Community Radio For The Gulf Islands

    BIG Canada Day live broadcast from Legion Branch 92

    This weekend we'll be broadcasting live on Canada Day, from under "the Big Top" in the Legion grounds, as three live bands take to the stage!Come out and see us as Two Point Oh, Rough and Tumble and Everyday People perform between 12 noon and 6pm on July 1.The Legion is laying on an outdoor BBQ and bar and will be selling vinyl records, CDs and merchandise bearing our new logo.The weather forecast is good, so come and kick back, listen to some great tunes and add to your music collection.Pictured Below: Everyday People


    Come'n see us at our New Location at the Saturday Market

    We'll be broadcasting live from the Saturday Market from our new location on the north side of Centennial Park, right behind Saltspring Soapworks. We've got a brand new tent, thanks to the generous folks at Windsor Plywood. And as well as interviews with market vendors and visitors, we'll be selling selections from our fabulous vinyl record collection and from a newly donated cache of excellent classic rock CDs. We'll have new CDs every week and they sell for $5 each, 3 for $12 ,or 7 for $25. Pictured below: Tom Boivin, aka Tommy B, broadcasting live online on


    Logo Launch

    We had a great, logo-unveiling and fund-raising event on Friday, May 6 at the Salt Spring Royal Canadian Legion Br. 92! Valdy was our special guest and played a one-hour set, as well as helping out with DJ duties. Here are some photos of the fun times we had.


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    We keep adding new programs, with live DJs compliments of our ProgrammingDirector, Dave Gordon.

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    Check out the great new stock at our vinyl record sales, at the Saturday Market!!!

    Calling all vinyl record fans!We are broadcasting live each week from the Saturday Market and will be selling vinyl records and CDs.We have some exciting new stock – including Beatles, Stones and Bowie – in great condition, so don’t miss out!As well as our vinyl records, we’ll be selling a great selection of CDs, priced at $5 each, or three for $12.All money raised goes towards capital costs for equipment to get CHIR FM on the air.We got our licence in late January and have until January, 2024 to get the station up and running.And if you have any vinyl records or CDs you’d like to donate, to help our fundraising drive, call 250-931-7335 or email ac.srcig%40tnediserpSee you at the sales!!!


    Check out Juvenoia, the youth podcasts IslandsRadio created with The Circle Education!

    We recently worked with Salt Spring youth to record and edit a series of podcasts with The Circle Education.The results have been released and you can listen to four episodes at the links posted below.Much thanks to Dan Miller who spent many hours recording and editing the shows and to Janine Fernandes-Hayden, executive director of The Circle Education for inviting us to take part.Listen here:

    We've been busy since the CRTC approved our application!
    After a wait of more than three years, the CRTC approved our application for an FM Community Licence on Jan. 24. Now we're moving into an exciting new phase!
    Our new call letters are CHIR and our main call numbers are 107.9. For people in the South End, our repeater is at 102.1.
    We now have two years to fundraise for the necessary equipment and to get the station on the air. And that's where you come in!!!
    • We have formed Club 107.9, a group of supporters who have each donated $107.90 towards our capital fund to help buy equipment. To date, we have 53 members, who will be invited to future radio events, as well as voicing station IDs and getting an opportunity to be on an upcoming request program. They are also recognized on our website. Go to the Club 107.9 page in the menu or click the button below.Anyone wanting to join can e-transfer $107.90 to .ac.srcig%40rerusaert Please include your email address in the e-transfer message, so we can add you to our data base.
    • We have launched our re-branding program, to change our logo to reflect our CHIR call letters (pronounced “cheer”) and which will be a key part of our fundraising campaign. We are holding a launch party in May.• We have begun the process of working on the technical needs of the new station. We estimate that new equipment will cost in excess of $95,000.
    • We are constantly expanding the local programming on our 24/7 stream at Check our website for a full schedule. If you are interested in hosting a program, contact Programming Director Dave Gordon at .moc.liamnotorp%40odrogoidar
    • We had a successful series of sales in March and early April of vinyl records and CDs, raising $1,800 towards our capital funding drive. We are continuing the sales at the Saturday market until Labour Day. We always need new stock, so if you have any vinyl records or CDs that you’d like to donate, contact Damian Inwood at .ac.srcig%40tnediserp
    • If you would like to volunteer to help out at our booth at the Saturday Market, on fundraising initiatives or doing public relations and promotion, contact .ac.srcig%40tnediserp


    Update on our Progress

    We are working hard to get CHIR, the newly licensed Community Radio FM version of Islands Radio, on the air.
    We need to raise about $85,000 to do this. The money will pay for transmitters, cables and wiring, electronic equipment and studio equipment.
    If you can help, please send a donation by e-transfer to .ac.srcig%40rerusaert No amount is to big or too small. :) Please include your email address in the e-transfer message, so we can be sure to add you to our database.
    Or you can join Club 107.9. For details go to the page on our menu above.
    Meanwhile, we are looking for volunteers in many areas. We need fundraisers, publicists, marketers, advertising experts and many others. If you have an interest in helping us and have a skill to offer, please email our President, Damian Inwood at .ac.srcig%40tnediserp
    Stay tuned and keep listening to Islands Radio by hitting the listen button at the top of this page.


    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.