Gulf Islands Community Radio

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    We are working on getting on the FM waveband sometime this summer!!!!We have completed the link between the studio at SIMS and the tower!!!


    OUR NEW INSTAGRAM - Which is no longer blockedFacebook now at Friends of Gulf Islands Radio

    Facebook bans CHiR FM's page due to "news" content

    Mark Zuckerberg’s giant META internet conglomerate has blocked our tiny island radio station from appearing on Facebook, in its battle with the Canadian government over publishing rights.We found we'd been kicked off Facebook this weekend when we tried to place an announcement for our weekly fundraising sale of vinyl records and second-hand CDs.“It’s crazy,” said Damian Inwood, president. “We don’t even do any news at present, as we’ve been focused on raising money for transmitting equipment. So there’s nothing for Meta or Google or whoever to use."The Facebook page has been frozen, with no posts visible to anyone in Canada.“In response to Canadian government legislation, news content can't be viewed in Canada,” read a message left by META.The federal government passed Bill C-18 in June, which aims to force Google and Meta to enter into negotiations with news publishers to compensate them for linking to their content.Facebook has responded by blocking “news content” in Canada.“We feel like and ant that's been crushed by an elephant." said Inwood. "We depend on the sale of the thousands of LPs and CDs that people on the island have donated and it’s a huge blow not to be able to let the public know where we are through Salt Spring Facebook pages.”CHEK TV did a story on the Facebook ban and can be seen at this link:


    Screen shot grab of the CHEK TV page that features a story on This is not a live link. Go to the link above to see the full video.


    Longtime supporters Sue Walker and Larry Woods donate $10,000 to 

    We are delighted to report that we recently received a major donation fro Sue Walker and Larry Woods to our capital fund.Sue and Larry met while working as DJs for the former Salt Spring CFSI radio station as programmers, with both putting on classical music shows. They were married later and the wedding was broadcast live on the radio.
    "We've always been big supporters of radio on Salt Spring," said Sue. "We're delighted to help getting the new station off the ground.
    The donation is a major shot-in-the-arm for the bid to bring FM radio to the Southern Gulf Islands.
    "We can't thank Sue and Larry enough for their generous donation to" said Damian Inwood, president of Gulf Islands Community Radio Society. "This takes our fundraising drive to 75% of our $50,000 target."
    Following this Sue and Larry's lead, we received another sizeable donation so we are now at about 85% of our capital, which is absolutely great. We are just getting going for the final push!

    ** Brand New **

    Podcasts have returned!

    We are adding starting to our programming as we get much closer to being on the air. With the help of Gayle Baker we are launching a new podcast series called ASK Salt Spring Answered. We are also returning with Saturday Market sessions podcasts based on the interviewees from the Saturday Morning Market


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    Exciting news! Our Vinyl and CD sales are now on every Saturday at SIMS between 11am and 3 pm!!!!

    Great news!Our vinyl record and CD outlet will now be open every Saturday from 11am to 3pm.So come on down and check out the thousands of titles we have available in all genres.Our vinyl has recently received several boxes of new vinyl – everything from Frank Zappa to Steely Dan, The Police and much more.We have a wide selection of rock CDs, with recent acquisitions, including Bob Dylan rarities. If you’re a country fan, we have several boxes of country CDs, and for jazz and blues fans we have a wide selection. You can also find world music and movie soundtracks, as well as rap, reggae, folk and classical.Our titles are now all sorted by genre, which makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.And browsing through our 20-plus boxes of vinyl records is a trip down memory lane.
    Every dollar raised goes towards getting on the air.
    Tell your friends that we are now the go-to outlet for recorded music on Salt Spring.
    We look forward to seeing you! For more details email .ac.srcig%40tnediserp


    Our Country Grocer receipt box has changed! It's now #149. Country Grocer gives us 1% of any receipt totals and it's an important way you can help fund our community radio campaign. Every year, receipts from our box bring in hundreds of $$$$ to!

    Salt Spring Saturday Market

    Each Market Saturday, in 2023, we will be broadcasting live from from our new location on the north side of Centennial Park, right behind Salt Spring Soapworks. You will find us under a brand new tent, thanks to the generous folks at Windsor Plywood. Tune in for spontaneous vendor and visitor interviews! As always we will be selling a small selection from our fabulous used vinyl record and CD collection . 
    The store at the SIMS is also open between 11:00 and 3:00 which features our entire inventory
    Photo (2): Tom Boivin aka Tommy B ~ Broadcasting live online on


    Check out CHiR FMStreaming 24/7!Music of every genre & moreAdding more hosted programs all the time!
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    About Gulf Island Community Radio

    Established in 2015 , GICRS is in the process of bringing a Community FM station to the Gulf Islands. We aim to provide a local perspective and flavour through our blend of music, news and information and special interest programs for and about the islands.
    Our mission is to provide our audience with a distinctive radio experience across a number of ways to listen. With our diverse types of music genres, we have something special to meet any taste.