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Bison Sports & 101.5 UMFM Announce 2010/11 Hockey Broadcast Schedule!
on October 30,2010 by jared

UMFM proud to air Bison Men's & Women's hockey for the 3rd consecutive season!

The partnership with the campus station has Bison hockey broadcasts for eight regular season home hockey games (four men’s & four women’s), the women's holiday classic tournament and up to two playoff games from each team. This year's first live hockey broadcast will air on Friday, November 19 as the Bison women’s hockey team host the UBC Thunderbirds at Max Bell Arena with start time of 7 p.m. CST. The always informative pre-game will begin 15 minutes prior to puck drop.

Bison Hockey - UMFM 2010-11 Radio Broadcast Schedule (all times Central Time)

Friday, November 19     Bisons (W) vs. UBC             6:45pm
Friday, November 26     Bisons (M) vs. Alberta         6:45pm

December 29-30          Bison Women's Holiday Classic Tournament

Saturday, January 15    Bisons (W) vs. Saskatchewan    6:45pm
Friday, January 21        Bisons (M) vs. Lethbridge         6:45pm
Sunday, January 30      Bisons (W) vs. Regina              1:45pm
Saturday, February 5     Bisons (W) vs. Calgary             6:45pm
Saturday, February 12   Bisons (M) vs. UBC                  6:45pm
Saturday, February 26   Bisons (M) vs. Saskatchewan    6:45pm

Congrats Manitoba WCMA Participants!
on October 25,2010 by jared

Manitoba Artists & Industry Win 7 Western Canadian Music Awards In Kelowna

Manitoba artists and industry picked up seven Western Canadian Music Awards at this year’s festivities over the weekend. The 2010 WCMAs, which were part of BreakOut West’s October 20-24 run in Kelowna, culminated in the gala awards show at the Kelowna Community Theatre on October 24. Five Manitoba artists and two industry professionals brought home hardware at the eighth annual celebration of music from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon.

Country rock trio Doc Walker continued its winning streak, picking up its second Country Recording of the Year award in a row, this year for its album Go. The band was also recently named Group of the Year for the fourth—and third consecutive—time by the Canadian Country Music Awards.

Rap ‘n’ roll outfit Grand Analog won for Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year for the second year in a row with its latest, Metropolis is Burning.
Singer/songwriter Geneviève Toupin landed Francophone Recording of the Year for her self-titled debut.

Vocalist and frequent Grand Analog collaborator Maiko Watson took home Urban Recording of the Year for her solo effort, Sweet Vibration.

Juno-winning artist Amanda Falk won Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year for her third album, In Between the Now & Then.

Continuing the tradition of pairing two acts together for rare performances at the gala, the WCMAs featured Doc Walker on stage with Albertan Shane Yellowbird, Grand Analog with BC's You Say Party!, and Geneviève Toupin with the Yukon's Annie Lou.

At the Industry Awards Brunch on October 23, Paquin Entertainment Group was named Agency of the Year for the seventh year in a row. Graphic designer Ron Sawchuk was honoured with the award for Best Album Design of the Year for his work on The Wailin’ Jennys’ Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

BreakOut West presents an incredible opportunity for emerging and established artists to be a part of the western Canadian music community. Participating artists and other music professionals have the chance to meet key industry stakeholders creating the opportunity for a new wave of exciting industry developments from record deals to international tours.

For a complete list of 2010 WCMA winners, please visit

"The Ones Who Make It Through" Debuts On MTSTV on Friday, October 29th.
on October 23,2010 by jared

Local filmmaker Randy Frykas Follows High Five Drive as they crisscross Europe!

hen it comes to bands on tour most people think huge buses, sold out arenas and partying but independent touring is a whole different world.  Sleeping on floors, days without showering, broken down vans and sinking more and more in debt are common occurrences for this kind of touring.  "The Ones Who Make It Through" from filmmaker Randy Frykas (Call To Arms: The Story of the Royal Albert) documents what it takes to be an independent band on tour on the other side of the world.

Winnipeg band High Five Drive is about to embark on their fourth European tour all on their own dime.  After losing over $30,000 on their first three tours, their version of success is breaking even - or at least coming close.  To help realize this goal they have booked 32 shows in 34 days in ten countries all over Europe.

