The Homegrown Show

The Homegrown Show

“Welcome to the Homegrown Show, and I am your host, Hurricane Rena. The Homegrown show is a radio show played on CKTZ Cortes Island Community radio, 89.5 fm. It’s on from 1-3 Sunday afternoons and features local musicians from Quadra, Cortes, and Vancouver Island. A lot of Canadian music is played, songs that celebrate our unique lifestyle in the islands of the BC Coast and Western Canada in general. You can hear music on my show that you don’t often hear anywhere else, as well as poetry. The Homegrown show began celebrating our unique lifestyle in song during March of 2011, around the time of the super moon, closest the moon will be to the Earth in 27000 years.” – from Hurricane Rena’s website Feb 16, 2020, program Feb 9, 2020, Program Feb 2, 2020 Program Jan 26 2020, Program Jan 5, 2020 Program Winter 2019 Dec 22, 2019 Program Dec 8, 2019, Program Dec 1, 2019 Program Nov 24 Program Nov 10 Program The Halloween Program Fall Oct 20, 2019, Program October 6, 2019 Program Summer 2019 Aug 11, 2019 Program July 28, 2019, Program July 14, 2019, Program June 2019 June 30, 2019 Program June 16, 2019 Program June 2, 2019, Program May 2019 May 26 , 2019, Program May 12, 2019 Program April 2019 April 28, 2019 Program April 14, 2019, program March 2019 March 31, 2019 Program March 24, 2019 Program March 10, 2019 program March 3, 2019 Program The Homegrown Show’s other Podcast Pages Homegrown Show - Winter 2018/19Homegrown Show - Fall 2018Homegrown Show - Summer...
Julie Glaspy: Stone Sculpture

Julie Glaspy: Stone Sculpture

“Convincing a stone to be something else is no small task; it’s heavy, it’s dusty, it’s dirty and it’s my labor of love”, says stone sculptor Julie Glaspy from Quadra Island. Chosen to represent Canada at the 2020 International symposium in Nepal, Julie talks to CKTZ about her journey in shaping stone to be something else: a granite heart two feet tall, or a small rose quatrz necklace, or her beautiful bowls. “Often, art is about finding beauty in places where it is not always commonly seen; to me art is about making something out of nothing, which is one of my main attractions to working with stone.” Cortes Currents: Francesca Gesuladi interviewing Julie Glaspy Julie Glaspy was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2002. Julie has been exploring stone in its many forms and functions for over ten years. She has worked as a stonemason and has created intricate pieces of jewelry. Julie has embraced both ends of the rock carving spectrum from intricacy to monumental impact. This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism...
End of the Road Show

End of the Road Show

Hello listeners, my is Gregg aka Hiway Hippy. I came to Cortes Radio with my End of the Road Show the first week of June 2018. Funny thing is the station was the first building I entered upon my arrival to the island back in May. Drawn in by the hometown ambiance and the endless volumes of music I was instantly caught hook, line and sinker.   I didn’t know exactly how I would find a space to fill but I knew in my heart that I could add my own twist into ‘Puttin the Freak into Frequency’. Fortunately I was able to meet Howie while moving a local fellow and we set the wheels in motion for a chance at becoming a D.J. 3 day’s later we had an impromptu training session and as they say, the rest is history and I’ve been spinning the tunes Friday afternoons starting at 3pm through till 7pm. Divine Madness - Friday Feb 14, 2020 Episode 52 - Friday Jan 31, 2020 Episode 51 - Friday Jan 24, 2020 Episode 50 - Friday Jan 17, 2020 On the Road Episode 49 - Mary Jane End of the Road Show Episode 48 - End of 2019 Show Episode 46 - End of the Road Show Episode 45 - Firewood Mtn Episode 44 - Firewood Mtn Episode 43 - Firewood Mtn, Pender Island Episode 42 - Medicine Beach Episode 41 - Medicine Beach Episode 40 - Blues/Rock Special Episode 39 - Medicine Beach Episode 38 - Medicine Beach Episode 37 - (originally broadcast last April) Episode 36 - Medicine Farm Episode 35 - Medicine Farm...
Eclectic Selection

