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Festival Radio

CKUA presents Festival Radio, bringing you the spirit and the music of the summer season, wherever you are!

Festival partners will be taking over the CKUA airwaves throughout this summer, presenting unique music programming during the originally scheduled weekends of their festivals. Enjoy their sounds and stories in curated programs that celebrate musical variety and great songs!

CKUA’s summer festival celebrations continue as we shine some light on Weayaya, Canada’s first and only solar powered music festival!

Tune in at 11 AM (MT) on Sunday, July 12, as host Tony King transports us to this family-friendly music fest on the banks of the Blindman River.

Expect a playlist chock full of homegrown talent, in line with Weayaya’s commitment to promote Alberta-based talent. We’ll hear from festival organizers, volunteers, and artists who will tell us the story of this truly unique, off-the-grid musical celebration. Plus, we’ll look ahead to the acts in-store for the 2021 edition of the festival.

North Country Fair has been celebrating summer solstice in northern Alberta since 1979, and this year, the festival continues in new, innovative ways. In partnership with the North Country Fair, CKUA shines a spotlight on one of Alberta’s most unique festival experiences.

June 20th we’ll hear what makes the Fair experience so special, through feature interviews with festival organizers, long-time volunteers, musicians like Scott Cook & Celeigh Cardinal, and journalist Fish Griwkowsky. Plus, we’ll hear live performances recorded at the festival, including mainstage sets by Hawksley Workman and the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. Be sure to check out the North Country Fair video livestream, following our special broadcast, presented by our partners at NCF.

Edmonton International Jazz Festival is taking over the airwaves! With special programming during Traffic Jams, Mulligan Stew, and Voices in Jazz, you can have the festival vibe in so many ways this week.

Thursday, June 18th from 5:30-6pm Lisa Wilton speaks with Jazz Fest performers Bria Skonberg and Julian Lage. Saturday, June 20th from 6:30-7pm Terry David Mulligan will chat both with bandleader Andrew Glover and executive and artistic Director of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Kent Sangster. Lastly on Sunday, June 21st between 3-3:30 pm, Dianne Donovan will speak with Sheila Jordan.

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival opens June 19, and this year’s festival is online, celebrating the best in vocal and instrumental jazz.

June is Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous communities. June also marks the 24th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, held on June 21st.

While many live events have been canceled, this week on Full Circle Celeigh Cardinal will talk about some of the events that you can attend, both in real life and virtually.

We also be putting the spotlight on our very own Albertan artists. We’ll also shine a light on ATB’s Alberta Indigenous Artist Market. Sophia Lebessis runs Canada’s first Inuk-owned art gallery specializing in master works of Inuit and First Nations Art. She’s one of four vendors participating in ATB’s Alberta Indigenous Artist Market. We’ll hear a bit about Sophia’s life-long connection to the Inuit arts scene.

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