Kaisha Lee on World Beat News: Tues Sept 1: Noon

Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Noon, World Beat News will have a special guest: Montreal reggae sensation: Kaisha Lee. Kaisha's album #IHeartReggae has been a chart-topper at CJLO, and she will do a live performance at CJLO's Live Broadcast Party at The Caribbean Curry House Oct 3 at 1pm as part of CJLO's Funding Drive.

BSTB Interview

Chances are good that if you live in Montreal and you're a fan of independent music, you've been to a Blue Skies Turn Black show. Known for bringing some of the best acts to the city, as well as helping excellent local music get its start, these storied local promoters are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year: #BSTB15. How did they get their start? CJLO's Music Director Omar Sonics recently caught up with Meyer Billurcu from Blue Skies Turn Black:
Why did you decide to start BSTB, what was the first event?

This Saturday! Anatomy of Caribbean Music interview with Reggae artist Mikey Dangerous

Do you love upbeat rhythms and traditional vibes with a taste of something fresh? Well, we've got an interview just for you: Tune in to Anatomy of Caribbean Music this Saturday, August 29th when Gee Weekes sits down to chat with award-winning artist Mikey Dangerous! With one Juno Award under his belt for the single "Don't Go Pretending" in 2008, Mr. Dangerous was nominated for a second Juno this year with his timeless recording, "Wake Up". He continues to break barriers and is fast becoming a household name in Reggae music, captivating audiences and generating new fans across the globe!

The Pervert's Guide to Otakuthon

This year, I had the pleasure of covering the 10th edition of Otakuthon for CJLO. Founded in 2006 by the Otaku Anime club of Concordia University, Otakuthon has evolved into Quebec’s largest anime convention, bringing lovers of Japanese animation (a.k.a. anime), cosplay, video games and pop culture together for an awesome three-day weekend full of shopping, panels, celebrities and shows!

Modest Mouse/ Operators Giveaway: Tune into Dirty Work & Hooked on Sonics to win tix to #BSTB15!

Montreal promoters Blue Skies Turn Black are turning 15 this year! Come celebrate the first day of school at #BSTB15: Modest Mouse and Operators at Metropolis- a CJLO and CSU co-presentation! Modest Mouse will be touring their first new release in over 5 years 'Strangers to Ourselves', while Operators, a new band from Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner released their debut EP August 5! 

CJLO's On Rotation Artist Residency Program: Coming Soon!

This coming year, CJLO will host four 3-month band in-residency programs thanks to the generosity of the Community Radio Fund of Canada's Radiometres grant! 

The genres will be "on-rotation" over one year, so whether it be Hip Hop, World, Alt Rock, RPM, Metal (or anything/ everything in between, just choose an umbrella genre!), artists will get their chance to submit an application and CJLO's Oven Studio will keep things fresh and tasty!

3-month “On Rotation” Residency Perks:

CJLO's 2015 Funding Drive: Get Ready!

CJLO is about to put the FUN in Funding Drive- what better way than to embody the CJLO experience in two weeks of shows and special programming (Sept 22 to Oct 4)? All proceeds will go towards our mandate of quality and diverse broadcasting, community + student workshops, and artist residencies. We hope you’ll join us for some of our Funding Drive Events- whether you like hip hop, trivia, metal, comedy, indie rock or electronic music- we’ve got something for everyone! The fun kicks off at our Opening Party Sept 23 where we’ll screen Jem Cohen’s documentary “Instrument” about Fugazi and Dischord Records.

Champions of the Local Scene: Katie Moore Interview + Head & Hands J2K Fundraiser

Tune into a special edition of Champions of the Local Scene hosted by Rebecca of The Commonwealth Conundrum, Wed at 6pm! This episode will feature two interviews about two awesome events that are happening the same night (of course!)- this Thursday Aug 27! At 6pm we will hear about Head & Hands' upcoming fundraiser for J2K: Street Vibes, happening this Thurs at 7pm at The Unitarian Church (5035 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O).

Bishop Nehru Interview @ Osheaga 2015

"...emotion is straight linked to spirit and so is music."

New York rapper and producer Bishop Nehru hit the Stingray Music Zone at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival on August 1, 2015 for his first time performing in Montreal. Krystal Christine from The Trend (Tuesdays, 9PM on CJLO 1690AM) caught up with him before the show to chat about what he learned from the legendary MF Doom, and why he just loves about Oprah Winfrey.

Hillside Music Festival 2015

Hillside 2015: Heat, humidity, ethno-chaos, and peace!

Photography by Robert Portnoff