CJAM x Good Night Out present free workshop

CJAM 99.1 FM, in collaboration with Good Night Out Vancouver present a FREE digital workshop, happening Tuesday July 26th at 2pm. 

All Windsor-Detroit bar and venue owners, musicians and bookers, arts organizations, and anyone else looking to learn more about how to create safer spaces at events is welcome.

Good Night Out Vancouver is a non-profit committed to building community capacity to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault in all sectors, with a focus on hospitality, music, arts, and night life.

** Registration is now OPEN! **
http://www.eventbrite.ca/…/good-night-out-training…

Have questions or accessibility concerns?
Please contact us at info.cjamfm@gmail.com

Last summer, CJAM FM held a similar workshop in collaboration with our friends at Safe Bar Network & we received a really positive response from participants. CJAM FM believes this ongoing community building and learning is so important as we strive to create safe, inclusive spaces for all. With so many events going on this summer & folks emerging into the world again, we thought this was an important conversation to continue.

Read more about the work Good Night Out is doing over on their website at www.goodnightoutvancouver.com

Read up on CJAM FM’s Safe(r) Event Spaces Policy below


New Equipment at CJAM FM

What’s in the box!? (Kojak for scale)

Through support from the All-Star Gaming Association at the All-Star Gaming Centre, CJAM 99.1 FM has been able to make some major upgrades to our live-on-air studio! With this funding, we have been able to purchase a new board. Our volunteers and staff can now use industry standard broadcasting equipment every single day and with this advancement, we will be able to host four microphones, where previously we only had access to three, increasing the amount of voices on air. The equipment also has the ability to connect to laptops and tablets, a function that was not previously available with our 20+ year old equipment.

~new Lightning console

Staying up-to-date and relevant in the quickly changing world of technology has been a struggle for campus/community radio stations across Canada. The staff and volunteers at CJAM 99.1 FM couldn’t be more excited to use our new equipment knowing we will be broadcasting at an expert level for years to come! We’ll be making the switch on May 28th & May 29th so please bear with us as we go through some changes.

Kojak the Dog & the CJAM FM team thank you for your continued support <3

Anti-Black Racism Workshop

CJAM 99.1 FM is hosting a free Anti-Black Racism Workshop on Thursday May 5th as an opportunity to thoughtfully engage with vital anti-black racism work. Hosted by Irene Moore Davis, local historian and author, discussion topics will include the structures of systemic racism, microaggressions and invalidations (as is related to unconscious bias), and the importance of active allyship.

IRENE MOORE DAVIS (she/her) is President of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Co-Founder of Black Women of Forward Action, and fulfills board or committee roles with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, BookFest Windsor/Festival du Livre and other organizations. Irene Moore Davis is also a co-host of the podcast All Write in Sin City.

It is with dedicated investment that CJAM 99.1 FM approaches allyship and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; building a station atmosphere and culture that is anti-racist, alongside ongoing learning and unlearning.

This workshop was made possible thanks to a grant from the Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility at the University of Windsor and through grant funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

The workshop will take place on May 5th 2022 at 5pm EST on Zoom. 

Workshop registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcOmhrj4oGNws36h4825Y8VPrJ923wmHP

CJAM Safe Space Policy:
https://mcusercontent.com/123e36aab8ae4a3dbe16c565e/files/ba615208-4fe9-6d37-6d4f-c8601c3cca05/CJAM_99.1_FM__SAFE_SPACE_POLICY.pdf

Questions? Accessibility needs?
contact us at connect.cjam @ gmail.com
or #519-253-3000 ex2525

Despite its Short Length, A.M. Overcasts’ Self-titled Record Will Leave a Lasting Impression

By Weadee Mombo

A​.​M. Overcast self-titled release

GENRE: Math Rock, Pop-Punk, Alternative
LABEL: Choke Artist Records
RIYL: Floral, Bobbing, Invalids

Winnipeg might not be known for its math rock roots but A.M. Overcast’s latest self titled release is there to change that.


A.M. Overcast is an energetic mix of pop-punk, emo, math rock,
topped by an eccentric production. With the longest song capping in at 2min30sec, each track is packed to the brim with explosive melodies that do not let up until the end. No song is a filler. They all “get in, do the job, and get out.” It’s almost impressive how much they’re able to accomplish in such little time.

At times the album feels reminiscent of other midwestern emo acts such as Carley Cosgrove, Retirement Party, and rivaling Glass Beach in how far it pushes the envelope. This album can best be described as organized chaos. It’s difficult to compete with great short songs that rip hard and instantly catch listeners attention. There’s something you have to love about that level of efficiency and being efficient is what A.M. Overcast does best

Alex Litinsky, the mastermind behind the project (also Miles Paralysis,) is clearly a very talented musician in many aspects, doing all instrumentation of the record along with John Markson, who does an excellent job separating all the tracks through mixing/mastering. Each riff crisply penetrates the melody, still retaining its character. A few standouts on the 22 min record are “Got Slept,” “7th substitute,” “Cold One Out,” “Sonder,” “Dropped Offset,” as well as my personal favourites: “Lockjaw Interference” and “Moonlight Combine.”

While the album sounds like none other than A.M. Overslept, it wears its influences proudly. “Got Slept” is full of technical precision characteristic of math rock with the addition of synths, unusually addicting guitar riffs, quick drumming patterns and whatever else they could fit in there. Even as the album shuts itself down just as quickly as it started, the last note hangs in the air and carries itself over to equally memorizing “7th Substitute.” This time the percussion really stands out and all the piffling details of tambourines and what sounds like rattles and screws can still be heard cycling down the tonal pattern.

It is easy to forget about the lyricism in an album chock-full of excellent arrangements, but “Moonlight Combine” (the slowest track also featuring math rock legend Yvette Young on violin) is a chance to catch a brief glimpse of it before quickly returning full speed to the last half of the record.

Cold One Out” is the most acoustic song on the record with idyllic twinkly guitar picking. The beautiful soundscapes threaded between the rousing punchy guitar riff fade in, out and under the well-crafted melodies, making it seem as established as the other heavy-hitters.

The sounds of this album evolve every time they begin take shape and “(Sonder)” is the perfect example of this. Constantly changing direction, rather than leaving you feeling unfulfilled, it makes you continually eager to hear what will come next.

The opening riff in “Dropped Offset” nearly teases you as we wait for the explosion that will come out of the muted strumming. Again, the harmonies are so subtle but blend well with the rattles and glockenspiel. The melodies are strong, and almost beg to be repeated – but they rarely are. Everything in this album is quick and to the point.

My favourite: “Lockjaw Interference” starts off with a call and return of Alex’s guitar acting like a second vocal. It bounces back and forth until the climax rips through and unexpected screamed vocals by Andrew Murenko break out and honestly give you chills. The song goes in so many different directions, somehow surmounting the expectations it builds. My only complaint is that it is too short.

It’s a thoroughly impressive LP that is as addicting as it is fun. The instrumentation on this album is fantastically unpredictable for what can be the repetitive nature of “midwestern emo” and is full of unique touches that make the album distinctively A.M. Overcast. The playful and fast paced guitars dipped in math rock arrangements, the classic high energy of pop-punk and fun vocals, are only a glimpse into what would no doubt be a treat to see performed live and the increasingly impressive catalogue of AM. Overcast.

Album release date: June 10, 2022

CJAM TOP 30 & SPECIALTY CHARTS // August 8 – 14, 2022

* indicates Canadian artist. ^ indicates local Windsor/Detroit artist

1    LISA LEBLANC*     Chiac Disco (Bonsound)

2    OMBIIGIZI*     Sewn Back Together (Arts & Crafts)

3    NILOO*     Niloo (Self-Released)

4    VOYEUR’S MARKET*     demo (Self-Released)

5    KYLA CHARTER*     Edible Flowers (Self-Released)

6    TOPS*     Empty Seats (Musique TOPS)

7    AQUAKULTRE*     Don’t Trip (Forward Music Group)

8    DK X GHETTOSOCKS*     Listen to the Masters (Black Buffalo)

9    PAUL JACOBS*     185 On The Corner [EP] (Bonsound)

10   ZOON*     Big Pharma (EP) (Paper Bag)

11   MAGI MERLIN*     Gone Girl EP (Bonsound)

12   APOLLO GHOSTS*     Pink Tiger (You’ve Changed)

13   QUELLE CHRIS^     Deathfame (Mello Music Group)

14   KAVINSKY     Reborn (Astralwerks)

15   SALLY SHAPIRO     Sad Cities (Self-Released)

16   MARTIN SCHILLER*     Dreams vol. 1 (Self-Released)

17   THE CEDAR SISTERS*     Love + Loss (Self-Released)

18   5TH PROJEKT*     Emergency EP (Organik)

19   THE SADIES*     Colder Streams (Dine Alone)

20   JAYWOOD*     Slingshot (Captured Tracks)

21   THE BURNING HELL*     Garbage Island (You’ve Changed)

22   MICHAEL RAULT*     Michael Rault (Daptone)

23   COLA*     Deep In View (Next Door / Fire Talk)

24   BLUE HAWAII*     My Bestfriend’s House (Arbutus)

25   PIERRE KWENDERS*     José Louis & The Paradox Of Love (Arts & Crafts)

26   5TH PROJEKT*     The Labyrinth EP (Organik)

27   BASEMENT REVOLVER*     Embody (Sonic Unyon)

28   PEACH PIT*     From 2 to 3 (Columbia)

29   KILO KISH     American Gurl (Self-Released)

30   HOT CHIP     Freakout/Release (Domino)

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CJAM FM Monday Night Live series showcases local talent at Windsor Public Library

CJAM 99.1 FM and the Windsor Public Library are teaming up this August to bring a new series to Sandwich Towne. Monday Night Live will feature local artists, musicians, poets, and storytellers.

Hosted at the John Muir Branch, located at 363 Mill Street, the August 8th performance boasted a variety of talent including Teajai Travis (he/him), local storyteller, poet, activist, Executive Director at Artcite Inc, among a variety of talents. Josie Elysia (she/her) also joined the John Muir “stage” with an acoustic performance including their dynamic in-your-feels lyrics meshed with melodic soprano vocals.

Josie Elysia (she/her) and Teajai Travis (he/him) at the John Muir Branch on August 8th
(photo by Weajue Mombo)

The next performance on August 15th will include Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate for 2021-2023, Romanian-Canadian artist Alexei Ungurenasu (they/them). Alexei began writing as a hobby, but also practices the arts in zines, crafts, paintings, and collages summoning the various places where they lived and visited. Alongside Alexei will be local musician Madeline Doornaert (she/her), who released her album, Muddy Water, in February of 2021 to much success.

Monday Night Live is a great way for new audiences to discover the local talent Windsor has to offer in a familiar, friendly atmosphere” said Weajue Mombo, curator for the series. “It’s a chance to enjoy a new artist you might never have otherwise come across. I had a lot of fun looking for new, and emerging artists to join us in this series.” Mombo is also the co-host of Absent Sounds, a music variety show on CJAM 99.1 FM that interviews musicians and explores albums in their entirety.

The Monday Night Live series will continue on August 15th and August 22nd at the Windsor Public Library John Muir Branch. CJAM 99.1 FM is a campus/community radio station, and has been broadcasting in the Windsor-Detroit area since 1983. They are dedicated to bringing voice to underground, marginalized, and local artists, musicians, and groups.

Find out more about the series and how to get involved by
emailing at info.cjamfm at gmail dot com

CJAM TOP 30 & SPECIALTY CHARTS // August 1 – 7, 2022

* indicates Canadian artist. ^ indicates local Windsor/Detroit artist

1    JAYWOOD*     Slingshot (Captured Tracks)

2    MARCI*     Marci (Arbutus)

3    METRIC*     Formentera (Thirty Tigers)

4    VARIOUS*     Forest City Series, Vol. 5 (A Person Disguised As People)

5    DUBMATIX*     Atomic Subsonic (Self-Released)

6    TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE*     For The Love OF Tabla (Self-Released)

7    ALMOND JOY     Oh Henry EP (K Records)

8    MARTIN SCHILLER*     Dreams vol. 1 (Self-Released)

9    OK VANCOUVER OK*     OUTSIDE COMPUTER (Self-Released)

10   IN THE WELL*     Atomium (Self-Released)

11   TOVI*     I Keep Floating Away (Self-Released)

12   5MINUTEEPOXY*     Glitter EP (Self-Released)

13   MAUVE*     Dream State EP (Self-Released)

14   JP MELDRUM*     Dashcam Rodeo (Self-Released)

15   EASY TIGER*     Breakfast In Bed (Self-Released)

16   ERIKA LAMON*     Hues (Self-Released)

17   SUSANS*     Susans (Painters Tapes)

18   CONTEMPLATOR*     Morphose (Nefarious Industries)

19   HEY MAJOR*     Si Pour Une Fois En (Indica)

20   TANYA TAGAQ*     Tongues North Star Remixes (Six Shooter)

21   AQUAKULTRE*     Don’t Trip (Forward Music Group)

22   THE SADIES*     Colder Streams (Dine Alone)

23   DIGGING ROOTS     Zhawenim (Ishk?dé)

24   ART D’ECCO*     After the Head Rush (Paper Bag)

25   PACKS*     WOAH (Fire Talk)

26   PAUL JACOBS*     185 On The Corner [EP] (Bonsound)

27   AYRIA*     This is My Battlecry (Artoffact)

28   GHOST WOMAN*     Ghost Woman (Victory Pool)

29   THE BURNING HELL*     Garbage Island (You’ve Changed)

30   STELAR DOOR*     Visions of Erehwon (30/30)

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Born in Spring with Warmth from Summer: Chaya Harvey Crafts an EP Perfect for any Season

By Weadee Mombo

Chaya Harvey’s Latest EP: Born in Spring

GENRE: Alt Country/Folk
LABEL: Self Released
RIYL: Hand Habits, Lomelda, Bedouine


Through the hollow ache of suffering, Chaya Harvey carves a soft blanket.


What blossoms in the summer is rooted in the silences of spring. A quiet rest where thoughts may flow as often and unheralded as the rain. When all else is quiet, the longing of the soul grows loud and by listening, we may uncover pockets of gold. It is with this idea Chaya Harvey presents to us her delicate EP, Born in Spring. Though planted and watered with tears, her music flowers with immense beauty.

It is not often you hear a voice that stops you in your tracks and forces you to drop everything and listen. And it is important that you stop as the songs are so bare you might miss them otherwise. Harvey’s voice is soothing and pure. Reminiscent of folk singers Gillian Welch, Sibylle Baier and Jessica Pratt, her vocals carry an incredible lightness to them that each syllable that is sung nearly drifts away into the wind. Each song consists mainly of Harvey’s hushed voice over her acoustic guitar accompanied by Jon Evans on pedal steel, Clara Rose on violin, and Conrad Bjorn Shynkar on mandolinThe instruments fill the warm cervices of every space in a way that acts like a duet.

Released on Harvey’s birthday, June 10th, 2022, Born in Spring is a careful collection of intimate songs drawn from classic folk origins. The ep is no longer than 15 minutes yet drips of melancholy that lasts an hour. Harvey has taken the folk acoustics of her previous release, Tender Love and stripped them down even further. The songs call little to no attention to themselves and Harvey seems to hide in their dust. But straining through her hypnotic vocals, it is her exquisite songwriting that roots each song.

The EP opens with the beautifully slow title track “Born in Spring.” Unhurriedly, Chaya Harvey unveils her heartfelt brokenness that has broken through to timid understanding. Despite her almost overwhelming grief, she has found that “silver lining,” a guiding light, for that sadness to spill out. These are ballads for the roving heart. For those who like Travis Henderson, lose themselves in the sparse Texas desert and feel they must silently resign themselves to the pain. Not fighting or giving in but admitting that though their hearts are lonely, here there is space to “throw their sorrows to the wind.”

“Drifter’s Song” continues her extended sigh and is just as beautiful, just as slow, and just as impressive to swallow. The power even now is the interaction between her haunting vocals and the dramatic swing of the pedal steel. The tempo doesn’t shift upwards at any point in the entire album but instead sways gently at a steady rhythm. Her delivery almost recalls a lullaby leading into a beautiful dream but in some ways, it is less of an affectionate send off than an escape from the emptiness of lonely days “where each day is the same thing.” Forlorn is the path but angelic is the way that leads you there.

Born in Spring is an endeavour of immense restraint told through many metaphors and allusions, but admirably, the song “No Woman is a Shelter” is the most revealing of the record. Though again with notable weight, the song is one of rest and release and its narrative like structure creates a fittingly relaxed climax. The strings of Clara Rose come unexpectedly and linger much in the same way the lament: “No woman a shelter for a broken man,” hangs in fragile thought.

“As I Went Walking” and “In the Sun” come together to usher in the last fragments of the ep where Harvey gracefully shifts to singing in first person as she wanders into the woods. On “As I Went Walking” Harvey sings of waiting at the doors of love and when knocking, being sent away though sparrows bless her path. It is through questioning if joy can be hers even in the midst of “waiting for tomorrow’s grace” that the abstracted intensity of the song beams with full clarity. Through whatever plight of hurt Harvey’s songs recount, there must be a glimmer of grace where she holds the ability to turn “lead into gold.” Allowing the songs to never become overly dramatic or disingenuous is a talent that Harvey wields well. The lightness with which she sings of melancholy is perhaps the same lightness that enables her to waltz in the rain with the birds chirping in the remaining scene.  As the EP ends with “In The Sun,” Harvey gratefully dips away with soft embellishments. Appreciating that with every dark tunnel, comes the light in the distance.

Chaya Harvey is truly something special and I am certain that her dreamy allure will emerge in full form in the Canadian scene soon enough. Anyone who has likewise traveled the path of pain she sings of will find solace in having a voice like hers to light the way.

EP Release Date: June 10th, 2022

Stream/purchase Born in Spring here
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