The Edge on Folk from CiTR 101.9 FM, Canadian Spaces on CKCU, Michael Wrycraft's offerings on Blues and Roots Radio, Cal Koat's world and Celtic music podcasts, Folk Roots Radio with Jan Hall, and of course, programs by Roots Music Canada's own Paul Corby and Broose Tulloch (Beer for Breakfast).

27/03/2020

Chris White hosts Canada's longest-running folk program, founded on CKCU FM in 1980 by Chopper McKinnon.

Miriam Dawn and Jordan King performing on Canadian Spaces on CKCU...
16/03/2020

Miriam Dawn and Jordan King performing on Canadian Spaces on CKCU...

Here are some lovely photos of the recent visit to Canadian Spaces on CKCU by The Pairs, Jessica Pearson and the East Wi...
24/02/2020

Here are some lovely photos of the recent visit to Canadian Spaces on CKCU by The Pairs, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind and Catriona Sturton. You can listen back to the conversation and live performances here: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/47111.html

We had a sweet sweet visit with Chris at @ckcufm this morning! Such an epic surprise to run into our pals @jessicapearsoneastwind and @catrionasturton !!! We had a blast and feel super uplifted and ready for @musicatmillrd @millroadcommunity tonight!
#ottawa #livemusic #seeyousoon #friends #radio #sweetsaturday

You can listen back to the interview with Lynne Hanson in CKCU's audio archive at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/46...
19/01/2020

You can listen back to the interview with Lynne Hanson in CKCU's audio archive at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/46602.html

I'll be on CKCU 93.1FM this morning at 11:15 spinning the latest singles from my upcoming album JUST WORDS and chatting with Chris White about my February 21 album release concert at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe - Théâtres Meridian à Centrepointe

Christophe Elie
21/12/2019
Christophe Elie

Christophe Elie

I’m excited to announce I will be cohosting Canadian Spaces on CKCU 93.1 with Chris White Saturday morning 10am! We have special guests ENiiD and Kaya Fraser joining us. I’ll be playing a song in honour of Impeachment! We’ll also have 40m of uninterrupted Chrismassy Folk with Silent Winters, Amanda Rheaume, Matt Andersen and Twin Flames among others. I hope you’ll tune in!! https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/46179.html

Pat Moore performed "Ode to Funding Drive" on Canadian Spaces on CKCU yesterday morning -- a song she made up while walk...
28/10/2019

Pat Moore performed "Ode to Funding Drive" on Canadian Spaces on CKCU yesterday morning -- a song she made up while walking from the parking lot to the studio! Thanks, Pat -- that was an awesome contribution!

Thanks also to Mary Gick who rode her bicycle into CKCU with her banjo on her back to perform a Funding Drive ditty she made up in her sleep. Now that's dedication!

You can listen to both songs in CKCU-FM's 'On Demand' archive at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/45372.html. Pat's song is at the 80-minute mark, and Mary's is around 107 minutes.

It's easy to make a Funding Drive pledge to CKCU-FM – just go to http://www.ckcufm.com/pledge and fill in a few fields. ...
26/10/2019

It's easy to make a Funding Drive pledge to CKCU-FM – just go to http://www.ckcufm.com/pledge and fill in a few fields. There are lots of ways to contribute, including a new automatic monthly payment option. You'll receive a charitable donation tax receipt... and you'll be helping to keep community radio strong.

Host of Friday Special Blend and Canadian Spaces, Chris White, is one of the *many* people who make this station possible. Visit ckcufm.com/pledge and show some 💙! #SupportCKCU #FundCKCU #DriveCKCU

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MIKE BIGGAR & MANITOBA HAL FALL 2019 TOUR HARMONY CONCERTS - OTTAWA ON - NOV. 21 It's almost here! Manitoba Hal and I are thrilled to be bringing our 2019 Eastern Canada Roots & Blues tour all the way from Atlantic Canada to Harmony Concerts in #Ottawa...a first time venue for both Hal and me! We are performing THIS Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7pm at the Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services Sacred Space...yup you read that right. It's a beautiful spot with marvelous acoustics and we can't wait. Hope to see you there, #Ottawa friends and fans for what I believe will be a truly special show! Thanks so much to Chris White and all the support Canadian Spaces on CKCU has always shown me these last few years of coming through Ottawa! P.S. - Here's a live video of my song 'All The Same' from our show in North Sydney Cape Breton NS on Nov. 8. Hope you enjoy! :-) See Live Performance: https://youtu.be/pfGglFzWcWU https://www.facebook.com/events/418341232151988/?active_tab=about
Thanks Chris and Joyce, I’m really enjoying today’s show.
Good afternoon Friends. I want to let you know that the Durham County Poets are performing this Saturday at the BlackSheep Inn. Hope to see you there https://www.facebook.com/476893898993312/posts/2716502488365764?sfns=mo
Looking forward to meeting everyone soon Taryn Laronge
I’d like to thank Shelley and Chris for having me on the radio this morning to talk about our crowdfunding campaign for our next album. I’ll be half of the Durham County Poets All the best to you Kevin
Chris, I feel you connect us all in this Circle of Song that is Canadian Spaces, CKCUFM!
The spectacular Chris White is our guest this week on My Heart Remembers. Happy New Year all!
To the Community from the family of our dear departed Geoff Johnson who hosted the Irene's jam for 15 years and he did so much more than that. It's with saddened hearts that we prepare to say farewell to Geoff Johnson. Geoff was a pillar of the music community. He touched many lives and his family extended well beyond blood ties. He was loved by people who knew him as a sweet, kind, gentle soul. We will miss his humour, his generous spirit, his musical genius and his vision. A Celebration of Life will be held at Hulse Playfair and McGarry O'Connor Street on Saturday August 25th between 2 and 5 pm. Those wishing to say a few words about Geoff should be there around 3pm. We will also be doing a memorial to Geoff on Saturday October 27th at Irene's to celebrate him at his favourite holiday - Halloween.
Thanks Chris!! Great job as always!!
Such a lovely treat on Canadian Spaces. Thanks very much.
Howie Hooper & Keith Glass performed live in studio on January 27, 2018, on Canadian Spaces, hosted by Chris White.