Eclectic Selection

The Eclectic Collection reflects my love of music, in itís many forms. The rock and roll and blues and folk songs of my youth, jazz, classical and Celtic of later years, all make an appearance during the show. Not the top 40 hits, unless there is no option, but the live versions, the covers by other artists, the hidden gems deep in the albums that never got airplay Feb 11, 2020 Podcasts Feb 4, 2020 Jan 20, 2020 JUly 23, 2019 July 2, 2019 June 18, 2019 June 11, 2019 June 4, 2019 - Eclectic Selection May 28, 2019 - Eclectic Selection Jan 15, 2019 - Eclectic Selection My Passion The magic of the internet lets me indulge my passion in finding new tunes to love, new artists to share. Whether it’s an old rocker with a new album, or an up and coming new artist, if I like it, I’ll share it on air. It’s not enough though to just play a bunch of songs I like. I try to weave songs together to tell a tale, to set a mood, spark feelings. In other words, I have fun putting together each show. It has been a long road from spinning 45s for my high-school radio club to CKTZ, with many years of internet pirate radio in between. While “Keemo’s Eclectic Classics” had a similar format, it did not feature as much new material. Doing legit radio lets me pay back for my pirate ways by playing new acts, new stuff. Beyond my normal ambling search for new to me songs, I’ve added deliberate searches for Canadian acts,...
Vinho do Porto

Vinho do Porto

This week’s Podcast  For this week I have prepared a special show - a very Romantic show, almost touching the cheezy here and there. Not much talk this week… just some love songs from Portugal and Brazil.I wish you a very loving week, and a very romantic Valentine’s Day!!! Episode 143 - Vinho do Porto Valentine’s Day Susana’s Performances at the CKTZ LipSync August 2019 Susana performing “It’s Oh So Quiet” at the CKTZ LipSync fundraiser on Quadra island, Aug 4th 2019 Susana performing “Give Me A Band And A Bandana” at the CKTZ LipSync fundraiser on Quadra island, Aug 4th 2019 About Susana Vijaya Susana Vijaya was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. In 2008 she sold it and moved to Brazil to learn Permaculture and live in Intentional Communities across the country. In 2012 she found Cortes Island and started to spend her Summers there, while continuing to spend her winters in Brazil. In 2016 she left Brazil for good and replaced it for Mexico - La Manzanilla, in Jalisco state. In 2019 she finally achieved her Permanent Residency in Canada. She also moved to Quadra island, but continues to stay connected with the Cortes community, and maintain her volunteer work for the CKTZ radio station as a weekly DJ and as a performer. She has a passion for music since she can remember. Her grandmother was always listening to Fado and she was...
From The Muses Garden-1

From The Muses Garden-1

From The  Muse’s Garden with Dancing Wolf: Mondays 5 - 6 PM; Repeats Thu 12 - 1 PM (SCROLL DOWN FOR PODCASTS) Long have I had a Dream of combining Poetry and Music into a radio show and now sure seems like the time. Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 6:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 1 hour of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. FEBRUARY 2020 All Photos By Dancing Wolf except October’s Isis Wet’suwe’ten invasion, Episode #107, February 10, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #106, February 3, From The Muse’s Garden JANUARY 2020 Episode #105, Jan 27 From The Muse’s Garden Episode #104, January 20 From The Muse’s Garden EPISODE #103, JANUARY 13, FROM THE MUSE’S GARDEN EPISODE 102, JANUARY 6, FROM THE MUSE’S GARDEN DECEMBER 2019 Solar Blossom by Dancing Wolf New Year Special, Episode 101, Dec 30, From The Muse’s Garden SOLSTICE SPECIAL, EPISODE 100, Dec 23, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #99, Dec. 16, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #98, Dec. 9, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #97, Dec. 02, From The Muse’s Garden NOVEMBER 2019 Episode #96, Nov 25, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #95, Nov 18, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #94, Nov 11, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #93, Nov 4, From The Muse’s Garden OCTOBER 2019 Isis, Goddess of Life” by Auguste Puttemans Episode #92, Oct 28, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #91, Oct 21, From The Muse’s Garden THANKSGIVING OCT. 14, 2019, EPISODE #90, FROM THE MUSE’S GARDEN Charles Crossland October 7, From The Muse’s Garden SEPTEMBER...
Vinho do Porto

Vinho do Porto Fall/Winter 2019

André Mingas was an Angolan musician and composer He was considered one of the artists of the golden generation of Angolan music along with Teta Lágrimas, Filipe Mukenga, Waldemar Bastos and others. His first album, “Coisas da Vida” was released over 30 years ago, but still continues to be one of the Angolan musical references, mixing local rhythms with jazz and rock. Among his best known works is the song “Mufete,” considered one of the great successes of Angola. The musician was also deputy minister of Culture and during his term created the SADIA, Angolan society of Authors. Beside the music, André Mingas was an architect that devoted part of his life to politics having been appointed Consul of Angola in São Paulo, Brazil. He also served as Secretary of the President for Local Affairs. Episode 142 - Vinho do Porto Alfredo da Rocha Viana, Jr., better known as Pixinguinha (April 23, 1897 – February 17, 1973) was a composer, arranger, flautist and saxophonist born in Rio de Janeiro. Pixinguinha is considered one of the greatest Brazilian composers of popular music, particularly within the genre of music known as choro. By integrating the music of the older choro composers of the 19th century with contemporary jazz-like harmonies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and sophisticated arrangements, he introduced choro to a new audience and helped to popularize it as a uniquely Brazilian genre. Episode 141 - Vinho do Porto Rui Veloso (born 30 July 1957, in Lisbon), is a Portuguese rock and blues singer and musician. Although he was born in Lisbon, his family moved to the northern city of Porto when he...
From CIBATA To CCEDA: Changing Visions Of Development

