2021 Music ‘N’ Mavens Series

The Rady Jewish Community Centre kicks off its 2021 Music ‘N’ Mavens series with a concert on Thursday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m. and will premiere new concerts or speakers every Tuesday and Thursday from then on until March 23. Music ‘N’ Mavens is presented by TD Bank Group and with the support of The Asper Foundation and the Babs Asper Centre for Cultural Arts. It is produced by Karla Berbrayer.

The Rady JCC would also like to thank the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, the Lampe Family Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation, as well as individual donors for their financial support for Music ‘N’ Mavens.

Attendance is free for all shows and you must pre-register. To register for a specific event, please click on the name of the speaker/performer(s).


2021 Virtual Music ‘N’ Mavens Schedule

Below please find the full slate of performers and speakers for this year’s Music ‘N’ Mavens series. Please note this listing is subject to change.


Speaker – Ryan Beardy
Tuesday, January 26
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ryan Beardy has had a multifaceted life in politics, education and journalism; prison time was only one facet of that life. On Tuesday January 26, Ryan will speak on Over Incarceration of Indigenous People. Coming from Lake St Martin First Nation, Ryan’s upbringing was marked by intergenerational trauma, which landed him on the streets of Winnipeg. At 13 years old, he first entered the Manitoba Youth Centre which led to a decade of time behind bars. Ryan has since turned his life around, and is now a public speaker, mentor, freelance journalist, and writer. After his release in 2017, Ryan has devoted himself to making others aware of the Indigenous prison crisis.


Speaker – Isha Khan
Thursday, January 28
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Isha Khan, CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, will present Championing Human Rights: An Ongoing Dialogue. Isha is a lawyer, educator, and community leader dedicated to building a culture of human rights in Canada and beyond. Born in Winnipeg, Isha holds degrees from the University of Manitoba and University of Victoria. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Isha serves as Board Chair of United Way Winnipeg. Isha strives to engage people around the world in a growing movement for hope and human rights.


Concert – Kevin McIntyre Duo
Tuesday, February 2
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Kevin McIntyre, singer, accompanied by Phil Corrin, on piano, will entertain with Songs from the Heart. With material that ranges from Broadway musicals to Jewish melodies and pop country, Kevin will take us on a journey of some of his all -time favorite songs.


Speaker – Roland Sawatzky
Thursday, February 4
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Roland Sawatzky will speak on Our Evolving City: The History and Artifacts of Winnipeg. Dr. Roland Sawatzky joined The Manitoba Museum in 2011. He conducts research, is responsible for acquisitions, and develops exhibits related to the settlement period in Manitoba, including the development of Winnipeg. Highlighted by slides of the artifacts, Roland will guide us through the new Winnipeg gallery at the Manitoba Museum.


Concert – Jesse & Grace
Tuesday, February 9
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Jesse & Grace, featuring Jesse Popeski on guitar and vocals, and Grace Hrabi on ukulele and vocals, will take us Back to the 60s! with music ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Joni Mitchell. Jesse and Grace have been performing together since 2014.  Both musicians were born and raised in Winnipeg, and hold degrees in music from the University of Manitoba.   Jesse and Grace are two thirds of the unique folk trio Casati, who have released two albums and toured across Canada performing original music.


Concert – Karl Kohut & Karly Epp
Thursday, February 11
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Karl Kohut & Karly Epp present a concert entitled It Takes Two! With Karl on bass, and Karly on voice, the focus will be on great bass and voice songs in the jazz world. From the pairings of Sarah Vaughan and Ray Brown to Helen Merrill and Ron Carter, these moments in history will vary from the well – known to the more modern.


Speaker – Bryan Peeler
Tuesday, February 16
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Bryan Peeler will tackle the topic, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig: Why Are They Still in China? Dr. Bryan Peeler is an instructor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.  His research focuses on the intersection of international relations and international law and the different ways international law constrains the conduct of states.


