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Special Broadcast of Community Mayoral Forum: A Positive Response to Poverty
on October 9,2014 by michael

Held Friday October 3rd at Gordon Bell High School and moderated by the Winnipeg Free Press' Mary Agnes Welch, UMFM recorded the complete mayoral candidate forum held on poverty issues centered around the 2009 Senate of Canada report on poverty: "In From The Margins: A call to action on poverty housing and homelessness."

This forum was co-hosted by the following community organizations:

West Broadway Community Organization

Spence Neighbourhood Organization 

West Broadway Community Ministry 

The North End Community Renewal Corporation

The Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association 

The Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation

This two-hour recording will air on THANKSGIVING MONDAY (October 13th) from 10 AM UNTIL NOON on UMFM and will also be available as a podcast if you are unable to tune in at that time.


**Our thanks to Makaria Aliaga Labun, Greg MacPherson and Jamil Mahmood for their assistance in arranging the recording.

Makin' Up The Funny!
on September 14,2014 by jared

The Gas Station Arts Centre is proud to present the 2014 Winnipeg if... Improv Festival.

The very first Winnipeg if... Improv Festival happened all the way back in the year 2000. It’s hard to believe that the futuristic sounding year 2000 is now so far in the past. But here we are in 2014 and we all have computers in our pockets. For this year’s futuristic Winnipeg if… Improv Festival we will be teleporting in performers from Germany, Vancouver, Edmonton and from the other end of the our Galaxy (because we have the technology). 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 by going to  or www.improvfestival/ and following the links. It is the year 2014 — we should all be buying everything online, shouldn’t we?

As is tradition, the festival starts with a FREE “Festival Sampler Platter” on Tuesday, September 30th 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.

The talent at this year’s festival includes:

Kevin McDonald from “The Kids in the Hall,” the seminal Canadian sketch comedy TV show from the ’90s. The much loved comedy of Kevin McDonald, who lately has been calling Winnipeg home, will be showcased in this festival in the “Cold Read” show, as well as guesting with Winnipeg's own CRUMBS (both shows happen on Saturday, October 4).

Nadine Antler from Würzburg, Germany. She is a performer with Der Kaktus, as well as the founder of the largest improv festival of its kind in Europe.

Rapid Fire Theatre from Edmonton will be sending three of their top performers (Jessie McPhee, Joleen Ballendine and Paul Blinov). Rapid Fire Theatre has been performing improv in Edmonton for over 30 years and again brings their award-winning style to Winnipeg.

One half of the duo Hip.Bang!, Devin Mackenzie will be coming in from Vancouver. Devin has been touring improv across Canada and the United States. Thankfully he is bringing himself to Winnipeg for our festival.

In addition to the out-of-town guests, the Winnipeg if… Improv Festival boasts plenty of homegrown talent in the improv, sketch and stand-up comedy communities: internationally renowned improv duo CRUMBS; the extremely popular Dungeons & Dragons improv show, which will feature their new Sci-Fi show; plus members of Outside Joke, Rumble Pak and Parking Lots.

Some exciting show concepts are making their debut at the 2014 Winnipeg if… Improv Festival, including:

  • The “Overdubbing It” show will have expert improv performers “overdubbing” a TV show projected on a screen in real time.
  • The “Cold Read” is a show where a secret script is unveiled and performed right out of sealed envelopes. All with no rehearsal... improv style.
  • The “Franglais” show will have Winnipeg’s French and English improv communities perform together in both official languages. Enjoy the miscommunication of hilarity.

Winnipeg if... Improv Festival |  September 30th – October 4th, 2014

Transmissions Incoming: Send + Receive v16
on September 13,2014 by jared

This October marks the 16th annual edition of send + receive: a festival of sound!

For this very special edition we have invited artists from across Canada, the US and Korea to present works that explore ideas of physical sound. Through performances, screenings, artist talks and site-specific installation we will showcase a broad and inspiring range of approaches and concepts that relate to this years theme, keeping you surprised, engaged and thoroughly stimulated.