You can check out a trailer for this great looking homegrown documentary here!



Winnipeg if... Improv Festival Returns for its 11th Year!
on October 18,2010 by jared

Five-day Festival Features World-Class Slate of Improvisers!

The 11th Winnipeg If… Improv Festival hits the city November 9-14. Presented by the Gas Station Arts Centre, the festival brings to Winnipeg special guests from New York City, Los Angeles, Edmonton, and Toronto for five nights of sensational and improvisational theatre. Tickets for the Winnipeg If… Improv Festival are available through the Gas Station Arts Centre website at or by calling (204) 284-9477.

This year, the festival features five nights of theatre shows and two days of workshops.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, November 9th with a free "Festival Sampler" show at The King's Head Pub. Hosts Stephen Sim and Lee White of CRUMBS will do scenes with out-of-town guests and local players in this Improv Festival tradition. The Festival Sampler show is a part of the ongoing Free Laughs Comedy Series that puts on free live comedy shows at the King's Head every Tuesday night.

The festival continues on Wednesday night with a Winnipeg Comedy showcase at the Gas Station Arts Centre. A new addition to the Winnipeg Improv Festival, the event promises to showcase the immense local talent of underground and alternative comedy that is emerging out of Winnipeg, in its stand-up and sketch forms.

Thursday night, Winnipeg's popular Dungeons & Dragons Improv Show takes to the Gas Station stage. This improvised show based on the role playing game D&D, has resulted in two hit shows at the Winnipeg International Fringe Festival. This fully interactive show has giant dice, amazing costumes, hilarity and plenty of fake blood.

Friday's mainstage show truly exemplifies the collaborative nature of the festival, pairing Edmonton's Rapid Fire Theatre with Winnipeg's Outside Joke. The second set features the festival ensemble playing Toronto's Ghost Jail Theatre's brand of improv, a fusion of improvised writing with improvised performance.

Another staple of the Improv Festival is the Friday Night Late Show. This late-night jam features players from across North America and our own backyard, playing together the way only spontaneous improv masters can. The Friday Night Late Show is always a fast and loose improv mess of beauty.

The festival concludes with the Saturday Night Mainstage Show. Featuring a new long-form creation as performed by the festival ensemble, the show will be made up of hand-picked local performers and special out-of-town guests. The show will also feature another mash-up, this time fusing the international touring company Crumbs with members of New York City's finest group, 4Track.

This year the festival will also offer workshops conducted by 4Track's very own George Basil (NYC/LA) and Christian Capozzoli (NYC). The workshops will take place at the Prairie Theatre Exchange and will be suitable for both beginner and advanced improvisers.

The Winnipeg if… Improv Festival was founded in 2000 by Stephen Sim after he had traveled to Vancouver, Edmonton, Seattle and Chicago. On his travels, he took part in a couple of improv festivals and was inspired to bring these fresh ideas back to Winnipeg. A partnership developed between the improv scene and the Gas Station Arts Centre – one that still lives on today.

The focus of the festival has always been to bring new improv ideas from around the world to both Winnipeg improv players and audiences alike. In its decade of existence, the festival is proud to have showcased dozens of local, national, and international improv troupes. The festival also prides itself in developing new improvisational formats – many having their world premiere right here in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg if... Improv Festival is also a proponent of experimental and innovative improv, having hosted live improv video performances, and even improv animation!

Each year, the Winnipeg If... Improv Festival continues to thrill audiences with new players, new games and exciting new work.

TELL - Tales From The 204!
on October 8,2010 by jared

TELL - Tales from the 204 is excited to bring to you our first every story telling show on November 4th at Aqua Books!

Join us for an evening of personal stories, told live and without notes on the subject of FIRSTS.

Never been to or heard of a story telling event? Here's the 411 for you! People are given anywhere from 7 to 10 minutes to tell a personal story live on stage and without notes. Stories are told on a theme and story tellers can interpret that theme how ever they wish! This is a casual and fun night of entertainment open to everyone!

Want more information or wish to get involved as a story teller? Email!