Music ‘N’ Mavens January 22 – March 21, 2019


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.


Program Times

Music ‘N’ Mavens is held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Two events on Wednesdays are held at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at 1:00 p.m.

Individual Concerts

Tickets for individual concerts available at the door only.

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


Silver collection at the door

Music N Mavens – Brochure (PDF)

Thanks to Classic 107 for welcoming Winners of the Zita Bernstein Lieder Competition into their studio. Check out the interview here

Tuesday, January 29

Alison Gillmor – Ghastly Artists, Great Art: A Conundrum

Alison Gillmor, a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist and educator contemplates the moral dilemma of appreciating an artists’ work after they’ve been proven of wrong-doings.

Wednesday January 30

CMU Jazz Allstars

1:00 pm  |  At Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street

Young, full of vigour and outstanding talent, these jazz vocal students from Canadian Mennonite University are led by Helen White.  Incorporating many favourite standards either solo, duo or as a quartet, this hardworking up and coming group are sure to amaze.

Thursday, January 31

Tom Monteyne – Winnipeg Desiderata – An Architect Contemplates the City that Could Be

Tom Monteyne, who has been leading his own architecture firm since 1994, speaks about Winnipeg’s infrastructure, and its often-untapped potential as one of Canada’s major urban hubs.

Tuesday, February 5

Sheena Rattai – Everybody Knows Leonard Cohen

Sheena Rattai, backed by some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, thoughtfully reimagines the music and poetry of the late, great and much-loved Leonard Cohen.

Thanks to Classic 107 for welcoming Sheena Rattai into their studio. Listen to the interview here

Thursday, February 7

Neil McArthur – Sex and Consent, from the Mad Men Era to the Age of #MeToo

The last half century has brought a dramatic change in how we think about sexual content, both morally and legally. In the last year, the #MeToo movement has brought the issue of consent to the centre of public debate. Neil McArthur will discuss how our ways of thinking about consent have evolved over the past decades, and how they may continue to do so in the future.

Tuesday, February 12

Aaron Hutton – Come Fly With Me: An Afternoon of Frank Sinatra

What could be better than an afternoon with Ol’ Blue Eyes? Aaron Hutton, award-winning singer, actor and storyteller croons some of his favourite Sinatra tunes including That’s Life, Luck Be a Lady, and My Way.


Thursday, February 14

Yuri Hooker and Michelle Mourre – A Classical Pairing

Yuri Hooker, principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and wife Michelle Mourre, who served as Conductor-in-Residence at the WSO present a program of Beethoven Sonata op. 69 in A major and Bach’s Suite no. 5 in C minor.

Tuesday, February 19

Janice Finlay – My Favourite Things

Janice Finlay, with Ron Paley, Karl Kohut, and Rob Siwik, guides us through the inspiration for some of her favourite things, complemented by photos and her original music.

Thanks to Classic 107 for welcoming Janice Finlay into their studio. Listen to the interview here

Thursday, February 21

Amber Epp and Heitha Forsyth – Celebrating Women in Jazz

Vocalists Amber Epp and Heitha Forsyth, backed by Keith Price, Julian Bradford and Eric Platz, pay tribute to some of the greatest female jazz voices from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse.

Tuesday, February 26

Bryan Sykora – From Baroque to Broadway with Breezeway Brass

Brian Sykora on trumpet and four other Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra brass players put together a delightful program with music that includes Handel’s Water Music, Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Wednesday, February 27

1:00 pm  |  At Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, 1588 Main Street

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate String Orchestra is made up of 25 students from grades 7 to 12 and has been led by conductor Andrea Bell since 2000. Andrea Bell, Manager and cellist of the Rembrandt String Quartet, is also the conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra and the Mennonite Community Orchestra.

Thursday, February 28

Nadine Sookermany – Cannabis Use in Manitoba – A Gendered Lens

Nadine Sookermany, executive director of Women’s Health Clinic and educator in harm-reduction and community-based health discusses the recent legalization of cannabis in Manitoba from a feminist perspective.

Tuesday, March 5

The Honourable Marilou McPhedran, C.M. – Does Senate Reform = Better Democracy?

Marilou McPhedran, human rights lawyer, professor, activist and independent senator in the Parliament of Canada discusses senate reform.

Thursday, March 7

Nadia Douglas – Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter and the Carpenters

Nadia Douglas, with pianist and music director Rick Boughton, revives the Carpenter’s iconic songs of the ‘70s such as Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World and more.

Nadia Douglas was a Guest on Classic 107 Monday morning. Listen to the full feature here

Tuesday, March 12

Amy Karlinsky – Landscape and Identity: Beyond the Group of Seven

Amy Karlinsky, writer, artist and curator, has taught at universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She has contributed to the Winnipeg Free Press and Border Crossings as an art critic. Amy will take us beyond the Group of Seven, in her discussion of Canadian art history.

Thursday, March 14

Allen Mills – Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: What does this mean and how much is possible?

Allen Mills, a recently retired professor of political science who specializes in Canadian socialism and Winnipeg radicalism, speaks about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Tuesday, March 19

Prairie Soul – A Tribute to Bill Withers

Prairie Soul, led by Gerry Atwell, performs an afternoon of Motown music. Expect Bill Withers’ classics such as Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Just the Two of Us along with some favourites by Sly and the Family Stone.

Thursday, March 21

Laura Olafson – Belting it Out!

Laura Olafson is frequently seen on the stages of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Rainbow Stage. Laura will wrap up the Music ‘N’ Mavens season with a Broadway diva medley featuring the music of Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters, among others.