About the show

A Winnipeg-based music podcast and UMFM radio show created and hosted by Ashley Bieniarz since 2015. Each episode features interviews with emerging or established local music-makers to connect fans or influence other musicians who are thinking of starting a performing career. Through stories of song writing, album releases and tours from around the world, listen to the unique journeys of local artists who love what they do.

You can listen to the show at www.winnipegmusicproject.com, every Tuesday at 2:00 pm on 101.5 UMFM or on your favourite streaming service (coming soon).

The Winnipeg Music Project branched out into planning live events in 2019 hosting live audience interviews, Songwriting circles featuring local established songwriters and CPR classes for musicians.


About the host

Winnipeg Music Project Host in the UMFM Broadcasting station. Photo Credit: Cliff Mckay

Winnipeg Music Project Host in the UMFM Broadcasting station. Photo Credit: Cliff Mckay

Ashley Bieniarz is a performing musician, public-speaker, educator, and podcast and radio host. Most notably, Ashley created and is the face of the Winnipeg Music Project, a podcast and CJUM campus radio show promoting local music and featuring exclusive interviews,

Ashley received her Bachelor of Music from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba in 2018. Ashley also acts as a juror for awards and grant programs including but not limited to the Polaris Music Prize and spoke as a panelist at the inaugural Manitoba Podcast Festival in 2018. Ashley currently works at Manitoba Music.

When Ashley Bieniarz is not promoting the local music scene as the face of the Winnipeg Music Project, she is captivating its audiences with her own avant-pop arrangements of elaborate piano melodies and melancholic lyrics.


The Winnipeg Music Project's primary goal is to promote local music-makers. The vast majority of the music played on the radio show and podcast is posted with permission (by the artists themselves or representatives). Each post will remain available for free unless the owners of the music used in that episode ask to have their song removed. As of June 2019, the show is available on streaming platforms (such as Spotify) and the Winnipeg Music Project team is working hard to remove all pre-recorded music from the podcast. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please use the contact form here.