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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

What's the Word on Check Ca?

It's been a fun and busy past few months on the show. We've had some wonderful guests and more to come!

Last week we had a very special visit from Dirty Catfish Brass Band. Check out their show at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club (234 Main St in Winnipeg) for the Southern Social Club on the first Friday of the month. Each month they bring you DCBB's New Orleans flavoured grooves , a select menu of Southern American dishes and a special music guest. There's two shows and folks can get tickets at the door or through the DCBB website: .  This month, CASATI will appear at the late show. If you missed our chat with the DCBB crew, download the show for March 31 at

Coming up this week is Mr. Quincy Davis, professor and jazz drumset instructor at the University of Manitoba in the Jazz Studies program. Mr. We're very excited to host this very special guest and talented musician, composer, arranger, etc. Tune in to hear about a special project he's working on and some of his music works. Mr. Davis will be on the show this Friday (April 7).

Tune in on April 21st for a special tribute set from DJ Stop. who'll be dropping by to spin music from Prince. Be sure to check out the DJ Stop. page (under Norman Breaks).

Friday, 17 March 2017

What's on tonight?

Hey, hey, Check Ça fans. It's rainy and snowy in the 'Peg these days, so we need to heat things up on the radio dial. Maybe some sizzling, jazz, some hot funk, and some fire-y latin beats, and who knows what else will be burnin' up the turnables tonight! Tune in for your weekly 'hot toddy' Check Ça fix.

Shout out to Michael Cain and the Brandon crew for the Brandon Jazz Festival this weekend (March 16-18). One of the headliners is a Check Ça fave: Dirty Catfish Brass Band. DCBB will be in the booth with us on the show March 31st, but if you can't wait, head out to Brandon this weekend.

Also putting Marisolle Negash on your radar if she isn't already. She's having a release event for her release "Spaceship" tonight (March 17) at Forth at 171 McDermot Avenue (Winnipeg), and will be at the Albert Street Cocktail Company at 91 Albert Street on Wednesday (March 22) and SMITH in the hotel at the Forks (Winnipeg) next weekend (March 24-25). Looking forward to hearing Marisolle cool RnB and neosoul vibes on the keys. Check it out.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Derrick Gardner on the air waves

Thank you to Mr. Derrick Gardner for visiting the show on February 24, 2017. If you missed it live, check it out the CKUW website:

Derrick is professor with the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies and is also a talented and internationally renown jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and instructor. The show featured music selected in recognition for Black History Month (February). Throughout the show, Derrick shared anecdotal and historical tidbits about the music played. We also played a few selections featuring him on trumpet as well. And we all had a blast. Check out the choice track list:

Song Title
Art Blakey
 Split Kick
 from A Night at Birdland Vol. 1
 Blue Note Records
Lee Morgan
 The Sidewinder
 from The Sidewinder
 Blue Note Records
Freddie Hubbard
 On the Que-Tee
from Backlash
 Atlantic Records
Charles Mingus
 Hora Decubitus
 from Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
 Impulse Records
Kenny Dorham
Una Más
 Una Más
 Blue Note
Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets +2
 Natural Woman
 from Echoes of Ethnicity
 Owl Studios
Curtis Nowosad
 from Dialectics
 Cellar Live
Charles Earland
 More Today Than Yesterday
 from Black Talk!
 Prestige Records
Miles Davis
 from Miles Smiles
 Columbia Records
Eric Dolphy
 from Out to Lunch!
 Blue Note Records

Check out his website for more information about his music:

Thanks to Mr. Gardner and hoping he'll be back to visit again soon.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Check. It. Out.

Hey, hey, hey, Check Ça listeners. Lots goin' on!

First off, thanks for everyone who supported the CKUW 95. FM 2017 FunDrive. Your support is greatly appreciated and is the reason we reached our show goal. If you missed our 2017 FunDrive show, you can still donate by calling 204-774-6877 or donating online at

Next up, February is Black History Month. If you're in Manitoba, there are lots of great events to celebrate. Winnipeg's local Black History Month Committee has a full month of events; Black Space in Winnipeg also is involved in some very interesting events. And other organisations throughout the province are participating with events that celebrating, educate, and organise. Check it out.

Finally, we are pre-empted on February 17th, but will be back on February 24th for a very special episode of Check Ça  featuring Black History Month programming. We are excited to host a very special guest: Mr. Derrick Gardner. Mr. Gardner is a professor and jazz trumpet instructor with the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies program; he is also an internationally renown performer, composer, and arranger, with too many amazing credits to list here! Tune in to hear more about this unique artist and to hear his special jazz set on the show.

