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See You In Sunny Matlock!
on August 14,2014 by jared

Join us from August 22nd through the 24th as the 5th Annual Matlock Festival welcomes you to experience Music, Art and Nature! Truly the signature event of the RM of St. Andrews, the Matlock Festival features two stages, a family area, as well as an eclectic variety of music from Manitoba artists, engaging workshops on nature and health, and many community building experiences through education and mentorship.  This year's amazing lineup of music will feature performances from Greg Macpherson, Scott Nolan, Jess Reimer, The Crooked Brothers, Phoebe Man, Sebastian Owl and more!

Workshops include Chi Gong, Mindfulness in Nature, Slide Guitar and DIY Audio production.  The 45 acre site is home to Manitoba's largest labyrinth, the Alex Danyliuk Memorial Grove, and native prairie species.  Located on Ash Avenue in Matlock, two minutes from the main beach, and a short 35-minute drive from Winnipeg. Tent and RV camping available on site.

Tickets at Blue Rooster in Winnipeg Beach, and Wolseley Wardrobe in Winnipeg or online at matlockfestival.ca
For details, phone Gil Carroll (204-996-9841), email gilad-at-matlockfestival-dot-ca or visit www.matlockfestival.ca

FemFest2014: She's Got The Power!
on July 28,2014 by jared

This year's festival promises to pack a powerful punch!

A tattooed teen, family feuds, Immaculate Conception and a paranormal comedy – this diverse range of plays all explore the theme of power! Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2014: She’s Got The Power, the 12th annual theatre festival of life changing theatre written by women for everyone. This year’s line-up explores how power shapes and defines the ways we interact with others and the world around us. Featuring local and national talent, FemFest2014 invites Winnipeg audiences to experience theatre that challenges the status quo while empowering the voiceless.


Not only does FemFest2014 squeeze war, psychic abilities, tattoo addictions, and free brownies into this year’s line-up, it also features interactive and educational workshops by guest artists. One workshop by Vancouver-based playwright Tara Travis will facilitate communication through the use of outspoken puppets. Travis has been a hit at recent Fringe Festivals with her performance of Till Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which received rave reviews. Of course the festival also continues the tradition of developing local playwrights with the world premiere of two plays: Rebecca Gibson’s The Naked Woman was chosen by last year’s Bake-Off audience and will receive a full production and Tyler White’s Launched was in the Bake-Off two years ago. FemFest is truly helping to create and showcase the work of female artists!

FemFest runs at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street) from September 13-20, 2014. Tickets are $10 for single shows with the full festival being available for a $50 festival pass. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 204-586-2236. FemFest welcomes all audience members to join in a celebration of female artists and experience a taste of the local and national art scene.

Founded in 2003 by Sarasvàti Productions, FemFest presents the work of both established and emerging artists from across Canada. The festival’s mandate is to produce one-act plays by women and showcase women theatre artists.

FemFest2014-She’s Got The Power runs from September 13th-20th. Enhance your festival experience by connecting with us over social media using #FemFest!

Under The Harvest Moon
on July 13,2014 by jared

Now that summer’s finally here, the time is right for announcing the Harvest Moon Festival 2014 line-up! With 2014 being the International Year of the Family Farm, we’ll be celebrating the tradition of family farming in a big way. 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 13th perennial festival September 12-14, 2014.

UMFM is proud to be one the major sponsors for this year's festival, which features an unforgettable line-up, set to include the homegrown talents of: Royal Canoe , DJ Co-op & DJ Hunnicutt, Ridley Bent, Peggers Banquet, Del Barber, Heartbeat City, Les Jupes, Shotgun Jimmie, JD & the Sunshine Band, Yes We Mystic, French Press, Human Music, SC Mira, Naysa, SMRT, Kipp Kocay and his Band, Slow Spirit, and more TBA soon!

For the past 13 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.

