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ENGAGE! is a brand new pod­cast on 101.5 UMFM that inter­acts with the peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions in our com­mu­ni­ty who have tak­en the ini­tia­tive to help grow and give back. 

Join hosts @_JosueDavi__ and @CaidJones each week as they fea­ture inter­views from those in the city who tru­ly stand for and embody the word Com­mu­ni­ty”. From con­stant­ly giv­ing back to under-rep­re­sent­ed folks, to lead­ing vital com­mu­ni­ty based ini­tia­tives here in Winnipeg.

Our com­mu­ni­ty has gone through strug­gles and adver­si­ty before and we all know this past year has been even hard­er on so many of us. At Engage, we con­nect direct­ly to those in our com­mu­ni­ty who are work­ing to make a dif­fer­ence, fight­ing for those under­served and underrepresented.

Be sure to sub­scribe via Apple Pod­casts or Spo­ti­fy to get the lat­est episodes of Engage! deliv­ered to you directly.

If you have any com­ments on the series, email us at engage@​umfm.​com


  • Caid Jones - Producer

    Born in Treaty 1 Winnipeg Manitoba, The 21 year old First Nations/Irish artist Caid Jones is a Recording Artist & the Co-founder of PayAttention Records. He currently specializes in Hip-Hop/R & B, but has shown his vision of becoming a fully immersed musician. Caid is focussed heavily on community outreach, advocacy for indigenous voices in business and is passionate about environmental + social justice. He centres his music around his story in hopes to bring value and relation to those who listen. Speaking storytelling and raising awareness towards world issues in hopes to raise attention and vibration through art.

  • Josue Davi - Producer

    Josue Davi is a Brazillian Canadian artist, producer, Co-Founder of Pay Attention Records and was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From Hip Hop to Neo Soul, Davi borrows sounds from across the world, often channelling his South American roots. Davi has performed at numerous venues throughout the city of Winnipeg, including performing with Studio 393 at Nuit Blanche and Big Fun, opening for Brother Ali at Bastid's BBQ, and more.


  • Episode 26: Graffiti Art Programming Revisited

    On the final episode of Engage, we check in with our first guest Elliott Walsh, Manager of Studio 393, a free youth-led arts studio & an initiative of Winnipeg’s Graffiti Art Programming Inc. Since we last spoke, 393 is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on a beautiful brand new space, ready to welcome back participants post-pandemic!   Read more ›

  • Episode 25: ArtBeat Studio

    Engage is back at it for episode 25 (!!) as we speak to Uyen from Art Beat Studios! Art Beat strives to enable consumers of mental health services to engage in artistic expression that promotes recovery, empowerment and community, and to provide studio space, community and opportunity for creative initiatives to facilitate mental, spiritual and economic health.   Read more ›

  • Episode 24: Winnipeg Police Cause Harm

    On episode 24, we are so fortunate to be joined by James and Rebecca, two of the organizers for Winnipeg Police Cause Harm, a community-centred police abolitionist group committed to defunding the Winnipeg Police Service and reallocating resources to life-sustaining services.   Read more ›

  • Episode 23: Sscope Inc.

    On episode 23, we speak with two members of the amazing team at Sscope Inc! Located in the Neechi Commons building, Sscope = Self-Starting Creative Opportunities for People in Employment, and has been providing housing, employment and volunteer opportunities for people living with a mental health illness since 1991.   Read more ›

  • Episode 22: Resource Assistance For Youth (RaY)

    On episode 22 we're so excited to be joined by Kelly Holmes, Executive Director, and Kate Armstrong, Communications Manager, from Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY)! For more than 25 years, RaY has empowered disconnected youth through supports, training, and compassion to encourage them to make the best possible choices for their lives on their own terms.   Read more ›

  • Episode 21: Winnipeg Mutual Aid Society

    Today we're excited to be joined by Omar Kinnarath, one of the founders and organizers behind the Winnipeg Mutual Aid Society. Very early on in the pandemic, Winnipeg MAS came together with the aim of bringing people together during this crisis to enact mutual aid among each other - whether it was folks who can offer assistance or folks in need of assistance.   Read more ›

  • Episode 20: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata

    We're back with episode 20 and today we're delighted to speak with Rosalyn Boucha, Communications Manager for Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata! Born in the fall of 1984 by committed community members who sought an Indigenous solution to supporting and rebuilding families, Ma Mawi has worked to support families to better care for children by creating meaningful opportunities for community and family involvement.   Read more ›

  • Episode 19: Migiziwazison

    On episode 19, we're joined by Shawna from the Migiziwazison Sacred Fire camp that is set up on the Manitoba Legislative grounds. The fire at the camp was first lit on June 25, 2021, continues to burn today and will remain lit until all former residential school grounds in the country are searched..   Read more ›

  • Episode 18: SEED Winnipeg

    Episode 18 is in full effect and we're joined by the wonderful Louise Simbandumwe, Co-Director at SEED Winnipeg. SEED envisions a world where opportunities exist for all people and communities to realize their hopes and it's mission is to build strong communities and increase opportunities for people through financial empowerment programs and services.   Read more ›

