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Harvest Moon Festival Celebrates 10 Years!
on September 1,2011 by jared
It’s hard to believe but the Harvest Moon Festival is turning 10 this year! Surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley, this unique three-day festival is a celebration of the harvest season, local food production, the area’s rich cultural heritage, and the bond between rural and urban folks. The town of Clearwater will once again host the 10th perennial festival September 16 - 18, 2011.
This year there are some really fantastic acts to see, some of which including:
Education and information has always played a significant role in the event; Festival goers can attend informative and hands-on workshops, which are free with admission. New this year is Harvest Moon TV – a day long workshop that teaches participants about the basics of video production and then has them jointly document the day’s activities and memorable moments – all to be compiled into a mini-film shown on the main stage Saturday night. Other workshops include building your own rocket stove, forest gardening, the lost art of lactic acid fermentation, crazy instruments, vermiculture, farm tours, a community drum circle, and more!
In addition to music and workshops, there will be a children’s area, a free-for-all jam session (bring your favourite instrument!), a fair-trade fair, a farmer’s market, and tasty locally produced food from the Tallest Poppy, Eat on Samosa, Organic Planet, and Clearwater Junction. And let’s not forget about Half Pints beer as well, eh?
Tickets are available in Winnipeg (Mondragon, Organic Planet), in Clearwater (Clearwater Country Market), and Brandon (Two Farm Kids). Weekend Passes ($55 adult/$35 youth ages 12-17). Camping ($10 adult/$5 youth). Friday only ($25 adult/$15 youth). Saturday only ($35 adult/$20 youth). Mooner Pass (1-5 people, max 2 adults): $150 (does not include camping). Kids under 12 get in free!
All proceeds help to pay for the operation of the festival and fund community-based projects. For more information please visit: www.harvestmoonfestival.ca.
Manitoba Artists Land 24 Nods For 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards
on August 25,2011 by jared
Manitoba artists and local productions have netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards this year. The winners will be announced at one of two award shows in downtown Winnipeg on November 3 and 4, 2011.
Fans cast votes on the APCMA website to determine who wins in each category, but industry stakeholders were involved in the selection of nominees in the non-genre or “industry” categories during the first round of online voting this year.
Winnipeg’s Most leads the pack with six nominations, while Don Amero is close behind with four nods. Newcomer Ali Fontaine has three chances to win this year, and Winnipeg rockers Bruthers of Different Muthers landed two nominations. Twelve other Manitoba acts and one local radio program have single nominations for their work.
The Best Music Video category is stacked with Manitoba songs this year. Billy Joe Green’s Honey Girl, Don Amero’s Right Where I Wanna Be, J.C. Campbell’s The Floor, and All That I Know by Winnipeg’s Most are all in the running, making four of the five nominations from the keystone province.
Manitoba acts make up two of the five nominations in the Best Country CD, Best Duo or Group, Best Fiddle CD, Best Instrumental CD, Best Rock CD, and Single of the Year categories.
For a complete list of 2011 APCMA nominees or to register to vote, please visit www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com.
Pop (Montreal) Goes UMFM!
on August 12,2011 by michael
The internationally acclaimed festival Pop Montreal runs from September 21 - 25 this year and will once again feature a slew of amazing artists and acts (both up-and-coming and established) from around the world. Beginning next week, in conjunction with Pop Montreal, UMFM will be featuring artists appearing at the festival and spotlighting acts to check out (either online or in person). We'll have interviews with local acts headed to Montreal and some exclusive chats with national and international artists appearing at Pop Montreal as well. And to cap things off, starting the first week of September we'll have some fantastic giveaways and prizes courtesy of the festival.
Tune in to Free Range Radio beginning next week and throughout the next month for the scoop on the Pop...
UMFM launches new Live Sessions section
on August 12,2011 by michael
UMFM's major renovations over the last year meant a lot of changes at the station, but one of the biggest changes was the construction of a brand new Live Band Room. This state-of-the-art facility means that the quality of on-air performances and pre-recorded sessions is exponentially better than it was prior to the renovations and we've been utilizing this new space over the past few months with a number of local, national and international artists who have graced us with their time and talents. These artists have also been generous enough to make the results of these live recordings available as free downloads to our listeners.
Head over to the Live Sessions section where we've already posted nearly thirty mp3s for you to stream or download. And bookmark the page because we'll be adding many more live sessions in the coming months.
Happy 100th Birthday Marshall McLuhan!
on July 18,2011 by jared
Help us celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of one Herbert Marshall McLuhan, (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980), a great Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan's work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries.
Join the Komodo Dragon this Wednesday, July 20th, as Von Wichert plays for you an assortment of sonic documents from 1966-69 to celebrate this great Canadian cultural pioneer!
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