Music ‘N’ Mavens

January 14, 2020

March 12, 2020

Full Concert Card: $49 -$77

Rady JCC - 123 Doncaster Street Winnipeg

(204) 477-7510


Events Description

The Rady JCC is thrilled to present our annual Music ‘N’ Mavens series. Music ‘N’ Mavens has been here since the Rady JCC opened inside the Asper Campus 21 years ago. How time flies!

“Where else can you go in the middle of the afternoon to hear a great concert or speaker and then go for a workout in the same building?” – Ruth Pearce

Music ‘N’ Mavens is produced by Karla Berbrayer.

The Rady JCC gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors and individual donors.

Tuesday, January 14 – An Afternoon with Jennifer Hanson opens our 2020 season. Featuring Gilles Fournier, bass, Murray Pulver, guitar, with Jennifer on vocals, the afternoon features melodies from the Great American Songbook, with a touch of Motown. Jennifer’s torchy seductive vocal style is among the finest in the current generation of jazz singers.

Thursday, January 16 – From the 1970s to Today – through the Lens of a Photographer. John Paskievich is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer in Winnipeg. Over the course of his career, Paskievich has produced a body of work which Maclean’s Magazine described as
“poignant, funny, angry by turns, it brims with rare compassion”. His photographs have been exhibited widely and published in several books, including The North End and its sequel, The North
End Revisited.

Tuesday, January 21 – Volodymyr Zelensky: From Television Star to President of Ukraine. Myroslav Shkandrij will examine different perceptions of the new president, and assesses his term in office so far. Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba where he taught in the Department of German and Slavic studies from 1987, Shkandrij’s research has focused on Ukraine’s cultural
history, the avant-garde, nationalism, and Jewish-Ukrainian relations.

Thursday, January 23 – The Raine Hamilton String Trio features Raine Hamilton on violin, Quintin Bart, double bass, and Natanielle Felicitas, cello. Raine won the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Emerging Artist of the Year. She has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Nova, and has toured across Canada extensively. For this concert, Raine will channel her 60s vibe, to give us The Beatles and More.

Tuesday, January 28 – The Erin Propp & Larry Roy Quintet take the stage to share Songs of the 70s Reimagined. With Erin Propp on vocals, Larry Roy, guitar, Will Bonness, piano, Julian Bradford, bass, and Fabio Ragnelli, on drums and percussion, expect to hear music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and some of the other great songwriters of the 70s.


Wednesday, January 29 | 1:30 pm at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street
Sistema Winnipeg is a daily, intensive, music education program that uses music as a tool for social change. A partnership between the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Seven Oaks School Division and Winnipeg School Division, approximately half of Sistema students are newcomers to Canada, and one
third come from an Indigenous background. The students receive musical training after school for three hours a day, five days a week, at no cost to their families.

Thursday, January 30 – The Very Groovy Things are a nine-person ensemble that will transport audiences to hippie heaven. A Mamas and Papas tribute band boasting some of Winnipeg’s most
accomplished singers and musicians, with Jodie Borle, Olivia Maxfield, Bill Quinn, and Dan Rochegood on vocals, Laurie Mackenzie, and James Hickerson on acoustic and electric guitars, Kinzey Posen, bass, Rick Boughton, keyboards, trumpet and tambourine, and Greg Gardner on drums and percussion. Get your tie-dyed t-shirts and meet us at the Berney.

Tuesday, February 4 – Indigenous Health in Manitoba: Future Perspectives. Dr. Marcia Anderson
is Cree-Anishinaabe and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. Her family roots go to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She practices Internal Medicine and Public Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is the Executive Director of Indigenous
Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing at the University of Manitoba. In 2018 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.

Tuesday, February 6 – The Economics of Heritage Conservation. Cindy Tugwell has been Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg for the past twenty-seven years, and Manitoba Governor of the National Trust for Canada from 2006-2012. She has been involved in the re-development of Upper Fort Garry Park, Millennium Centre preservation and redevelopment, and Doors Open Winnipeg. On behalf of Heritage Winnipeg, she continues to advocate, promote and raise awareness regarding current heritage issues.

Tuesday, February 11 – Lavallée Buzash Duo. Élise Lavallée holds the position of Assistant Principal Viola with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Jeremy Buzash is Principal Second Violin with the WSO. Together, they have put together a lovely afternoon of Mozart & Tangos, featuring works by Handel-Halvorsen, Villoldo, Castriota, Gardel, di Sarli, Piazzolla, and Mozart.

