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Canadian Spaces
Saturday March 15th, 2014 with Lynn Miles and Chris White
Celebrating Chopper

This show is a tribute to Chopper McKinnon on the first anniversary of his passing. He left an incalculable legacy by founding and hosting Canada's longest-running folk radio program. Thank you to all listeners who shared comments here and supported the show throughout the years.
Circle of Friends
Sneezy Waters - Sneezy Waters Canadian
Lynn Miles - live in the studio Canadian
Willie P. Bennett - Blackie & the Rodeo King Canadian
Safe Home, Sweet Light
Laura Smith - Everything Is Moving Canadian
Chopper's Room
Melwood Cutlery - live at Irene's Pub Canadian
"A Tribute to Chopper McKinnon" produced by Chris White for the National Campus and Community Radio Association's "Groundwire" broadcast. This piece includes comments and music from Connie Kaldor, Ian Tamblyn, Wendy Robbins, Sneezy Waters, Arthur McGregor, Laura Smith, James Keelaghan, Garnet Rogers and Lynn Miles.
Raymond Guay
Chops & The Holics - e in the studio Canadian
Skin on Skin
Chops & The Holics - e in the studio Canadian
Hobo Bill's Last Ride
Russell Levia - The Wayward WInd Canadian
A Good Finish
Tony Turner - live in the studio Canadian
Interview with Roy Forbes.
Excerpt of Chopper McKinnon interviewing Ian Tamblyn.
Chopper's 33 Years
Eric Lunn and Friends - live at Irene's Pub Canadian
Interactive CKCU
Laura Smith
Missing Chopper is simply a part of my visits to Ottawa now. I'll never get used to your town without him. Bless his music-lovin' heart.

7:43 PM, March 14th, 2014
Shelley Ann Morris
Hi All, I will be listening in, hot brown drink in hand. Chopper did so much good and left behind a rich, musical legacy. Laura, your song Safe Home, Sweet Home reminds me of Chopper. Chris and friends--thank you for giving us a place to share a few thoughts.

7:52 AM, March 15th, 2014
Chris MacLean
All the years I was cutting my musical teeth Chopper never wavered in his support of my music. He is one of the reasons I keep writing and playing - it's so important to have people who encourage you when you are creating and risking as an artist! Thanks be to his good self! And thanks so much to Chris for continuing the legacy! You too are a wonderful, supportive friend:)

8:59 AM, March 15th, 2014
Christine graves
Gonna listen on our way to a surprise bday party today within this wonderful community of folks!!!miss you Chopper!

9:35 AM, March 15th, 2014
Terry Eagan
Indeed, Chopper was supportive to everyone who had goodness to offer (musically and otherwise). A great interviewer to boot. Always getting you on point (e.g. "Plug the Gig"). We could always count on Chopper playing great songs that sounded "like six bucks".

9:38 AM, March 15th, 2014
Mike Mercer
Chopper was the best and had friends on both levels the Canadian folk music side and the CKCU media side he. Was fun to work with and fun to be with as a friend of his.

10:15 AM, March 15th, 2014
Kate Schutta
Thank you, Chris, Lynn, Sneezy and all for giving us a collective forum for positive reflection and gratitude for the way Chopper touched our lives in so many different ways. Miss you, Big Guy!

10:26 AM, March 15th, 2014
Alex Golota
We still feel Chopper's presence at Irene's Pub and often think about him when I look at our Friends We Miss honorary wall. So happy he helped make our Pub a special place in his life and we will always cherish the memories of having Chopper as our friend. Thanks again Chris for keeping his memories going with Canadian Spaces

10:28 AM, March 15th, 2014
Pat Moore
I couldn't believe it when I realized it's been a year. ... Chopper. Thanks for telling me my album was six bucks. I still miss seeing you when I'm closing out The Saturday Morning Show. Thanks to Chris for keeping Space Cadets fed, and to Lynn and all the others who help keep the legacy going. Now you're playing Safe Home and I'm getting teary.

10:33 AM, March 15th, 2014
Mark Delorme
up here in sudbury chopper would also mc at northern lights folk he was always so positive about the canadian folk scenes always had great news from ottawa thank you Chris and Lynn and so many more for keeping is voice alive and well on CKCU CHEERS FROM THE BIG NICKEL

10:41 AM, March 15th, 2014
Bob Willis
I first met Chopper at the Winipeg Folk Festival.Got to the after party back in late 70's.Then live in the CKCU studio Then Every Sat. for the Lunch Club.With Judy Gerber.Was honored to know him.Miss Choppers wit always.

11:00 AM, March 15th, 2014
Rebecca Campbell
Hey You Two and Everyone in the Old Hometown. Missing you all, and the community that encompasses. Thanks for bringing us together to celebrate the integral roll that our Chopper played in our collective musical momentum. Here's to you, Chopper, may you continue up on high, plugging the Angel Band! x Rebecca

11:01 AM, March 15th, 2014
Casey McKinnon
Known as Uncle Chopper to me! Sitting here with my dad (his brother) listening to the show from Toronto... thanks for keeping his spirit alive and well.

11:03 AM, March 15th, 2014
Lillian Robinson
So many countless wonderful Saturday morning musical memories. So many amazing artists first discovered through him every week. Hearing Connie Kaldor"s Wood River at the start of that retrospective just opened up the tears. So lovely to see Connie at the memorial last year. A little pice of that day and Chopper's memory is with me every week at open stages using the egg shakers that Arthur gave away. Arthur did a wonderful job organizing that event for us all to come together to celebrate Chopper's memory. So grateful that the show continues and evolves.