Last year’s festival was the first sell out, which means you can expect tickets to go even faster this year. Don’t be disappointed, buy your tickets early! Early bird tickets are available until September 1 in Winnipeg (Organic Planet), in Clearwater (Clearwater Country Market), and Brandon (Two Farm Kids). Weekend Passes ($55 adult/$30 youth ages 12-17). Camping ($10 adult/$5 youth). Friday only ($25 adult/$15 youth). Saturday only ($35 adult/$20 youth). Mooner Pass (1-5 people, max 2 adults): $150 (does not include camping). After September 1, prices of all passes will increase. Camping for adults is $15/person, and $5/person for youth. Kids under 12 get in free!

For more information or to order tickets online, please visit: www.harvestmoonfestival.ca

The Fringe Festival Is Back!
on July 7,2014 by jared

As always, UMFM's intrepid theater reporter Justin Olynyk, host of Play It Again (Wednesday nights at 8PM), and his team of reviewers will be in the middle of the action checking out some of the great plays and telling your all about them here!

Twenty-seven years ago, in the summer of 1988, the WINNIPEG FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL took its first bow in the Exchange District with five indoor venues, an outdoor stage and 47 performing companies. The festival has grown exponentially over the last quarter century and when the 2014 Fringe kicks off July 16, festival-goers will have the chance to experience the diversity of more than 170 performing companies from across Canada and around the world.

Comedy, drama, music, improv, dance – there’s something for everyone at the Winnipeg Fringe. With TICKETS starting at $10, it’s inexpensive to take a chance on an unknown play, or pick up tickets to the hot show. Advance tickets are on sale now at Fringe Central (MTC Box Office, 174 Market Ave., 204-942-6537). To see more theatre for less, a FREQUENT FRINGER PASS lets Fringe fans see 10 shows for $94. PROGRAMS are on sale now at Manitoba Liquor Marts, select Safeway stores, McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

As an extra added bonus, this year's Fringe will also feature an amazing lineup of fantastic local music at the CUBE in Old Market Square, with shows running daily starting at noon and running hourly until 10PM!  This year's diverse lineup features the likes of Federal Lights, the Noble Thiefs, Young Pixels, Cannon Bros, Slow Leaves, Yes We Mystic, Atlaas, Mise En Scene, Sc Mira, the Perpatrators and more! Guaranteed, there's no better place to spend these hot summer nights, kicking back and enjoying a beverage or two with your friends!

For more information on the 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, including Outdoor Stage and Kids Fringe schedules, please visit us at www.winnipegfringe.com. You can also call the Fringe info line at 204-942-6537.

Making It Up As We Go Along....
on July 7,2014 by jared

Be sure to join our intrepid radio hosts Crumbs (and friends) at the Fringe!

 

You know them. You love them. You listen to them religiously on your radio every Monday at 5PM.  Now don't miss your chance to come watch them do what they do best at the 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Festival! Don't miss our favorite comedy duo CRUMBS as they perform their hilarious improvised show at the King's Head Pub every night with Dj Hunnicutt supplying the improvised soundtrack. Come see exactly how good improv shows can be, then be spoiled for the rest of your life.

Showtimes are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 16 10:45 PM     
  • Thursday, July 17 10:45 PM
  • Friday, July 18 7:00  PM      
  • Satursday, July 19 10:45 PM
  • Sunday, July 20 10:45 PM     
  • Monday, July 21 7:00  PM
  • Tuesday, July 22 10:45 PM     
  • Wednesday, July 23 10:45 PM
  • Thursday, July 24 10:45 PM     
  • Friday, July 25 9:00  PM
  • Saturday, July 26 10:45 PM
Get your tickets online now (no seriously, you really should)!

If that wasn't enough, you can also join CRUMBS and a rotating cast of improv veterans, actors and comedians for the freewheelin' comedy spectacle that can only be known as The Big Stupid Improv Show. This show is an improv jam show, meaning it's a show where improv players and actors and comedians from a bunch of other shows are thrown together onto a stage and forced to do a show together. Trust us, it's amazing!

The Big Stupid Improv show takes place at Venue #21 (MTYP, 2 Forks Market Road) at these times:

  • Thursday, July 17 - 3:15 PM
  • Friday, July 18 - 10:45 PM
  • Sunday, July 20 - 1:45 PM
  • Monday, July 21 - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 23 - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 24 - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 26 - NooN!
  • Sunday, July 27 - 7:45 PM

Get your tickets online now!