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Music talk radio. Interviews and live shows with local independent artists since 2012. Selected as Winnipeg's "favourite local radio show or podcast" by readers of The Uniter for the third consecutive year. Nominated for a 2019 Canadian Podcast Award. Archival episodes are broadcast on 101.5 FM (and http://www.umfm.com) in Winnipeg on Sundays at midnight. Most of the songs in the podcast's current format are provided (or performed live) by the guests themselves and used with permission.
 
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Guest GMH Rocks Teen musician and podcaster. @gmhrocks | Linktree When I was in junior high, I was playing (poorly) in a basement grunge band and photocopying zines… but things are a little different these days. Local wunderkind GMH Rocks already has an album under his belt — with more on the way — and hosts the Talk and Rock Podcast, a show that i…
 
Guests Lana Winterhalt Songwriter from the Canadian prairies. Lana Winterhalt - Home | Facebook Lana Winterhalt Moonbell MoonBell is an alternative-electronic artist based in Winnipeg, MB, who is creating a world for his memories to live on. MoonBell - Home | Facebook Married musicians Lana Winterhalt and MoonBell are on the show, talking about the…
 
Guest Don Amero Canadian musician Home - Don Amero twitter.com Here’s a great conversation with Juno-nominated country/roots/folk (and beyond) singer-songwriter Don Amero! We talk about his upcoming Valentine’s Day livestream – today, if you’re listening the day the episode comes out – his long career, his songwriting process and much more This epi…
 
Guest The Naked Midgets Portage la Prairie punk band, 1999-2005. The Naked Midgets If you were around Portage la Prairie (or various Winnipeg basement shows) in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s, you might remember a punk band called the Naked Midgets. Don’t worry, they’re not back… but we did have a great conversation reminiscing about the all-ages scene, …
 
Guest Roy Mexted Singer-songwriter, created an album called “Smiling Like a Sundog” that captures the stories of the north. Home | It’s weird to think of Churchill, Man., as a hot spot for anything but polar bears, but I had a great interview with Roy Mexted — the second musician from Down Under (shoutout to Rob Knaggs) to fall in love with norther…
 
Guest Raine Hamilton Prairie Songstress Raine Hamilton Raine Hamilton (@rainesongs) on Twitter Chamber-folk singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton, along with the other members of her string trio, Quintin Bart and Natanielle Felicitas, is set to release a unique project called Brave Land. We talked about the unique release plans for the LP, an upcoming l…
 
Guest Lugosi The indie black sheep of the central prairies. The Desert Scorpion | Lugosi Chris and Jordan of self-described “indie black sheep of the central prairies,” Lugosi, are on the podcast! It’s a fun chat about being a new band trying to make a name for themselves during a pandemic, their debut album, ‘The Desert Scorpion’, the value of a b…
 
Guest Cowbo Morsche SICK NAP IDIOT Cowbo Morsche twitter.com Adam from bizarro experimental weirdos Cowbo Morsche is on the podcast to talk about the ’Sick Nap Idiot’ record… and beyond. It’s a fun conversation about that project’s psychedelic art-pop/hip-hop vibe, finding sounds that don’t exist yet, music that rewards deep listening, and much mor…
 
Guest Laura Lucas fault line out now ❣️ @llauralucas | Linktree twitter.com Meet singer-songwriter Laura Lucas! She may be new to you now, but it won’t be long until her lyric-driven folk tunes start to generate some serious buzz. We talked about her musical inspirations while living abroad in Australia, the distinctions between writing poetry and …
 
Guest Rickson Makwe Singer, Songwriter, Keyboards and Dancer – Pop, Reggae, African Rhumba and Funk. Originally from Congo, now residing in Winnipeg. Singer Songwriter - Pop Reggae and Funk - Winnipeg Canada - Rickson Makwe Rickson Makwe is a singer, songwriter and keyboard player, who blends pop, reggae, rumba and funk to create a sound uniquely h…
 
Guest Humous Indie Lo-Fi Alternative Rock Humous - Home | Facebook Here’s an interview with all three members of local Filipino-Canadian lo-fi rockers Humous! It’s a fun conversation about their excellent new record, the origins of the trio’s current lineup, frontman Julius’ Raw x Rare Podcast, and much more. This episode brought to you by Devine S…
 
Guest AJ Ongenae Singer-songwriter www.instagram.com Singer-songwriter AJ Ongenae is on the podcast! We talked about going from playing punk and metal bands to performing solo, his hilarious (and seasonal) ‘Christmas in the Suburbs’ single, the documentary he made about the lone recording by his mostly-unknown ‘00s hardcore band, and much more. Thi…
 
Guest Providence Progressive rock trio Providence has been hiding in the shadows of the Winnipeg music scene for years. The Demon Haunted World | Providence Ben Rusch (drums) from long-running local prog trio Providence is on the show! It’s a fun conversation about the band’s Carl Sagan-inspired debut album, The Demon-Haunted World (decades in the …
 
Guest 2 Baked Girls Potcast Join Cupcake & Rae Rae, LIVE on YouTube, every Friday at 9 pm CST as they explore their favorite plant. twitter.com 2 Baked Girls Potcast - YouTube We’ll be back to your regularly-scheduled music interviews next week! For now, enjoy a panel I moderated at this year’s Manitoba Podcast Festival, which was held virtually du…
 
Guests Ryan McMahon Comedian. Writer. Podcaster. That guy that made Thunder Bay. Ryan McMahon (@RMComedy) | Twitter Ryan McMahon Comedy Unscripted Moments: A Podcast About Propagandhi Unscripted Moments is hosted by two teachers who discuss interpretations of a different Propagandhi song each episode. @UnscriptedMomentst | Linktree twitter.com We’r…
 
Guest Pip Skid Pip Skid is the ugly truth. He is a rap firebrand whose music transcends its humble prairie origins. Tweets with replies by patrick skene (@pipskid) on Twitter Free Music Download from Label Marathon of Dope Winnipeg rap veteran Pip Skid is back on the podcast for the first time in years! We talked about his multitude of in-the-works…
 
Guest Ezo Man Artiste musicien, auteur-compositeur et interprète, Trésor Namwira appelé « Ezo Man » fait son art avec beaucoup passion afin de pouvoir fournir à son audience des bons moments autour des mots et de la musique. Signup | Bandcamp twitter.com Fantastic conversation with Trésor Ezoman about his roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo, …
 
Guest Dane Bjornson Singer • Songwriter • Performer Dane Bjornson twitter.com Pop-rock singer-songwriter Dane Bjornson started his music career at age 9, put out his first EP at 12… and now at 20, he has released ‘Wondering’, a more mature full-length with genuine, heartfelt songs. We talked about all of that and more on the line from Edmonton, whe…
 
Guest Mattmac Artist 🎹 Music Producer 🌎 Garden Hill, Manitoba The Mattmac Story – Presented by Nwe Jinan Records Matthew Monias, a/k/a Mattmac, is a blind vocalist/producer out of remote Garden Hill First Nation. We talked about his gospel roots, the challenges of being from a fly-in community in northern Manitoba, the crazy success he’s seei…
 
Guest Julien's Daughter Alt-rock via Winnipeg via Kijiji.ca. The Static That Carries Over | Julien's Daughter Emma (vocals) and Chelly (bass) of basement indie rockers Julien’s Daughter are on the show! We talked about their origins as a Kijiji band (and the somewhat creepy but also hilarious story behind their name), their upcoming tape on Hou…
 
Here’s your introduction to Niverville-based country rocker JR Charron! It’s a fun conversation about his debut EP, Impression, (on which he’s backed by some local heavy hitters), rural Manitoba’s hidden musical gems, soft shredding, music lessons from a nun, and much more! This episode brought to you by Rob Crooks and Saskatoon Folk Rap Records, a…
 
Bassist, singer, songwriter, etc., Alex Kozub recently released his debut solo record, ‘Evenings & Weekends’. We talked about his unique “songwriter funk” style, comparing his solo sound with his main gig as a member of Colour By Numbers, releasing music in our weird, dystopian future, and much more! This episode brought to you by Rob Crooks and Sa…
 
