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Legendary Animator Ralph Bakshi Comes To Winnipeg For Plastic Paper 2011!
on April 17,2011 by jared

PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG'S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM is an international festival that takes place May 4-7, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective. PLASTIC PAPER’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally.

Special guests for the 2011 edition will include animation legend RALPH BAKSHI (Fritz the Cat, Lord of the Rings), who will be appearing in person to present his film American Pop and to give an artist talk at the opening vernissage for his visual arts exhibit THE STREETS at RAW Gallery, and Montreal underground cartoonist RICK TREMBLES, who will present his Motion Picture Purgatory: De-Censortized expanded cinema show at our main venue, The Park Theatre.

Other treats in this year's lineup include the animated documentary AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY, Brent Green's elegiac stop-motion feature GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN, a retrospective of the psychedelic short films of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami, Mathieu Weschler's feature-length machinima THE TRASHMASTER (made completely using source images from Grand Theft Auto 4), Albert Birney + Jon Moses' musical stop-motion oddity THE BEAST PAGEANT and CODE IN MOTION, a short film program showcasing early computer animation, curated by Clint Enns. Plastic Paper is also honoured to be presenting the Manitoba premiere of THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION, the last film by animator Helen Hill, which was completed posthumously by her husband Paul Galiunas.

Full Programming for PLASTIC PAPER 2011 will be announced here on April 1, 2011, with printed schedules to follow shortly thereafter.

Vote Mob Winnipeg!
on April 15,2011 by jared

Vote Mobs encourage friends, families, neighbours and communities to get out and vote!

 In the 2008 federal election, the youth voter turnout rate hit an all time low of only 37%. This statistic is deplorable. We want to ensure that the voices of youth are heard during this election. We must unite and show our politicians and the rest of Canada that we are engaged and that we plan on voting.

Bring signs stating issues that are important to you, as students and as young people in general (ie funding for post secondary education, tuition fees, public transportation, affordable housing, accessible education, etc). You are also encouraged to wear red and white and/or bring Canadian flags and other Canada paraphernalia.

We will be meeting at the University of Winnipeg at 12 pm on April 27th, but everyone (students, community members, etc.) are welcome to attend! We'll be filming a YouTube video, chalking about democracy on the Spence St promenade, plus there will be an Elections Canada kiosk onsite with information on how to vote.

This event is non-partisan. Please do not bring or wear any materials from a specific political party or candidate.

Because many young people don’t bother to get out and vote, it’s easy for politicians to ignore the issues that are important to us. It is time for this to change. We must make our voices heard to our political representatives, that we are informed and that we plan to exercise our democratic right in voting.
We seek to inspire and encourage youth to become politically engaged in the electoral process by participating in their democratic right to vote. We also wish to call attention to issues that are important to students which are currently being ignored by all politicians.

If you value democracy, political engagement and want to set an example of participation an involvement in Canadian politics, we encourage you to attend and express your vision for Canada. Youth have the power to inspire positive change and to influence politics. We must defeat voter apathy. Become engaged, empowered and above all, vote!

Send Canada a message... Youth are voting this federal election.

Electoral Forums on UMFM
on April 15,2011 by jared

In an effort to shed some light on issues affecting young people in our province, and those facing post secondary students, UMFM will be hosting two electoral forums live on our airwaves featuring candidates from two of the ridings closest to our home here at the University Of Manitoba.

The first forum will take place on Tuesday April 26th, from 5PM until 6PM, and will feature candidates from the Winnipeg South Centre riding including:

You can now hear the Winnipeg South Centre Candidates forum in it's entirity here.

The second forum will take place on Wednesday April 27th, from 6PM until 7PM and will featur candidates from Winnipeg South riding including:

You can now hear the Winnipeg South Candidates forum in it's entirity here.

ArtsVote Winnipeg Federal Election Forum on Arts and Culture!
on April 10,2011 by jared

The ArtsVote Winnipeg Federal Election Forum on Arts and Culture will be held on Wednesday April 20, from noon until 1:30 PM, at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (#2, Forks Market Road).

This forum will be moderated by David Angus, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Confirmed participants include:

- Rod Bruinooge, Conservative Party of Canada
- Anita Neville, Liberal Party of Canada
- Pat Martin, New Democratic Party of Canada

Information on other representatives from the four main federal parties that will be partcipating will be updated shortly.

This event is free and all are welcome.  We sincerely hope that everyone will be able to attend this very important forum, however, if you can't please tune in to one of the following broadcasts on UMFM to hear audio from the event.

  • Thursday, April 21 - 430PM - 6PM
  • Saturday, April 23 - 12PM - 130PM
  • Monday, April 25 - 5PM - 630PM
  • Thursday, April 28 - 430PM - 6PM
  • Saturday, April 30 - 12PM - 130PM

If you can't listen during one of the broadcasts, you can also download the file and listen at your convenience.

ArtsVote Winnipeg is a non-partisan coalition established to create awareness about the importance and impact of the arts in Winnipeg and Manitoba. We join with our colleagues across the country in promoting bold, visionary cultural policies and greater public investment in the arts as essential to fulfilling Canada’s potential as a creative, prosperous country. ArtsVote Winnipeg does not endorse any political party or candidate.

Help Survivors of Japan Quake & Tsunami
on March 16,2011 by jared
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan late Thursday night approximately 250 miles northeast of Tokyo, sparking a tsunami warning across the Pacific region.  According to news reports, the death and injury tolls number in the hundreds. The powerful tsunami waves triggered by the earthquake swept cars, buildings, and trains away, causing additional widespread damage. The area remains on alert due to powerful aftershocks, which may last for days.

Many of our listeners, as well as many of UMFM's own volunteers, have contacted us today asking how they can help with the relief efforts. After a little research, I can suggest that donating to one of the following organizations will certainly help to make even a little difference.