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Music From Out Of This World!
on July 21,2015 by jared

Our great new friends at Interstellar Rodeo are bringing their fine festival to the Forks for the first time, from August 14th through the 16th! The first lineup features the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Earle, Blue Rodeo, Dwight Yoakam and more than 20 other great artists and we've got a few fully transferable weekend passes (that's right, you can split the ticket with friends or family!!) to give away to some of you - our loyal friends and listeners!

Here's what we need from you: since this great festival is all about bringing together different styles of music, we want to know what your favorite "interstellar" record is and what your favorite "rodeo" record is.

We're fans of broad interpretation, but feel free to defend your choice if you feel it's warranted!  You can get involved in the conversation and add your comments here or by sending us an email with your thoughts!

As always, participating gets your name in the big draw once, liking this post gets a second entry, and sharing it with your friends gets a third - have fun with your answers, and be sure to tell your friends!

Deadline to enter is midnight, August 9th, draw takes place on August 10th!

Fringers, Start Your Engines!
on July 15,2015 by jared

As always, UMFM's intrepid theater reporter Justin Olynyk, host of Play It Again (Wednesday nights at 8PM), and UMFM's crack 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-eight 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 2015 Fringe kicks off July 15, festival-goers will have the chance to experience the diversity of more than 180 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., 204-204-943-7464). To see more theatre for less, a FREQUENT FRINGER PASS lets Fringe fans see 14 shows for $109. PROGRAMS are on sale now at Manitoba Liquor Marts, select Safeway stores, McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.  You can also download our great new app to get all pertinent Fringe info on the fly!

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 the Noble Thiefs, Slow Leaves, Yes We Mystic, Mise En Scene, Sc Mira, Odanah, Naysa, JD Edwards, Adam Hanney & Co, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band 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 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, including Outdoor Stage and Kids Fringe schedules, please visit us at You can also call the Fringe info line at 204-943-7464.

Help bring back Rudolph's Smile
on June 18,2015 by michael

No stranger to UMFM's airwaves, whether as part of past chart-topper Mahogany Frog, recent rockers The Catamounts or as one-half of Birdapres & Grey Jay whose great live sessions can be found here and here, Andy Rudolph is a mainstay in Winnipeg's artistic community. He has supported UMFM's efforts during our annual Pledge-O-Rama with his musical talents and now he needs the help of his community and we at UMFM are aking for your help.

After a recent, horrific, bike accident Andy was left with a mangled hand, skull fracture and broken front teeth. He now faces several dental surgeries and the eventual fitting of dental implants. Despite some savings by having the procedures done at the School of Dentistry, he's facing over $3000 in costs and while we'd argue his work with the likes of Art City, VideoPool and The W.R.E.N.C.H. are priceless, that's a hefty bill he's facing. Friends of Rudolph have started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money to offset those costs. We at UMFM have already lent our support to the campaing and we encourage you to do so as well.

You can help bring back Rudolph's Smile here.

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.