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The Festival Express Is Leaving The Station!
on July 20,2017 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, our Interstellar Rodeo series has featured:

This year, our Winnipeg Folk Festival series featured:

Get your ticket and enjoy the ride!

image courtesy Gary Kroman

Live Your Life On The Fringe!
on July 15,2017 by jared

As always, UMFM's intrepid theater reporter Justin Olynyk, host of Play It Again (Wednesday nights at 8PM), and his 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!

Thirty 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 2017 Fringe kicks off July 19, festival-goers will have the chance to experience the diversity of more than 190 shows 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 online or can be picked up in person at Fringe Central (MTC Box Office, 174 Market Ave., 204-942-6537). To see more theatre for less, a FREQUENT FRINGER PASS lets Fringe fans see 7 shows for $63 or 14 shows for $123. PROGRAMS are on sale now at Manitoba Liquor Marts, select Safeway stores, McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

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 at noon and 10PM!  This year's diverse lineup features the likes of the Noble Thiefs, Young Pixels, Mulligrub, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Romi Mayes, Sebastian Owl, Apollo Suns, the Middle Coast, Mama Cutsworth and more! 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 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, including Outdoor Stage and Kids Fringe schedules, please visit us at www.winnipegfringe.com. You can also call the Fringe info line at 204-942-6537.

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!