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Ballet BC presents UN/A April 24-26 2014


By Danielle Piper

Ballet BC continues its 2013-2014 season with UN/A April 24-26, following their spectacular performance of Grace Symmetry in February. Similar to Grace Symmetry, UN/A will showcase three new pieces of choreography by Gioconda Barbuto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Cayetano Soto, who are renowned for their previous works in the international dance world. (more…)

Real Reggae Music | April 26


On Saturday April 26, CiTR DJ George Barrett presents REAL REGGAE MUSIC at the Grandview Legion Hall!

Featuring DJ sets by Louie Sutherland, DJ Froggy, DJ Lyden Dehya and DJ Lion King. Come out at 8PM to enjoy some real Jamaican food and refreshments!

Advance tickets are $10 and available at Riddim & Spice and Highlife Records. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Sponsored by CiTR, 101.9FM!

Vancouver: An Evening with Mellissa Fung | April 29

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 2.42.12 PMJournalist, former CBC reporter, and Author of “UNDER AN AFGHAN SKY,” Award-winning journalist Mellissa Fung will discuss her experience as a reporter covering the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan, and her recent return to the country for the first time since her abduction there in 2009. The evening will include a screening of Mellissa’s documentary for CBC’s The National about her recent return to Afghanistan.

“Under an Afghan Sky” on sale with signing opportunity, as well as Afghan jewellery and handmade products available for sale!

Come out on Tuesday April 29th, 2014 at 7:00pm at HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC for this amazing experience.

Tickets are $10 for students (ID required upon entry), $15 Early Bird tickets (before April 10th), or $20 after April 10th and at the door.

Book your tickets online here, or in person at Zulu Records! (1972 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver)

The Dillinger Escape Plan with Trash Talk, Retox & Shining | April 18

995610_457636624358373_1340863208_nTimbre Concerts presents The Dillinger Escape Plan with Special Guests Trash TalkRetox, & Shining!

The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American heavy rock band, on tour to support their latest release “One of Us is the Killer.”

Come out and show your support on Friday April 18th, 2014! (19+/ no minors)

Doors open at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings, Vancouver BC)

Tickets are $20 (plus appl. s/c) and are available online hereRed Cat RecordsZulu RecordsHighlife Records & SCRAPE records!

Don’t miss out & get your tickets now!

Resonating Reconciliation on CiTR

“Resonating Reconciliation” is a project funding local Aboriginal producers in 40 Canadian community radio stations to produce 30-minute documentaries on the legacies of Indian Residential Schools. This project was initiated by NCRA and Red Jam Slam Society with a grant from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

CiTR’s Producer:
Matthew Norris is a Masters student in UBC’s Political Science Program and a member of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in Saskatchewan. Matthew has been highly active in the Indigenous community on campus; being the founding president of the First Nations Studies Student Association, an organizational member for the 2012 Global Indigenous Conference, a familiar face amongst activist circles, a past Project and Research assistant for the First Nations Studies program at UBC, and a graduate with a double Major from UBC’s department of Political Science and First Nations Studies undergraduate programs.

CiTR Resonating Reconciliation - Matthew Norris

His current research, within the field of Political Theory, focuses on avenues of Indigenous resurgence within deliberative democractic institutions, with a particular emphasis on the role of civil disobedience and self-empowerment in acheiving transformative change within marginalizing and oppressive colonial instutitions, alongside the impact these institutions have on Indigenous identities and sense of self.

Nimbus Recording Competition Finals | April 25


On Friday April 25, The Nimbus School of Recording Arts presents their Recording Competition Finals at the Cellar Nightclub!

Over the past several weeks, 173 acts from around the world have entered this year’s Nimbus Recording Competition. They were adjudicated by Nimbus Music Business students who have chosen the follow four acts to perform, as finalists:

IF WE ARE MACHINES – A Vancouver based, Psychadelic-Indie Hard Rock
MINDIL BEACH MARKETS – A funk, hip-hop and reggae influenced band from Victoria
RAQUEL COLE – Singer songwriter with a distinctive country style hailing from Vernon, BC
REAL MAD DECENT – Young Vancouver rock band influenced by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers as well as funk and hip-hop

Cellar Nightclub – 1006 Granville St, Vancouver // Doors 7 PM
Advance Tickets $10 plus s/c at Neptoon, Red Cat, & Zulu Records, and available online here.
All ticket proceeds from the finals will be donated to Music Heals!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Sponsored by CiTR, 101.9 FM!

