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Happily Dysfunctional: The Story of Transistor 66 Records Coming Soon To A Screen Near You!
on October 29,2011 by jared

Winnipeg's Konofilms is proud to announce the release of a film by Steve Ward about local indie label Transistor 66 Records.

Happily Dysfunctional: The Story of Transistor 66 Records traces the story of Art MacIntyre, owner of the Winnipeg based label. The film will premiere on MTS Winnipeg On Demand, Friday November 18th, 2011. A free screening of the film will also take place on November 13 at the Park Theatre.

Founded in 2001, T66 Records’ catalogue broadly samples the top-drawer in underground rock n’ roll. From the classic Americana roots of Scott Nolan and The Crooked Brothers to the surf noir of This Hisses and the Miesha and the Spanks (to name but a few), the label has become an uncompromising taste-maker to the country’s
most steadfast music fans.

“First I was a bit hesitant because I don’t enjoy being in the spotlight,” says label owner Art MacIntyre of the initial idea of the documentary. “But I realized it would be a huge opportunity for our artists.” Featuring performances by and interviews with several T66 artists, including Joanne Rodriguez, Scott Nolan, and the Vibrating Beds, the film is a candid, intimate portrayal of an uncompromising soul, someone accustomed to fighting for others in their pursuit
of artistic purity.

“I was excited to have an opportunity to shine a light on Art and the Transistor 66 family,” says director Steve Ward, whose previous credits include music videos for The Farrell Brothers and Scott Nolan. “The label's been around for 10 years and that's no small accomplishment anywhere, let alone in a small city like Winnipeg.”

A free screening of the film will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the Park Theatre Café (698 Osborne St.) at 6:30 p.m., including live performances from the Crooked Brothers and the Vibrating Beds!


Manitoba Wins Big at 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards!!
on October 25,2011 by jared

The Manitoba music industry made its mark in Whitehorse this weekend, dominating the ninth annual Western Canadian Music Awards. Local artists and industry won an impressive 16 awards, including eight of nine industry awards. The awards were handed out at a gala event at the Yukon Arts Centre on October 23, as well as an industry awards brunch on October 22.

Manitoba swept the Roots Recording of the Year categories this year, with wins for The Wailin’ Jennys and Del Barber for group and solo, respectively. Barber brought home two awards for his Juno Award-nominated album, Love Songs for the Last Twenty, which also snagged Independent Album of the Year. The Jennys, who won for their fourth full length, Bright Morning Stars, are also up for three Canadian Folk Music Awards, which will be handed out on December 4 in Toronto.

After a whirlwind year including European tours, an opening spot on the Pixies North American tour, and a nod from the prestigious Polaris Music Prize long list, Imaginary Cities picked up Pop Recording of the Year for its debut, Temporary Resident.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero landed the award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year for his work on The Long Way Home. The album is also up for a Canadian Folk Music Award, four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and won a Native American Music Award for Best Folk Recording earlier this month.

Roots rock singer/songwriter Romi Mayes was once again named Songwriter of the Year, this time for her latest effort, Lucky Tonight. This is Mayes’ third win in the category.

B.C. transplant and 2011 Canadian Country Music Award nominee Ridley Bent and his album, Rabbit On My Wheel, won for Country Recording of the Year.

Latin jazz act Trio Bembe won in the World Music Recording of the Year for its sophomore effort, Oh My Soul, which is also up for a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award.

Several of this year's winners performed during the gala, which was streamed live, including Ridley Bent, Romi Mayes, Don Amero, Del Barber, and Ruth Moody.

It wasn’t just the artists getting all the glory in Whitehorse. Manitoba’s music companies and professionals nearly swept the industry categories, winning eight out of nine awards. Paquin Entertainment Group and CEO Gilles Paquin were named Agency of the Year and Manager of the Year, respectively. Producer and singer/songwriter Arun Chaturvedi won for Producer of the Year. Cameron Loeppky, who worked on Imaginary Cities’ winning album, was named Engineer of the Year. Talent Buyer of the Year went to the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Chris Frayer while the West End Cultural Centre was named Live Music Venue of the Year for the fifth time. The Independent Record Label award went to Head In The Sand, which is home to Les Jupes, Royal Canoe, Rococode, and more. Christine Fellows’ performance film Reliquary/Reliquaure, by Performance Pictures, won the Multi Media ward.