Thursday, February 13 – Choosing the Future: Water in 2030. What choices are we making today that will affect the state of the world’s water? Known locally for his pungent op eds in the Winnipeg Free Press, Dr. Peter Denton is an activist for sustainability at all levels. He is author of seven books,
and an Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada. His post-secondary research and teaching have focused on the interdisciplinary nexus of science, technology and society, especially ethics.

Tuesday, February 18 – Nation of Two features Jessee Havey, on vocals and ukelele, and Nathaniel
Good, on vocals and guitar. Havey is co-founder of Winnipeg folk favourites The Duhks, with whom she toured the world, earning Grammy and Juno awards. Their concert, Protest Songs – From the
60s to Today will have you grooving to Let the Sunshine In and other great songs for social change.

Thursday, February 20 – Does Capitalism Have a Future? Radhika Desai is Professor, Department
of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, at the University of Manitoba. She has written and edited many books, including Geopolitical Economy: After US
Hegemony, Globalization and Empire. Her articles and book chapters appear in international scholarly journals and edited volumes. With Alan Freeman, she co-edits the Geopolitical Economy book series with Manchester University Press, and the Future of Capitalism book series with Pluto Press.

Tuesday, February 25 – Onna Lou Quartet features Onna Lou, vocals and guitar, Rodrigo Muñoz, vocals and percussion, Julian Vidal, vocals, melodica, bombo and percussion, and Gilles Fournier, vocals and bass. Entitled Viaje al Sur, this concert will include Latin American classics along with Onna Lou’s original music. Translations of the lyrics, and visuals highlighting the landscape of this vast continent, will enhance our musical journey through Latin America.

Wednesday, February 26 | 1:30 PM at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street – Rosemarie Todaschuk & Ron Paley Duo. This concert, A Jazz Encounter with a Ukrainian and Jewish Flare, features singer Rosemarie Todaschuk, and pianist, Ron Paley. This vibrant, accomplished
duo will entertain with favourite jazz standards as well as popular Ukrainian and Hebrew folk songs.

Tuesday, February 27 – The Gilles Fournier Quintet features Andrina Turenne, vocals, Heitha Forsyth, vocals, Gilles Fournier, bass, Daniel Roy, drums, and Murray Pulver, guitar. Let’s Celebrate Aretha Franklin is a tribute to the greatness of Aretha, the undisputed Queen of Soul. The first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and one of the most honoured artists in Grammy history, Aretha is known for such iconic songs as Respect, and Freeway of Love. Come join this
all-star quintet to rock on with Aretha.

Tuesday, March 3 – The Luminous String Quartet is led by Artistic Director Karen Barg, on first violin, and includes Chris Anstey, second violin, Sarah Carswell, viola, and Sean Taubner, cello. Specially for Music ‘N’ Mavens, the Luminous String Quartet have put together an eclectic concert, Working for the Weekend, a compilation of pop and rock music with guest emcee Beau Fritzsche from 99.9 BOB FM.

Thursday, March 5 – Art and Identity: The Case of the Birds’ Head Haggadah. Dr. Phyllis
Portnoy recently retired from the Department of English at the University of Manitoba where she has received awards for teaching excellence. She has published widely on medieval literary and visual cultures, with particular focus on Old Testament art. Her most recent research on the iconography of the Birds’ Head Haggadah, a medieval illustrated manuscript held by the Israel Museum, is
a fascinating study of the social interplay between Jewish and Christian art.

Tuesday, March 10 – Beethoven Forever. James Manishen is the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s
long-serving Artistic Operations Associate. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. Celebrations are taking place around the musical world, as well as here at Music ‘N’ Mavens! Join us to hear stories, insights and more about why this musical giant is more alive than ever through his iconic work.

Thursday, March 12 – To close out our season, the Breeze Quartet, headlined by Ian Morris-Grant (Breeze), on lead vocals, with bass, piano, and drums, will premiere In the Shadows of Motown, A Tribute to the Funk Brothers. The Funk Brothers are a group of Detroit-based session musicians
who performed the backing to most Motown recordings. They are considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. They wrote songs like Pappa was a Rolling
Stone, My Girl… Come with your dancing shoes on!




Tickets : $7 Rady JCC Members (with membership card), $11 Non-Members

Speakers – Silver collection at the door

Full Concert Card: $49 (Members), $77 (Non-members)

Mini Concert Card: 6 concerts – $35 (Members), $55 (Non-members)

How to get tickets?

Tickets for individual concerts available at the door only.

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Call (204) 477-7510


Date & Time: Tuesday and Thursday, January 14 – March 12, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Venue: Rady JCC – 123 Doncaster Street Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 2B3


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