  • Episode 17: Rainbow Resource Centre

    We're back with a brand new interview with the amazing Bryce Byron, Information and Intake Coordinator at the Rainbow Resource Centre. Rainbow Resource Centre offers support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55±. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.   Read more ›

  • Episode 16: Mitch Bourbonniere

    Today we're joined by Mitch Bourbonniere, longtime educator and activist. A founding member of the original Bear Clan Patrol, he also volunteers with Ogijiita Pimatswin Kinamatwin (OPK), the Mama Bear Clan, Drag the Red, Teddy Bears Picnic, CommUnity204, Neemu-Egwah Inc., and many other community-based endeavours, and has long inspired others to find their voices.   Read more ›

  • Episode 15: Spence Neighbourhood Association

    Episode 15 of the Engage podcast is here, and we're so fortunate to be joined by the wonderful Lin Howes Barr, Executive Director for the Spence Neighbourhood Association! Since 1997, SNA has worked with the good people of Spence to revitalize and renew their community in the areas of Health, Safety, Community, Economic Development, Housing, Youth, and Neighbourhood Image.   Read more ›

  • Episode 14: Nine Circles Community Health Centre

    On this week's episode we're joined by Owen Black, the Community Engagement Coordinator for Nine Circles Community Health Centre. Nine Circles is a non-profit that promotes sexual and personal health through primary care, social support and HIV/STI prevention, testing & treatment.   Read more ›

  • Episode 13: Ndinawe

    On lucky episode 13 we are joined by Daniel Emerson, Programs Coordinator for Tina's Safe Haven - one of four sites currently being operated by Ndinawe, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth in Winnipeg.   Read more ›

  • Episode 12: Synonym Art Consultation

    Episode 12 is here and we're joined by the fantastic Chloe Chafe, Co-Founder and Creative Director For Synonym Art Consultation! Synonym specializes in public and private art consultation and commissions, with a specialty in community and commercial murals. Its projects, programs, and events are committed to curation that uplifts artists, mentors, musicians, and performers belonging to under-supported communities.   Read more ›

  • Episode 11: Regenesis Centre For Recovery

    On today's episode, we are joined by Cindy Foster, Executive Director, from Regenesis Centre for Recovery. RCR is a Winnipeg-based startup not-for-profit residential recovery facility for anyone living with addiction and who identifies as a womxn or as gender non-conforming.   Read more ›

  • Episode 10: Uzoma Asagwara

    This week we have a very special guest, NDP MLA representing Union Station - the amazing Uzoma Asagwara!   Read more ›

  • Episode 9: Sunshine House

    Today we are joined by Levi Foy, Executive Director of Sunshine House, a community drop-in and resource centre that focuses on harm reduction and social inclusion. They endeavour to provide programming that fulfills people’s social, community, and recreational needs and allows participants to come as they are - they are not expected to be “clean” or sober.   Read more ›

  • Episode 8: Chef Ben Kramer / Made With Love

    On today's episode, we're joined by Chef Ben Kramer, a nationally celebrated chef who has helped change the culinary landscape of Western Canada! Through his Made With Love initiative, Kramer and his team have delivered more than 35, 000 meals to Winnipeggers in need during the pandemic.   Read more ›

  • Episode 7: Justice For Black Lives Winnipeg

    We're back with episode 7, joined by four of the amazing organizers from Justice For Black Lives Winnipeg - Kameshia Hope, Jayda Hope, Mahlet Cuff and Ella Taylor. Justice For Black Lives Winnipeg is a small group of community organizers who believes in and advocates for the eradication of the industrial prison complex as well as the military-industrial prison complex and all actors of those systems.   Read more ›

  • Episode 6: Anishiative

    On today's episode, we're joined by Rylee Nepinak one of the co-founders of Anishiative, a volunteer based, Indigenous operated, non-profit organization in Winnipeg that empowers & reconnects youth with their community through life-sustaining community outreach.   Read more ›

  • Episode 5: ArtsJunktion

    Today we speak with Helga Jakobson and Lou Gandier, Co-Executive Directors at ArtsJunktion! Since ArtsJunktion’s incorporation in 2007, ArtsJunktion mb has grown from a ‘creative reuse’ dream into an organization with 2000 members, a group of loyal materials donors, its own depot space in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, and art and creative reuse workshops.   Read more ›

  • Episode 4: CommUNITY204

    Episode 4 features Daniel Hidalgo, organizer and founder of CommUNITY204. The group is made up of community members who help, collaborate with, support, and uplift the community! They believe in heart work, people helping people and lateral love/empathy!   Read more ›

  • Episode 3: Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

    On today's episode, we speak with Rita Chahal and Eileen MacDonald from Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, a self-help organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for those living with mental health illnesses.   Read more ›

  • Episode 2: Eric Olek / Friday Knights

    We welcome Eric Olek to talk about his endeavours with Friday Knights. Eric is a long time community organizer and creative type. From managing and hosting events, helping artists find their creative footing to everything in between Friday Knights is a true community staple. Please join us to learn more about the process/ story behind the brand and how they are trying to bring out the best for this city.   Read more ›

  • Episode 1: Graffiti Art Programming

    On episode one of Engage!, we speak with Elliott Walsh, Manager of Studio 393, a free youth-led arts studio & an initiative of Winnipeg’s Graffiti Art Programming Inc.   Read more ›