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UMFM's Heartfelt Congratulations to Mitch Podolak
on May 13,2015 by michael

UMFM would like to congratulate the Winnipeg Folk Festival's founding Artistic Director Mitch Podolak on his being named to the Order of Manitoba. If his bio ended with just his involvement in creating the WFF, it would be a much deserved honour and a tremendous musical legacy that Mitch gifted this city of ours. Instead, he has worked tirelessly over the years to help foster the talent in (and coming through) Winnipeg.

He also helped form the Vancouver Folk Festival and played a hand in creating the folk fests in Calgary and Edmonton. As if those weren't enough festivals, Mitch also co-founded the Winnnipeg International Children's Festival and was instrumental in the founding of the West End Cultural Centre, certainly a musical mecca in our fair city.

Most recently, Mitch has been busy as Executive Director of the very successful Home Routes, but prior to that, he programmed Music Is The Weapon here at UMFM, as part of the Alert! Radio program.

Again, congratulations to Mitch Podolak on his Order of Manitoba selection.

Tueday Free Range - From Griffin & Graham to Gordon
on May 6,2015 by michael

We're pleased to announce that John Gordon, longtime host of Pop Infusion (4-5pm Tuesdays) will be taking over as the host of the Tuesday Free Range spot previously held by Griffin & Graham. John promises that the music featured on Free Range will continue to be a mix of new and new-ish tunes from the realms of pop-rock, with a strong focus on local and national acts, but he'll also be incorporating his love of theatre, sketch comedy and improv by spotlighting some of the great folks making us laugh here at home and those coming through town as well.

May 26th will mark John's last show in his current timeslot as well as the first in his Free Range spot.

U of M Power Outtage
on February 5,2015 by jared

Due to circumstances beyond our control, please be advised that UMFM will be off the air tonight starting at 2AM while the University Of Manitoba Physical Plant Department does some electrical work to fix an ongoing issue in the neighboring Helen Glass Building.  We have been told that the outtage should be minimal, but have no guarantees to that effect.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

The Uniter Fiver - 2015 Edition
on January 8,2015 by jared

Sometimes the most difficult thing about making music is getting people to hear it. The UNITER FIVER aims to rectify this. Now in its second year, the competition aims to put the spotlight on emerging artists and give them a chance to be written about, perform at an industry showcase and receive a little help from the music community.

Thursday January 15th at the West End Cultural Centre, the top five acts voted on by Uniter readers will perform in front of an audience and an industry panel that will award the winner with a chance to record at Collector Studio and grace the cover of the Uniter.

Tickets are only $10 at the door for your opportunity to see Somebody Language, autumn still, The Janzen Boys, Cary J. Buss and Mabel’s Flight so don’t miss out on this chance to place yourself at the cutting edge of Winnipeg’s emerging music scene.

The Uniter Fiver at the West End Cultural Centre, Thursday January 15th, proudly presented by 101.5 UMFM.

Birds of Canada's Neighborhoods Compilation - A Call For Submissions
on January 7,2015 by michael

The next tentative Birds Of Canada compilation is all about Neighborhoods- those odd collections of houses, apartments, parks, woodsy areas, busy streets, and characteristic businesses artists call home.

The songs can be anything new or previously recorded about the places you live, previously grew up in, or have visited and admired in passing. It’s quite open to interpretation from there.  

Send your submissions in .wav or .flac format to, by March 30th. The compilation will be released as a free download on sometime in the spring or early summer.