CKTZ Offers Multiple Opportunities For Onstage Performers

Ever dream about being a pop star? Are you a better dancer than Michael Jackson? Would you like to sing like Chris Brown, Janis Joplin or the Bee Gees? Singers; dancers; lip sync artists; musicians; Now is your chance! This year CKTZ offers multiple opportunities for onstage performers. Opportunities For Onstage Performers We’ve put together twenty shows over the past decade and are still selling out the Manson’s Hall. (On August 18, we will once again be partnering with Quadra Theatre for Quadra’s Third Annual Lip Sync!)  CKTZ is partnering with Theatre Quadra for the third to bring Lip Syncs to Quadra Island!) This year’s Cortes Winter Lip Sync is on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. (Summer Lip Sync is August 25th.) Performers: your public is waiting, it is time to start developing the acts you will unveil this year.  There will be a rehearsal at the hall on Feb 23, 4-6pm. Twenty-one acts performed at last year’s Cabaret. The event was sold out long before the doors opened. It was so successful that CKTZ decided to hold the Spring 2018 Cabaret for two consecutive nights. Performances will be held at Manson’s Hall on Friday, April 13th & Saturday, 14th. We ask that acts perform in both shows, so that we can keep technical nightmares under control. There will be separate rehearsals for musicians and lip sync acts. Keep in touch, so we can keep you informed.  Please Let Us Know Please let us know if you are planning an act. (I’ll sleep better) Thanks! Contact Howie at 935-6405,...

Economic Development While Preserving Cortes Island’s Core Values

Originally Published on the ECOreport Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) was launched, it faced some tough challenges. Some believe Cortes is still stuck in the seventies and many residents would like to preserve that. Yet there is a need for the same business sectors you find everywhere else: retail, health, building and trades, tourism medical marijuana, aquaculture, learning / professional development and social profit. On February 24, CIBATA will be unveiling the draft of Cortes Island’s Local Economic Action Plan at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building, between 10 AM and 4 PM. In this morning’s program the association’s President, Colin Funk, talks about economic development while preserving Cortes’ core values. Economic Development While Preserving Cortes’ Core Values Does Cortes want to continue extracting resources: logging? aquaculture? Are we looking at more homegrown products: The marijuana industry? Working online? bike paths? Shared Workplaces? Are their unique opportunities with the seniors population? CIBATA provides much of the insight that most communities obtain through their community development department or chamber of commerce. “Our whole mission and mandate is really around making this a wonderful place to live through sustainable endeavours … All of our members, and in particular our directors, are very concerned and feel that ecological integrity must be the baseline for these human activities … Many members of our group are big picture thinkers. They are thinking about not just what is happening on island, but how we are connected to other islands, how we are connected to the province and the Federal Government,“ says Funk. He added, “When you have a small community like this, you get feedback about what...

Over 100 hours Of Local Content Weekly

Cortes Island, January 31, 2018 - Cortes Radio reached a significant milestone this month. The station was created to broadcast the concerns, activities and talents of the Northern Gulf Islands to the general public. Our broadcast area stretches from Campbell River and the Discover Islands down to Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, and Lund on the Mainland. According to our license, most of our content is supposed to be produced locally (whether it is a DJ broadcasting his musical choices, local music or a local talk show). Up until now, the station has not been able broadcast the required quota. As of January 2018, CKTZ broadcasts over 100 hours of local content weekly. Over 100 Hours Of Local Content Some of this has come as a result of our broadcasting more repeats: In addition to its usual (10:30 AM - 1:00 PM) Saturday broadcast, Anything Goes with Howie & Paul now repeats Thursdays: 8-10:30 PM. Clio FM is on Wednesday 5:00-7:00 PM and again Friday 7-9 PM Free Range Radio with airs Sundays 7:30 -9:30 PM and Mondays 10:00 -10:30 PM From The Muse’s Garden with Victor Van Buskirk: Mondays 5 -7 PM; Thu 12 - 2 PM Island Voice, a shared space used by The ECOreport (most weeks) and Discovery Sound (every 4th Wed and the following Tuesday) is broadcast Wednesdays 9 AM and repeats Tuesdays at 5 PM.  Pachamama Pranayama is Sundays 11:30 - 1 PM and Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 AM. Phil’s Pick ’n Mix - Wednesdays 8 -10 PM; Tuesdays 9 - 11 PM. Radio Clash with D J Johnnie is Fridays: 9:30 - Midnight; Wednesdays: 11 PM - 1 AM. ShimSham Show with Psychedelic Sam - Thursdays: 6:00-8:00 PM; repeats Mondays 2 - 4 PM. Stone Soup with DJ Artemisia is Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 PM and again Mondays 12 - 2 PM. Take me to the Casbah with Mr Driven’ broadcasts Sundays:10:00-12:00 PM, Thursdays: 10:30...

