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Human Rights Film Festival Launchs March 21.
on March 7,2011 by jared

The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties is proud to introduce Manitoba’s newest film festival and cultural event. The March 21st: Human Rights Film Festival! This festival was developed in 2010 to increase public awareness of the work needed for the elimination of social inequality and racial discrimination. It highlights March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and showcase a film selection that address human rights concerns and issues regarding racism and social inequality. The festival aims to draw attention to these issues and to promote discussion around them.

Schedule Of Events:

Monday, March 21st

Province of Manitoba DVD launch: “My Home is Manitoba” Diversity Awareness for Newcomers - Opening night reception and refreshments to follow, 6pm doors open, 6:30pm program starts, at the Garrick Cinema - FREE.

Tuesday March 22nd

“Live/Life From 95” short film & panel discussion about the reality and impact racism and social inequalities have on Aboriginal and Immigrant youth, 7:30pm, Millennium Library - FREE.

Wednesday March 23rd

“On Our Watch” short film, life stories from a Holocaust Survivor & Lost Boy of Sudan; discussion of the impact & reality of racism & genocide, 7:30pm, Millennium Library - FREE.

Thursday March 24th

Short film program and Q & A with filmmakers - 1pm, Millennium Library

Youth filmmaking Workshop - 2:30pm, Millennium Library

Feature film “Grand Rapids” with short film “Overburden”, Q & A with filmmakers, 7pm, Garrick Cinema.

All events are FREE.

Friday March 25th

Stories from The Human Library Lunch & Learn: The “Human Books” share their lives and experiences of Winnipeg’s first Human Library, 12pm, Millennium Library - FREE.

Feature film “Billy” with youth film making challenge winner “In the Locker”, Q & A with filmmakers, 7pm, Garrick Cinema -$5 at the door (includes admission to closing night reception).

Saturday March 26th

Screening of the feature film “Seeking Refuge” with poetry reading by Faiza Hargaaya, Q & A with filmmaker, 7pm, Garrick Cinema, $5 at the door (includes admission to closing night reception).

Closing night reception. Music performances by “La Clave del Sol”, light snacks provided, CASH BAR, 9:30pm, Radisson Hotel.

If you are interested in volunteering, or have further questions regarding this festival please contact us at 947-0213 or e-mail:

Former UMFM host drops new album today (February 24, 2011)
on February 24,2011 by michael

Noted MC and former UMFM host [Cast Iron Frying Pan/Footsteps], Birdapres drops his brand new album Catch An L today on Marathon of Dope. The album is available via the MOD website as a PWYC download, but CD copies will be available for sale tonight at the LO Pub as Bird celebrates the launch with Haunter and DJ's Kinetik [The Dope Joints] and Mike B. [Cross/Pollination].


You can download the album at the Marathon of Dope site.

Details about the album launch are available here.

"Ultrasonic Film's Best of 2010!!!" Thursday Feb 24th 9pm to Midnight!
on February 22,2011 by jared

James and Cindy will reveal their choices of the best films of the year, two seperate lists which will include honorable mentions as well. These films will not only include the award worthy favorites but also independent films, HBO films and little seen gems!

This is a great place to hear how your favorite films fared on our countdowns but also to get some new titles to check out. We will deliver 3 hours of wall-to-wall films to see, with our own unique take on the previous years films.

For added fun, we have not seen each others list's and may be quite surprised at our own choices and rankings. So join James and Cindy for their special 3-hour show which marks the end of a very fine year of films!

John Cage World Radio Premieres This Week!
on February 18,2011 by jared

Von Wichert, in cooperation with OgreOgress Productions, is pleased to announce that on the February 23rd edition of the Komodo Dragon Show he will be premiering 2 brand new recordings of avant-garde composer John Cage.  The following works will be broadcast, over the course of 4 hours, between 7AM and 11AM CST.

The first piece, Two3, was originally written in 1991 and runs for 121 minutes. Two3 is a suite for sho (traditional Japanese mouth-organ) and conch shells in 10 movements featuring Tamami Tono on the sho and Glenn Freeman on conch shells.

The second piece, 108, was also written in 1991 and runs 43:30. The piece is a symphony for large orchestra in 4 movements, performed by the Chance Philharmonic. 108 is written for the largest ensemble of any of Cage's Number Pieces. Its length of 43'30'' is an allusion - intentional or not - to the infamous 4'33'' (1952) that earned Cage considerable fame. 108 is in four movements and, when played by itself, more closely resembles a traditional symphony than any other piece in Cage's output.

The final piece, 110, is 108 played with any three movements of Two3, making a double concerto for sho and
conch shells plus symphony orchestra. More information on Cage's number pieces is available here. The pieces heard today will be released on audio DVD later in March.

The Chance Philharmonic is comprised of:

Christina Fong, violins/violas
Karen Krummel, violin/cellos
Michael Crawford, contrabasses
Ruth Bylsma, piccolo/flutes/alto flute
Sarah Bowman, oboes/english horns
Michael Kornacki, clarinets/bass clarinets
Vince Karamanov, bassoons/contrabassoons
Paul Austin, horns
Michael Bowman, trumpets
Robert Ward, trombones/bass trombones/tuba
Glenn Freeman, percussion

R.I.P. Chuck Green
on January 31,2011 by jared

We at UMFM would like to send our sincere condolences out to the friends and family of Chuck Green who passed way over the weekend.  Mr. Green was a strong proponent of Winnipeg's music scene for more than 30 years, and his presence will be missed immensly.

From today's Winnipeg Free Press:

THE city has lost its most famous Zoo keeper.

Chuck Green, co-owner of the Osborne Village Inn, which includes the bars The Zoo and Ozzy's, died on Friday at the age of 54. Green had diabetes requiring him to be on dialysis for 20 hours a week, along with kidney and liver problems.

Green was a big supporter of the Winnipeg music scene and boasts a list of friends that includes music royalty and local bands that played their first live shows at the Zoo or Ozzy's. Since purchasing the hotel with his brothers Coleman, David and Rick in 1978, thousands of bands have played on the venue's two stages, including Nickelback, Lee Aaron, David Wilcox, Voivod, Soul Asylum, Black Oak Arkansas, Max Webster, the Guess Who and Sacrifice.

Green had a solid reputation with everyone he dealt with, from musicians to the media. He is survived by his wife Ruth; son Louis and daughter Minnie; his father Ernest; his three brothers and sister Cheryl.

He might have best been known as a business owner and local music promoter, but family was the most important thing in his life.

"I've done a lot of damage to my hands and feet -- I'm in constant pain -- but I've never had to worry about a paycheque. My brothers have always been there, running for me and protecting me. This place could burn to the ground and I wouldn't shed one tear. But family... that's really all you have," he said during a 2007 interview with Winnipeg Free Press writer David Sanderson.

A graveside service will be held at Rosh Pina Cemetery, 2795 Main St. on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with a meal of consolation to follow at at Etz Chaim Synagogue.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation.