Lots of awesome bands have recorded live sessions at CJLO over the years! Check out our latest featured sessions here or view the complete list.

Pattern is Movement Live @ CJLO

Philly poppy math rock indie quartet Pattern is Movement made their way to the CJLO studios on a Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2005, before their show for Pop Montreal.  Funny thing with this session is it was initially supposed to happen in the summer but got botched up by yours truly.  See, I had called back their label to set up the session when lo and behold, I had accidentally marked down the wrong weekend for when I thought they’d be in town.  Turned out, they had already passed through the previous weekend.  Good j


North of America Live @ CJLO

When we heard North of America had reunited and was playing a date in Montreal, Hooked on Sonics got to work.

Stalking them out courtesy of Meyer at Blue Skies Turn Black who passed us Micheal's email, we managed to get in touch with them and they were ready to do it. After playing a show for Pop Montreal, they stopped by the CJLO studios on October 2, 2005, the following afternoon before heading to Ottawa for another show.



Scrappy San Francisco post-punk duo Moggs paid a visit to the SONiCs show September 6, 2005, and became the first band to ever perform live-to-air on our show.  In town for a CJLO sponsored performance, part of our old “Upstairs is Underground” nights at (the now departed) Le Swimming.


Murder By Death Live @ CJLO

Uncategorizable band Murder by Death dropped by CJLO studios to record a special acoustic SONiCs Session for us on June 3, 2004, right before playing the CJLO/Blue Skies Turn Black co-sponsored Braid reunion tour, a night now remembered in CJLO history as the “Colossal Failure"© (if you want to know why, contact us).


Magneta Lane Live @ CJLO

Along with Uncut, Toronto power trio Magneta Lane also gets the title of being the "First Band to Ever Come on Time" to CJLO when they visited CJLO to record a session and interview for Hooked on Sonics.


Local H Live @ CJLO

Still putting out amazing rock records after all these years, Scott Lucas, exactly one half of loud rawk duo Local H  visited CJLO June 21, 2004.


Small Sins (aka Ladies and Gentlemen) Live @ CJLO

In town for Pop Montreal with the whole Boompa Records crew, Thom D’Arcy brought his new group, Small Sins (at the time they were called the Ladies and Gentlemen) to the  CJLO Studios September 30, 2005.


Ghosts of Modern Man Live @ CJLO

The guys from Regina, Saskatchewan’s Ghosts of Modern Man swung by the CJLO studios the afternoon of April 18, 2005 to record a three song session.  Nice guys with huge amps (the bass amp alone was seriously big), we helped them lug their gear up the Loyola staircase since the usual elevator route was blocked off due to exams being held nearby.


For The Mathematics Live @ CJLO

Ottawa post hardcore quintet For the Mathematics spent the afternoon at the CJLO studios July 23, 2005 to record 5 songs, 3 of which were brand spankin’ new.  The session took a long time to record, and the reason was that 2/5 of the band didn’t show up…turns out Clayton and James, who were driving separately (due to their van being out of commission, the guys were traveling in 2 cars), ended up at the right civic number for the station, but on Sherbrooke EAST…not WEST.  For those of you not from Montreal, that’s literal


Engine Down Live @ CJLO

Richmond, VA’s Engine Down dropped by château CJLO July 31, 2004, a Saturday morning, at 10am…no joke.  That’s dedication, people.  Funny story, this was the first sorta promotional thing Lookout! Records ever did with the band (it was a couple months before their new album, their first for Lookout! was to be released). Our pal Erin over at Lookout! (sidenote: she's also part of the awesome Bratmobile) managed to just catch them before they crossed the border into Canada, where their cellphones woulda went out.