11:06 AM, March 15th, 2014
russell levia
thanks Chris and Lynn for hosting this tribute to Chopper....even though I do mostly cover songs Chopper had me on his show many times to plug my gigs and c.d.'s....he was always very supportive and complimentary and he made me feel good about my music....I miss him.

11:07 AM, March 15th, 2014
Tonya Price
Chopper's legacy is this strong Canadian folk music community that continues to be nurtured by Chris and all the Space Cadets.

11:10 AM, March 15th, 2014
Karen Flanagan McCarthy
Sitting here, listening to the show, reading these posts and loving the fact that the community that grew around Chopper and Canadian Spaces is so strong. I can't believe it's been a year since his death. I miss you, Chopper!

11:20 AM, March 15th, 2014
Great to hear Chopper's voice saying that line about the hot brown drink. The day has not begun properly unless I hear that! Glad that on most shows in the last year someone has said it (though on one occasion didn't get it quite right). (Not everyone drinks actual coffee and so roasted chicory-and-dandelion-root drinkers are welcome too!) This commemoration shows how much enthusiasm and dedication have meant for both the musicians and the listeners. Keep up the Good Work.

11:22 AM, March 15th, 2014
Warren in Chelsea
Legacy: a gift or bequest of a predecessor. A most fitting tribute. Thanks you two. (From a space invader’s erstwhile chauffeur)

11:26 AM, March 15th, 2014
Missy Burgess
Hi Lynn and Chris Thanks for doing the show today. Just want to echo all the praises people have sent in this morning. To have a community memory of one very special heart is nothing short of pure grace. How lucky am I to be part of this community and I am forever grateful to Chopper for giving me a place to be heard as well as a place to hear all the other artists who have touched my life.

11:35 AM, March 15th, 2014
Bruce M
I could only echo what others have said. He supported my songs for years and I will ever owe him for that. Thanks again, Chopper :-)

11:35 AM, March 15th, 2014
Los Unatméds
Wow! What an articulate Space Cadet Crew out there in Canadian+ Spaces Land. We were thinking about heading over to the village (Wakefield) for mid-morning breakfast at Le Hibou, but forgedaboudit!!... The Chapel of Chopper Celebration and Commemoration is in session. Soooo many introductions to great Canadian artists and the occasional ace Space Invaders by a classy gentleman with an impeccable ear - Thumbs McKinnon. Keep up the fine Continuing 'Pitter Patter Let's Get At'er' Adventures of Canadian Spaces Chris, Lynn and capable Co-Commander Crew. You guys sound like six bucks worth of 40 uninterrupted minutes. Mahalo ~ The Untamed Ranch Hands

11:46 AM, March 15th, 2014
Los Untaméds
Oops! Make that 'Los Untaméds' Had to be one inarticulate goof in the bunch, eh Chris?

11:50 AM, March 15th, 2014
Mike Regenstreif
I first met Chopper sometime back in the early-1970s and well before either of us got into folk music radio we'd hang out at the folk club I was running in Montreal, or at the Toronto Folklore Centre, or the Mariposa Folk Festival. Chopper was already a folk radio legend when I started my folk radio show in Montreal in 1994 and his dedication was something I emulated. We shared a few radio panels at Folk Alliance and OCFF conferences and before I moved to Ottawa in 2007, hanging out with Chopper was always a highlight of my annual trips to the Ottawa Folk Festival. It's an honour to help keep Canadian Spaces going and I feel his spirit whenever I sit down to plot out the 40 minutes or walk into the CKCU studio.

11:51 AM, March 15th, 2014
Janis Lockwood
Chopper McKinnon was a legend on the music scene even before he joined CKCU. He was a driving force behind the Bytowne Live Hootenannies, the MC at the Festival for the Folks, and the host of a TV show called “No One Came” that featured live music and interviews. And of course Chopper was a huge presence at the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Everyone at CKCU was thrilled to have Chopper join the CKCU team. Tic quickly put Chopper’s legendary love of funny hats to work, making a promotional video for CKCU featuring Chopper in a Viking’s helmet, standing with one foot on the prow of a canoe, out to conquer. For many years, I did the Saturday morning program before Chopper’s and after my show was over I’d stick around to help him out. I learned so much from Chopper, was exposed to so much wonderful music and heard so many great stories, both on and off mic. He is a deeply missed.

11:56 AM, March 15th, 2014
Joe Charron
Not bad for a show that was only supposed to last for a few months. Chopper knew that the folk music scene in Canada had a much bigger presence than that and he embodied that spirit. When he first started spinning my Train Wreck On The Dance Floor cd he used to call me the Mighty Joe Charron but it was Chopper who was the 'Mighty' one. Thanks to everyone in keeping Canadian Spaces and him spirit alive.

11:58 AM, March 15th, 2014
Patrick Nagle
Thanks Chris and Lynn for the wonderful show and great memories. Can't believe it has been a year already. But it is so great that Chopper's legacy remains strong!

3:13 PM, March 15th, 2014
Ms Toscano
Just a wonderful heartfelt tribute!

4:37 PM, March 17th, 2014
V. Gupta, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Many thank yous for this tribute.

4:37 AM, March 19th, 2014
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