Canadian Folk, Blues, and Jazz radio shows

I maintain a list of Canadian Folk, Blues, Jazz, and other related shows aired primarily on campus and community radio stations. It is broken down by province (see the navigation in the upper left corner). Not all stations have shows listed, but they are probably still quite open to receive and play the music. I rely primarily on information provided by the stations and hosts themselves.

Wherever possible, the station’s website, music director’s contact information, showtimes, and show host names and emails are provided. With this latest update, I checked all of the emails, so I can verify that they at least worked for me. I also went through the links page and removed/changed information there and added new stations. Finally, I updated the design so that that information is contained in public Google spreadsheets as opposed to html tables.

Check it out: https://sites.google.com/site/rootsradiolist/

If you see anything that needs amending, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Time keeps on slippin’ slippin’

The mind is an interesting thing. I think what makes it so interesting, though, is that it isn’t JUST the mind working alone. It is your heart, your soul, your body, your home, your relationships … it all works together.

I’ve been in a bit of a slump for the past month or so. Funny enough, I’ve been going to the gym pretty much every day since the middle of January, and while I love it and the energy it brings, the rest of me/life hasn’t been coming along for the ride.

But yesterday, as if someone (that being me) flipped the proverbial switch, I seemed to reconcile it all at once and started pushing forward. And it happened as I was making a tutorial on how to use a CMS to update my organization’s website (Community Radio Fund of Canada) for our new program officer. I was imagining presenting it to the new employee when it hit me … starting next week, I’m going to have another full-time permanent employee working with me in the office.

No joke, it has been 10 years almost to the day that I have been working alone in an office. There have been temporary assistants, project coordinators, and summer students, not to mention almost countless board directors and other volunteers. But since I started the office for the NCRA on February 25, 2002, I have been working in isolation in my office. So when I started imagining orienting a new staff person, imagining walking down our little hall to talk to her about our daily goings-on, maybe chatting over lunch in the board room once in a while, … well, I started to get a bit excited.

What an excellent way to chase away those mid-February blues. On my way to work this morning, I realized I hadn’t noticed I had been in a funk. My winter was quietly slipping away and I hadn’t been paying attention. Total denial, really. But now everything feels back on track.

Plug time: For any community radio folks following this, if you haven’t already, visit the CRFC‘s website to subscribe to our newsletter or to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (Links updated November 2013)

CRFC Hiring for Program Officer

Happy New Year, one and all. I hope you had a great holiday with family/friends. I had a different experience than normal for me. Instead of heading to Canada’s East Coast, I went to the US’s West Coast. Wow, I never knew how much the presence of snow affects my spirit. It was an amazing time, but I missed the cold white fluff — its muffled sounds, blanketing lights, covering trees … I traded it in for sandals and short pants on the pier in Pacific Beach (San Diego). It was really great to see different family and friends that I normally do not get to see, though.

So, with the new year, comes a new job posting from my organization. The Community Radio Fund of Canada started this search last fall, but, we are still looking. The position is for Program Officer. Check it out and spread the word if you know anyone. The full posting is at www.communityradiofund.org.

The Times and How They Are Indeed Changing

What a busy summer! I’ve barely had time to recover from a wonderful Maritime summer vacation, going full time at my job (and what a life change that will be!), getting ready to move from my apartment, and just thinking about what the future holds for me. The big news that sparked all of this recuperating, reflection, and rethinking? After a year of letters, conversations, and a hearing, the CRTC issued its new Campus and Community Radio Policy in July!

It (of course) contains various regulations for campus and community broadcasters, such as how much local spoken word they need to produce, or how much Canadian music they need to play. But it also includes a mechanism for some much needed funding for the sector. And who will be managing and distributing those funds, you might ask? The organization I work for — the Community Radio Fund of Canada. What a proud moment for me. For sure, I have played my part in that. But I also think back to the summer of 2004 when four or five people first started talking about a radio fund. What a journey it has been since then. It’s amazing how it feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago.

For those who are interested and have not yet seen it, here’s the CRTC-published policy as well as a press release from my organization. And congrats to us all!

