Bernard Stepien reviews a CD being aired. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Bernard Stepien reviews a CD being aired. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

This Wednesday (October 26 and November 2), Bernard Stepien will celebrate Ottawa jazz musicians on his avant-garde jazz radio program on CKCU-FM (93.1), Rabble Without a Cause (RWAC).

From 11 p.m. to midnight, he will be playing selections from local jazz CDs, including:

  • Home (Mike Tremblay & Mark Ferguson)
  • Ephemera (Linsey Wellman)
  • Sunswept Sunday (Dean Pallen & J.P. Allain)
  • People Music (Petr Cancura)
  • A Boy's Journey (Peter Hum)
  • The Geggie Project (John Geggie with Marilyn Crispell)
  • Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers

It's part of his special programming for CKCU's annual funding drive, and to remind listeners that "CKCU-FM has always been devoted to feature the music of local artists."

RWAC in particular reserves 10% of its programming to local musicians: of all styles and level of development. The program invites them in for interviews and helps them present their music, he pointed out. In addition, "a number of prominent local musicians have officially declared on air that they became musicians as a result of listening to RWAC and CKCU-FM in general, thus adding to the cultural value of our region."

The funding drive runs until Sunday, November 6, and each individual program on the station is in competition to raise the most money – and show that it has the most loyal listeners. "This is the time to ensure that your favorite music or the music that opens new horizons for you is still on air," Stepien warns.

"While pledges to the CKCU-FM funding drive are essential to keep CKCU-FM in business, pledges to individual programs such as Rabble Without A Cause are even more essential mostly because hard times over the last 10 years have driven CKCU-FM management to measure the success of a show with its results during funding drive," he said. "This has resulted in a number of shows being withdrawn from the schedule. This is not unique to CKCU since a number of similar well established programs across North America have disappeared in recent years prompting well known New York jazz writers such as Nat Hentoff to write alarming articles about this state of affairs in the Wall Street Journal."

"The reality is that the bills need to be paid for this artistic creation to be able to exist."

CKCU-FM currently has three jazz programs on its schedule, down from five last year. They are:

  • In a Mellow Tone, Wednesday at 9 p.m. (with guest hosts for the next 6 weeks or so until Ron Sweetman recovers)
  • Rabble Without a Cause, Wednesday at 11 p.m. (with Bernard Stepien, David Broscoe, Ron Steeds, Rob Bitschofsky, Alnoor Allidina, and Mark Keill)
  • Swing is in the Air, Sunday at 4 p.m. (with Jacques Emond)

If you do pledge, you need to indicate the name of the show(s) you are pledging for. See for more information.

    – Alayne McGregor

Find out about these and other Ottawa-area jazz radio shows on our Ottawa Jazz Radio page.

Summary of RWAC shows for the elapsed year

  • October 19th, 2010: Hong Kong Free Jazz - guitarist Chan Wai-Fat
  • October 12th, 2010: Jerry Granelli & the SF Jazz Collective
  • October 5th, 2010: Johannes Welsch : SCHIZOPHONIA (Sonic Flame 2011)
  • September 28th, 2010: Tenor/Bass/Drums
  • September 21st, 2010: The Respect Sextet - Sun Ra vs Karl Heinz Stockhausen
  • September 14th, 2010: Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) first anniversary
  • September 7th, 2010: Matthew Shipp - The Muliplication Table
  • August 31st, 2010: Cecil Taylor - Max Roach, 1979
  • August 24st, 2010: Beach comber mix part II
  • August 17th, 2010: Impulse 2-for-1 Reissues
  • August 10th, 2010: Beach comber mix part II
  • August 3d, 2010: Beach comber mix part I
  • July 27th, 2010: Kip Hanrahan and American Clavé, Part 2
  • July 20th, 2010: more of guitarist Nels Cline
  • July 13th, 2010: Kip Hanrahan and American Clavé, Part 1
  • July 06th, 2010: John Butcher's Resonant spaces
  • June 29th, 2010: Montreal saxophonist François Carrier
  • June 22th, 2010: lowercase improv
  • June 15th, 2010: George Lewis live electronics
  • June 8th, 2010: Pharoah Sanders Takes on the World
  • June 1st, 2010: Trumpet player Tim Brynes
  • May 25th, 2010: German pianist Wolfgang Dauner
  • May 18th, 2010: Charles Mingus - the Clown, 1957
  • May 11th, 2010: John Tchicai - Pierre Dørge duo, 1981
  • May 4th, 2010: Alsatian clarinet trio: Angster/Hassap/Foltz
  • April 27th, 2010: Post Easter Bunny Bop
  • April 20th, 2010: Ivo Perelman
  • April 13th, 2010: Don Cherry in Copenhagen 1966
  • April 6th, 2010: Evan Parker/John Geggie
  • March 30th, 2010: Japanese Saxophonist Nobuyasu Furuya
  • March 23d, 2010: Toronto multi-reedist Kyle Brenders
  • March 16th, 2010: American composer/accordionist Pauline Oliveros
  • March 9th, 2010: Russian accordionist Evelyn Petrova
  • March 2nd, 2010: Joelle Léandre, the Stone Quartet
  • February 23d, 2010: Ran Blake tackles the George Gershwin songbook
  • February 16th, 2010: Flamenco Jazz of Gerardo Nuñez and Chano Dominguez
  • February 9th, 2010: Rampage on CD re-issues
  • February 2nd, 2010: The Art Ensemble of Chicago / Roscoe Mitchell Reissues
  • January 26th, 2010: The return of Yo Miles!
  • January 19th, 2010: Evan Parker's Time Lapse
  • January 12th, 2010: Sam Rivers, from Miles Davis to Free Jazz
  • January 5th, 2010: Schlippenbach's Chamber Free Jazz
  • December 29th, 2010: Post-Christmas catching up with presents selection
  • December 22nd, 2010: Ottawa Pianist Peter Hum A Boy's Journey CD
  • December 8th, 2010: Swedish pianist Susanna Lindeborg
  • December 1st, 2010: Sampling the blue notes: the OGUN collection box set
  • November 24th, 2010: Saxophonist Dean Pallen CD release
  • November 17th, 2010: Linsey Wellman's live interview on Ephemera
  • November 10th, 2010: Bill Carrothers - Armistice 1918
  • November 3d, 2010: Romance Without Finance is a Nuisance - part II
  • October 27th, 2010: Romance Without Finance is a Nuisance