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Win Winnipeg Folk Festival Tickets!
on June 5,2017 by jared

Once again we've teamed up with our friends at the Winnipeg Folk Festival to give you a chance to win one of two full weekend passes with camping to this year's festival!

Our contest this year is simple - in your own words, we're asking you to paint a picture for us of your single favorite folk festival musical memory! Describe for us the best show you've seen at the festival - whether it be mainstage, small stage, workshop or solo and explain what made it stick out for you above the rest.

As mentioned above, the best story as picked by our judges will win one of two weekend passes for the festival, complete with a camping pass so that you can go make some more great musical memories this year!

Email your submissions to contest@umfm.com no later than June 28th at 6PM. Tell your friends, neighbors and folks you meet on the street - this is a sweet prize!

Pictured - "Young Americans" at Green Ash - photo by Travis Ross

The Festival Express Is Leaving The Station!
on June 5,2017 by jared

Starting today and running until mid-August, join some of your favorite UMFM hosts as they speak to just a few of the great artists headed to town for this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival and Interstellar Rodeo

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 AM the Festival Express will roll into the station with a half hour that will include feature interviews, music, live performances and festival giveaways and information. 

If you miss an episode, we'll be posting them, catch up on them via the links below or visit our soundcloud!

So far, we've featured:

Get your ticket and enjoy the ride!

image courtesy Gary Kroman

On The Road To Sled
on May 30,2017 by jared

In celebration of the many great local artists making the trek west to Calgary for Sled Island 2017, the host of hll!yh!wpg, David Dobbs sat down for a chat with 7 of them to discuss the festival, what it meant to get involved and some of the other musical acts in the great lineup that they were excited about!  Some of they laid down excellent new live sessions or shared some of their music.  You can check out all the episodes, put together in partnership with our friends at the BIG FUN festival, as they are posted below....

Sled Island Selects: The Road To Sled

Episode #1: Mulligrub
Episode #2: iansucks
Episode #3: Wilt
Episode #4: Micah Erenberg
Episode #5: Duotang
Episode #6: Joanne Pollock
Episode #7: Living Hour

Also, if you’re in Calgary for the festival, be sure to check out the BIG FUN showcase on June 22nd at Broken City, featuring DIANA, Living Hour, Porcelain Raft and Island Eyes!  Thanks for listening!

Whether You're Funny or Helpful - Oddblock Wants You!
on May 30,2017 by jared

Our friends at the Oddblock comedy festival are looking for a few good people to perform and pitch in at this year's festival - funny or not, there's a spot for you on the Oddblock team!

Performer submissions are now open!

Submissions are open and will close July 9th, so get on it while you can.

The organizers at Oddblock work hard behind the scenes to put together a solid line-up of some of the best comedians working today, bringing them all together for a big summer block party here in Winnipeg every year. But, inevitably, they are also approached by a lot of comedians who would like to be part of the festival, the bulk of whom they may not know. And for that, they have a handy submission process, which can be accessed by clicking here!

Volunteers Are Also Needed !

Would you like to volunteer at this year’s Oddblock Festival? Well they as it happens, the festival organizers are looking to put together a team of individuals just like you! If you're a responsible, respectable, team player who wants to help build this great festival and comedy community you can apply today!

You Down With the BIG FUN?
on May 29,2017 by jared

Since it's inception we've been a proud supporter of the BIG FUN festival, an annual, five day music festival showcasing multiple genres of music in several venues in downtown Winnipeg every January.   Using Winnipeg’s prairie winter as the backdrop, the festival showcases the best of Manitoba’s current and upcoming artists as well as some hand picked acts from across Canada.

The festival runs from Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon.  There are a variety of events taking place throughout the weekend in close proximity to each other so that festivalgoers can travel between the shows. . Shows on the same evening are staggered and are distinct in sound and delivery so that you can have many different experiences all in one Big Fun weekend.

Submissions for #BIGFUN2018 are now open! From June 1st to September 15th submit your band to play the 7th instalment of the Big Fun Festival, running January 24th-28th.

Think you or your band would be a good fit for the festival?  You can apply by heading over to the festival's submission's page and following the easy steps - it's just that simple!