Funky Cutz...Check Ça Phat Cutz of the month

Amp Fiddler, Sly & Robbie - Inspiration Information
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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!

Friday, 26 August 2016

time for a 'Daily' fix - 5 Doses, 1 Day!

Hey, hey, hey... local hip hop artist Daily (formerly known as The Original Daily) is putting on his annual fundraiser - 5 Shows, 1 Day Part II. Daily will be bringing his vibe around town all day on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 5 different spots starting at 1:00 p.m. until the last show at 10:30. This annual event is fundraiser in support of the Canadian Hearing Society.

Check it out:,event/79633/5shows1day2

More info on his sites:

Cheers to Daily for using his skills for good (we knew he's good people!).

Monday, 15 August 2016

Time to STOP.

It's that special time again... Special K and soulSYS are looking forward to a guest spot by DJ Stop.  this Friday live on Check Ça. Listeners may special guest deejay (a.k.a. Norman Breaks) from his previous visits. Wondering what DJ Stop. is all about? Check out his latest mix on Mixcloud:

Folks will definitely want to tune in this week for a sweet set with DJ Stop. on the 1's and 2's.


Congrats to Dirty Catfish Brass Band on an awesome EP release party for their brand new recording "Big Shiny Brass". Don't know what was keeping the roof on at The Park that night, but I can tell you the DCBB boys were on fire! Great show, wonderful audience, fun party. Be sure to catch DCBB at their next show and to pick up this great EP of covers a-la DCBB-style!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Taking on "Tough Work" with SDTW - hip hop y'all

Check Ça is excited for a visit from Super Duty Tough Work about their upcoming show at The Good Will. If you missed SDTW killin' it at Winnipeg Jazz Fest and at their Dilla Day show this year, now's your chance to see what it's all about. The band is comprised of talented and well versed musical artists. At any given show audiences will be treated to the band's own arrangements and compositions, as well their take on classics - hip hop entertainment and education at its best! Tune in this Friday for our live on-air interview with their emcee.

GIANT STEPS: live mixtape celebration
Friday, August 5
Doors at 9:00, Show at 10:00 p.m.
@ The Good Will, 625 Portage Ave
with Super Duty Tough Work
featuring 3Peat, Shadez, and guests

Check it out.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Time for Moves

Sometimes, folks send us fun and interesting music. Lots of fun to hear the creative works of independent artists in Manitoba and around Canada, and even beyond. Well, a few weeks ago we got a neat sample from a beatboxing artist in Toronto. All the sounds are from this man, looped live and mixed. Check it out:


Jack Moves features an interesting mix of covers in various styles: pop, rock, folk, hip hop. He also has some fun originals. He also has a new album out. Check out the title track from his album. It may be on the chill side, but you can really see how Jack Moves goes to work (pun intended - watch
the video and you'll understand).

Thanks to Jack for dropping us a line.

Tune in to the show some jazz, funk, and some other goodies this week.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Jazz Fest cool down...

What a fun Festival! Hope those in the 'Peg enjoyed the 2016 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. Lots of great shows. Congrats to the many fabulous artists who made it a great time, especially some of our Check Ca guests: Amber Epp, Joanna Majoko (in Full Circle with Quincy Davis & co.), Jocelyn Gould (with her featured ensemble and her killer performance with Fauxpasfunk), Chuck Copenace Group, and Dirty Catfish Brass Band (a rockin' set opening up for Trombone Shorty!).

Since soulSYS and Special K were kickin' up their heels at shows last Friday, we brought you a special Jazz-Fest inspired set. Feel free to download the June 24 edition of the show on Here's a set list for those interested:

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Be sure to check out the many fun shows at Jazz Fest this week. Some local and Canadian artists we've played on the show for you to check out:

Jocelyn Gould - @ The Cube Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

Lindsay Woolgar (bazz, jazz, all good...) - @ Cinematheque Thursday, June 23, 8:30 p.m.

Dirty Catfish Brass Band - @ The Cube Sunday, June 19, 10:50 p.m. &
 - @ Burton Cummings Theatre, Sunday, June 26

Super Duty Tough Work - @ The Cube, Sunday June 19, 8:00 p.m.

Winnipeg Jazz Collective - @ The Cube, Tuesday, June 21, Noon

Chuck Copenace Group (funk, jazz, electronic, & more) - @ The Cube, Saturday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.

Amber Epp (Canadian jazz) - @ The Cube, Wednesday, June 22, Noon

Will Bonness (jazz, jazz, and more jazz!) - @ Cinematheque, Wednesday, June 22, 9:00 p.m.

Full Circle (jazz and neo-soul vibes with Joanna Majoko and Quincy Davis) - @ The Cube,
                 Saturday, June 25, 8:35 p.m.

Quincy Davis - @ The Cube, Saturday, June 25, 10:10 p.m.

