News for October 24th 2014

No evidence of Islamist ties to Ottawa shooting

By Marilla Streuter-Martin


Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made a statement Thursday saying that as of yet, there is no evidence tying Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau to Islamist extremists.

According to the BBC, Zehaf-Bibeau was not identified on the Canadian spy agency's list of high-risk individuals prior to the attack.

The Wednesday shooting on parliament hill ended in the death of Cpl Nathan Cirillo who was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial.

The 32-year-old shooter was shot and killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers after he entered Parliament's Centre Block.




New SQ director general

By Patricia Petit Liang


Quebec’s Public Security Minister announced on Wednesday that deputy minister Martin Prud’homme will become the director-general of the Sûreté du Quebec.

As the new leader of the SQ, he has been given the task of implementing budget cuts and overseeing investigations related to the Liberal party.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Prud’homme will be taking over for Mario Laprise, who has returned to Hydro-Quebec to continue his career as an internal auditor.

October 24, 2014

Hosted by Catlin Spencer

Stories by Marilla Steuter-Martin & Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 - Day 1 Recap

Photo: Lazer/Wulf @ The Acheron in New York, October 21, 2014

Ah yes, the first day of the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. First on the agenda, walk from SoHo up to NYU to register and pick up my badge. I never get over the strange juxtaposition of the old, I guess converted, church next to a large 12 storey or so building. Oh New York, you so crazy.

After picking up a Vita Coco, I head to the Kimmel Center and up to see a panel on HD radio. I've been a believer in HD radio and college/community stations trying to get on it since I heard about it in 2003 at CMJ. From what I gleamed, I might have been the only one. The panel was interesting and the idea of having multiple channels that could be dedicated to various programming, much like that of HD TV, is an interesting one, but the problem is that college radio is supposed to embrace the idea of slamming weird things together, not continue to split them apart. Part of the beauty of college radio is that there is a chiptunes show next to a retrospective of '40s dance, and to take those two things and cut them out and put them on another channel dilutes some of the weirdness and special qualities that make college radio great. Still though, the idea does have merit, and if it can bring back some college stations who have been overtaken by all jazz programming or sports coverage radio, then HD will have done its job.

After that I sat in a panel about metal. As a bit of a back story, I've been to CMJ for something like 7 or 8 years in a row and every year, regardless of topic, the metal panel has uttered one phrase: "Who is the next <insert large band here>?" The name has changed (Metallica, Pantera, Slipknot), but every year it comes up, and every year I roll my eyes and think how dumb it is to address a question like that especially since it only happens in the metal panel. There's no indie rock discussion where people are asking, "Who's going to be the next Wilco?"

So imagine my surprise when I read that this would be the topic of conversation on the panel this year. The whole damn panel. Sure it was somewhat interesting to muse upon, but wouldn't a better topic be something like, "Where is female representation in metal?", or "What can we do to try to make metal not be a place dominated almost exclusively by white males aged 16-50?" These are things we should address in metal, not, "Well, we need another Metallica to get people to think about going to see a show in a stadium." But I guess that's the problem with metal, the hard questions go unasked and the ones that do get asked are always looking backwards on a bygone era.

After that I headed over to Webster Hall for the College Radio mixer where representatives from stations can meet and discuss their stations and what they might do to improve upon them. I met a bunch of interesting people, and events like this really showcase that no matter where you are the same problems crop up in college radio.

I then took a trip to stupid Brooklyn where I ate at Roberta's Pizza, had a pretty good (though a bit pricey) pizza, and then went to an awesome club known as The Acheron to go see the Metal Sucks / Metal Injection showcase featuring Moontooth, Lazur/Wulf, So Hideous, King Parrot, and Inter ArmaFirst let me say, if you go to The Acheron, do yourself the favor and get a "Phrigid", which is a frozen drink with rum. Apparently they change flavors, but this time was chocolate. I was also informed that they're normally 9 dollars, but were 10 today "because we added another bottle of rum."

First up was the not-so-impressive Moontooth. Everyone around me seemed to really like them, but the only thought that I had while watching him do very "emotional" histrionics was, "Man I really hate mewithoutyou." Next was the always fantastic, mostly instrumental Lazer/Wulf. They are so solid and super nice dudes. If you don't believe me, you can check out Grade A Explosives next week (Sunday 4-6 PM) and listen to the interview I did with them. Speaking of interviews, next up came the stupendous So Hideous. For some reason, there are people who don't know the last album, the tour de force, Last Poem / First Light. They put on an amazing show and are also good dudes who if you want to hear, you can tune in to my show next week as well. After this were the Australian grindcore boys in King Parrot, who were pretty funny in addition to being able to hammer out songs into your face. Last on the bill was Relapse artist Inter Arma, who I sadly missed a good chunk of due to doing interviews. Still, what I did see was great and I highly recommend them if you want some deathy-prog... sort of. Stay tuned for more coverage, and feel free to check out Shoeclack Radio who are also in New York City covering CMJ.

