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Making It Up As We Go!
on September 15,2015 by jared

World Class Funny, Right Here In the 204!

The leaves are changing here in Winnipeg, which means that it's time for the If...Improv Festival to take over the Gas Station Theatre from September 30th thru October 3rd! The focus of the festival has always been to bring new improv ideas from around the world to both the Winnipeg improv players and Winnipeg audiences. The festival continues to set the bar as it showcases the best improv troupes from around the world, demonstrate bold new improvisational formats for ensembles given their world premiere right here in Winnipeg; and the festival has blown audiences away with live improv video. The If... Improv Festival continues to smash audiences with new players, new games and new work.

As is tradition, the festival starts with a FREE “Festival Sampler Platter” on Tuesday, September 29th at the King’s Head. The Winnipeg if.. Improv Festival gives audiences a chance to watch performers that will be playing throughout the week. The concept of getting something for “FREE” is an old idea that we would love to see catch on in the future.

Once again we've assembled a lineup of world class talent for your enjoyment, including the likes of New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team North Coast, Atlanta favorites Dad's Garage, festival favorites Rapid Fire Theatre from Edmonton, a who's who of Winnipeg funny folk - Crumbs, Outside Joke, Kal Barteski, DnD Improv, Canadian comedy legend Kevin McDonald and more!

Our full festival schedule is now online and tickets for the Winnipeg if… Improv Festival are available through the Gas Station Arts Centre by calling (204) 284-9477 or using that fancy internet and purchasing them online or by going to  or and following the links.

Shine up your laughing boots kids, the If...Improv Festival is coming back to the Gas Station Theatre, September 29 thru October 3rd!

Winnipeg if... Improv Festival |  September 29th – October 3rd, 2015

Pledge-O-Rama 2015 Kicks Off at The Good Will Thursday October 15th
on September 11,2015 by michael

Like Tom Waits holed up in Stax Records, the music Ben Caplan makes with his band the Casual Smokers harkens back to the grittier side of soul music. Caplan’s singular baritone is the focal point of this contemporary folk music and on Thursday October 15th at the Good Will, that voice and its owner will be centre stage as part of UMFM’s Pledge-O-Rama kickoff show.

Joined by locals Heartbeat City and astre, this is a special show for a special cause as UMFM kicks off its annual pledge drive with a goal of raising $32,000 from October 16th to 23rd. Advance tickets are $12 and are available now at UMFM Pre-pledges of $25 and over will get you a reduced rate of $5 at the door so visit to make a contribution and get for more information on Pledge-o-Rama 2015.

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, Thursday October 15th at the Good Will, with special guests Heartbeat City and astre, proudly presented by 101.5 UMFM.

on September 8,2015 by michael

UMFM is pleased to announce the addition of CANADALAND to our broadcast schedule beginning Monday September 14th and airing every Monday from 10am to 11am. Hosted by independent journalist Jesse Brown, the program is entirely crowdfunded and presents a wide-ranging look at issues across our country with a particular eye towards the Canadian media landscape.

The first episode airing this coming Monday features legendary Canadian comedian Scott Thompson on why nothing happened after The Kids In The Hall, the biggest problems with the Canadian film & TV industry, and why gay men still have to be defanged to be accepted. The episode also finds Ottawa crank and iPolitics writer Andrew Mitrovica discussing the media treatment of Maher Arar, plus John Baird's empty promises of Mohamed Fahmy's imminent release, and The Globe and Mail's groundbreaking upside down Mercedes Benz advertorials.

As part of our commitment to bringing listeners engaging, informative and varied programming we are thrilled to add CANADALAND to the schedule of programs you can tune in to on 101.5 FM and online at

Under The Harvest Moon!
on August 10,2015 by jared

Now that summer’s finally here, the time is right for announcing the Harvest Moon Festival 2015 line-up! Surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley, this unique three-day festival is a celebration of the harvest season, local food production, the area’s rich cultural heritage, and the bond between rural and urban folks. The town of Clearwater will once again host the 14th perennial festival September 18-20, 2015.

UMFM is always proud to support this beautiful, organic celebration of healthy communities and healty land, which once again features an unforgettable line-up of great homegrown talent, set to include the likes of The Bros Landreth, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Leaf Rapids, Greg MacPherson, The Reverend Rambler, Mise En Scene, Richard Inman, Micah Visser, the Catamounts and a late night dance party featuring the House Of Gold Diamonds!

For the past 14 years, the Harvest Moon Festival has helped support economic development and family farming in Southwestern Manitoba. As well as economic development and great music, education and information has always played a significant role in the event. Festival goers can attend informative and hands-on workshops, which are free with admission. In addition to music and workshops, there will be a children’s area, a free-for-all jam session (bring your favourite instrument!), a fair-trade fair, a farmer’s market, and tasty locally produced food from a variety of exciting food vendors.

This amazing festival is no longer a well kept secret and now that the word is out, you can expect tickets to go faster than ever. Don’t be disappointed, buy your tickets early! 

Early bird tickets are available until September 7 in Winnipeg at Organic Planet and Into The Music or online through Brown Paper Tickets  for the following prices:

  • Weekend Passes w/camping ($75 adult/$40 youth ages 12-17)
  • Friday only ($30 adult/youth). Saturday only ($40 adult/youth).
  • Mooner Pass (1-5 people, max 2 adults): $170 (does not include camping).

After September 7, prices of all passes will increase. Kids under 12 get in free, dogs are $10!

For more information or to order tickets online, please visit:

Femfest 2015: Hear Her Roar!
on August 5,2015 by jared

Sarasvàti Productions is pleased to once again bring Winnipeg audiences FemFest 2015, the 13th annual festival of life changing theatre, written by women, for everyone. Femfest 2015: Hear Her Roar's line-up of transformative plays includes an exciting mix of artists from across the world who are using performance as a way to make sure their stories are heard. Guaranteed to be an amazing showcase of talent as well as a celebration of local female artists.

We are excited to announce the touring shows that will travel to Winnipeg to appear in FemFest 2015:

The National Elevator Project - A series of 16 short plays between 3-12 minutes in length that require audience members to ride elevators with actors placing them in the thick of one-of-a kind performance experiences.

A Side of Dreams - Trauma can silence the best of us, but as Haisa and her daughter Aina discover, the spirit of the Dreamcatcher can be awakened with prayer and the ancestors you meet may not be what you expected.

Mittelschmerz (Middle Pain) - Take a ride down the slippery slope of the other side of the hill in this jam-packed hour of shoot-from-the- hip-replacement truth-telling! With storytelling, monologue, & spoken word; Zeglinski weaves a witty exploration of motherhood & middle age. Comic, dramatic, always truthful; this dramedy will leave audiences in stitches & tears.

Sitaraha: The Stars - The story of three women, Halima, Sara and Gul Begum who have experienced war throughout their lives in three historical periods in Afghanistan. Under the oppression of religion and power, they try to keep their stories alive as they intertwine their dances and songs together.

In addition FemFest will include the world premiere of "The Dance-Off of Conscious Uncoupling" a new play by up-and-coming Indigenous writer Frances Koncan, as well as readings of two new local plays by Cairn Moore and Terrie Todd; a workshop presentation of #perfect by Monique Marcker and Andraea Sartison; another edition of our Bake-Off playwriting competition; readings from the shortlist; and two cabaret evenings featuring female artists from all disciplines.

FemFest runs at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street) from September 12-19, 2015. Tickets are $10 for single shows with the full festival being available for a $50 festival pass. FemFest welcomes all audience members to join in a celebration of female artists and experience a taste of the local and national art scene. More details, please visit our website!