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Steve Kirby performs a special show on campus as part of Black History Month
on February 21,2017 by michael

This is an opportunity to hear All Over the Map, a soon-to-be-released recording from bassist-composer Steve Kirby's Oceanic Jazz Orchestra. It's a wide-ranging project that takes a listener from the beaches of Argentina to the frozen shores of Nunavut, with many stops in between. Kirby, the Director of the U of M's Jazz Studies program, uses both his composing and his orchestra to explore cultural collisions and connections. One of the core compositions addresses the specifics of African-American experience and the legacy of Black History in our contemporary moment.

"They Just Slip Away" introduces the shame and sorrow of the dominant culture, "Tulsa" catalogues a history of violence and disenfranchisement of African-American people.

Set in the broader context of collaboration and beauty that is evident in the full recording, Kirby continues to make the case for truth-telling, healing, and genuine community.

Discussion will follow the recording and Steve will lead the conversation in the context of Black History. 

We are exploring adult themes and you will hear adult language. Please rsvp to Valerie Williams at

Lunch Hour Jazz

Friday, February 24, 2017, 12 noon to 1 pm in

Room 530, Asper School of Business, 181 Freedman Crescent University

University of Manitoba

The Hockey Show Hits The Road For Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada!
on February 9,2017 by jared

Join Teebz, Beans and TJ as they broadcast live from Kenora on February 16th!

UMFM's favorite hometeam hockey trio hits the road and heads to Kenora to broadcast live as part of the kickoff for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Weekend!  Teebz, Beans and TJ will hit the airwaves at 5:30 to bring you all of their trademark puck talk, with a few surprise guests guaranteed to join the fray!

Immediately after the broadcast, be sure to change over to UMFM's second broadcast stream to hear the trio do play by play for the Alumni Hockey game, featuring NHL legends of hockey and Kenora Thistle alumni! A draft will take place to see local alumni’s like Bob Smith, Rick St. Croix and Ryan Reynard join NHL alumni such as Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker and Mark Napier and Kenora's own Mike Richards. The game is guaranteed to be exciting and entertaining hockey and UMFM's second stream is the only place to hear the call!

If you're in the Kenora area, tickets are only $10 and are selling fast, and can be purchase from the Kenora Recreation Centre!  If you're headed out Thursday, why not make a weekend of it and stick around for the 13 hour live broadcast on Saturday, which will be accompanied by the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, which will be staged at the Whitecap Pavilion and Kenora’s Harbourfront.

An interactive traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the NHL’s Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Created with NHL players and fans at the center of the experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena combines great NHL traditions with the latest in technology, and marks the first time any sport has produced a North American-wide, year-long, interactive traveling fan festival that will visit every League market.

The Future of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis Broadcasting
on February 8,2017 by michael

This year - the second in the CRTC’s Three Year Plan (2016-2019) - the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission plans to review the Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89). The gatherings entitled “The Future of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation and Convergence” aim to bring practitioners, policy makers and academics together as allies and to prepare a context for respectful and meaningful consultations. Regional events will be held from February to May culminating in a national conference hosted in Ottawa from June 15-17.

The kick-off event will take place in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba, Saint John’s College (92 Dysart Road), Room 108, on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 8am – 5pm.

Presenters in Winnipeg will include:

  • Rosanna Deerchild and Kim Wheeler, Storytelling on National Ikwe Radio
  • Gary Farmer and Kathleen Buddle, Aboriginal Voices Radio Network
  • Jim Compton, Adam Beach Film Institute and Engaging Indigenous Youth
  • MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, At the Edge of Canada on UMFM
  • Lenard Monkman, Red Rising Magazine on print & internet publishing

Two sessions will focus on the CRTC Native Broadcasting Policy and the process for the upcoming policy review. Participants are invited to comment on the following questions:

  • How would you like the CRTC consultation process to be conducted?
  • How should the review process itself be changed?
  • What should the policy entail?
  • What are the elements to include or exclude?
  • What changes would be required to the Broadcasting Act, 1991, to ensure the policy is upheld?

The regional events are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to register online at

Music For Two Radios
on January 11,2017 by jared

We're extremely pleased that we will be taking part in the 2017 New Music Festival on February 2nd, as we co-present Music for Two Radios, a new 15 minute new music composition by Montreal's Ben Shemie. This performance is in collaboration with with our friends downtown at the U of W, CKUW! 

This composition is written as a duo for two radio stations. The two respective parts of the composition will be broadcast on 95.9 FM & 101.5 FM simultaneously on February 2nd, at 10:30pm sharp. Audiences are invited to tune into each radio station with two FM radios AT THE SAME TIME and listen to this composition.

This piece is free, analague, and available to anyone in the greater Winnipeg area with two FM radios. In collaboration with the Winnipeg New Music Festival and the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art an installation/performance of the piece will be open to the public to experience at the downtown gallery. Multiple FM radios with be set up around the gallery spaces to create a live experience of this composition.

You are invited to bring your old FM radios to the gallery and add to the many FM radios that will be set up.

This happening subverts the ubiquitous medium of radio in a simple and transparent way, and is a uniquely Winnipeg experience available live only to people in the Winnipeg area.

This piece of music was made possible by the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

U of M Third Thursdays!
on January 11,2017 by jared

Third Thursdays is a great new monthly event highlighting the creative diversity of the U of M.

Once a month the rich creative community at the U of M will open their doors to provide an insider’s view into their permanent art collections, current exhibitions, works in progress and everyday workings of each group. Each month will also highlight special performances and programming.

Join us for the inaugural event on January 19th from noon – 3pm. UMFM will be hosting a drop in “What it takes to make great radio” workshop and doors will be open to the Gallery of Student Art (GOSA), the School of Art Gallery, the Manitoban and the Ceramics club.

Please contact for more information or to get involved.