--Andrew hosts Grade A Explosives every Sunday from 4 to 6 PM EST. Side effects may include: nausea, deafness, pumping fists in the air, a feeling of awesomeness, death, and possible dry mouth.

News for October 23rd 2014

Shooting in Ottawa

By Marilla Streuter-Martin


The nation's capital was thrown into chaos Wednesday when an armed gunman shot and killed a member of the Canadian Forces and then began shooting on parliament hill.

According to the CBC, shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was killed in the Centre block by a parliamentary guard.

The building and the surrounding area was on lockdown for the better part of the day while police handled the situation.

Victim Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was pronounced dead after being rushed by ambulance away from the scene at the Canadian War Memorial.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the nation live Wednesday evening, calling the shooting an act of terror.


Hosted by:Celeste Lee

Stories by: Marilla Steuter-Martin, Emeline Vidal

Produced by: Emeline Vidal

News for October 22nd 2014

Possible misuse of contractors

by Marilla Streuter-Martin


Quebec's anti-corruption unit raided eight Montreal homes, Tuesday.

According to CBC News, this development may be related to an investigation regarding misuse of contractors paid by the Jewish General Hospital.

Last spring, maintenance workers from the hospital were sent to do work on the homes of several private residences, including those of two hospital managers. 

It remains to be seen how these recent raids were connected to the incident several months back.


Athlete to serve time in jail

by Marilla Streuter-Martin


After being sentenced to five years in jail for murder, Oscar Pistorius started serving his time this week.

According to the BBC, the South African athlete is serving his sentence for culpable homicide of his then-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius will be held in Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison with the possibility of early release in favour of house arrest. 

Pistorius' family have stated publicly that he does not intend to appeal the Judge's decision.

October 22nd 2014

Hosted by Jocelyn Beaudet

Stories by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Produced by Julia Bryant

CJLO Investigates Normcore

In this new series, the CJLO Magazine investigates subcultures and various "cores". First up, Sarah Stupar from Best of the West discusses the origins of Normcore.

In order to understand the phenomenon of "normcore" I traced the word to its origin. Normcore is a term that was coined by a trend forecasting group in New York City called K-Hole in collaboration with Box 1824, a Brazilian group that does consumer and culture research. In October of 2013, they released a document called "Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom". In this report they outlined their theory that it is no longer possible to be special or unique, and that young consumers now realize the futility of trying to distinguish oneself based on fashion or appearance. Normcore they argue "doesn't want the freedom to become someone. Normcore wants the freedom to be with anyone." Normcore then isn't about trying to create an authentic self, but giving yourself the permission to move within different groups and enjoy a range of different experiences not limited to one subculture.

Mass media got a hold of this report and immediately appropriated the term "normcore" to mean something totally different. The authors of the report stated (through their Twitter account) that normcore was never meant to describe a fashion trend, but a state of being. The point of being normcore is that you could not be easily categorized due to your appearance. Normcore is dressing like a goth and accepting an invitation to a garden party; normcore does not sacrifice image for experience.

Style bloggers, however, took a hold of this word and used it to describe a breaking trend in the fashion world. In the lead up to "normcore", style bloggers pointed out that the trend in attire for attending a fashion show was to dress in a head to toe "look" that could sometimes be so outrageous it would take focus away from the clothing being shown on the runway (think Lady Gaga). It seems that the trend of fashion industry insiders embracing flat shoes and simple black/tan/grey nondescript ensembles happened simultaneously to K-hole's normcore report, causing the word to be appropriated by the fashion industry and mass media outlets. In fact, if one visits the K-hole Facebook page there is a post which accuses Fiona Duncan of confusing the term "Acting Basic" with normcore in a style piece she wrote for New York Magazine's fashion blog The Cut (#Acting Basic was a state of being also referenced in the Youth Mode report).

Even within the fashion world there seems to be different interpretations of normcore. GAP retailers launched a new advertising campaign with the slogan "Dress Normal" featuring GAP doing what GAP does best: over priced simple T-shirts, jeans and khakis. Yet some of the most frequently cited style icons for normcore are Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Jobs, or anyone who dresses like a "dad". The Guardian describes normcore as "a gawkiness verging on the ugly", a quality I would argue that is completely absent from the GAP dress normal ads. GAP's version of normcore still hinges on having style, while other definitions stress the complete absence of style in favour of functionality.