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-499: Campus and community radio policy (July 22, 2010)

CRTC DECISION PROVIDES BOOST FOR CAMPUS-COMMUNITY RADIO, BUT A LOT OF WORK STILL TO BE DONE

A First for the Sector: $775K annually from broadcasting industry

Ottawa, July 22, 2010 — The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is pleased to announce that the campus and community radio sector will receive vital funding following the decision released today by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on the Review of the Campus and Community Radio Policies.

The Commission approved part of the CRFC’s request for mandatory funding from the private broadcasting sector through contributions to the Canadian Content Development (CCD). Once in place, this will mean that the CRFC will likely receive $775,000 annually. This funding will then be distributed through the CRFC’s programs to more than 140 stations and their representative associations.

“This is a encouraging step in funding for the sector,” said CRFC President Ian Pringle. “With this funding, we will be able to begin providing more meaningful support to stations across the country as they work to better serve their communities, tackle the challenges of 21st-century broadcasting in innovative ways and give voice to Canada’s diverse experience where it is the richest – at the local level.”

Since its inception in 2007, the CRFC has already distributed more than $300,000 to support 42 local programming and training initiatives across the country. From youth radio camps, to a series about local history, to training immigrant women to tell their own stories, these projects have had immediate and direct impact for stations and Canadian communities.

The CRFC thanks the Commission for recognizing the importance of campus and community stations, both in the broadcasting system and for Canadians. With this funding, our stations will be able to better serve their local communities by producing strong locally relevant Canadian content.

However, this funding is just a start in helping the CRFC fulfill its mandate. Pringle notes: “We did not get everything we asked for, but this decision remains a step forward in the growth of community programming. There is a lot of work still to be done, and we are ready to take it on.”

The CRFC also believes that this funding will have a significant and meaningful impact on the promotion of local Canadian talent. For decades, our stations have been committed to providing exposure and airplay emerging, independent, local, and/or niche musicians. By strengthening campus and community stations, the Commission and the private broadcasters are also directly contributing to the Canadian music industry.

For more information about the CRFC, please visit www.communityradiofund.org.

Latest edition of GroundWire: Black History Month, Poverty Olympics, Homelessness

GroundWire is a twice-monthly dose of grassroots, independent journalism from the campus-community radio sector of Canada. It is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). Visit the GroundWire website or download it through the NCRA’s Program Exchange.

February 16-28 edition: This edition of GroundWire was produced by CJSR in Edmonton, AB. An All Features Edition!

The Stories

  • Unionized faculty at the University of New Brunswick have been without a contract since June. With a media blackout in effect on negotiations at the UNB, GroundWire speaks to Sarah Ratchford, Atlantic Bureau Chief for the Canadian University Press (Anabel Khoo | CHRY Toronto)
  • In Vancouver, the 2010 Poverty Olympics featured mascots like Creepy the Cockroach and sporting events like the Welfare Hurdles,  along with a parade through the city and a torch relay dedicated to the elimination of poverty. In a week where Canadians questioned the fiscal and social costs of the Olympic Games, the protest celebrated our social Justice champions. It was also a reminder that Vancouver’s most vulnerable are losing out thanks to the Games. (Andrew Longhurst| CITR Vancouver)
  • February is Black History Month, a time for Canadians to acknowledge our country’s role in slavery, along with the ongoing problem of discrimination, says acclaimed author Afua Cooper. (Thanks to Voiceprint‘s Contact Program, with VoicePrint now known as Accessible Media Inc.)
  • Continuing our Black History Month coverage, we remember the historic struggles of black porters on Canadian railways. In this audio history, we pay tribute to their historic fight for fair wages and the right to unionize, while examining the awful legacy of racism. (Noel Thomas | CKUT Montreal)
  • Are the streets of Montreal safe from the police? The first-ever Forum against Police Violence and Impunity in Montreal is a response to escalating incidences of violence perpetrated by the city’s law enforcement. *(Candice Cascanette and David Koch | CKUT Montreal)

Community Radio Report

  • Community radio stations across Canada will turn to the streets on February 23rd, with the Eighth Annual Homelessness Marathon. This 14-hour consciousness-raising event will feature voices of poor and homeless people from across the country, as they struggle to make ends meet. Tune in at http://www.ckut.ca/homeless.html

This edition produced by CJSR in Edmonton with thanks to Sam Power and Steve Anderson. Music by Micros Armés.