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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]

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

24/08/2019
Barnstorm

Barnstorm

Barnstorm is a small annual “boutique” music festival featuring alternative country, rock, folk, ambient, instrumental, metal, and other types of music not heard in mainstream world.

Barnstorm
23/08/2019

Barnstorm

tic's Barnstorm weather forecast: "Clear and sunny on Saturday, for you people who like sun. Taking a look at weather radar - it's boring. Nothing on the horizon."

All that to say, it's going to be another beautiful Barnstorm weekend!

"Real History Of Disco" Part 1 - 2019-07-06
05/07/2019
"Real History Of Disco" Part 1 - 2019-07-06

"Real History Of Disco" Part 1 - 2019-07-06

We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of THE GROOVE by offering THE REAL HISTORY OF DISCO! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The objective of this show is to provide you with a guide that attempts to chronicle...

24/05/2019
Old Time Honey

Old Time Honey

See you at Irene’s Pub in Ottawa tomorrow! And tune in to CKCU FM tomorrow around 11am to hear us talk about it! @irenespub @ckcufm @samkrugermusic @aaroncockburn11 #ottawaevents #ottawamusic #ottawafolk #montrealmusic #musicsaw #vimuliscool #bandontour #canadianmusic #canadafolk #folkmusicontario #ottawafolk

18/05/2019
Canadian Spaces on CKCU

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 10-12.

* Carmel Whittle, Doreen Stevens, Patricia Reynolds, Alejandro and Lili (No Borders Art Festival), Shari Ulrich, Julia G...
11/05/2019
* Carmel Whittle, Doreen Stevens, Patricia Reynolds, Alejandro and Lili (No Borders Art Festival), Shari Ulrich, Julia Graff, Martyn Joseph, Tom Plant, Tony Turner - Canadian Spaces - 2019-05-11

* Carmel Whittle, Doreen Stevens, Patricia Reynolds, Alejandro and Lili (No Borders Art Festival), Shari Ulrich, Julia Graff, Martyn Joseph, Tom Plant, Tony Turner - Canadian Spaces - 2019-05-11

* Carmel Whittle, Doreen Stevens, Patricia Reynolds, Alejandro and Lili all drop by to perform some songs and talk about the brand-new No Borders Arts Festival that runs from today to May 25 at the NECTAR Centre at 255 Mackay Street in New Edinburgh. * We continue a Canadian Spaces Mother's Day week...

Paul Weber
15/04/2019
Paul Weber

Paul Weber

Had fun doing three gigs this past Saturday. The first was on Canadian Spaces on CKCU with my buddy Chris White. You can hear this broadcast here, including my new song about the day of the circus parades in Ottawa https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcod.ckcufm.com%2Fprograms%2F129%2F42474.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR14guvgZLW3FcITc3RPvaUBAOjMfjHKcpwArdG_tPchi4WHHy2sXJM7veU&h=AT2KtR5LtLxkzE_pOSmqIXM38gtHLBPi0pFh0OjDDi8arMT5bJ0ItrSE87h_eyC5BFQkdU34V9AvoaTQrKK93sjE8EyiGAPaLYSGmDkxCUJEi4oLrzxSW_noKGOFsLYV

Maria
12/04/2019

Maria

Canadian Spaces Saturday’s 10-12 a.m. with this fab host Chris White . On Saturday April 20th I’m a musical guest and the multi-talented Andre Gagne will be cohost. Fun fun fun

This is important...
06/04/2019
Oh Susanna

This is important...

Doug Ford’s PC government is trying to silence voices. Read this letter by Bry Webb of The Constantines who works in community radio speak about how important the medium is on campus and beyond.

Please help Ontario MPP's and students understand the immense damage that will result from removing support for campus-b...
03/04/2019

Please help Ontario MPP's and students understand the immense damage that will result from removing support for campus-based radio stations, newspapers and other services. Here's a petition: https://www.ckcufm.com/student-choice

Tunes After Noon with performing host Greg Kelly takes place every Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Moose Mcgu...
30/03/2019

Tunes After Noon with performing host Greg Kelly takes place every Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Moose Mcguire's, 3320 McCarthy Road at Paul Anka Drive. A featured artist performs, and then there's an open mic. It's a 'no cover, pass the hat' event. Featured artists in April are:
April 6: Bruce Enloe (Folk)
April 13: Al G Wood (Blues)
April 20: Raymundo Pizana ('Nouveau flamenco' guitar)
April 27: Ray Harris (Canadiana-Americana)

Today from 10 am to 1 pm at 3320 McCarthy Rosd at Paul Anka Drive:  live CKCU-FM broadcast of Canadian Spaces and The Ba...
02/03/2019

Today from 10 am to 1 pm at 3320 McCarthy Rosd at Paul Anka Drive: live CKCU-FM broadcast of Canadian Spaces and The Back 40 at Moose Mcguire's. Lots of live music, hot brown drinks, breakfast and fun — come on down!

23/02/2019

On Canadian Spaces on CKCU this morning from 10 to noon:
* Shelley Ann Morris from Welcome to My World co-hosts with Chris White.
* Ray Barfitt shares '40 minutes of uninterrupted folk' in honour of the late Chopper McKinnon.
* Kevin Harvey from Durham County Poets gives the Space Cadets some updates.
* The great Sneezy Waters talks about his concerts coming up at the NAC Fourth Stage on March 8 and 9.
* Lynne Hanson talks about her many musical activities, including the song writing workshop and concert at the FemmeVox event tomorrow afternoon at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

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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.