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Came across yet another great Canadia radio show just the other day…ROOTS ROCK REBEL out of Montreal. Great mix of ska, reggae punk and some insightful political commentary…

Here’s what host Aaron has to say about the show…

Roots Rock Rebel has been on the air on CKUT radio in Montreal (90.3FM) since 2003. The show is heard every wednesday night from 10pm-12am on the FM dial, and is also streamed live and archived/podcasted (yes! archived for 2 months) at

The show originally began as an overnight show called “Rude Rude Radio”, and was heard every Tuesday morning from 3-5am. We moved into our current timeslot in November, 2005, and haven’t looked back since.

Roots Rock Rebel is the only place on the FM dial in Montreal where you can hear top quality ska, reggae, rocksteady, punk, and soul. We have a deep love and affection for Jamaican music, and hence with Roots Rock Rebel, we try every week to uncover the history and the roots of ska and reggae music. We generally spin a nice mix of old school (1960’s Jamaican, 70’s British) and new school (1990’s and beyond) on the show. Yes, it’s true – we have a strong bias towards old-sounding, traditional ska, so you won’t hear a lot of ska-punk here.

On top of that, Roots Rock Rebel is a show which wears its politics on its sleeve. We have a strong belief in radical, anti-authoritarian politics and lifestyle. This goes hand in hand with Roots Rock Rebel, in our opinion, because ska music was the music of Jamaica’s liberation, and the music of the shantytowns. At its core, it is a rebellious, working-class, people’s music. The 2-Tone movement brought an anti-racist consciousness into ska and punk, and as the Specials said, “if you have a racist friend, now is the time for your friendship to end.” So turn up your speakers, slap on your dancing boots, and fire yor boss! Because if I can’t fucking skank, it’s not my revolution.

Artists often heard on Roots Rock Rebel include: The Slackers, The Skatalites, One Night Band, Lo and the Magnetics, Marcia Griffiths, The Selecter, The Toasters, Go Jimmy Go, Deal’s Gone Bad, The Specials, and much much more. For other questions, requests, and playlists, you can email us at

Happy Listening!



Rebel Time Records is now part of the aw@l hour radio show…a great mix of political discussion and punk rock. Available as a podcast too! More info:

“The Aw@l Hour is a weekly program on community radio, CKMS 100.3 Sound FM in Waterloo Ontario. It plays from 2pm-3pm on Thursdays.
You can listen live on the radio in the Waterloo region or on the internet at ckmsfm. uwaterloo. ca.

The Show features discussions of  Aw@l’s ongoing campaigns and associated issues. Political outrage, ecology, anarchism and resistance are common themes on the show. We try to use the show as a forum to share information about what we are working on. Most weeks will cover recent or upcoming Aw@l actions as  well as news from across the country and around the world.

The show also features music from Rebel Time Records, a DIY punk label based out of Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton, and other politically themed (mostly punk) music.

The Aw@l Hour is also featured on the Canadian Pocasting Network

You can download the podcasts at: the Aw@l Hour website



Listen To A Couple Of Interviews With THE REBEL SPELL

Here’s a couple of fairly recent streaming interviews with The Rebel Spell…

First off,  from March 2007, check out  “A 4.5 minute radio documentary on Vancouver punk band The Rebel Spell. This piece provides an intimate look into the unexpected goals and philosophy of a politically-active group of young musicians.” You can stream the documentary here .

And, last year as well, Chris from Chris and The Grind on PunkRadioCast interviewed the band. You can stream the interview here .



Generation Annihilation Radio

GENERATION ANNIHILATION: Streetpunk, Punk, Oi! and Hardcore every Saturday on CITR out of Vancouver.

Aaron does an amazing job of showcasing the best in punk rock, with an appreciated emphasis on Canadian outfits. Don’t worry if you miss a show, it’s podcasted on the CITR site, so you can listen to it at any time. Recommended.

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