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CKLN (88.1)s Fantastic Voyage Program Presents the 2nd Annual: Monster Jam ’85 Part One

Listen to Ron Nelson talk about CKLN (88.1)s FANTASTIC VOYAGE PROGRAM PRESENTS THE 2nd ANNUAL MONSTER JAM ’85 Part One on Saturday, July 6th.

Canada 150: One Hundred and Fifty Futures of Hip Hop in Canada

 One Hundred and Fifty Futures of Hip Hop in Canada



Although hip hop in Canada remains historically and stylistically fresh, there is much work to do to sustain and propel its immense yet undervalued contributions to Canadian culture. One Hundred and Fifty Futures is a two-and-a-half day collaborative session in which we build soft infrastructure to encourage future generations of artists and scholars to create, sustain and evolve hip hop cultures in Canada. Check out the #150Futures Program for details.

November 2-4, 2017 |Ryerson University/The Drake Hotel | Toronto, ON


Shaheen Ariefdien.

Che Uno.

Murray Forman.

Aisha Wickham.

Rinaldo Walcott.

Keysha Freshh.

Charity Marsh.


pHoenix pagliacci.

Mary Fogarty.


Audrey Hudson.

Michie Mee.

Sameena Eidoo.


Maya Stitski.

Hua Li.

Sam Tecle.


Miranda Campbell.


Emmanuel Tabi.

T- Rhyme.

Ola Mohammed.

DJ Grumps.

Chris Cachia.


Alex Weheliye.

Judi Lopez.

Idil Abdillahi.



David ‘Gordo’ Strickland.


Bronwen Low.

DJ L’Oqenz.

Big Tweeze.

Nehal El-Hadi.


Awad Ibrahim.


Katherine McKittrick.

Views b4 the 6.

Niel Scobie.

DJ Big Jacks.












Upcoming Event: The Business of Podcasting


Upcoming Event: The Business of Podcasting

Event Agenda: Tuesday, July 26th.
6:00 Doors open/Networking
7:00 Alan Cross’s Panel on “The Business of Podcasting,” followed by Q&A
8:00 Open Floor/Networking
9:00 Doors Close

Location: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) Sandbox : 341 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

Panel Moderator: Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.  In his 35 years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock and is a respected a musicologist and documentarian.  He’s written four books, works as a public speaker, wrote a national newspaper column in Canada and co-hosted podcasts and served as head of Canadian Curation for Songza.

Panelist: Thrust akaChris France, is a Canadian rapper from Toronto, Ontario. He is most known for his appearance on the Rascalz’ 1998 single “Northern Touch” which also features Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, and Checkmate. Beginning from the cardboard up in 1982 as a break-dancer, Thrust’s career has touched on virtually all sides of hiphop culture. A former co-host of CKLN’s Saturday-afternoon hiphop crucible The Power Move, Thrust’s microphone mastery moved through several different tag-team incarnations – from Thrust and Supreme to KGB to a Child’s Garden of Grass – before the rapper eventually grabbed the mike and went solo.

Panelist: Big Tweeze akaAnthony Corsi. A lot of people think that Toronto’s hip hop scene starts with Drake… boy are they wrong!! Take a Toronto hip hop enthusiast (Big Tweeze) and a Toronto hip hop legend (Thrust) that want to tell that history and You get Views Before The 6… a podcast about the early beginnings of Toronto’s hip hop scene. We sit down with the pioneers of the city and talk everything for early radio, dj’s, concerts and much more on VIEWS BEFORE THE 6

Panelist: Lindsay Bess is an author and visual artist from Scarborough, Ontario, who devoted her time to Hip Hop and community radio between 1993-2005. She began as a volunteer at CKLN 88.1 FM, where she met Jemeni, then station Music Director and co-host of The Power Move Show. As Jemeni branched out in 1997 to create Droppin Dimez, alongside DJ Stache, she created the first of its’ kind in Canada: a woman-centered Hip Hop show with an all-female line up. Bess stepped up as host when Jem moved on to Flow 93.5, and shortly after joined forces with CHRY alumni DJ MelBoogie. Droppin Dimez became known as “Canada’s only all-female Hip Hop show” and continued to hold space for female DJ’s, co-hosts, creators and lovers of Hip Hop until CKLN 88.1FM finally shut it’s doors in 2011.

Panelist: Gina Kennedy is a radio host, voiceover actor, and podcaster originally from rural Nova Scotia. She came to Toronto to host her own Canadian indie rock show on SiriusXM Canada and be on-air at Indie 88.1, interviewing big Canadian music stars like Steven Page, Brody Dalle, Matthew Good and more. Nowadays, she hosts her own podcast, Radio Somewhere, a female-focused Canadian music show featuring great musicians and industry professionals alike.


If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP at You can also email Nathalia Ribeiro at [masked] if you have any questions about this event or if you’re interested in joining our line-up of presenters at our upcoming events.