Guest Charlie Fettah RAP twitter.com Great conversation with a veteran presence in Winnipeg’s rap scene, Charlie Fettah! We talked about the upcoming vinyl release by his ‘Steven Tyler’ project with BBS Steve, his deep catalogue, working with producers like Crabskull and DJ Kutdown, listening to Winnipeg’s Most material years after the fact, and mu…
 
Guest Black-Eyed Suzie Cutting their teeth as a full family band out of northern Manitoba, mom-daughter duo, black-eyed SUZIE, delivers a bitter-sweet taste of dark folk rock prairie sound with inspirational songs of hardship and transformation that feed the soul. black-eyedsuzie.com “Dark folk” (but also sometimes alt-rock and kinda metal but not …
 
Guest Badd Mannaz Hear “Champion” now! BADD MANNAZ - CHAMPION ft. LINDO P, BIGGS & LEN BOWEN - YouTube Lots of laughs in an interview with Badd Mannaz, best known as 1/3 of Winnipeg rap legends Shadez, but breaking out on his own with an upcoming solo EP anchored by BIG CHUNE “Champion”, out now! We talked about the new single and its classic d…
 
Guest Erick Casselman Park Theatre owner. The Park Theatre – Winnipeg's Premier Event Venue Here’s a very interesting chat with Park Theatre owner Erick Casselman about the venue’s challenges due to the pandemic, the importance of live music to Winnipeg and what a return to “normal” could look like, and much more. The Park has been one o…
 
Guest Gillian Hayek STREAM MY DEBUT SINGLE “TURN AROUND” Gillian Hayek - Home twitter.com Singer-songwriter Gillian Hayek, from the teeming metropolis of Cooks Creek, Manitoba, is on the show! We talked about her new single — the first formal release despite years of performing live — about embracing pop-punk, getting comfortable at Winnipeg open m…
 
Guest Vagina Witchcraft 4-piece doom metal/hardcore band Vagina Witchcraft - Home | Facebook The mighty Vagina Witchcraft are back on the show (all four of them this time)! We talked all about their deadly debut album of hardcore-tinged doom metal – which absolutely belongs in the ‘record of the year’ conversation – some of the feedback they’ve rec…
 
Guest Heidi Korte @heidikorte_ | Linktree twitter.com Singer, songwriter, composer and educator Heidi Korte is on the podcast, talking all about being taught to sing opera over the phone, the exciting things she’s doing with her students, developing her own style as an artist, Finnish reggae (!), and much more. PLUS she performed two live songs exc…
 
Guest Rooftop Static Groove-rock recording artists from the Canadian Prairies. Rooftop Static twitter.com This episode is an interview with Russ (guitar) and Scott (vocals) from Winnipeg five-piece Rooftop Static! Stay tuned for a conversation about their upcoming second album, ‘Liminal Spaces’, adding a jazz-influenced groove to their alt-rock roo…
 
Guest Ava Glendinning Guitarist. Bicycle Face. A La Mode. Guitarist and author Ava Glendinning is back on the show for the first time in a while. Ava is perhaps best known as one half of the mighty Bicycle Face, but also a member of Robojom, À La Mode, and The Lockdown Project (among others)! We talked about her various musical endeavours, as well …
 
Guests Chenoa McKelvey I believe in art, freedom, and the inevitable failure of the North American Empire Chenoa McKelvey (@ziggystarburns) | Twitter Smith's Onion Popular tunes of the 20’s and 30’s, paired with anachronistic arrangements of contemporary songs and jazz standards. Smith's Onion - Home | Facebook Login • Instagram Smith's Onion …
 
Guests CJ Loane Frontman of The Bloodshots The Bloodshots Grungy rock band from Selkirk. THE BLOODSHOTS | Free Listening on SoundCloud The Bloodshots (@the_bloodshots) on Twitter It’s a new interview (it had been way too long!) with rock n’ rollers The Bloodshots! We talked about their signing with Golden Robot Records, playing more layered, comple…
 
