Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CIUT Fundraising

Hey Punk! Can you spare some change ?

On Sunday November 8th, Equalizing-X-Distort will be involved in CIUT’s semi-annual fundraising drive. Starting at 10:00pm, we will be asking you to support the radio station by becoming or renewing your membership with CIUT as a “Friend of 89.5 FM”. A $25.00 donation will allow CIUT to continue bringing punk and underground hardcore to the airwaves.

Equalizing-X-Distort is a two hour hardcore show that airs every Sunday night from 10:00 pm til midnight. We have been very lucky to be able to continue bringing you hardcore from emerging international scenes, which has always been a big part of the show.
CIUT, the radio station that we program EQUALIZING-X-DISTORT on, is in a situation where we have to fundraise, in order to be able to make up the difference in our operating expenses. Equalizing-X-Distort was unable to make our donor goals and the show has been red-lined by the station. In order to make our on-air pledge goals we need to hear from you or else the show may not be on the air in the future.

I am getting in touch, to see if you would make a pledge donation to become a “Friend of 89.5” on behalf of EQUALIZING-X-DISTORT, to help the station meet our operating expenses.

Aside from keeping the one hardcore show in this area on-air, you would be making a difference to keep media that is independent on-air.
EQUALIZING-X-DISTORT has remained committed to :

1. Programming as much international hardcore as we can get our hands on like HUL from Denmark, KRIEGSHOG from Japan, N/N from California, and HARDA TIDER from Sweden.
2. Supporting independent labels
3. Paying homage to demo formats with the weekly demo features like SICK JUMP, LOW VISION from Japan, GAS CHAMBER, GAY MARRIAGE, CO-WORKER, FORCE FED from Boston, POINT BLANK, RAH, GORDON IVY AND THE JAYBIRDS, EXECUTION OF TERROR from the Philippines, KILL RATIO, CHEAP TRAGEDIES from Cleveland, FRATRICIDE from Vancouver, DEAD CAT LOUNGE from Florida, RAKOSI from Hungary, and SISTER BASTARD from the Philippines.
4. Analyzing emerging scenes and sounds with a monthly Top 10 for hardcore releases like the CRAWLERS, TIME TO ESCAPE, BITE DOWN, DESTINO FINAL from Barcelona, DEEP SLEEP, and BROKEN NEEDLE.
5. Playing loads of good new Canadian hardcore like the WAR HERO from Squamish, GERM ATTAK from Ottawa, SUPERSTITIONS, RUMOURS from Newfoundland, BAD CHOICE, OVERDOSE from Newmarket, KEEP IT CLEAR from Vancouver, STEF AND THE STUDS from Hamilton, SPASTIC PANTHERS from Calgary, OMEGAS from Montreal, WADGE from Newcastle, SHUT EYES from Barrie, and BURNING LOVE.
6. Interviewing folks like Greg Benedetto of Stuck in the City, SICK ERROR, the CORPORATION, and Daragh Hayes who brought us an update on the Japanese scene
8. Keeping everyone up to date on shows in the surrounding areas with our weekly show listings and postings;
9. Our continued commitment to live broadcasts with new local bands like McBAIN, DEATH IS EASY from Albany, TYRANNA, the re-united UGLY, CITY SWEETHEARTS, DISCO ASSAULT from Detroit, IN TIME, RUMOURS from Newfoundland, NITAD from Sweden, and METALIAN from Montreal.

The station would also like to thank you for your gift. For folks who donate a certain amount we have a unique station gift for you. For a gift of:
__ $25.00 - $59.00: Year long subscription to Friends of 89.5 newsletter
__ $60.00 - $99.00: Year long subscription to Friends of 89.5 newsletter, one entry into the Grand Prize Draw & your choice of one gift
__ $100.00 - $149.00: Year long subscription to Friends of 89.5 newsletter, one entry into the Grand Prize Draw & your choice of two gifts
__ $150.00 + Year long subscription to Friends of 89.5 newsletter, one entry into the Grand Prize Draw & all three gifts
Note: A gift is either a CIUT toque, a CIUT rechargeable flashlight, and / or a CIUT Tote Bag. And sizes can be specified on the attached form.

Those who join Friends of 89.5 or renew their membership by November 9th will qualify for the grand prize draw. The grand prizes to be given away include a Black Volare e-bike, season passes to the Blue Mountain Ski Resort, and an Arts and Culture prize package.

Ways you can make a donation include :
· to go to the CIUT website and make a pledge on line at OR fill out a PDF form at I have attached a form to save you the effort. These forms can be e-mailed back to or
· to mail the attached form with payment to CIUT 89.5FM at 89.5 Tower Road, 7 Hart House Circle / Toronto, ON / M5S 0A2 / Canada
· to phone on Sunday November 8th at (416) 946-7800 or 1-888-204-8976 between 10:00 pm and midnight.

All of these programming elements have been building Equalizing-X-Distort into a world class punk radio show. But we can’t continue to do this without your support. We need to pay for our move to Hart House. We need to finish wiring in studio equipment. All this costs money. Our day-to-day expenses of the transmitter rental space, station personnel, and broadcast equipment keep us on the brink of bankruptcy. Your generous donation will enable us to remain an independent voice that doesn’t feel the pressure of advertising or government grants. For just fourteen cents a day, a donation of $25.00 will help keep CIUT afloat through the next fiscal year. And this will guarantee that you continue to receive our monthly mailer. Help us reach our goal and keep CIUT on the air or on-line at or by mail at CIUT 89.5FM at 89.5 Tower Road, 7 Hart House Circle / Toronto, ON / M5S 0A2 / Canada.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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