Tribute to Ethan Minovitz, CiTR Alumnus

Ethan Minovitz, Steve Robertson and Patrick Mokrane in the halls of CiTR, circa 1986.

Ethan Minovitz, Steve Robertson and Patrick Mokrane in the halls of CiTR, circa 1986.

A 75-year-old radio station, like any other long-standing institution, must come to grips with the immutable reality that its alumni won’t live forever. While every CITR alumnus or alumna has contributed to the historical fabric of the organization in his or her own way, many have shuffled off this mortal coil over the years without recognition of their passing. In the case of Ethan Minovitz, who passed away suddenly on February 1, 2013, at the age of 50, we cannot allow that to happen.

Ethan graduated from Eric Hamber Secondary School in 1980, having been an integral member of that school’s highly successful Reach For the Top team. Upon his enrollment at UBC in 1981, Ethan joined CITR, where he immediately became a fixture in the newsroom. It was around this time that the station got its first FM licence.

If there was a typical CITR volunteer from that era, it wasn’t Ethan. He displayed little or no interest in the music we played or the shows we sponsored. But everyone from that era remembers him: a small, intense, almost manic man with an oddball sense of humour, his own curious passions and a wellspring of trivia at his fingertips, not to mention a unique hairstyle.

His biggest passion by far at CITR was broadcasting the news. Before his newscasts, he was a sight to behold. A crackling buzzsaw of frenetic energy as he raced up and down the corridor between the newsroom and the broadcast studio preparing to go on air, he somehow managed to harness it all when the mic went on to deliver a quality newscast in that unmistakeable voice of his.

Before departing CITR for a long engagement as co-host of CFRO’s Anthology of Jewish Music, and various journalistic endeavours, Ethan left his mark – in a brainstorming session circa 1983, he came up with the name Discorder for our program guide. More than 30 years later, that name endures.

After many years, we saw Ethan again in the fall of 2012, when several generations of student broadcasters gathered to celebrate 75 years of UBC student radio. Like most of us, he’d gained a few pounds and some grey hair, but had not lost his intensity, his passions (notably cartoon research and Jewish music) or his odd sense of humour. It was a shock to learn only months later that he was gone.

Though many have passed through the halls of CITR over the decades, there was, and will ever be, only one Ethan. RIP.

This tribute was written by Steve Robertson and Chris Dafoe.

CBC The National at UBC

Hello Students of UBC!

Come let your voice be heard, maybe on national television!

Peter Mansbridge and his team from CBC The National are coming to Brock Plaza (just north of the SUB) on Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 from 11am to 5pm.

They are looking for a broad spectrum of speakers and contributors, preferably students graduating or almost graduating, to talk about the challenges of university and trying to fit into the future workforce.

Everyone’s voice will be heard this Wednesday and Thursday, but a select few will be chosen to be filmed this weekend through Monday to be aired on CBC!

Don’t miss this chance to share your opinion and give a voice to the student body.

Verses Festival of Words | April 5 – 12


Verses Festival of Words starts this Saturday!

The mission of the Verses Festival of Words is to celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken or sung; to engage diverse groups in cutting-edge, live performances as both audience and participants; to present influential artists from both the oral and literary traditions, and to encourage the next generation of performers and writers.

What does that mean? It means eight days of slam poetry shows and competitions, poetry readings, literary soirées, spoken word workshops, multimedia performances and much, much more. These events will take place at venues clustered around East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, the heart of Vancouver’s spoken word community. The full schedule for shows and events can be found online here.

If you’re looking for a taste of what the festival will feature, tune in to CiTR next week!  Folk Oasis (Wednesdays 8-10PM) will feature interviews with Geoff Berner on April 2 and James Lamb on April 9, and  The Arts Report (Wednesdays 5-6:30PM) will feature interviews with Ikenna ‘OpenSecret’ Onyegbula, and Leah and Esther from Litany on April 9.

Check out a feature on the festival on Discorder’s ‘Textually Active’ feature online here!

The Verses Festival of Words is a program of Vancouver Poetry House, a registered non-profit organization with charitable status since 2005.

For more information about the festival, check out their website, Facebook page and the Vancouver Poetry House twitter feed! 

Sponsored by CiTR, 101.9 FM!