From CIBATA To CCEDA: Changing Visions Of Development

On February 8th 2020, Cortes Currents was pleased to welcome Adam McKenty of CCEDA as the first guest on our new monthly live talk show component. CCEDA (Cortes Community Economic Development Association) is the new name for the organisation formerly known as CIBATA (Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association). Its 6-member board includes three members from prior CIBATA boards. Mic by Dennis Hill via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 LIcense) (Cortes Currents broadcast Feb 8th (1 PM), 11th (5 PM) & 12th (9 AM): De Clarke interviews Adam McKenty of CCEDA) CCEDA is a member organisation registered as a BC Non Profit Society. Its goal, according to Adam, is to put community well-being at the centre of economic development. “Community Economic Development is an existing thing, a concept that is already out there under that name,” says Adam. What’s the idea? to focus first on well-being and happiness in the community, then figure out what economic activities enhance that well-being while also generating revenue, jobs, etc. “It’s a reframing of what economic development is for and what it looks like… If we can develop local business and industries so that we actually have the ability to hire people on the island doing things that folks want to do for a livelihood, and at a level where it’s possible to afford housing and a decent lifestyle here… then that changes the equation.” Adam emphasises that CCEDA doesn’t see its role as telling Cortes Island what it should do, but as “identifying needs,” asking the community what its priorities are, asking business owners what resources would help them–and also networking with...
Cortes Radio Had 24,600 Search Impressions During January

Cortes Radio Had 24,600 Search Impressions During January

According to Google Search Console, Cortes Radio.ca had 24,600 search impressions on the web during January, 2020. CKTZ was on the first page results of 60 Goggle searches. The top performing pages were Cortes Cortes Radio.ca (409 clicks)  and a Cortes Current’s episode called “Paul Stamet’s Anti-dote  For Colony Collapse Disorder” (43 clicks). Our website’s Goggle Analytics program states that 10,704 people visited Cortes Radio.ca during the past twelve months. 2,603 of these were “returning visitors.”  There were 1,096 “active users” on our website during January, 2020. This number resembles that of the 1,036 members of the Cortes Community Radio Facebook Page. No numbers are available for our FM Radio listening audience, which largely appeals to a different demographic. Cortes Radio’s broadcast area stretches down to Powell River and Comox. There may be more listeners in Campbell River and Quadra than on Cortes Island.  In addition, Cortes Radio also has a high definition VosCast channel, not available through our website or on FM radio, which attracts some European listeners. Google Analytics states that during the last 12 months, the top three origin sites for our web visitors were: Campbell River (which probably includes Cortes & Quadra Islands), Vancouver and Courtenay. Approximately 5,000 people are believed to listen to CKTZ, over their radio or through the...
Democracy Through Town Meetings

Democracy Through Town Meetings

Recent events suggest that the Regional District system does not always work well in a remote island like Cortes. Some say, it is time to Cortexit. Our Regional Director says we should work within the existing system, it would be very expensive for a community this small to go it alone. She is currently wondering how a community council system would work on Cortes Island. “A minority of very active voices has been very effective at undermining my credibility at the Regional District, but if what I brought to the district was backed by this community council it would be harder to marginalize.” In this morning’s program we go to Cambridge, Vermont, to explore how an even more democratic system of government would work here. For more than two centuries, the local authorities have been carrying out the decisions made at an annual town meeting that everyone in Cambridge can attend.. Cortes Currents broadcast Feb 1st (1 PM), 4th (5 PM) & 5th (9 AM): Roy Hales interviews George Putnam & Marguerite Ladd about a local government based on town meetings Cortes Island is about 130 sq km (50 sq mi) in extent and has a population of about 1,000. The town of Cambridge, Vermont, spreads out over 165 sq km (64 sq mi) and has a population of just under 4,000. Both communities are embedded in larger political entities that make life ‘interesting’ for us. Town Meetings Though the meeting only lasts a day, this is where the town’s annual budget is passed and all major decisions are made. “When you are in town meeting, that is direct...