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City of license Ottawa, Ontario
Branding "LiVE 88.5"
Slogan Ottawa's Alternative Rock
Frequency 88.5 MHz (FM)
First air date December 26, 2005
Format Modern rock
ERP 2,300 Watts
Class B
Callsign meaning CapItal (refers to Canada's capital city) LiVe
Owner Newcap Radio
Sister stations CIHT-FM
Website LiVE 88.5

CILV-FM is a Canadian radio station which broadcasts at 88.5 FM in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned and operated by Newcap Radio and airs a modern rock format with the brand name LiVE 88.5. LiVE 88.5 is the longest running alternative rock station in Ottawa, having surpassed its predecessor X-FM which had the format from 1999-2004.


The station was licensed by the CRTC in 2005.[1] LiVE 88.5 began testing its signal and broadcasting online in early December and officially signed on the air on December 26, 2005 at noon, with Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life".

Community involvement[edit]

The station sponsors an annual "Big Money Shot" contest to develop and promote emerging local musicians. Past winners of the Live 88.5 Big Money Shot have included Hollerado, Amos the Transparent, The Balconies, Autumns Canon, The Love Machine, My Favourite Tragedy, Down in Ashes, Amanda Rheaume, The Goodluck Assembly and Loudlove.

Live 88.5 is Canada's first carbon neutral radio station, partnering with the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation in an annual program of planting trees in the suburban township of Beckwith to offset its energy consumption.[2]

In 2013, the station also paid to replace the fraying Flag of Canada flying at the gravesite of former Prime Minister Lester Pearson.[3]


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Coordinates: 45°30′11″N 75°51′01″W / 45.50306°N 75.85028°W / 45.50306; -75.85028