Back Eddy And The Procrastinators Album

Back Eddy and the Procrastinators have a brand new album out for your listening pleasure! Captured live off the floor in the Gorge Hall, recorded and mixed by our dear Hannu Huuskonen and the lovely Jim Thievan from Quadra Island and mastered by the legendary Roger Rivas of the Aggrolites. We are excited to share with you our 15 original songs inspired by our community and surroundings. You can listen or buy our music on all the major online stores and listening apps, as well as get one from your favourite Eddy. Please contact us on our Facebook page or at backeddy8@gmail.com From Atmosphere Garthering: “Back Eddy and the Procrastinators are an inspired West Coast style Ska band, born on the outskirts of Desolation Sound in 2010. This 8-piece band makes their point known as a no nonsense, booty shakin, jogging on the spot, dance floor pumpin’ machine. Taking their inspiration from bands such as the Slackers, the Toasters and other ska greats, they have played festivals and gigs up and down the BC Coast, sharing the stage with the likes of Roots Roundup, Current Swell, and Kytami. Winner of the Cortes Island Battle of the Bands …” Click here to access Back Eddy & the Procrastinators Facebook...

Cortes Radio Broadcasts All Local Programs Twice Weekly

Though Cortes Radio’s constitution states CKTZ is a platform for the Northern Gulf Islands, the vast majority of our local programming still originates on Cortes Island. We are one of the smallest radio stations in Canada - and expected to comply with regulations designed for community radio stations serving listeners in large cities! To meet our quota for local content, Cortes Community radio needs to effectively double its locally produced programming. Starting in January 2018, Cortes Radio broadcasts all local programs twice weekly.  Local Programs Some of our DJs are already doing this. The Folk Club , Mixtapes and Misty Morning Hop, for example, have both morning and evening editions. This will now become a regular practise for all of our local shows. Want To Be A DJ Or Talk Show Host? Cortes Community Radio needs more programmers. The possibilities for new shows is endless. If you want to become a DJ or host a talk show, contact Howie at cortesradio@gmail.com.  [/et_pb_text] New Programs There are a number of new shows about to come online. More information will be made available as each program is ready to broadcast.  The first is actually the rerun of an old CKTZ favourite. It looked like Cortes Community Radio was losing its only Classical music program when Doug Butt retired last September - but more than 30 episodes were left in the station’s computer. In addition, his co-host Eleanor Cork has agreed to produce a few new programs. As of January 7, 2018, Allegro is back.   Several of our new local programs are talk shows. CKTZ intends to maintain the current ratio of talk vs music by replacing syndicated programs from outside our...

CKTZ’s Reach Extends Beyond Cortes Island

Thirteen years ago a tiny group of enthusiastic Cortes Islanders launched their own pirate radio station, sticking the antenna up a tree. Cortes Community Radio was still the expression of a remote island community, when the station received its license in 2011. Now CKTZ’s reach extends beyond Cortes Island. CKTZ’s reach extends beyond Cortes Island The station’s broadcast area includes Campbell River, Quadra Island, Lund, and the east coast of Vancouver Island as far south as the outskirts of Courtenay.  Listeners that visited the Cortes Radio website left a virtual snapshot of the larger whole. Around 7,250 people have come the website since Google Analytics was installed on January 19, 2017. Close to three quarters of the sessions are from “returning” rather than “new” visitors. This suggests that most of the web traffic comes from people with a connection to CKTZ, rather than internet searches. Only 26% were from “Campbell River,” which appears to include Quadra, Cortes and the surrounding islands. There are also significant numbers from Courtenay (16%), Powell River (4%), Nanaimo (1%) and Comox (1%). Though all but one of the radio society’s board currently reside on Cortes Island, most have connections to the station’s larger broadcast area. CKTZ’s Vice President, Barry Glickman, worked with the SRD to develop emergency communications resources through out the SRD including such places as Tahsis, Gold River, Zeballos, in addition to Campbell River. He and his wife Amanda helped set up the physical communication resources as well as develop the training programs for the region. They also laid the groundwork for CKTZ’s recent Memorandum Of Understanding with the Strathcona Regional District. Rochelle Baker,...