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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

FemFest2014: She's Got The Power!
on September 2,2014 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!

Campus Musicians! Get in on this!
on September 1,2014 by michael

CBC Music and TD present Rock Your Campus, a musical competition for college and university students. Students are being invited to submit their music in a cross-Canada competition to determine the best band on campus. The winning entry will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a concert performance on the winning campus and the opportunity for a one-year contract to join a YouTube multi-channel network for management and more. Full competition rules, details and prizes are posted here.

By visiting Canadians across the country can listen and vote online for their favourites, and a chance to win prizes along the way. Along with listener voting, the competition will be judged by Grammy Award-nominated record producer and songwriter Cirkut, Juno Award-winning Max Kerman from Arkells, and CBC Radio 2 host Talia Schlanger.

The winner will be announced on October 27th.

It's not just back-to-school season, it's also HARVEST time!
on August 26,2014 by michael

From the fine folks at the Harvest Moon Festival, a reminder that your window for buying early-bird tickets is fast closing. Stay tuned to UMFM for interviews with the organizers and features with the performers!


We are fast approaching Harvest Moon Festival 2014 and early-bird tickets are selling out at record speed! 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.

This year’s unforgettable line-up is set to include the homegrown talents of: Royal Canoe , DJ Co-op & DJ Hunnicutt, Ridley Bent, Pegggers 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, the Reverend Rambler, Well Sister, Jess Reimer, and more.

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 fair-trade fair, a farmer’s market, and tasty locally produced food from a variety of exciting food vendors. 

Last year’s festival was our first sell out, and tickets are selling even faster this year. We anticipate the festival will sell out even earlier this year. 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!