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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.

McLuhan is perhaps best known for coining the expressions "the medium is the message" and "the global village" and correctly predicted the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence waned in the years before and after his death and he continued to be a controversial figure in academic circles. In the Internet age, however, there was renewed interest in his work and perspective. In 1934, McLuhan received his Masters in Education from the University of Manitoba!

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!

Come & Join The Circus!
on July 13,2011 by jared

Big Top Fringe Takes Over Winnipeg, July 13th thru July 24th

Step right up, ladies, gentlemen and Fringers of all ages (and, yes, we really do mean all ages) and get ready to be thrilled, amazed and entertained at Big Top Fringe!  Be prepared to witness 150 of the most fantastical feats of theatrical daring you’ve ever seen onstage – spellbinding dramas, uproarious comedies, musical wonders and the beauty of dance.

The 24th annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is not your ordinary three-ring circus. We have all kinds of theatrical wonders as well as lots of activities for everyone at the Fringe Fairground a.k.a. Old Market Square in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. We have tasty treats and beverages, merchant vendors with a variety of wares, and be sure to take in the many musicians, acrobats and jugglers on the MTS Outdoor Stage. And don’t forget to give the little ones a thrill by visiting the free Kids Fringe activities area.

Once again, UMFM is very proud to present some of Winnipeg's finest improv talent, plus 2 super awesome dj's, in 3 must see shows!  Be sure to check out the following, guarenteed to make you laugh...

And as always, UMFM's intrepid theater reporter Justin Olynyk, host of Play It Again (Wednesday nights at 8PM), will be in the middle of the action checking out some of the great plays and telling your all about them here!

Post No Bills!
on June 28,2011 by michael

On July 12th Post No Bills Gallery will launch the first ever outdoor commercial gallery at the 24th annual Winnipeg Fringe Theater Festival. In conjunction with Martha Street Studio, RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design, and Golden City Fine Art, Post No Bills functions as an on-site commercial gallery to market the work of contemporary Manitoban artists during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, which runs July 13 – July 25, 2011.

Each year, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival attracts a local and international audience of 85,000 – 90,000. With this project we hope to increase exposure and appreciation of visual art and encourage support of Winnipeg's outstanding visual artists. The gallery will be in the heart of Winnipeg's Exchange District on the corner of Arthur and McDermott, and will be open every day from 10 am till Midnight for the duration of the festival.

Just last month, Winnipeg's art scene earned international praise at the opening of the 'My Winnipeg' show at La Maison Rouge gallery in Paris, France and Macleans Magazine recently voted Winnipeg's art scene number two in Canada. In an effort to inform the city's many residents who are unaware of this phenomenon or where to find local art for sale, this project offers a fresh conduit with a diverse artistic palette as well as a wide range of prices from $20 to $4000.


Work will be shown by over forty artists represented by the associated galleries. Exhibiting artists include: Galen Johnson, Leslie Supnet, Doug Smith, Shaun Morin, The Royal Art Lodge, Noam Gonick, Craig Love, Paul Robles, Guy Maddin, Simon Hughes, Paul Zacharias, Adrian Williams, Ryan Carman, Cyrus Smith, Ian August, David Wityk, Andrew Lodwick, Ben Bonner, Alexis Goertz, Dan Donaldson, Eric LeSage, Les Newman, Suzie Smith, Kristin Nelson, Darren Stebeleski, Micah Lexier, Paul Butler, Justin Ludwar, Krisjanis Katkins-Gorsline, Jessica Evans, Louis Bako, Andrew Valko, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michael Dumontier, Robert Pasternak, Neil Farber, Keith Wood, Takashi Iwasaki, Melanie Rocan, Tamara Weller, Erica Eyres, Jake Kosciuk, Teresa Braun, Helga Jakobson, Andrea Von Vichert and more. A call for submissions recently posted on The Winnipeg and Manitoba Arts Council bulletins resulted in a response from over 20 additional artists, and submissions will be accepted throughout the festival.

Any assistance you can provide to help promote Post No Bills would be greatly appreciated. Also, much needed nominal sponsorships of $150.00 will be recognized on a donor wall upon entering gallery and on all promotional materials.

We thank you for your time and consideration.

For additional information about sponsoring this event, please contact:

Eric Wood or Joe Kalturnyk


Open House Update!
on June 9,2011 by jared

So you've got just a few days left to come down and check out our new digs!  We'll be going strong until Saturday at 11PM, so we hope you'll come down and visit us.  Once of the big changes to the operations is the grand opening of our brand new live recording room.  We've had a couple of great acts in during the week to help us christen the studio, and just in case you missed the broadcasts, here's a little taste of what's been going on!

Nova - Ex-Con (smog cover)

Mecca Normal - Malachi

We're super fired up about the new live studio and look forward to recording bands of all manner over in the coming days, weeks and months!