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on February 28,2014 by michael

Hey sports fans! UMFM is pleased to present Winnipeg's brand-new wrestling radio show, Loose Ropes Wrestling, which makes its debut THIS Sunday night / Monday morning at midnight following The Root Down (with Dos Mundos now moving to 1 AM). Hosted by super-fans Adam and James, this is a look at everything that happens on the mat and outside the ropes in wrestling. Whether it's local, amateur, international, professional - these two have a take and they'll be joined by special guests that take you inside the ring and inside the heads of wrestlers and the hearts of fans. Whether you go to war for RAW, don't support the monarchy but love the Royal Rumble or otherwise find yourself fascinated with the sport and spectacle of wrestling, this show is for you!

Catch Loose Ropes Wrestling, every Sunday at midnight on 101.5 UMFM

At The Edge Of Canada Special Presentation
on February 4,2014 by jared

Chase Manhattan: A Musical Hip Hop Conversation

In this musical conversation, hip hop artist Chase Manhattan speaks with guest interviewer Liz Przybylski. He shares how he puts together his music, and also talks about how family and place influence him. We listen to his track "For My Natives" together, and Chase offers thoughts about how hip hop can speak to social issues of importance in Native communities. And of course, there is a little beat boxing to round out the show.

Chase Manhattan is a Hip Hop/ Rap performing artist, and CEO of Shanob Ent. based out of the Twin Cities Minnesota. His music is influenced by his big brother and his Native American roots( Pine Ridge Oglala, Leech Lake Anishinaabe, and Muscogee Creek).

Chase's work has been nominated for a number of awards, 2009's "The Backside" was nominated for Best Hip Hop/Rap Album at the Northern American Indigenous Image Awards (NAIIA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was also nominated for the 2009 Native American Music Awards (NAMA) in the category of Best Hip Hop/ Rap Album. In 2010/2011 he worked with organizations such as First Nations Composers Initiatives (FNCI), to develop community and culture though music.

UMFM Seeks Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator (Term Position)
on January 22,2014 by jared

UMFM 101.5 is currently looking for a Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator. This 15 week position is funded through the Community Radio Fund of Canada and is the ideal position for the a creative individual with a good understanding of the role that Campus & Community Radio plays on our local campus and in our community. Excellent communication and computer skills are essential, sales and marketing experience and graphic design knowledge are definite assets. The position will pay $18.00 per hour, based on a 20 hour work week. 

Some duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining and fostering relationships with Campus Based Groups & Student Associations, and developing new partnerships where applicable
  • Maintaining and fostering relationships with Existing Advertisers & Community Partners, and developing new relationships where applicable
  • Maintaining and expanding UMFM’s Current Sales Program & Rate Card
  • Ensuring UMFM representation at all events sponsored and promoted by the station
  • Exploring grant and funding opportunities for UMFM special projects
  • Planning Strategies For Pledge-O-Rama 2014
  • Other duties based on demand

Please forward your resume to:

Jared McKetiak, Station Manager
UMFM 101.5
308 University Centre, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

This position is only open to anyone meeting the stated requirements. Preference will be given to volunteers in good standing at UMFM. UMFM is an equal opportunity employer. Terms of employment – February 17th, 2014 thru May 30th, 2014

Application deadline for the position is Midnight February 3rd, 2014.
Hey Winnipeg . . . You Ready For Some Big Fun?
on January 6,2014 by jared

Big Fun, Winnipeg's preminent independent music festival is back for it's second year, taking place January 22nd through the 26th, 2014.  This year's Big Fun features more than 30 amazing artists -- including 6 acts from beyond city limits, headlined by Polaris nominated punks Metz and hometown electro-pioneer Venetian Snares.  This year's festival will once again take place in 11 different venues throughout Winnipeg's downtown. The festival touches on many genres of music, from rock to hip-hop, folk to electronic and each show has been curated and placed in a specific venue in order to give the audience and artists a unique experience to that of the usual Manitoba music scene.

Festival passes  are available now at Into the Music, Music Trader and  online at ticketworkshop, and will get you into 13shows for $60 (only $54 with your Friends With Benefits Card!!), or you can pick and choose and pay at the door.

Winnipeg has two reputations across the country, one for having a great  music scene, and the other for having a brutal winter.  Big Fun combines these two elements to create a music festival that our prairie town can be proud of!  Get primed for Big Fun and check out this year's festival sampler here!

Big Fun Productions is comprised of four Winnipeg musicians and music lovers who are passionate about their city. Inspired by the layout of Pop Montreal and NXNE, Big Fun aims to create the same excitement within the music and art community in Winnipeg by hosting several events throughout the year.

Down with the Nu Sound?
on December 20,2013 by jared

Jazz Winnipeg is pleased to announce the return of the popular Nu Sounds Series. Now in its eighth season, the series was established to showcase Manitoba musicians and to give them an avenue to explore new ideas. Running from January through May, all Nu Sounds concerts take place at the Park Theatre.

The series kicks off on Sunday, January 19 with a unique concert by guitarist Greg Lowe. For the past several months, Lowe has been composing music for acoustic guitar, nylon guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and upright bass, mandolin, banjo, accordion, keyboards and percussion. Although it sounds like he’s just written a folk or bluegrass record, Lowe’s new music is inarguably jazz.

The series continues on Sunday, February 16 when vocalist Monika Wall will share her extensive background in classical music by creating jazz pieces based on classical music. Fans of classical music will recognize melodies by Bizet, Debussy and Richard Strauss but will hear them swing like they’ve never heard before!

Vocalist Rayannah brings her Pedal Project to Nu Sounds on Sunday, March 23. Originally adapting well-known jazz standards, R&B hits and folk songs for solo performances with loops pedals, synths and percussion, Rayannah has found a new drive in writing original music, and will share the Nu Sounds stage with a group of musicians.

On Sunday, April 6, Mira Black takes to the stage to show the fruits of her school year in a Nu Sounds show she’s dubbed Mira Black Gets Schooled. Over the next six months, Mira will be learning from the best of the best, and the end result will a brand new repertoire of compositions she’ll debut at her Nu Sounds concert.

Finally, on Sunday, May 18, Steve Kirby will present his Longitude Project – a whole set of compositions and arrangements that track musical styles from the tip of South America through to the northernmost points of Canada.

Individual show tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, or you can see the entire Nu Sounds Series for only $50!

Tickets are on sale online, by phone at 204-989-4656, or in person at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur St.) and The Park Theatre (additional service fees may apply).