Dawn Pemberton (bringin' Vancouver soul vibes!) @ The Cube, Sunday June 19, 9:20 p.m. &
  - @ The Cube Monday, June 20, Noon

... and so much more!

2016 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival:!programmation=artists$

DCBB brought the party!

Thank you to the Dirty Catfish Brass Band for stopping by the show last night to mix it up live and to chat about their upcoming Jazz Fest shows, tour dates this summer, and their upcoming EP release at The Park Theatre on July 27. Hear it live on the website in the first hour -

Check out DCBB live this week at the International Winnipeg Jazz Festival

Sunday, June 19, 2016
10:50 p.m.
@ The Cube (in Old Market Square)

Sunday, June 26, 2016
7:30 p.m.
@ Burton Cummings Theatre
(opening for Trombone Shorty)

DCBB @ Winnipeg Jazz Fest:!programmation=artist$dirty-catfish-brass-band/74

Excited to see DCBB in the Jazz Fest kick-off weekend and closing the Festival on Sunday night with New Orleans artist Trombone Shorty Two fun shows not to be missed! 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Give me a D, a C, a B, and another B!

That's right, DCBB or Dirty Catfish Brass Band are back on the show once more. We're very excited to have them back on the show in anticipation of their numerous appearances in this year's Winnipeg Jazz Festival. We'll chat about some of their upcoming shows and projects, and maybe a surprise or two... Tune in on June 17th for a special edition of Check Ça:

Dirty Catfish Brass Band
June 17
Check Ça programme, 7-9pm

Ending our special Jazz Fest features next week with a Festival mix features some acts from this year and past years. Don't miss it!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Put your money where you mouth is... Daily. Whaa???

Giving a shout out to local hip hop artists Daily and other local artists for their upcoming fundraiser for victims in Fort MacMurray. They are putting on a show at the Garrick Hotel June 4 (Saturday). Check. It. Out.
Hip Hop Fundraiser for Fort Mac
Garrick Hotel, 287 Garry St (Winnipeg)
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Doors open at 8:30
Featuring: live hop hop, comedian Dan Fogelberg, and DJ stop.

Check out the show tonight for a special set with the one and only DJ stop to get you ready for the party. 

Friday, 20 May 2016

good times, good tunes....

So, we're heading into a stellar weekend in the 'Peg. Sunshine all round, clubs full of hip shows, and of course, Check Ça on your radio dial. Keep it locked on the show for some very special guests visiting and info about some the Check Ça-friendly shows coming up at Winnipeg Jazz Fest in June.

DJ Special K on the 1's & 2's tonight. Do give us a shout out if your in the 'Peg during the show at 204-774-6877 or send us an email - we love to hear from listeners and supporters!


Will Bonness: Halcyon CD release

Sending a shout-out to Will Bonness on a successful CD release party on May 11th.  Joining him were some of his fellow University of Manitoba Jazz Studies faculty, namely Steve Kirby on bass and Quicy Davis on drums, as well as Winnipeg/New York artist Niall Bakkerstad-Legare on saxophone and Winnipeg's Andrew Littleford on trumpet  (who Check Ça fans may recognise from Dirty Catfish Brass Band). A fun way to spend the evening taking in Will's new music and excellent performances. If you missed the show, check out Professor Bonness' website for details on how to obtain his new album - definitely worth hunting this one down!

Will Bonness
Halcyon  released May 11, 2016 (Winnipeg)

Friday, 13 May 2016

music to savour...

Take a Check Ça-inspired musical tour this week!
Check Ça wants to take you a trip this week to some shows we're excited about!

Paris to Kyiv Fragmenti Remixes - May 14, 8:00 p.m.
Balanced Records is releasing Fragmenti Remixes, a remix of the original release from 2005. The event will feature live performances and two short films featuring music from the new album.

Paris to Kyiv Fragmenti Remixes
Saturday, May 14, 2016
@ Actual Gallery, 300 Ross Ave (Winnipeg)
Doors 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. (sharp)
Tickets: $20

Flo , Landmark Events Showcase, May 15, 5:30
Local neo-soul and R&B diva (and I mean that in the best way) will take part the final show for the Landmark Events Showcase with a number of other artists. The exact time of her set is yet to be determined, but keeping checking Facebook. Flo recently received a national award from the Black Canadian Awards for her musical talents and achievements. This will be a fun and varied event - come out to hear Winnipeg's first diva of neosoul

Flo (
Landmark Events Showcase
Sunday, May 15, 2016
@ West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave (Winnipeg)
5:30 p.m. (showcase is 3:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
$20 at the door or online

Tanika Charles with Vox Populi, May 18, 8:00 p.m.

