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In the December issue:

  • CKUA up in lights with out new sign!
  • Our Essential Albums of the year
  • A great open house
  • A sad farewell to a treasured friend, the Mad Ripper
  • Monthly donors spread joy to listeners all year round

      As the holiday season rolls in, thoughts of friends, family, music and kindness come to mind. We are forever grateful that our monthly donors keep these values close to their hearts all year long. By way of a heartfelt thank you we’ve expanded our monthly donor prize selection, and all Fan Club members are entered to win – find out more, or join the club here. November’s winners are: – Katya Androsoff and Joe Sybom from Calgary – winners of a donated hour – Pauline Kneteman from Edson – winner of a CD prize pack, including Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, Michael Nyman, Benmont Tench, Nina Simone Tributes, and Denis Matsuev – Kathy Morgenroth from Edmonton – winner of 2 Art Gallery of Alberta passes and a Chef’s Appetizer Board for up to 10 people from ZINC Restaurant / Zinc Catering – Jane Perry from Calgary – winner of 3 tins of holiday tea from Acquired Taste Tea
  • TELUS- Helping connect a strong CKUA with you

    We would like to send a huge thank you to TELUS for their very generous support during our recent fall fundraiser. TELUS appreciates that connection is at the heart of a solid community. And they helped solidify that Alberta bond once again by matching donations to the tune of $10,000 on Monday October 23rd.  Thank you team TELUS! “At TELUS, our philosophy is to Give Where We Live… and it is our honour to support Alberta institutions like CKUA that contribute to our province’s rich cultural fabric.” Zainul Mawji, VP Home Solutions
  • CKUA Essential Albums of 2017

    The verdict is in. CKUA announcers and industry taste-makers share their don’t miss albums of 2017. Discover the year’s best music with our Essential Albums list.
  • Kacy & Clayton “This World Has Seven Wonders” live at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

    On the eve of the release of their latest LP, The Siren’s Song, Kacy & Clayton joined Tom Coxworth during a live broadcast of Folk Routes at the 2017 Edmonton Folk Music Festival. It was the first time the Saskatchewan duo performed with backing band members Shuyler Jansen on bass, and Mike Silverman on drums. The album has become one of the most-played records on CKUA since its release in August. You can find more stellar summer festival season performances from the CKUA tent at
  • CKUA Top 5 for December

    Soul of a Woman was recorded over the last two years of Sharon Jones’ life, and released about a year after she lost her battle with cancer. In her words “I have cancer, cancer doesn’t have me”. That attitude was evident – if she wasn’t recording, she was on tour, and you can hear it in Soul of a Woman . It’s been described as a testament to her life and career, and it’s the top of the chart for December. 1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Of A Woman (Daptone) 2.  Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs (True North) 3. Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black (ANTI-) 4. Robert Plant – Carry Fire (Trolcharm / Nonesuch) 5.  Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself (Arts & Crafts)
  • Epic Open House

    Over 700 smiling faces filled all three floors of CKUA’s home at the Alberta Hotel November 18. If you weren’t one of them or the thousands who tuned in, you can still get a taste of our 90th birthday bash here. Thank you to our wonderful CKUA volunteers who helped make this a celebration like no other. They joyfully stamped passports, served cupcakes, shared CKUA trivia and made everyone feel welcome. This event was made possible thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.
  • In Memory of The Mad Ripper

      The CKUA family is heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend David Gibbens. A dedicated volunteer since 2013, David gave nearly a thousand hours of his time to the station. David’s charismatic laugh was instantly recognizable and often heard throughout the building. Whether during fundraisers or weekly in the library, you knew when David was around because he had the whole room laughing. Original Thoughts subscribers might know him as the author of The Mad Ripper column. This was a project he initiated to inspire dialogue and bring attention to new releases that might otherwise get lost in the shuffle. David’s altruism extended far beyond CKUA. He was active member of many community organizations and he leaves large shoes to fill. David’s kind and generous heart touched every corner of CKUA, as anyone who worked with him can attest.
  • CKUA in Lights

    Anyone heading down Jasper Ave in Edmonton or 4 Street SE Calgary may have noticed CKUA shining a little brighter these days. Produced by Blanchett Neon and designed by Wei Yu, the retro disks lighting up our letters on the side of the Alberta Hotel in Edmonton were funded entirely by the Edmonton Community Foundation. After five years in this building, we’re just delighted to finally have a beautiful sign that helps promote CKUA Radio and welcome visitors to the building. We owe a huge thank you to the Edmonton Community Foundation  for supporting CKUA and putting a name on our place! And in Calgary, our beautiful marquee call letters and 93.7 FM frequency that grace the windows of the Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio are courtesy of longtime CKUA friend and supporter Susan Baird. Her generous gift has added visibility and a glowing vibe to our home in YYC.
  • More ways to win!

    Win a Monthly Donor Prize! Grant from Calgary has been donating since 1988. He considers CKUA to be an “irreplaceable cultural resource.”

    CD Prize Pack Winners Lucy and Jace Weir from Tobermory, Ontario have been donating since 1997. They enjoy listening to CKUA on Star Choice. They “listen every day and love it!”

    Thanks to all our monthly donors who keep CKUA going strong all year long! Learn how you can join this special group.

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