Published Jun 25, 2015The University of British Columbia's long-running CiTR 101.9 FM radio station and its sister publication Discorder are officially christening their new on-campus location this weekend via a two-day party. Helping score the festivities will be in-studio performances from Sur Une Plage and a compilation gathering vintage performances from artists like Julie Doiron, cub and Young Braised.
CiTR will broadcast from its old location in the university's Student Union Building, which its occupied for 46 years, this Friday (June 26). There, it will be hosting "a wake" for the old station, inviting members, friends, donors, fans and alumni to the event taking place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The next day, though, CiTR will move over to the newly built SUB for its first broadcast in its new station, which begins at 2 p.m. Synth-pop unit Sur Une Plage and TV Ugly will both be on-hand for on-air performances. Alumni will also have the chance to host shows throughout the weekend.
To attend the events and learn more, you can RSVP here.
The new studio is said to be more central for students and more accessible for artists. While bands had played on-the-air in the sectioned-off studio grounds of the old SUB, it's explained that the new studio's "main wall will fold open to invite people into the station and create a performance space for bands to play out into the new SUB."
"As UBC grows so does CiTR. We hope that this new space will help us move into the future one radio-wave at a time," CiTR's student executive president Erik Coates said in a statement. "CiTR has been a welcoming and open place for over 75 years, inviting students and community members alike to learn about and create radio. Now we get the opportunity to move into a new home!"
Further tying together the veritable passing of the torch, CiTR will be releasing the punnily titled S.U.B. Pop Compilation, which features live recordings of artists that performed in the old station over the years. This includes a 1992 performance from cuddlecore innovators cub and a 2010 track from Julie Doiron, as well as more recent appearances from off-kilter Vancouver rap figure Young Braised, ambient artist the Passenger and Movieland. The tape also features a number of vintage radio promos dating back to the 1960s.
The comp is being released as a limited-edition cassette and digitally this weekend. You'll find the tracklisting info via the tentative tape artwork down below.
For the purposes of full disclosure, several Exclaim! contributors have also found their work in the pages of Discorder over the years.