Guest Josue Davi Beats twitter.com Login • Instagram Local producer/rapper Josue Davi is on the podcast! We talked about his recent outdoor beat videos, expanding his musical horizons to hip-hop, jazz and beyond (after growing up listening to hair metal), and a whole lot more! This episode brought to you by Rob Crooks, whose outstanding new album, …
 
Guest Nigel Webber Hip-hop writer for Stylus Magazine Login • Instagram Login • Instagram Nigel Webber is a local writer and the author of the upcoming book Gritty City, an oral history of Winnipeg hip-hop. We talked about the ambitious project, the wide range of artists he has interviewed already, some of the long-lost Winnipeg rap records he has …
 
Guest Rob Crooks Rob Crooks is a Winnipeg based musician and solo performer. robcrooks (@robcrooks) on Twitter robcrooks.com Rob Crooks is back on the show, talking about his outstanding new record, Introducing the Ghost (which came out Oct. 6), working with the Saskatoon Folk Rap Records collective, finding cohesion in the different sides of his s…
 
Guest Chantal Kreviazuk Chantal Kreviazuk is a platinum-selling, three-time Juno Award-winning artist from Winnipeg. Lowlight by MOON VS SUN twitter.com In these strange times, some artists are still making a go of touring during the pandemic. Acclaimed singer-songwriter (and former Winnipegger) Chantal Kreviazuk will be hitting the Park Theatre st…
 
Guest Projektor Winnipeg post-rock/shoegaze band formed in 1999. Red Wolf Glass (Deluxe Edition) | Projektor Remember Winnipeg post-rock/shoegaze outfit Projektor (1999-2006)? They just released their debut, ‘Red Wolf Glass’, in a deluxe edition with all kinds of bonus material.https://projektor.bandcamp.com/album/red-wolf-glass-deluxe-edition I ta…
 
Guest St00Pid Juicy St00pid Juicy is a musical collaboration between Winnipeg artists MC Motor Mouth (Ewan Turnbull) and Ian Powell. Music | St00pid Juicy It’s Ewan and Ian from St00pid Juicy, a (ridiculous) band name you may not (yet) be familiar with, but you might know these guys from their previous band together, the Love Tongues. We talked abo…
 
Guests Alex Seville Grandpa’s Army veteran. Alexander Seville Alex Seville (@alex_seville) | Twitter Grandpa's Army Winnipeg ska band, 1998-2000 WITCHPOLICE: Grandpa's Army - The Definitive Collection Reunited with a few of my former bandmates in late ‘90s Winnipeg ska band Grandpa’s Army! The band played its ‘last’ show 20 years ago next month (we…
 
Guest Scott Nolan Songwriter/Musician Official Scott Nolan (@ScottNolan5) | Twitter www.scottnolan.ca It’s a great conversation with one of my favourite songwriters, Scott Nolan, who was last on the podcast in spring 2019. We talked about his upcoming residency at the Park Theatre with composerGlenn Buhr, his recent interest in collage art, and a w…
 
Guest Drew Wolitarsky I’m a Renaissance soul. Can’t sit still. A little Canadian, a little American. I’m a traveling, rambling, vibing man. Login • Instagram Winnipeggers might know Drew Wolitarsky best for his work on the football field as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but he’s spending this pandemic-induced time off from being a pro athl…
 
Guest Silver Clouds Silver Clouds are a pop n roll band made up of members from @duotangband, Novillero, Boy & Transonic. Album out June 26 2020 on @disintegrationr linktr.ee twitter.com Rod and Dave from Silver Clouds — a post-punk/pop/etc.-inspired group with an outstanding ‘90s Winnipeg pedigree (Duotang, Novillero, Transonic, etc.) — are on the…
 
Guest Mike Powell CLOSETJUDAS is the moniker given to all that’s written, recorded + produced by mike powell. independent, non-monetized, lo-fi alternative rock. closetjudas twitter.com This one is a fun chat with an artist who is likely new to most of you. Winnipeg (via Ontario) artist Mike Powell, a/k/a Closetjudas, talks about his thoughts on th…
 
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