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CKTZ’s Summer Markets

CKTZ’s Summer Markets


Friday Markets at Manson’s Landing, Cortes Island

12:00 AM - 3:00 PM
August 4, 2017
August 18, 2017
August 25, 2017
September 1, 2017

50 Summers of Love @ Linnaea Farm, Cortes Island

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, August 13, 2017

Quadra Island’s Farmer’s Market

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Saturdays

Purchase Merchandise


Annual General Meeting

June 11, noon - 2:00 pm @ Manson’s Hall

This years meeting will be preceded by a BBQ and ‘unveiling’ @ the radio station (or hall as raincover). Members welcome - Yes, thats YOU!

Come out and support CKTZ 89.5. There are positions available on the Board of Directors. We seek savvy individuals for 2017. If you’re media savvy, electronics savvy, finance savvy, programming savvy, sales savvy, events savvy, wannabe savvy, or just interested — There may be a chair for you at the table!!!

Email inquiries to

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots stories are coming to air!

The shows will start being aired at 9:00am on Thursdays, with the first one on March 16th. They will be repeated on Saturdays at 2:00pm. Each week a new program will be featured.

In addition to the Deep Roots staff introduced in these pages, Cortes Radio would like to thank the volunteers and story producers who made this initiative happen:

Deep Roots Steering Committee

  • Odette Auger, fundraising advisor
  • Shannon Jonasson, education and youth advisor
  • Kate Maddigan, Friends of Cortes Island board liaison
  • Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose First Nation liaison
  • David Rousseau, project lead and Cortes Community Radio Society board liaison
  • Max Thaysen, Friends of Cortes Island president
  • Sheryl Thompson, Cortes Community Radio Society president

Deep Roots Story Producers

  • Odette Auger
  • Brittany Baxter
  • Rick Bockner
  • Mercedes Grant
  • Roy Hales
  • Sobhana Dilani Hippola

    Natalia Nybida

  • Annie Rosenberg
  • Morgan Tams
  • Tara Warkentin

Deep Roots Schedule and Story Synopses

Thursday, March 16th

Who Speaks For Brother Wolf?

Writer/Producer: Natalia Auger Nybida

Western culture paints wolves with a dark brush as evil characters in myths and fairytales, but perhaps that’s because they’re more like us than we care to admit. Natalia Auger Nybida takes a deep look at the essential role wolves play in our ecosystem.


Thursday, March 23rd

 Finding Gilean Douglas & The Protected Place
Writer/Producer: Sobhana Dilani Hippola

A powerful examination of the life and legacy of pioneering ecologist Gilean Douglas and the impact her vision has had on present day conservation efforts and attitudes.



Thursday, March 30th

 Secrets Of The Cedar Weavers

Writer/Producer: Tara Warkentin

By tracing the history and stories behind two hats, Tara Warkentin discovers a rich tapestry of practical and symbolic significance found in this ancient art.


Thursday, April 6th

Where Have All The Salmon Gone?
Writer/Producer: Roy Hales

We’ve been hearing about diminishing wild salmon runs for years, but is this just part of a much bigger cycle? Find out how the answer to this question is far more complex than simply drawing a line between A and B.


Thursday, April 13th

Owl Wisdom
Writer/Producer: Annie Rosenberg

Decades after a nearly unspeakable family tragedy, family members gain insight from what  appears to be a chance encounter, later revealing itself as an auspicious message.


Thursday April 20th

The Energetic Forest
Writer/Producer: Rick Bockner

Do trees communicate? Do they look after each other and other species? Rick Bockner unearths a sophisticated network of co-dependent life forces, below and above our feet.


Thursday, April 27th

A Reshuffling Of Atoms
Writer/Producer: Mercedes Grant

Why are we so afraid of death and how do we prepare for it? For something that’s inevitable we sure do our best to avoid it. Mercedes Grant takes us on a personal journey of grief and resolution.


Thursday, May 4th

Clam Gardens
Writer/Producer: Odette Auger

History shows us that First Nations have had an elaborate shellfishery for thousands of years. What’s become of that rich food source and what lies ahead for it’s future?



Thursday, May 11th

Writer/Producer: Morgan Tams

Our material world is obsessed with acquiring and accumulating stuff. But how much do we all really need? Morgan Tams looks for options and solutions to this omnipresent conundrum.



Thursday, May 18th

Sparks Fly In The Forest
Writer/Producer: Brittany Baxter

Writer/producer Brittany Baxter reveals how an environmental challenge brings together unlikely alliances to create positive change in the Cortes Island community and beyond.




Come to the Cabaret!

Come to the Cabaret!

A Night To Remember!
This is going to be a fun show. Tickets are going fast, so get them early.

An evening of songs, monologues, stand-up, poetry, lip sync, skits, that cover issues and topics particular to adults with humour and just the right amount of “appropriately inappropriate” and sex positive material. A benefit for Cortes Radio 89.5 fm

Winter Lip Sync 2017

Don’t miss out on our annual fundraiser. This year’s show is bound to be one for the books, just like all the others!

Upcoming Winter Events

Upcoming Winter Events

In addition to our annual Winter Lip Sync, February 18th, we are planning a special one time event in January. This will be an adults-only Cabaret on March 25th.

We need to know if there is performer interest in doing the January show. This would be open to any kind of performance: Lip Sync, Music, Dance, Poetry… whatever people come up with in adult themes. Please let us know if you would like to perform either by email or phone Howie 935-6405.

This show could be a lot of fun!

Deep Roots Initiative – News

Introducing the Deep Roots Initiative Logo!

