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Amanda Lemay ponders CKUA in a word


Do you (or someone you know) have a 200-300 word story about you and CKUA that you’d like to share with us? Please let us know by writing us. We’d love to feature it! What do such stories look like?

Well, here’s one by listener Amanda Lemay!

Meraki is the essence of yourself that you put into your work.

I wonder then, if there is a term for what CKUA does.

It is a magical combination of music, story, and human connection. It is the inspiration that flows through many artists and creators, right into their works.

One such example is the ambulance my father and I spent seven months converting into my tiny home on wheels.

Though they may not have known it, Grant, Baba, Tony and Lisa were a part of the process at every step. Throughout countless hours of sawing and sanding, their expertly curated playlists imbued each board and bracket. They introduced me to new musical companions for my journey: from Abdominal and the Obliques to Fionn. I discovered “In the Middle of Nowhere” an apropos song from one of my favourite artists, Little Miss Higgins. My home is filled with the most wonderful vibes, as a result. And so is the bread I bake!

With wave two of the pandemic surging, my plan of travelling North America to learn from the best artisan bakers has been sidelined for now. But as I wait out the winter on Gabriola Island, surrounded by artists and ocean, I still have my CKUA.


It is a piece of home I can return to every day. Warmed by a tiny wood stove, I listen. And I send love and gratitude to everyone who is a part of the CKUA community, especially the musicians struggling in these times. Thank you for all you inspire.

Thanks again for sharing this story about you and CKUA, Amanda!

Please email us if you would like to share your own 200-300 word CKUA story with our community! And tell a friend too! We’d love to hear from listeners of all generations and backgrounds!