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Winnipeg International Writers Festival 2018
on September 21,2018 by michael

Starting today and running for 9 days at locations all around our city, Thin Air 2018, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival brings book lovers and book writers alike together for learning, sharing and inspiration. 

Featuring up-and-coming authors, Internationally renowned award-winners and more, there's something for every type of reader in the diverse schedule which can be found here

On Saturday, September 22nd alone, the schedule features both Unsettling Our Stories (an effort of literary decolonizing) and the launch of ndncountry! the Voices in the Circle project that is the gathering of new writing by Indigenous writers from across Canada edited by Katharena Vermette and Warren Cariou.

University of Manitoba's Centre For Creative Writing and Oral Culture's fall writer-in-residence Tristan Hughes will be appearing at the festival and was a guest on UMFM's Your Campus Today and Turning Pages. You can hear him discuss his novel Hummingbird on the station's Soundcloud page and look for more interviews with Thin Air authors throughout the festival. 


Thank You Winnipeg!
on September 4,2018 by jared

It was 20 years ago today that we made our return to the FM dial, bringing you stimulating music and talk programming to our fair city and beyond.

We've certainly learned a lot during these past 20 years, proudly making some amazing radio. There might have been a few missteps along the way, and we thank you for bearing with us.

We're forever thankful to all of the volunteers who have passed through our doors. Your presence and contributions will never be forgotten - you are the lifeblood of UMFM.

To all of the students at the University of Manitoba - thank you for embracing us, for using us to tell your stories and for making our campus an exciting place to be!

To all of the student executives and staff at the University of Manitoba Students' Union, both past and present, we feel so fortunate to have helped you promote your ideas, your events, your speakers and your businesses - thank you for your unwavering support.

To all of the great musicians who have sent their music our way, especially those right here in our backyard, we thank you for trusting us with your songs so that we might share them with the world.

To all of you promoters, festivals and venues who've chosen UMFM as a partner - thank you for bringing new, exciting entertainment to our city - you make Winnipeg a better place, even in the coldest months.

And finally, to all of our esteemed listeners who believe so passionately in the power of alternative media - thank you for believing in what we do, your support makes it all worth while.

The First Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival
on August 27,2018 by michael

Tickets are on sale NOW for the First Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival, which takes place at ​Crescent Fort Rouge United Church​,​ September 21-23. The festival will benefit Home Routes FolkSchool, a new educational project that is part of the Winnipeg-based Home Routes house concert network.

The Festival will be an collaborative festival experience by introducing “​Crankies.” a 19th century storytelling art form, a forerunner of modern-day film. 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening acts include ​The Small Glories​; ​
Del Barber; ​Scott Nolan​; Red Moon Road​; Al Simmons, Peter Paul Van Camp,​The D.Rangers, Linda McRae, Nathan Rogers, Anna and Elizabeth.

Saturday and Sunday workshops occur from 10:00am to 6pm, and include Home Routes FolkSchool classes, in guitar ,fiddle, banjo, vocal styling, ukulele, percussion, and more… A jam Room,   and The Crankie Workshop Theatre which will host Crankie Making, as well as feature musical performances, all for only $5 for the whole weekend.

Tickets are on sale now through the Home Routes website: and at The West End Cultural Centre box office.

● $5.00 Weekend Day Pass - ALL daytime programming.

● $20.00 per each Evening Concert Ticket

● $50.00 Weekend Pass - access EVERYTHING

● and $100.00 for a Weekend FAMILY PASS - access for your family to EVERYTHING!!!

That’s The first Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival for more info and tickets visit 

Live Stream Issues
on August 20,2018 by jared

We've heard from a few of you over the weekend that you are experiencing issues when listening to UMFM online - either through our website or via our app. We are aware of the problem and are working towards rectifying the situation.

*** As of 12 noon today, the situation has been alleviated and we are back up and running at the fullest of capacities!  Thanks again for your patience! ***

Fringers, Start Your Engines!
on July 15,2018 by jared

As always, UMFM's intrepid theater reporter Justin Olynyk, host of Play It Again (Wednesday nights at 8PM), and UMFM's crack team of reviewers will be in the middle of the action checking out some of the great plays and telling your all about them here!

Twenty-eight years ago, in the summer of 1988, the WINNIPEG FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL took its first bow in the Exchange District with five indoor venues, an outdoor stage and 47 performing companies. The festival has grown exponentially over the last quarter century and when the 2018 Fringe kicks off July 18, festival-goers will have the chance to experience the diversity of more than 170 performing companies from across Canada and around the world.

Comedy, drama, music, improv, dance – there’s something for everyone at the Winnipeg Fringe. With TICKETS starting at $10, it’s inexpensive to take a chance on an unknown play, or pick up tickets to the hot show. Advance tickets are on sale now at Fringe Central (MTC Box Office, 174 Market Ave., 204-204-943-7464). To see more theatre for less, a FREQUENT FRINGER PASS lets Fringe fans see 14 shows for $123. PROGRAMS are on sale now at Liquor Mart stores, the Royal MTC Box Office and McNally Robinson.  To get all pertinent Fringe info on the fly follow all the Winnipeg Fringe social media sites - Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account!

As an extra added bonus, this year's Fringe will also feature an amazing lineup of fantastic local music at the CUBE in Old Market Square, with shows running daily starting at noon and running hourly until 10PM!  This year's diverse lineup features the likes of  JD Edwards BandDirty Catfish Brass Band, The Bloody HistoriansRomi MayesPapa MamboThe Noble Thiefs and Mama CutsworthWe've also got street performers Chris without the Hat, Tianna The Traveler, The Big Wheel Show, The Circus Firemen and The Silver Starlets joining in on the fun this year! Guaranteed, there's no better place to spend these hot summer nights, kicking back and enjoying a beverage or two with your friends!

For more information on the 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, including Outdoor Stage and Kids Fringe schedules, please visit us at You can also call the Fringe info line at 204-943-7464.