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on March 8,2011 by jared

Yuri's Night is a network of Global Parties that celebrate the anniversary of the first manned space flight, piloted by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12th, 1961. All over the world each year on April 12th, planners put together both large scale and small scale parties, celebrating the culture, science and spirit of manned space exploration.

Come celebrate with us with a day (and night) full of space themed fun, activities, exhibits !!!!

mrghosty and the staff at The Manitoba Museum are working hard to make this year's celebration one for the books! Here's what you can expect!

This interactive exhibition presents the history of space exploration and takes a look at what the future may hold for humans in space.

Live science demonstrations and interactive stations will engage visitors of all ages.

(attendance is FREE to all, and the exhibit will be open late to those coming to the party later in the evening)!!!

***FAIRLY SCIENTIFIC INDIE SCIENCE FAIR!!!! 12pm-5pm***Remember those science fairs from your youth? Want to relive those moments? Make a volcano, an electro magnet or anything else related to SCIENCE!!! if you're interested in creating an exhibit? All you have to do is email: to register your project!!!! Winners of the science fair will receive prizes, ribbons, and free admission to the party in the Planetarium later on (and get to show off your winning projects to party attendees)!!!!

***SCIENCE GALLERY SHINDIG!!! (8pm-1am) *$10 admission, cash bar, 18+.***
*cruise the exhibits in the science gallery, play with fun experiments.
*get your picture taken in REAL astronaut attire at the photo booth.
*play games in the mini space arcade on vintage consoles and the Winnitron 1000!
*play with PO-MOTION, the PO-MO PROJECT's interactive floor projections!!!

Grab a drink, and a snack while listening to the DJ stylings of:

*Tyler Crichton
*Bit Cadet - team20XX
*dj sELF - Elfin Sound/Caffix Records - Science Psy

***GUEST SPEAKERS!!! (time and speakers TBA)***
Just like last year, we will have a number of guest speakers giving talks and answering your questions on all things scientific!!!

*** PLANETARIUM DANCE PARTY!!! (9pm-1am)***
Dance under the dome with 4 screens of live space themed video projections by Tyrone Deise of OnionUnion and mrghosty!!!

featuring music by:

Freak Alien (aka p_aul from mixhard)
DIAL-UP (readymix)
the SHAKE (Manalogue and Lotek)

and last but not least:

Come dressed as your favorite science/ science fiction persona/ character/ etc, mingle with beings from outerspace and compete for amazing space themed prizes in our COSTUME CONTEST!!!

Celebrate Record Store Day Everyday!
on March 8,2011 by jared

(But especially Saturday, April 16th...)

This Saturday, the fifth annual Record Store Day hits stores with plenty of sales to keep music fans busy. But there's more to the festivities than just 40%-off stickers and rare vinyl.

Celebrated the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day takes over more than 700 independently owned music stores internationally. In addition to sales and specially-released merchandise, stores offer special programming, from live performances to cook-outs to parades. The event was founded in 2007 to celebrate the art of music.

Locally, several stores are officially participating in the celebration, including Into the Music, Music Trader, Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, War On Music, Red River Book Store, Planet of Sound, and Argy's Collectibles offer their own events. Head to Into the Music, Music Trader and the Winnipeg Folk Festival music store to catch sets by homegrown talent like Vampires, This Hisses, Scott Nolan, Rambling Dan Frechette, The Telepathic Butterflies, and more while perusing blowout sales.

After the business day ends, the party moves to The Lo Pub where participating stores come together for a night of music courtesy of DJ Hunnicutt and Triunfo de Gato, and the second edition of live music trivia game show.

Manitoba Artists Infiltrate Austin!
on March 7,2011 by jared

South by Southwest Welcomes 10 Showcasing Manitoba Acts

An impressive group of Manitoba musicians are getting a head start on the spring thaw this month with a trip to Texas. But it’s not all sunburns and barbeque for the 10 local acts making their way south; they’ll be showcasing and networking at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. The prestigious festival will put some of Manitoba’s most exciting and innovative acts on stage in front of powerful international music industry professionals.

Now in its 23rd year, SXSW, which runs March 15-20, is one of the world’s biggest music festivals and conferences, featuring over 1300 acts from across the globe performing in every imaginable genre. Manitoba acts will have the opportunity to perform for some of the industry's top names as well as rabid audiences in several Austin venues.

For the first time, Manitoba Music will host a showcase of top talent from the keystone province at SXSW on March 17 at The Parish Underground. The line-up features breakout soul/pop duo Imaginary Cities, indie pop/rock outfits The Liptonians, Royal Canoe, The Details, and Hope Atlantic, and hip-hop act The Lytics, This show is the latest in Manitoba Music’s series of successful market development events highlighting homegrown talent, including three recent industry showcases in Toronto. Other Manitoba acts hitting the stage at SXSW include acclaimed singer/songwriter Christine Fellows, indie pop/rockers Les Jupes and Boats, and noisecore act KEN Mode. Rock band Domenica and singer/songwriter Scott Nolan will also be performing in Austin.

For the 13th year, Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC join forces to present the hottest party at SXSW on March 18 at the Radisson Town Lake. The exclusive event brings influential industry players together with the Manitoba delegation to network and further develop crucial working relationships.

Manitoba artists and industry professionals were able to access financial support for their showcases at SXSW through the Market Access Program, a program jointly funded by Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music.

For more information about SXSW, please visit

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.