Can't wait to get your JazzFest fix?  Get an early dose this Wednesday with Canadian soul artist Tanika Charles. Local outfit Vox Populi (Joanna Majoko and Jocelyn Gould who visited our show last week are members of this fine ensemble) will open the show at Winnipeg's new 'it' spot, The Good Will. Looks to be a fabulous show!
Tanika Charles, opening act Vox Populi
May 18, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
presented by Winnipeg Jazz Festival
@ The Good Will Social Club, 625 Portage Ave (Winnipeg)

Hope you will check out these Check Ça-friendly shows and support these fine local artists!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Marienda, Will Bonness, Winnipeg JazzFest, and a few of "My Favourite Things"...

Summer is upon us and good things are coming!

Listeners were treated to a live interview and on-air performance last Friday with Jocelyn Gould and Joanna Majoko, and their new musical project Marienda. We had lots of fun gabbin' about music and such. Jocelyn and Joanna will also be part of the opening act - Vox Populi - for the upcoming Winnipeg Jazz Festival concert on May 18 with Canadian soul singer Tanika Charles. Definitely worth checking out! If you missed the party, download the first hour of our show for the week of May 6, 2016 on

(See them live at Ripe Bistro this Thursday, May 12 - good food and great music.)

And of course, the 2016 Wininpeg International Jazz Festival is just around the corner from June 16 to June 26. Lots of great local and international Check Ça- friendly acts.  Over the next month or so, we'll have some special guests and live performances from acts appearing in the festival. Stay tuned!

Check out the line up at:

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Jocelyn Gould and Joanna Majoko on Check Ça this Friday!

Hey Check Ça listerners - a special treat comin' your way this Friday!

If you've been listening the last few weeks, you already know about this special interview and live performance coming up. Well that day is here... This Friday, Jocelyn Gould (guitar and vocals) and Joanna Majoko (vocals) will be on the show and we couldn't be more excited! Folks may remember these two on our Winnipeg Jazz Festival spotlight last year - they are back to share some of their adventures over the past year, update us on their latest project Marienda, tell folks about their upcoming show with Tanika Charles, and to play live on air!

Jocelyn and Joanna will be part of the opening act the Tanika Charles show on May 18, 2016 at The Good Will: 

Tune in this Friday to hear our special spot with Jocelyn Gould and Joanna Majoko.

keep it funky
soulSYS and Special K

Check Ça

every Friday night 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
on CKUW, 95.9FM in Winnipeg

Friday, 1 April 2016

Hip Hop artist Daily on stage @The Planit 285 Portage TONIGHT!

Hey, hey, hey, check out local hip hop artist Daily and a whole host of local talent - including DJ Stop. who dropped by our show a few weeks ago - at the Planit (285 Portage Ave) for Barz: A Hip Hop Aventure

Admission is $8.00 at the door.  

Tonight DJ Special K will be 'conducting thangs'. Drop us a line if you like the tunes!

Friday, 25 March 2016

no news is good news

Tonight is a relaxin' show. Now it's jazz, soon it'll be funk, and later some dope hip hop. No need to put on your dancin' shoes, but you may want to massage your neck for all the head boppin'. No big announcements - sometimes no news is good news. So sit back and relax into some cool music with us. 

soulSYS and Special K


Thursday, 24 March 2016

STOP. the presses! DJ STOP @ Black Rabbit

I don't know about you, but around the Easter weekend I start seeing pictures of bunnies everywhere. With rabbits on the mind, I think I should burrow my way through the holiday excitement, and go somewhere hip and rabbit-friendly - like Winnipeg's 'Black Rabbit Bistro Lounge' at 135 Osborne St (corner of Osborne & Stradbrook) where "Basil's" or "The Tap & Grill" used to be back in the day. And since it's Easter and lots of folks have time off from the daily grind, why not kick off your shoes and hop down to the Black Rabbit for some terrific thumping tunes with DJ Stop. ? 

All this preamble to tell you that DJ Stop. will 'go down the rabbit hole' this Thursday (tonight) for some hop-worthy spinning.  Check him out at this spot every Saturday night too.

Saturdays @ Black Rabbit Bistro Lounge
(135 Osborne St)

So hop to it kids.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

STOP, drop and roll kids - DJ Stop in the House

Tune in for our March 18th episode  for a special a guest spot with DJ Stop on the 1's & 2's.

Hailing from the emerald isle better known as Ireland, DJ Stop. has travelled far and wide honing his skills and deepening his crates.

For 20 years he has been amassing a vinyl collection impressive in size, depth and variety. His collection reflects his tastes and travels. 

DJ Stop. has never strayed from the vinyl format, instead refining his mixing and skatching skillz on the decks and forever delving deeper into genres such as funk, soul, disco, reggae, trip hop, hip hop, jazz and house.

DJ Stop. hosted a radio show in Ireland called Passion of the Crates prior to mixing to Canada. After an 18 month tenure hosting Cool Beans at a St. James coffee shop he now DJs Saturdays at the Black Rabbit Bistro in Osborne Village.

You can check out his mixes and radio show recordings at: