Folk music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But music, culture and people who make a difference deserve space in the public radio spectrum.
With that in mind, here’s word on the passing of a major figure in the Ottawa folk scene. Allan “Chopper” McKinnon.
According to this Ottawa Citizen profile:
McKinnon hosted a radio show on folk music program for 33 years and he was a familiar face at the Ottawa Folk Festival and also at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, where he worked. He was a dominant voice for folk music and singer-songwriters in Ottawa, promoting many of Canada’s best known artists through Canadian Spaces, his broadcasting perch on Carleton University’s CKCU-FM.
Saturday at 10 am Canadian Spaces will pay tribute to McKinnon by playing some of his favorite artists.
Fans can “put on a pot of your favourite hot, brown beverage, and sit back for 40 minutes of uninterrupted folk” and maybe make a toast to a dedicated champion of folk music.