Join CFRC’s Rick Jackson, host of At The Movies, this summer as he plays half a century years of Canadian musicians and their hits. Airing every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm EST, 50 Years of Canadian #1s! will feature an incredible assortment of over 200 artists drawn from airplay charts in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kingston and Belleville. The show starts Sunday, May 19 with The Crew-Cuts 1954 hit, “Sh boom” which spent 9 weeks at #1. Other artists featured include Paul Anka, whose song “Diana” was #1 on the CHUM charts in 1957, Bobby Curtola, Lords of London, The Poppy Family, Edward Bear, The Skylarks (who charted #1 in Vancouver), Chilliwack, Bob and Doug Mackenzie (#1 with ‘Take Off’ in 1981) and The Blushing Brides, #1 in Kingston with ‘What You Talking About’ in 1982.
Tune in this summer on Sundays, and enjoy the sometimes unusual history of Canadian hits!
CFRC has received funding through the National Campus and Community Radio Association to recruit an Indigenous person for a 6-week residency to create a feature-length audio documentary on the impacts of residential schools on our communities.
Potential areas of focus include: interviews with first and second-generation survivors, elder and youth perspectives, survivors and the prison system, and critical explorations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission and its processes.
The resident will receive free audio recording and radio production training from CFRC, free access to CFRC’s digital audio production studios and portable audio recorders, and a $1500 honorarium for completing the project. No previous broadcast experience is required. Candidates are asked to submit a 1-page statement of interest for the project by Monday, June 17 at 4pm.
For more information, please contact email@example.com, call 613-533-2121 or visit NCRA.ca.
CFRC is recruiting volunteers for its summer training cycle. If you’ve always been curious about the behind-the-scenes workings of radio, or thought about hosting your own show, join us for our comprehensive volunteer and on-air training this July and realize your dreams. Download the application form here and return it to us by Friday, July 5 at 4pm.
For more information, check our Become a Volunteer page.
The synthpop quartet, Gold & Youth, topped our charts this week. Their debut LP, “Beyond Wilderness,” contains melancholy his-and-her vocals, melodic synth layers, and modest guitar. The album was mixed by Gareth Jones who has also worked with Depeche Mode, considered by the band as one of their larger influences.
The Montreal duo, UN, took the number two place this week with their “Untitled” release and its cold, dance-pop sounds. UN play a unique style of danceable, electronic post-punk, with dark and almost eerie sounding vocals.
“Wait to Pleasure” is at number four this week. This new work from the noise-pop band, No Joy, dips its toes into the familiar waters of shoegaze, but does not stop there. The album plays between juxtapositions of nostalgia and the contemporary, chaos and control, meanwhile blending digital and analog sounds into the noise that they desire. This record is a joy to listen to.
Dump is the lo-fi project of James McNew, the bassist of Yo La Tengo. Found at number eight on our charts this week is “Superpowerless,” a collection of 4-Track home recordings by the artist. This fuzzy indie is performed minimalistically on an assortment of instruments, with no shortage of guitar and organ sounds.
On our Electronic chart… At number four are the extremely original and groundbreaking songs of A Tribe Called Red. “Nation II Nation” encompases a hybrid of hip hop, electronica, and elements of First Nations music to create what they call “powwow-step.” The group, vocal supporters of Idle No More, are reaching out to people through their accessible, and enjoyable, music.
The experimental electronic duo, Matmos, made the number eight spot on our electronic chart this week with their ninth album, “The Marriage of True Minds.” The music of Matmos draws from a wide array of influences, employing traits of jazz and funk in their sound, as well as utilizing a variety of samples.
Here’s what was missed:
1. Gold & Youth // Beyond Wilderness (Arts & Crafts)*
2. UN // Untitled (Self-Released)*
3. DL Incognito // Someday Is Less Than A Second Away (Urbnet)*
4. No Joy // Wait To Pleasure (Mexican Summer)*
5. The Extremities // Re:Fresh (Droppin’ Science)*
6. Savages // Silence Yourself (Matador)
7. Dubmatix // Rebel Massive (Renegade)*
8. Dump // Superpowerless (Morr Music)
9. Various // The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver (ATO)
10. Bonobo // The North Borders (Ninja Tune)
* = CDN
Check out the rest of our Top 30 albums for the week at our earshot listing.
Don’t forget our other charts: Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Folk/Roots/Blues.
Finally, be sure to tune into CFRC 101.9 FM or stream it live, here at cfrc.ca!