GAP "Dress Normal" Campaign

Normcore slideshow from The Cut

So what is normcore really? Even though the creators of the phrase never intended it to apply to fashion, it's clear that such a thing is unavoidable now. So I would like to humbly offer my own definition of normcore. I would argue that it is definitely rooted in the recycling of early '90s fashion, but true normcore can happen only by accident. Unlike earlier hipster trends of wearing ugly things ironically, true normcore kids are oblivious to the outdated styles and cheap fabrics of their outfit. They are awkward when it comes to style and strive for functionality above all else; since thrift shops are now full of early '90s clothing that is what ends up on their backs. Normcore isn't scouring a thrift shop for that amazing gem hidden amongst the worthless castaways, it is simply walking in and picking out three new shirts because you need them and you want them cheap.

So perhaps true normcore really isn't about fashion at all and it really is a state of being. Normcore is knowing that your personality is what matters when it comes to making connections, not the clothes on your back.

--Sarah Stupar hosts Best Of The West every Wednesday at 9 AM, only on CJLO 1690AM

News for October 21st 2014

US labelling laws found to be biased

by Alexa Everett


The United State’s meat labelling laws have been overturned after the World Trade Organization ruled them discriminatory against Canada’s beef and pork industries.

According to the Toronto Star, America’s labelling laws were biased against exports from Canada and Mexico, giving preferential treatment to its own meat and costing the Canadian industry over a billion dollars a year. 

The laws demanded that all meat packages state where the meat was from.

Those in favour of the stricter laws said that it allowed consumers to be more aware about where their food came from.



Mysterious naval activity near Stockholm

By Omar Megahed


The Swedish Navy is searching for signs of foreign underwater activity in its waters.

An underwater vessel, suspected to be a Russian submarine, was spotted 25km from Stockholm.

According to BBC, in 1981 there was another incident where a Russian submarine, carrying nuclear weapons, was stranded in Swedish waters.

As the search continues, the Navy is warning boats to steer clear of the area surrounding Nattaro island. 

SugarNene's CMJ Spectacular

Wondering what to do during the CMJ Music Marathon this week? Look no further! Below is DJ SugarNene's top picks for the best CMJ events happening in New York City this week complete with food for your belly, and rad DJ sets and live music for your ears! Follow @cjlo1690am on Twitter and Instagram and search for the #cmjlo2014 hashtag for pics and CMJ updates. If you're still in Montreal, CJLO 1690AM and has got you covered! Mr. Neil Lalla is in the studio to host Beat The World, so be sure to tune in on Saturday from noon to 2 PM for beats & culture from around the world. 

Co-Sign's 2014 CMJ Rooftop Bash

Tuesday, October 21st - This collective of independent business owners, and every artist, record label, and brand's one-stop shop for promotions and marketing, the good people at Co-Sign are throwing their now-legendary kick-ass rooftop party! With amazing acts and dj sets by Captain Planet, CRUISR, FaltyDL, and a massive order of Vanessa's famous dumplings, this party is NOT TO BE MISSED! 

Never Better Wednesday CMJ Party

Wednesday, October 22nd - Head over to Arlene's Grocery for the Never Better showcase and check out Doors, PAWS, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, PINS, and Tweens starting at 1 PM. Free pizza, drinks, and surprises for everyone 21+. No badge necessary. There is NO excuse not to attend! 

Pirate! 11th Annual CMJ Day Party

Wednesday, October 22nd - The friendliest pirates I know, Pirate! Promotion and Management, in collaboration with Anti and Epitaph are throwing their annual party at Fontana's from noon to 6 PM. Live music from The Hush Now, Archie Powell & The Exports, The Crookes, Son Little, and YAWN! Free drinks and fun swag for those who arrive early. Come join the fun! Rrrrrr!

Planetary, Dutch Impact, and Eurosonic Noorderslang Present CMJ 2014

Friday, October 24th - In partnership with Dutch Impact and Eurosonic Noorderslag for their annual CMJ Showcase, The Planetary Group are throwing their famous Pianos Bar take-over with 16-band spread over 2 floors for your music pleasure! Grab a drink and head upstairs to check out great music and crispy chicken tenders or head downstairs and check out the local DJ and "secret show room" in the back! Get there early 'cause it packs up fast! 

Distiller Promo 2014 CMJ Showcase

Friday, October 24th - Distiller Promo is throwing a taco party at the awesome Union Pool in Brooklyn. With over 30 years of combined experience in radio promotion, this team shows no sign of stopping! With a DJ set by Sondre Lerche, and a full line-up of live shows, grab your taco and head to the front of the stage! Show starts at 4:30 PM so get there early for free refreshments! 

Team Clermont's Official CMJ 2014 Showcase

Saturday, October 25th - Everyone's favourite Team Clermont are ending the CMJ week with a double bang! Head down to everyone's favourite afternoon video game party at Barcade for drinks, Tetris, and surprises! Follow that up at Union Pool in collaboration with Future Gods, Hometapes, and Joyful Noise Recordings for more great music with a fantastic line-up including Celestial Shore, She Keeps Bees, Stranger Cat, Yonatan Gat, and Leverage Models.