Kerry Clarke entered the independent music world through campus/community radio 35 years ago at Victoria’s CFUV. It was mind-expanding and ear-opening, broadening her tastes from punk and new wave staples to an education in, and subsequent love of, genres like world music, free jazz, roots and funk. She was the program director of Calgary’s CJSW radio in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s where she still does the weekly radio program Alternative to What? which celebrates music from the vast underground.
Decades ago, she spent some time on the skins in a low-fi, indie all-female pop band and booked the tours of a few Canadian bands. She’s the the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s artistic director, the co-founder of Rwanda’s KigaliUp festival and on the Music Calgary board.
Kerry loves moonlighting on the mighty CKUA Radio, sitting in for Freeway, The Spot and How I Hear It since its Calgary studio opened. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share original, creative and compelling artists with long histories plus fresh artists she discovers through festival work, travel and listening.