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Rabble Without A Cause
Rabble Without A Cause is a program devoted to the Avant-garde side of Jazz.
Hosted by: Ian Mackenzie
Airs: Every Wednesday from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Join us for avant-garde jazz, free jazz and improvisational music from the past and the present

Rabble Without A Cause

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Jun. 19, 2024 Ian M. Ottawa Jazz Festival Preview: Marianne Trudel/​John Hollenbeck/​Remi-Jean Leblanc, Bellbird, Sakina Abdou, and Tim Berne/​Hank Roberts/​Aurora Nealand
Jun. 12, 2024 Ian M. Wadada Leo Smith - recent releases from a living legend.
Jun. 5, 2024 Ian M. Black Saint Records (repeat)
May. 29, 2024 Ian M. Black Saint Records
May. 22, 2024 Ian M. The Shape of Jazz to Come - the 65th anniversary
May. 15, 2024 Heavy Ben FIMAV 2024 pt.2 - Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

Rabble Without a Cause

Rabble Without A Cause is a program focused on avant-garde jazz, free jazz, and improvisational jazz -- both historic and current. An hour of music that pushes the boundaries, or colours outside of the lines, carrying on the legacy of the late Bernard Stepien, the longstanding host of Rabble Without a Cause. 

Music on the show will include artists such as John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton as well as many Canadian artists, such as Marianne Trudel, Peggy Lee and Francois Bourassa. 

Join host Ian M. in the discovery of new frontiers in jazz. 



Bernard Stepien passed away on March 14, 2021. Bernard was a long time fixture at the station and in the local jazz scene where he was known for his virtuosic saxophone playing. After taking on Rabble Without A Cause in the 90’s he became part of the Sweetman / Émond / Stepien axis of Jazz on CKCU, which reigned for decades. Beyond his life in music he was a researcher and software engineer at the University of Ottawa contributing to that body of knowledge with several publications.

Here is a link to two programs that Ron Steeds produced to commemorate Bernard:

Here is a link to an article by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen: