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In the January issue:

  • Our top albums of 2016
  • The Spot’s Hayley Muir one of Calgary’s People to Watch
  • Honouring the great Tommy Banks
  • Hawksley Workman in the CKUA studio
  • CKUA’s Top 100 for 2016

    Wondering what were the most played albums on CKUA in 2016?

    If you missed the countdown over the holidays, you can find the full list online. Here’s a taste:

    1.Canadian Artist Basia Bulat – Good Advice (Secret City)
    2. Various Artists – Day Of The Dead (4AD)
    3. Canadian Artist Jason Collett – Song And Dance Man (Arts & Crafts)
    4.  Albertan Artist Shuyler Jansen – The Long Shadow (Big White Cloud)
    5. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (Nonesuch)
    6.  Canadian Artist Danny Michel – Matadora (Six Shooter)
    7.  Canadian Artist Andy Shauf – The Party (Arts & Crafts)
    8.  Canadian Artist Plants & Animals – Waltzed In From The Rumbling (Secret City)
    9.  Canadian Artist  Hannah Georgas – For Evelyn (Dine Alone)
    10. Andrew Bird – Are You Serious (Loma Vista)

    Albertan Artist=Albertan
    Canadian Artist=Canadian
  • Hayley Muir in the News

    Our own Hayley Muir, host of The Spot, weekdays @ noon, is one of 20 Calgarians to watch (and listen to) in 2017, according to the Calgary Herald. Congratulations, Hayley!
  • Happy Birthday Tommy Banks!

    On December 17, Tommy Banks turned 80 and CKUA hosted his birthday party in style, joined by a stellar group of top-tier musicians – a fitting tribute to a man whose influence echoes throughout the industry.

    A cross-section of Albertans attended the soiree, from family members to politicians; from CKUA staff and board members to academics, all with one thing in common: they share friendship and love for Tommy Banks. They all turned out to honour someone who has been so important in the life of Alberta and this radio station, resurrected in 1997 in large part due to Tommy’s efforts.

    Providing the musical backdrop to the evening of celebration were:

    Piano: Chris Andrew (and Tommy himself!)
    Guitar: Bobby Cairns
    Drums: Sandro Dominelli
    Bass: Kodi Hutchinson
    Trumpet: Al Muirhead
    Saxophone: PJ Perry

    The Edmonton Journal‘s Nick Lees was a guest, and captured the celebration in this article. (Image: Tracy Kolenchuk)
  • Hawksley Workman performs “A House, or Maybe a Boat” at CKUA

    Hawksley Workman took a break from his sold-out series at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre to drop by CKUA for a visit with Grant Stovel and a performance of “A House, or Maybe a Boat”, with Mr. Lonely on piano.
  • And now a word from our Volunteer Department…

    Listen to an update from your CKUA volunteer department, Breanne Coffill & Mark Rodgers, who provide a recap of 2016 and set the stage for what’s happening in 2017.
  • Top 5 for January

    1. Roberto Fonseca – ABUC (Montuno)
    2. Canadian Artist KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (HW&W)
    3. The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini – The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini (Rough Trade)
    4. La Yegros – Magnetismo (Soundaway)
    5. Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy (Kwaidan)

    Start the New Year right by moving your feet to the music of Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, who tops this month’s chart with his latest collection of songs, ABUC. On this record, Fonseca lovingly revisits the melodies and rhythms of his homeland, retuning familiar sounds into something slick and modern. In short, ABUC is the perfect mid-winter pick-me-up. Watch “Afro Mambo” by Roberto Fonseca.
  • Donna, our Monthly Donor Winner

    Win a Monthly Donor Prize!

    Win a Monthly Donor Prize!

    Congratulations to this month’s winner, Dorothy from Edmonton, who has been a donor since 2014. Dorothy chose Mid-Morning Mojo, and says she listens all the time, but has really been liking Baba’s show recently. Find out how you could win.
  • The Mad Ripper – The Wind The Wave

    For my first choice of 2017: an Austin band that has been at the top of my playlist since it came into the CKUA library. Happiness Is Not A Place is the second album by The Wind and The Wave, aka singer-songwriter Patty Lynn and songwriter/producer Dwight Baker.

    Patty and Dwight never really wanted to be a band in the first place, still without a record label after their first album, a very fresh and interesting mix of folk and country.  Happiness Is Not a Place keeps that freshness but does change the folk/country sound a little bit, keeping it gritty but adding a little more muscle and orchestration.  Check out the lead single “Grand Canyon”, but I recommend listening to the whole album, full of good and varied music to discover.  Overall, it is a solid sophomore effort that hopefully will get them noticed by an even larger audience.

    – The Mad Ripper

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