And one more 'thank you' to donors to the 2017 CKUW FunDrive. Your support is what makes our show happen, every week and every year!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Fun! Fun! CKUW Fundrive 2017!

Hey Kids , check out the annual station fundraiser - CKUW 95.9FM FunDrive for 2017
 Good opportunity for listeners to share the love and show their support for independent community / campus radio. Donations help us to grow and develop and bring quality programming to listeners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Listeners who want to support CKUw can call the station February 10 to 17 at 204-774-6877 or go online to  

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Word on the street

Hey kids, great programming this week on check ça...

Make sure to tune in this Friday for another fun night with guests in the studio!

Super Duty Tough Work will be represented by their front man and emcee in the booth to chat about upcoming Dilla Day. We'll chat about Dilla and such and SDTW. This year's tribute will be on February 3, 2017 at The Good Will.

Also on the mic local musician/artist Greg MacPherson who will be a guest host.

*check out Forth (171 McDermot, Winnipeg) Thursday, January 26, 8:00 p.m.  for some live soul music. Featured performers: Marisol Negash (keyboards), Julian Bradford (bass), Brendan Kinley (drums), Alexa Potashnik (MC Woke). Good live music and the coffee good to boot.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Special Guest on the show tonight - Rasar Amani

Tune in tonight for a special live interview with Rasar Amani, emcee with hip hop outfit The Lique (Las Vegas). Rasar will be travelling to Brandon on February 4 ( to perform with the Big Band in the Brandon University Jazz Studies program. We'll chat about his first visit to Canada, the music scene in Las Vegas, and maybe his TEDTalk (yup, that's for real).Check out some of his work: (spoken word) (Rasar with Butterscotch) (Rasar with The Lique)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Groovin' on the Prairies

Hey, Hey, y'all! Happy 2017! Hope everyone enjoyed fun and safe festivities to ring in the new year. 2017 is off to a great staff with some nice shows so far and more to come.

Shout out to Joanna Majoko, Super Duty Tough Work, and Dirty Catfish Brass Band who've had some great shows to kick it in 2017. If you haven't checked out these artists yet, we highly recommend their live shows and recordings!

Just want to put a few things on the radar.

Come Kick It | Live Soul Music January 26 @ Forth (Winnipeg)
Live Soul and hip hop music featuring MC Woke and a live ensemble (Marisolle Negash, Brendan Kinley and Julian Bradford). It's gonna be good.

Dirty Catfish Brass Band February 3 @ Times Change(d) (Winnipeg)
DCBB will be at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club the 1st Friday of the month for the Southern Social Club series featuring DCBB and a variety of guests. Check out their website for deets:

Dilla Day February 3 @ The Good Will (Winnipeg)
That's right, it's back. If you enjoyed it last year and the year before, you know it's the place to be. Check it out at The Good Will (Winnipeg). Highly suggest buying a ticket in advance.

BU Big Band featuring Rasar Amani February 4 @ SUDS (Brandon)
The Big Band at Brandon University under direction of Michael Cain will host Las Vegas emcee Rasar Amani. Check out his work with The Lique ( . This promises to be a great show with a live MC with a big band playing R&B, soul, jazz, and hip hop music. If you're not in Brandon, it's definitely worth the drive!

Also coming up on the show...

January 27 - Greg MacPherson in the house. There may be another surprise guest that night. Tune in....

February 3 - DJ Stop. spinning vinyl live. Will it be funk or jazz or hip hop tonight? To find out listen in.

February 10 - FunDrive 2017 at CKUW! Kicking off a week of fundraising and truly fun programming. Some surprises for our show that night.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Pass the Mic - Check Ca edition

Tonight is a party on Check Ca! Join us while we host some from very, very special guests helping us out in the radio booth:

Greg MacPherson - local musical artist extraodinaire, and overall cool guy. We'll put him to work in the mix, chat about this works, and delve into whatever else comes our way!

J.D. and the Sunshine band - this awesome local fixture will stop by to talk about their recent CD release, their community work, and well, to bring the party home!

This is going to be a fun show where we invite some great musical friends on our show who may not be the usual Check Ca fare. Our show tonight will introduce them to those who aren't familiar with them yet, but will also be a chance to do some fun radio too! Who knows where this week's adventure will take us... We may even have one more guest at the top of the show - don't miss a minute of it!

soulSYS and Special K

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

time to boogie

Hey, hey, hey... check out this fresh and funky disco mix from DJ Stop. on his page:

DJ Stop. mixcloud Passion of the Crates dollar disco mix Sep 2016

Do you have a CD or gig that is Check Ça worthy? Drop us a line and we'll check it out for the show!

Be sure to tune in for "Pass the Mic" September 30-October 7 at CKUW. Lots of fun programming happening at the station!