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Concert series celebrates music that has provoked change

The Museum announces Beyond the Beat Music Series.

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Tickets went on sale today for the first two concerts in the Beyond the Beat Music Series at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Amplifying the ground‐breaking music from the blockbuster exhibition, Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change, these powerful and intimate performances will spotlight key moments in music and human rights history.

The first performance on Friday, March 15, 2024 celebrates the music of Joni Mitchell, The Clash and Alanis Morissette. Cover artists/bands will bring to life the music of three of the many artists featured in the exhibition about music and social change: 

  • Dominique Adams as Joni Mitchell;
  • Guns of Wolseley as The Clash; and
  • Diaphanie as Alanis Morissette.

Tickets are $20 each, on sale now at

The second show in the series, on Friday, April 5, 2024, features Sarah Harmer in Concert, presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Harmer is a multiple award‐winning, platinum‐selling singer‐songwriter and environmental activist. Winnipeg’s own Andrina Turenne, a Franco‐Manitoban and Red River Métis singer‐songwriter, will open the concert. Examples of both artists’ activism and music are featured in the exhibition Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change.

Tickets for Sarah Harmer in Concert are $30 each, on sale now at

Not only will ticket holders be able to enjoy the show, they will also get to experience the exhibition before the performers take to the stage.

Future performances in the Beyond the Beat Music Series are also tied to content in the exhibition, and celebrate Canada’s diverse culture. Music lovers, community members and human rights advocates should save these dates and watch for more information:

  • May 24, 2024 – Celebrating Pride
  • June 28, 2024 – Spotlight on Francophone Music/Artists
  • July 26, 2024 – Spotlight on Black Artists
  • September 20, 2024 – DJ Shub presents War Club Live

Sarah Harmer in Concert on April 5, 2024 is presented by the CMHR, in partnership with the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

About Sarah Harmer

A woman with reddish hair and green eyes wearing an emerald green shirt, lies on a lichen-covered rock. One hand is behind her head; the other is touching her forehead.
Sarah Harmer. Photo by Vanessa Heins

Sarah Harmer is a multiple award‐winning, platinum‐selling singer‐songwriter and environmental activist. Her solo music career launched with the now classic debut You Were Here (2000) and includes six critically acclaimed albums. Her latest, Are You Gone, is a deeply personal and political collection of songs motivated by the beauty of life, the urgency of the climate crisis, and the question of loss. She is currently writing songs for a new album.

Sarah has become a fixture in advocacy and local politics in her home province of Ontario. This includes co‐founding the citizen’s organization PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), leading the successful effort to prevent an open‐pit gravel mine in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve on the Niagara Escarpment, and launching the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition to protect water, farmland and biodiversity.

About Andrina Turenne

A woman with blond curly hair looks flirtingly at the camera.
Andrina Turenne. Photo by Buio Assis, BNB Studios

Andrina Turenne is a Winnipeg‐based, Franco‐Manitoban and Red River Métis singer‐songwriter who draws inspiration from the rich history of the Red River Valley and Manitoba’s natural and cultural wonders. For more than 20 years, Andrina has shared her talent across the country. She has appeared on more than 50 albums and won a JUNO Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album with her former band, Chic Gamine.

Now she is in the midst of a solo chapter. Influenced by legends like Irma Thomas and Gillian Welch, Turenne has recently released a debut solo project. Bold as Logs, a collection of 11 songs in French and English, embodies the authentic spirit of moments spent around a campfire, in a kitchen party, or on a road trip. There are fragments of nostalgia, love, heartbreak and growth. Her solo debut navigates turbulent rapids and calm bends, reflecting the diverse influences of bluesy R&B, roots rock, and old‐time folk.

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