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Magorel among the Mavens

Singer-songwriter to perform during Rady JCC concert series

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Singer Mal Magorel performs classic Broadway and jazz standards at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre on Jan. 22 at 1 p.m., as part of Rady JCC’s Music ’N’ Mavens series.

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Singer Mal Magorel performs classic Broadway and jazz standards at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre on Jan. 22 at 1 p.m., as part of Rady JCC’s Music ’N’ Mavens series. Photo Store

Mal Magorel is all over the musical map.


The 30-year-old singer-songwriter is currently working on her debut solo album, which she describes as "soul-infused pop." She also sings with electronic dance drum and bass band Vesely Couture, has performed pop, rock, R&B and country songs in various cover bands and has even sang a show tune or two in musicals and variety shows.

Keeping things eclectic, Magorel, along with pianist Jonathan Alexiuk, will present classic Broadway and jazz standards, mixed with some Yiddish content, on Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre (1588 Main St.). The show is part of Rady JCC’s 16th annual Music ’N’ Mavens series.

"I was given the opportunity to be in a production of Fiddler on the Roof for the Mameloshen Festival a couple years ago. It was very unique in that it was done entirely in Yiddish," Magorel said. "That’s part of how the theme of my Music ’N’ Mavens show came about, and I’ll be doing a couple pieces from Fiddler on the Roof."

Born and raised in the Maples, Magorel started singing to an audience at approximately age 13. Since then, she’s performed in every coffeehouse, jazz joint and dive bar the city has to offer. It’s not all seedy nightclubs though, as Magorel has performed in two of Winnipeg’s biggest venues.

"I’ve done anthems in the past for both the Bombers and the Goldeyes," Magorel said. "It’s fun, but it’s nerve-wracking. It’s probably one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done. I can’t explain why that is, maybe because the sound system was five seconds behind. It’s just a different kind of experience, but it’s a lot of fun as well."

In addition to singing O Canada at big sporting events, Magorel said a couple career highlights are singing with the late Richard Street of The Temptations and a chilly outdoor gig in Cochin, Sask.

A freezing cold show in rural Saskatchewan might not sound very desirable, but Magorel made the best of it.

"I’ve played my fair share of places that are questionable but because I’m doing what I love, it really doesn’t matter where I am," Magorel said.

"It’s (performing) just a high that’s healthy and you can’t get from anything else and it’s something that makes me the most happy.  

"I could be singing it in front of two people or 30,000 people, it doesn’t matter, it feels amazing either way. Even if you’re hired as background noise, for one person to come up to you and say ‘That was really great’ is validating."

Tickets to Magorel’s Music ’N’ Mavens show are $6 for Rady JCC members or $10 for non-members. Music ’N’ Mavens runs until March 13. For a full schedule, go to www.radyjcc.com

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