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UMCycle Is Now Open!
on July 2,2017 by jared

We're proud to welcome a great new member to our campus family - the newest service offered by our friends at the University Of Manitoba Student's Union - the amazing UMCycle!

The UMCycle Bike Kiosk is a full-service bike shop at the centre of the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus. We have parts and accessories for sale and do installation, adjustments and overhauls of all systems of the bike (ie: wheels, brakes, shifters, drive train, steering). The shop is accessible with a ramp leading to the automatic main door. Students get a 25% discount on all services.  Be on the look out for special workshops and events coming up throughout the summer and school year!

A community stand with a variety of tools is available when the shop is open. Friday afternoons from 2:30pm – 4:30pm is community stand time where students and community members can do their own bike repair with the help of a mechanic.

Open Monday thru Friday from 10:30 until 1:30PM starting June 26th!

For more information, please contact us at (204)474-8484 or email us at umcycle@umsu.ca!

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

Whether You're Funny or Helpful - Oddblock Wants You!
on June 4,2017 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!

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!

Congratulations to Station Manager Jared McKetiak
on May 5,2017 by michael

This week marks 15 years of service at UMFM for Station Manager Jared McKetiak. While he's held the lead role at the station for over a decade, he got his start volunteering as a board op for Winnipeg radio legend Howard Mandshein and other great programs in the early years of the station before moving to the Program Director position.

During his decade and a half at UMFM, Jared has been involved at a leadership level with the Winnipeg Ska & Reggae Festival, the National Campus/Community Radio Association and more recently the Big Fun Festival as well as a strong supporter of many other local music, culture and issues festivals and initiatives.

He built the Pledge-O-Rama funding drive from the ground up and made it the annual success it has been, and has been a champion for the local arts scene and a tireless supporter of the volunteers who make the great programming at UMFM.

Big congratulations to Jared on his 15 years of service, and an even bigger thank you from the rest of us at UMFM.