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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!

Come Check Out Our New House!
on May 29,2011 by jared

Over the past several months, loyal listeners have probably heard UMFM show hosts discussing the state of renovations at the station and some of the difficulties encountered during that time. But more recently, our hosts have taken to sharing how pleased they are with the new digs. Now's your chance to see what they've been talking about. UMFM is offering our wonderful listeners the chance to come down to the station between Sunday June 5 and Saturday June 11, 2011 for our Open House Week. This is your opportunity to see how the great radio you tune in for is actually made, a chance to meet the host of your favourite show and tour our renovated space.

UMFM hosts are offering the listening audience a peek behind the curtain (or the microphone) and a chance to sit in on a live broadcast of their radio show. If you've always wondered just who it is that's playing the tunes you dig, or talking about the issues that affect you, this is your chance to meet the people behind the voices that make the great programming on UMFM's airwaves. The 3 general dates that are open to the public are as follows, so be sure to join us for some refreshments and a tour of our new digs!

  • Monday, June 6th from 2PM until 5PM
  • Wednesday, June 8th from 2PM until 5PM
  • Saturday, June 11th from 1PM until 4PM

More details will follow in the coming weeks, but stay tuned to UMFM 101.5 and visit this website regularly for information on special guests, live performances and prizes that will only be available to our listeners during our Open House events. So far, in terms of special shows, here's what we've got confirmed, all of this is of course subject to change.

And if you follow a particular show via their blog, Twitter or Facebook pages, keep your eyes peeled for special annoucements from the hosts who are planning all sorts of interesting programming for the week of Sunday June 5 to Sunday June 11, 2011.

Call For Bands/Artists: New Music Wednesdays!
on May 20,2011 by jared

The Zoo, in partnership with Manitoba Music, is launching an exciting new weekly concert series featuring local music in all genres. Kicking off on May 11, New Music Wednesdays will be a breeding ground for new bands in Manitoba's vibrant original music scene. It's a great new opportunity for Manitoba artists and bands to get on stage to make new fans, try out new tunes, and perfect their live show. Whether you play rock, hip hop, roots, jazz, pop, world, electronica, or anything beyond or in-between, you can submit to be a part of New Music Wednesdays.

The first Wednesday of every month will be Manitoba Music Night at New Music Wednesdays, featuring exclusively Manitoba Music members. More details to come, so stay tuned!

The Zoo will book three bands per night, every week. If you would like to play at The Zoo for New Music Wednesdays or get more info, please contact Lisa at Include your contact information, a brief description of what you do, and a link to a website with your music. Please put "New Music Wednesdays" in the subject.

Attention All Folkies!
on May 16,2011 by michael

The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced today that submissions are now open for the 2011 edition of this prestigious event which will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th.  For more information please visit or .

The SEVENTH ANNUAL CFMAs invites all Canadian folk, roots and world musicians to submit now for the 2011 awards. Featuring this year’s theme “Celebrating Festivals,” CFMAs activities will include various workshops at Victoria College with the support and assistance of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF); a special nominee showcase taking place at Hugh’s Room on Saturday, December 3rd; and the evening gala, which will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th – celebrating excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2010 and June 14, 2011 are eligible to submit their work. For complete details on eligibility, applications and criteria, please visit

ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT can apply directly online or by downloading the submissions form at  and each artist can apply to multiple categories appropriate to their music. There are nineteen categories altogether, which includes conventional titles such as Traditional Album of the Year and  Solo Artist of the Year, as well as two categories for world music, French, English and Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year awards, a Children’s Album of the Year Award and for the more adventurous musicians out there…the Pushing the Boundaries Award.

 The CFMAs have also announced that this year they will be adding the new “UNSUNG HERO / TRAVAILLEUR DE L'OMBRE” award in recognition of the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to the Canadian folk music scene. The recipient will be selected by a separate five-member jury, from the region where the 2011 awards will take place – in this case, Central Canada, which includes Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. For further details please visit

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE is Thursday, June 30th, 2011.

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION RATE until Sunday, May 22, 2011.

nĂșna (now), happening now!
on May 10,2011 by michael

núna (now) hits the ground running on May 12 with a fantastic new series of Icelandic and Canadian events, taking place in Winnipeg and Gimli through May 21. Don’t be one of those who hears about the fun later and cries bitter tears about missing it - make your plans to attend núna NOW!

A few words from the curatorial committee

It’s an important and exciting year for núna (now): our fifth. Once again we’re pleased to offer you some thrilling new art from Iceland in almost any discipline you can name, alongside complimentary work from right here in Canada.

Every year núna (now) changes in some way – it would be less interesting both for you and for us if it did not – and to mark our half-decade of existence, this year we’ve concentrated our programming like the Minute Maid does her lemons, into one full and spectacular week of North Atlantic frolic.

This year’s treats include a compelling new dance work, or perhaps we should say A Provocation Pure and Simple! It’s not to be missed; nor is the specially-commissioned work being performed on the same program by two Manitoba dancers. We have Miri -bustle-shaking music from Iceland with local stars Royal Canoe; a series of rock documentaries chronicling the unique Reykjavík scene; the always-popular lecture from academic Laurie K. Bertram, and of course our singular goodtime parties and receptions.

We have no end of fun assembling these programs for you, and will be very pleased if you’ll join us for this week of wonders. The Icelandic art scene is so rich and spiky and true and beautiful that sharing it with our fellow Manitobans, in Winnipeg and in Gimli, feels like the one good deed that will get us all into A?sgard. We’ll see you soon, at núna (now)!?