Speaker – Alan Freeman
Thursday, February 18
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Alan Freeman will discuss Culture in a Time of Covid: What Do the Numbers Tell Us? Alan Freeman was lead economist for Creative Industries at the Greater London Authority in the United Kingdom until 2011, when he settled in Winnipeg.   He sits on the Board of Manitobans for the Arts, and Video Pool, and is a former member of the Board of Governors for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He continues to research the creative and cultural industries of Canada, and has advocated passionately for the arts ever since his arrival in Winnipeg.


Speaker – Matthew Flisfeder
Tuesday, February 23
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder will speak on The Bias of Communication? How Crisis Times Put the “Social” Back into Social Media. Dr. Flisfeder is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communications at the University of Winnipeg, where he teaches courses on Contemporary Communication Theory and Critical Studies of Social Media. In this presentation, Dr. Flisfeder will show that, despite the woes of surveillance and control, our uses of social technologies, such as Zoom, during the Covid pandemic, teach us more about the culture in which we live, and the powerful interests that organize its structure and expropriate our need to be social.


Concert – Andrina Turenne and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner
Thursday, February 25
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Andrina Turenne will perform Francophone Tunes with a Little Bit of Country.  Andrina Turenne is a singer, songwriter, and musician born and raised in St Boniface, with strong ties to her Francophone and Métis roots. She has worked as a recording artist and touring musician and participated in the creation of many musical projects, including JUNO award-winning roots band Chic Gamine. Accompanied by the talented Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner on lap steel guitar, Andrina’s voice and guitar will explore popular French tunes as well as country favourites by Hank Williams and Dolly Parton.


Speaker – Arthur Schafer
Tuesday, March 2
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Arthur Schafer will discuss Are Vaccine Passports a Good Idea? Professor Schafer is Founding Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, at the University of Manitoba.  He is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and an Ethics consultant for the Department of Child Health at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  He was Head of the Section of Bio-Medical Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba, and has served as Visiting Scholar Green College, Oxford. He is a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar, Honorary Woodrow Wilson Scholar, and a Canada Council Fellow.


Concert – Monika Wall Duo
Thursday, March 4
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Monika Wall Duo will perform A Tribute to Nina Simone. Featuring Monika Wall on vocals, and Jonathan Alexiuk, on piano, jazz singer and songwriter Monika Wall is known for her smooth mix of genres with a jazz undertone.  A year of singing with an African American Gospel choir left a deep impression on Monika, propelling her to express her love for Blues and Gospel through the music of the great Nina Simone.


Concert – Joe Curtis
Tuesday, March 9
2:00pm – 3:00pm

As a singer and songwriter, Joe Curtis blends roots, rock, folk, pop, and blues. In this solo concert, Joe’s music will focus on Love Stories. Joe’s voice and guitar will take us through songs by Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, U2, the Beatles, Bill Withers… and more. An easy listening experience in the comfort of your own home.


Speaker – Michelle Porter
Thursday, March 11
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Michelle Porter will speak on the topic Ageism During the Pandemic. Dr. Michelle Porter is the Director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba, as well as being a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. She has been highly engaged in the age-friendly university movement since 2016, and instrumental in making the University of Manitoba Canada’s first age-friendly university. Michelle is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.


Concert – The Elizabeth Sadler Trio
Tuesday, March 16
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Elizabeth Sadler Trio will bring to the Music ’N’ Mavens stage Hits from the 60s & 70s Reimagined. Comprised of Elizabeth Sadler, voice, Connor Derraugh, piano, and Ilya Osachuk on upright bass, this trio will regale us with popular tunes such as the 1960s hits Close to You and My Girl.


Concert – Lavallée-Buzash Duo
Thursday, March 18
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Lavallée-Buzash Duo will perform Jewish Music for Violin and Viola. 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 created a lovely program of Klezmer tunes and Jewish melodies for the Music ‘N’ Mavens series.


Concert – Lisa Bell Band
Tuesday, March 23
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Lisa Bell Band is comprised of Lisa Bell on vocals, Kevin Waters, drums, Jordan Jackiew, keys, and Julian Bradford, bass.  To close out the Music ‘N’ Mavens season, this powerhouse band takes us On the Road to Motown! Expect to hear all your favorite Motown tunes from Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips – music to help you rock your way into spring!