This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts two Coast Salish guardian spirit dancers singing the song of their power. The subtle circle between them is a drum with Salish sound waves emanating from it. In contemporary Canadian visual culture, crescents are utilized to symbolize sound waves. This is a cultural commonality that Coast Salish and Canadian cultures have in common. In Coast Salish art, crescents are used to create a real rhythmic rippling, a real fluid flowing feeling.


Artist: LessLIE Sam, Coast Salish

Visit the Alcheringa Gallery website for more information on the artist.


Greg and Rob continue to mentor and support story producers’ progress – with draft scripts all submitted, and with insightful reviews thereof. Our story writers have been given training in interviewing techniques, recording equipment and guidance in First Nations protocol. Some of the most interesting moments so far were the training sessions on critical listening skills offered by CBC veteran Rob Selmanovic.


Initially conceived as a youth [ages 16-30] project; we found ourselves with high calibre skill sets; and years of experience with writers ranging in age from 15 to 70. We have a well rounded set of writers representing Aboriginal youth, local elders, radio writers, aspiring journalists and environmentalists including:

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THE STEERING COMMITTEE:foci_circle-logo-1

Our volunteer board includes representatives from each partner in this project: Kate Maddigan and Max Thaysen [Friends of Cortes Island -FOCI], David Rousseau and Sheryl Thompson,President [Cortes Community Radio Society], Jacqueline Mathieu [Klahoose First Nation] Advisors to steering committee: Shannon Johannsen, Educator and Odette Auger, Grantwriter.


Jacqueline Mathieu organized a Meet and Greet Tea at Klahoose; October 26 where story producers met with Klahoose community members and began a process of learning from traditional knowledge and local wisdom. Connections were made, elders suggested, and Jacqueline continues her work of connecting and facilitating this essential community building.

More than just a historical backgrounder; Deep Roots Initiative seeks to problem solve current issues by reconnecting/building upon foundations of Salish culture. With Jacqueline’s coordination, Salish voices and experience will be a valued resource in the writing of our stories for Deep Roots radio.


One result of Deep Roots is the creative partnership with the Cortes Museum. Vintage Vignettes are a side project spinoff of Deep Roots. This project brings to light history and anecdotes from the early days of European settler life on Cortes, incorporating several volunteer voice actors from Cortes and Quadra.


We are exploring merchandise sales; with our eloquent and visually stunning logo, the image Salish Soundwaves, by Salish artist LessLIE Sam. Keep an eye out on our market tables! As well, we are working closely with CKTZ fundraising endeavours - with opportunities to sponsor shows, including the Deep Roots initiative. Please contact or visit for full details on sponsorship programs.

Cortes Radio and Partners are grateful to the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Victoria Foundation and Tides Canada for their financial support for Deep Roots.


The Deep Roots Initiative – Update

Cortes Radio, in collaboration with Klahoose First Nation and Friends of Cortes Island, is proud to announce progress on our 2016-17 Deep Roots spoken word initiative. Deep Roots seeks solutions to current environmental issues, and preserves traditional First Nations life skills and knowledge of our ecosystems.  The locally written and produced programs are chosen with the goal of informing, questioning, and challenging our preconceived ideas. As well as building local broadcasting capacities.

Deep Roots has several elements:

  • Storytelling for radio
  • Offering challenging views on contemporary issues
  • Training new story writers/producers
  • Building creative liaisons between partners and other organizations
  • Linking current stories with traditional knowledge and legend.

Our training program!  We opened the doors to new talent and have been nearly overwhelmed with the response. Our 16 trainees are aged 15 to 73 years. We have held 4 training workshops this year introducing new writers/producers to:

  • What makes great radio
  • Research and scriptwriting for radio
  • Interviewing skills
  • First Nations Protocol
  • Field recording and production basics.

Our trainer has 20 years experience at CBC Radio 1 as a producer, audio engineer and trainer!

rob-trainerSome of the stories that are underway:

  • Love on the Front Lines- deep relationships that have formed between a First Nation person and a non-native around a very public collaboration: the Cortes Ecoforestry General Partnership.
  • How We Learn- a look at how young people get an education in a remote community.
  • Finding Gilean- A quest for the spirit of Gilean Douglas.
  • Brother Wolf-  The many faces of wolf, from European fairytale through First Nation dance and legends.
  • Ethnobotany-  The role of native plants in traditional food and healing.
  • Cedar-  The role of cedar in West Coast culture.
  • Where Have all the Salmon Gone?-  An exploration of the role of salmon in traditional culture and the fate of salmon since the advent of industrial society.
  • The Forest as Organism-  A look at the forest from a very high level,  seeing forest as a whole intelligent organism, much more than the sum of its parts.
  • Finding Home-  A look at traditions, attitudes and modern laws around land use and ownership. Seen through the eyes of a would-be contemporary settler.
  • Clam Harvest-  Traditional seafood harvesting, clam gardens and modern shellfish farming.
  • Owl Wisdom – A collision and death at dawn on New Year’s Day, uncovers the meaning of life.

Keep listening for Deep Roots broadcasts this fall, including podcasts on our website.


Cortes Radio and Partners are grateful to the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Victoria Foundation and Tides Canada for their financial support for Deep Roots.

Save the Date/s!

Save the Date/s!

July 30th - Cortes Summer Lip Sync
Aug 6th - Quadra Lip Sync in partnership with Theatre Quadra

Time to start getting your act together for Cortes Radio’s Annual Summer Show on July 30th.

For the first time, we will having a show on Quadra, August 6th. We will be bringing half a show and Theatre Quadra will be providing the other half. We would like to have a good sized group, and are planning billets, camping and partying.

Please let Howie know if you plan to be in either or both shows. Thanks!

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