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2011 Winnipeg Folk Festival Main Stage Schedule Announced
on April 26,2011 by jared

We're pleased to announce the 2011 Main Stage schedule and the addition of three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams to the line-up. Considered by many to be one of America's greatest living songwriters, Williams makes her first appearance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival armed with her unforgettable honesty and on the heels of her latest album release – titled simply Blessed.

The full mainstage lineup is shaping up like this, as always it's subject to change!  

Wednesday, July 6: Melissa McClelland, The Jayhawks, Blue Rodeo
Thursday, July 7: Ordo Sakhna, David Wax Museum, Del McCoury Band with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, M. Ward, Tegan and Sara
Friday, July 8: Dan Mangan, Sarah Jarosz, k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang, Lucinda Williams, Toots & The Maytals
Saturday, July 9: Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band, Spiro, Tinariwen, Little Feat, Caravan Palace
Sunday, July 10: Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Jeff Tweedy

If you don't have your tickets for this fantastic 5 day celebration of music, you can head on over here and get yours today!

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TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Announces 2011 Line-Up
on April 18,2011 by jared

An outstanding slate of artists is set to perform at the 2011 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. From June 16 – 25, downtown Winnipeg comes alive for more than 10 days of exceptional live music featuring the best local, national and international artists.

Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, the New Gary Burton Quartet, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, the Robert Glasper Trio, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Juno Award Winners Kellylee Evans and Shad are among the more than seventy performers taking part in this year's festival!

Meanwhile, at The Pyramid Cabaret, some of UMFM's favorite acts are set to perform, including indie icons Blonde Redhead, recent Juno Award-winner Shad, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, legendary hip hop producer Pete Rock, mesmerizing New Orleans duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat and more.

As always, the festival will once again present four days of free music in Old Market Square, as thousands of music fans are expected in The Exchange District for Opening Weekend, June 16-19. Each night in the park is loosely themed: Thursday features Latin jazz, Friday has jazz with some rhythm and blues, Saturday features some of Winnipeg’s most popular indie rock talent and Sunday brings the funk with the return of Moses Mayes – an essential annual tradition-along with jazz, fusion, and hip hop.

Tickets, as well as club passes and wristbands, for the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival go on sale Wednesday, April 20 at jazzwinnipeg.com, by phone at 989-4656 and at the Jazz Winnipeg office at 007-100 Arthur Street. Tickets for all Centennial Concert Hall shows are also available at Ticketmaster.

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.