The Importance Of 100!
on October 24,2011 by jared

This Friday at 6:00 PM we will be airing a very special edition of Wake Up Winnipeg on UMFM 101.5.  Friday's episode will mark the 100th episode of the talk show that was never supposed to happen, and once it started, it wasn't supposed to last.

Two years ago Wake Up Winnipeg started as a side project to The Aimless & Andy Show which also aired on UMFM. The intent was to put together a talk show built specifically around local news and event listings in an effort to show our stations ongoing support to our community, but also as a resource for us to explore a side of radio production that we had not personally explored before.

As a non-Winnipeg Native I started the project in almost a tourist like mind-set. I looked at Winnipeg as if I was just visiting and when I reported, I imagined I was talking to someone who had not ever been through the "The Peg". What I hadn't yet learned or experienced in Winnipeg, I started to explore. The stories that came out of those opportunities were then shared from a first person point of view. I did this by reaching out to those directly involved in the industry, hipsters, indie kids, those "in the know" and I learned from them by means of interviews with guests and those friends met along the way.

With the launch of our podcast we were able to spread the word of Winnipeg globally and within the first few podcast episodes we had received high fives from countries like The US, The Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Germany and even Latvia.  It was comforting to know that our show was serving its purpose to reach out to Winnipeg Fans around the world.

Here we are two years later and we continue to learn more about this city. I am happy to officially call it home and act as a strong advocate for Winnipeg. Our ongoing goal for each episode of Wake Up Winnipeg is to seek out new opportunities, adventures and stories and continue to share to those our friends within the perimeter and those families and fans throughout the world. 

As much work as Natty and I put into each episode of Wake Up Winnipeg, a lot of our shows couldn't be done without our supporters. Through these last two years we've had the privilege and honor to work with some wonderful local talents (some of whom have now become friends), and collaborated with those artists traveling through looking for support on their projects.  We've teamed up with local organizations to raise awareness and have even given back to the community by means of benefit shows and charity events.

So no matter where in the world you are, or what connection you have with Winnipeg, Paul, Natty and I would like to personally invite you to tune in this Friday at 6:00pm CST as we celebrate our 100th episode with you. During this interview we will recap on some of our favorite moments both on-air and behind the scenes. We'll have a couple of special guests and a few surprises up our sleeves. 

Rock and Roll with a Thanks on Top,

Andru Valpy

A-PAC 2011 Halloween Special
on October 21,2011 by michael

The Almost Professional Amateur Comic Tim Morgan host of A-PAC is holding his 9th annual Halloween Special. A half hour long wild ride of laughs scares and heart burn, followed by a strange itching sensation… Word has it Alice Cooper “might” be showing up. Anyway check out the 2011 Annual A-PAC Halloween special airing the week of October 24th to the 30th.

Here on UMFM FM A-PAC Airs Late Sunday Nights/ Early Monday Mornings at 1:00AM (Oct 31st). Happy Halloween!

If you miss it catch the A-PAC podcast

For all the latest A-PAC news check out the A-PAC Group Page on Facebook.

Manitoba Folkways Collection Launch
on October 6,2011 by michael

“And when you sing a song about your own lives, you are doing the same thing they do— you are making folk music.” -Alan Lomax, 1915-2002

Alan Lomax was an American folklorist and ethnomusicologist. He was one of the great field collectors of folk music and spent much of the early part of the 20th century driving across America in a car that he modified to house his recording equipment so that he could record the folk music of the American people. He contributed a large amount of recording to what would come to be the Smithsonian Folkways Collection. The mission statement of Smithsonian Folkways states that their mission "is to document people's music.'

Manitoba Folkways is an endeavor similar in nature to Lomax’s and the mission of the Folkways Collection. Artists Jen Delos Reyes and Kerri-Lynn Reeves drove across Manitoba in search of examples of contemporary vernacular music about the lives of Manitobans. Manitoba Folkways is an audio portrait of the province today.


The artists will proudly unveil the record at a launch that will include live performances from individuals featured in the collection on Friday, October 28, 2011 at The Lo Pub. The $10.00 cover fee comes with a free copy of the record. Please note that this event is 18+ only.

Photos of the making of the Manitoba Folkways Collection by Christopher Friesen, along with a listening station and information on the project will be on display at the Lo Pub from October 28th to December 28th.

Manitoba Folkways is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Video Pool, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, and Manitoba Music. A special thanks is extended to Golden Prairie Arts Centre, Lady of the Lake, and the Lo Pub.