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R.I.P. Chuck Green
on January 31,2011 by jared

We at UMFM would like to send our sincere condolences out to the friends and family of Chuck Green who passed way over the weekend.  Mr. Green was a strong proponent of Winnipeg's music scene for more than 30 years, and his presence will be missed immensly.

From today's Winnipeg Free Press:

THE city has lost its most famous Zoo keeper.

Chuck Green, co-owner of the Osborne Village Inn, which includes the bars The Zoo and Ozzy's, died on Friday at the age of 54. Green had diabetes requiring him to be on dialysis for 20 hours a week, along with kidney and liver problems.

Green was a big supporter of the Winnipeg music scene and boasts a list of friends that includes music royalty and local bands that played their first live shows at the Zoo or Ozzy's. Since purchasing the hotel with his brothers Coleman, David and Rick in 1978, thousands of bands have played on the venue's two stages, including Nickelback, Lee Aaron, David Wilcox, Voivod, Soul Asylum, Black Oak Arkansas, Max Webster, the Guess Who and Sacrifice.

Green had a solid reputation with everyone he dealt with, from musicians to the media. He is survived by his wife Ruth; son Louis and daughter Minnie; his father Ernest; his three brothers and sister Cheryl.

He might have best been known as a business owner and local music promoter, but family was the most important thing in his life.

"I've done a lot of damage to my hands and feet -- I'm in constant pain -- but I've never had to worry about a paycheque. My brothers have always been there, running for me and protecting me. This place could burn to the ground and I wouldn't shed one tear. But family... that's really all you have," he said during a 2007 interview with Winnipeg Free Press writer David Sanderson.

A graveside service will be held at Rosh Pina Cemetery, 2795 Main St. on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with a meal of consolation to follow at at Etz Chaim Synagogue.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation.

Scheduled Interruption
on January 30,2011 by jared

Due to some regularly scheduled electrical maitenance in University Center, UMFM will be off the air on Sunday January 30th for approximatly 3 hours, between 6AM and 9AM.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Counting down til New Years'
on December 29,2010 by michael

Join UMFM Station Manager Jared McKetiak (host of The Sounds Of Science, Wednesday 3 - 5 PM) and Program Director Michael Elves (host of Free Range Radio Friday: TGIFR, Friday 6:30 - 8 PM) as they count down their picks for the Top 20 songs and albums of 2010. This year marks the sixth annual countdown marathon and it begins at 5 PM on Friday December 31, 2010 and runs through to 2011.

This countdown will be rebroadcast starting at 11 AM on New Years' Day.

Don't forget to check out UMFM's Top 101 of 2010 and individual programmer's picks.

Un cadeau de Noël!
on December 22,2010 by michael

Charles Spira, host of Bonjour Chanson, has an early Christmas present  (or "un cadeau" en francais) for listeners - a special one-hour program called The Magic Tent which will air on Friday December 24th at 5pm CST on UMFM. Bonjour Chanson will return on Monday afternoons at 3pm in the New Year!

Nu Sounds Series Returns For 5th Season!
on November 8,2010 by jared

UMFM proud to partner with Jazz Winnipeg on these groundbreaking musical performances!

Jazz Winnipeg is excited about the return of the popular Nu Sounds series. The series, now in its fifth season, runs from December until March. All performances take place at the Park Theatre.
The series launches on December 12 with the Curtis Nowosad Trio featuring Magnum KI. For this special Nu Sounds presentation, drummer Curtis Nowosad, along with bassist Julian Bradford and pianist Will Bonness, joins forces with WCMA nominated group Magnum KI to combine jazz with hip hop. This supergroup will perform contemporary and recognizable hip hop songs but take liberties with form and style, as well as composing alternate sections to provide contrast to the original grooves. Furthermore music by Magnum K.I. will be performed in a much more open-ended jazz style than what is featured on their albums and music from the jazz canon will be performed and adjusted for a hip hop style, featuring Magnum KI as soloists, with rapper Ismaila freestyling, and DJ Kutdown scratching and sampling.
Nu Sounds kicks off the new year on Sunday, January 16 with the Luke Sellick Quartet. Luke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 19, Luke has been performing professionally for five years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg's best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness and Larry Roy. For his first Nu Sounds appearance, Sellick is eager to dedicate the entire concert to his own compositions and adventurous arrangements of standards.
On Sunday, February 27, award-winning composer and piano player George Colligan plays The Park Theatre. He has garnered a considerable fan base through his sideman work with the likes of Jack Dejohnette, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Ravi Coltrane, but he is best known to Winnipeggers as the latest addition to the University of Manitoba's jazz department. For his Nu Sounds concert, Colligan will be debuting a suite of new compositions written since he has moved to Winnipeg. His group will feature Kerry Politzer on keyboards and vocals Steve Kirby on bass, Jimmy Greene on saxophone and Colligan taking a turn on drums. The music will combine jazz and pop rock elements.
Then on March 31, the energetic sound of Paradigm Brass comes to the Nu Sounds Series. Paradigm Brass is a new model of brass ensemble, presenting a hybrid of styles designed to create a distinct sound and reach a broader range of listeners. From church stages to nightclub scenes, Paradigm brings Bach to the bars and groove to the concert halls.

Season tickets will only set you back $40.00! See all four Nu Sounds concerts and save! Individual show tickets also available for $12.00 adv./$15.00 door.

Tickets available online at, by phone at 989-4656 or in person at the Park Theatre and the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur St.)