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It's Time For Big Fun!
on January 8,2018 by jared

Big Fun, Winnipeg's preminent independent music festival is back for it's 7th year, taking place January 24th through the 28th.  This year's Big Fun features more than 50 amazing artists from Winnipeg and beyond -- amazing visitors Braids, Ice Cream, Uranium Club, Big|Brave, Wares, Foonyap and more will share stages across the city alongside local favorites Super Duty Tough Work, Animal Teeth, Black Cloud, Red Moon Road, Ghost Twin plus new upstarts Spooky Eyes, the Sorels and Pout .  This year's festival will once again take place in 7 different venues throughout Winnipeg's downtown. The festival touches on many genres of music, from rock to hip-hop, folk to electronic and each show has been curated and placed in a specific venue in order to give the audience and artists a unique experience to that of the usual Manitoba music scene.

Festival passes are available now at Into the Music Osbourne and online at, and will get you into 13 shows, panels and events for $75 (only $67.50 with your Friends With Benefits Card!!), or you can pick and choose and pay at the door.

Winnipeg has two reputations across the country, one for having a great  music scene, and the other for having a brutal winter.  Big Fun combines these two elements to create a music festival that our prairie town can be proud of!  Get primed for Big Fun and check out this year's festival sampler here!



The Big Fun Festival is an annual, five day music festival showcasing multiple genres of music in several venues in downtown Winnipeg every January. Manitoba maintains a reputation for having a rich artistic community as well as a bitter winter.  The Big Fun Festival brings these two elements of our Province together to create an annual festival our city can be proud of.

Pledge-O-Rama Tax Receipt Update!
on January 2,2018 by jared

Just a heads up that if you contributed to UMFM, chose the tax receipt as your option and paid for your pledge during the 2017 calendar year that your tax receipt will be mailed out the week of January 22nd, and arriving for you shortly thereafter, depending on how the ol' crow flies.

If you don't see anything from us by the end of the month, and are expecting a tax receipt, please feel free to get in touch ASAP so that the issue can be resolved.

Cheers, and thanks again for your support!

Happy Holidays To All!
on December 22,2017 by jared

With the holiday season now in full swing, the staff and volunteers at UMFM would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours nothing but the best tidings of the season! 

Once again, we need to thank you for your support during 2017 - another another landmark year for UMFM that saw us unleash our brand new transmitter into the radio wilds, execute our most successful Pledge-O-Rama yet, post some of our most amazing live sessions to date, and of course continuing to produce countless hours of quality radio programming, along the way introducing some great new programs to our grid for your listening enjoyment. 

Starting on December 21st at 6:30PM, we'll be moving into holiday programming mode, resuming normal programming once again starting January 3rd.  During this time, some of your favorite shows will be doing special extended episodes, some will pre-record and some will take some well deserved time off.  Our offices will also be closed for those 2 weeks, but should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via the normal channels

Until then, enjoy some quality time with your family and friends and most importantly, be safe and kind to one another -- we can't wait to see you all in 2018!  We've got some exciting new initiatives developing that we can't wait to share with our, our loyal friends and listeners!

You Won A Golden Ticket!
on November 2,2017 by jared

Since our first Pledge-O-Rama back in 2012, we've been super proud to partner with some of our favorite local venues and festivals to give away the ultimate music lovers dream prize each year - the elusive UMFM Golden Ticket

There is so much music that goes on in our fair city and we feel that the Golden Ticket helps to showcase that and allows it's holder to introduce their friends and family to the great music scene here, but also introduces them to the wider Winnipeg Musical Ecosystem that allows all of this to happen on the regular!

Special thanks as always goes out to our participating venues & festivals that make this possible, you can't begin to understand how appreciative we are for your support.

Our 2018 Golden Ticket Winners are:

The Good Will Social Club - Steven Putz
The Handsome Daughter -
Emily Michaelson
The Park Theatre -
Amy Unger

The Pyramid Cabaret -
Marc LaCasse
West End Cultural Centre -
Patty Bolton

Jazz Winnipeg - Laura Graham
Winnipeg Folk Festival - James Korba

Thanks once again for your generous donations - we'll be in touch to discuss your amazing prizes with you shortly!

Raise A Glass To Our Half Pints Winners!
on November 1,2017 by jared

We can't thank our friends at the Half Pints Brewing Company who once again put up 8 daily prize packs during Pledge-O-Rama 2017 consisting of some sweet Half Pints goodies, including toques, t-shirts, frisbees and more that you can display proudly to let folks know that you support great locally brewed beer!  Plus, we're throwing in one of our awesome UMFM Beer Steins too!

This year's winners are...

Virginia Draghi Ranson
Chrys Fournier
Kevin Handkamer
Rachel Letkeman
Shelly Dagg
Kerry Kutcher
Marc Ouimet
Royce & Lisa Rostecki

Once again they also put up a fantastic grand prize that featured their amazing brewery tour for the winner and 20 of their friends, plus a tasting and a voucher for a Half Pints Keg of their choosing!  Their in the process of building an amazing new tasting room, so you'll get to be one of the first in Winnipeg to sneak a peek at that as well!

Special congrats goes out to our Grand Prize Winner David Cordingley who is instantly the most popular person on his block!

We will be in touch with you good people to discuss claiming your prize!