Featuring physically encompassing works that will; modify a venue into a large acoustic instrument played by the touch of one artists fingertips (Ellen Fullman) – surround the audience in continuous motion and sound through visceral dance and cello improvisations (Okkyung Lee & Michelle Boulé) – change the way that we feel and perceive sound and how it moves around & within us (Sarah Davachi & Alvin Lucier) – make inaudible frequencies in our environment audible and beautiful (Donna Legault). To hands-on works that pull, scrape, twist and manipulate objects and sounds to generate uniquely textural pieces from bombastic and intense to delicate and sensual (Jason Lescalleet, kiiln, Burden), including experiments in amplified chemical reactions and physical phenomena (Erin Sexton).

We guarantee a fascinating and enthralling four days!

Attached is the full press release with a statement from our Director crys cole as well as a calendar outlining the events. Festival passes are available starting this week at Into the Music (McDermot Ave.).

All artist bio's, venues, partner details and more are up online at now!

If you would like more information, would like to get involved or have press inquiries please contact crys cole at or 204-898-0198.

V16 ARTISTS (links in names):

ELLEN FULLMAN (US - long-string instrument)
OKKYUNG LEE (KR - cello)
JASON LESCALLEET (US - tape/electronics)
DONNA LEGAULT (ON - sound installation)
SARAH DAVACHI (BC - analog synths/psychoacoustic explorations)
KIILN (BC - amplified object duo)
BURDEN (MB - inside piano trio)
ERIN SEXTON (QC - audio-visual scientific exploration)


TROPHY TAPE - 13 films by various artists with the music of JASON LESCALLEET

NO IDEAS BUT IN WORDS - documentary on American composer Alvin Lucier by Viola Rusche & Hauke Harder

Book lovers, you have one week to prepare!
on September 10,2014 by michael

From our friends at the Winnipeg International Writer's Festival, a reminder that it's Christmas in September for local book lovers and Santa's coming next week....


THIN AIR 2014, Winnipeg's week-long book club, launches next week. From September 19-27, we're featuring more than 50 writers and performers in both Official Languages at events every day, around the city and around the province. 

Fiction, mystery, poetry, issues, kids stuff: we've got a great line-up for our 18th year.

Eleanor Catton (winner of both the Governor General's Award and the Man Booker Prize) drops by all the way from New Zealand. Miriam Toews returns for a visit. Both Audrey Thomas and Eric McCormack will be on hand. Plus, Alison Pick, André Alexis, Kathleen Winter, Fred Stenson, Caroline Adderson, Ken Babstock, Cybèle Young, and Diane Schomperlen.

Local heroes, too, like David Bergen, Joan Thomas, Margaret Sweatman, Maurice Mierau, Alison Calder, and David Alexander Robertson.

We're proud of our Big Ideas series that provides thought-provoking books and conversation: Monia Mazigh talks about her efforts to free her husband, Maher Arar, Leanne Simpson recaptures the Idle No More movement, Else Poulsen shares her knowledge about polar bear rehabilitation, John Nadler gives us a history lesson about Valour Road, and Peter Midgely takes us back to his childhood home, Namibia.

We also have Livres en fête, our full slate of French language programming, featuring Herménégilde Chiasson, Monia Mazigh, Hélène Koscielniak, Simone Chaput, and more.

From our Mainstage events at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People to readings at the Millennium Library, McNally Robinson Booksellers and a host of other venues around town, there’s lots of interesting writers, conversation, and ideas coming this way.

Celebrate the Cassette!
on September 8,2014 by jared

With the unprecedented success of Record Store Day (RSD), the fine folks at Burger Records have spearheaded Cassette Store Day! You can get all the info about special releases and the like by visiting the Cassette Store Day website.

Dub Ditch Picnic, Winnipeg's preminent cassette label and specialty music distributor, will be setting up a pop-up store at the Purple Room (318 Ross Ave) from Noon until 6 pm on Saturday, September 27th for a big one-off event featuing special performances in celebration of cassette culture in Winnipeg.

We will be bringing together a wide variety of labels and artists who choose cassettes as their preferred medium.

Artists Scheduled to Perform include:

Surprise Party
Flesh Lite
DJ Kinetik
The Will To Power

For more information or for interviews, please contact Chris Jacques at or at 204 890 8781

“Other Stores Sell Tapes. We are Tapes”.

Cassette Day 2014