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Bob Wiseman: He left Blue Rodeo and fashioned his own successful career.

Bob Wiseman

By GERRY POSNER You don’t have to look far to get a handle on Bob Wiseman or, for that matter, his three brothers: Ron, Gordie and Howie. Mom and Dad -Elaine and the late Mannie Wiseman, set the table and the boys seem to have eaten from the plates that their parents set for them.

The boys have all achieved fame and success in their respective fields, but it is likely that Bob is the most well known of them all, mainly from his tim as a founding member of Blue Rodeo, one of the most popular Canadian bands of all time.

Bob has a special talent in the music world, but he’s now expanded his horizons to include teaching and writing. What is certainly true about Bob Wiseman and indeed his three brothers is that their connection to the arts was no fluke. Their mother, Elaine Wiseman (Winston) changed her life after her four sons went off to Toronto for their post secondary educations. She enrolled at the University of Manitoba and obtained a degree in Fine Arts in 1981.

That was no small feat – and Elaine continues to this day to pursue art. Bob also picked up a valuable lesson from his father, Mannie, who shifted gears later in his life, leaving the camera business and returning to optometry, which is what he had studied earlier in his life. Perhaps that is why Bob was able to leave Blue Rodeo when he did and forge his own career.

And what a career it’s been. To begin with, after joining Blue Rodeo in 1982 and staying with them for eight years, Bob left after the band had released its fifth record. From 1982 through 1989, he was a regular at open stages in Toronto. He not only refined his own songwriting skills, he was soon producing other artists.
His lyrics are not afraid to take on political themes. Some people might recall that, in 1988, his second solo album, “Bob Wiseman Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dream,” he took on the murder of Salvador Allende, also President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.

Bob later performed with other bands and was a fixture on the Canadian music scene. He has toured extensively and his reach is large in terms of his association with so many in the music world. To name them all would take up too much space in this paper, but suffice to say, he has been a huge part of the music world.

Bob’s craft is clearly recognized by other artists who have played his music, including Serena Ryder, who covered his song “White Dress.” Despite having a flourishing music career, Bob Wiseman found time to obtain a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2019 from York University and is now in the PhD programme at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

The Wiseman story reflects Bob’s work as a scorer of music for film, television, theatre and radio, and his talent on the piano, keyboard, guitar, accordion and of course. vocals. In sum, if you had to describe Bob Wiseman, he is a musician, songwriter, producer, filmmaker – and an actor.

When one considers how improbable the odds are on making it in the arts in Canada, one has to marvel at the success that Bob has had. He is not alone in his family. His brother Ron, who not that long ago made aliyah and lives in Tel Aviv, performs with a Jewish Reggae band and is also a documentary film maker.

Brother Gordie made aliyah in 1987, lives in Israel with his 12-year-old son, is a retired immigration lawyer, and is, as well, a writer. His play “ Einstein” was widely seen on stage in Canada. (Ed. note: Gordie goes by the name Gabriel Emmanuel. We had a story about his recently having received the Prime Minister’s Prize from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for having written a play about former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. If you haven’t read that story yet, you can find it on our website,
Brother Howie, by the way, is a screenwriting professor at York University.

To return to the original focus of this piece – I wondered how Bob Wiseman ended up in the music world. After all, when Bob was growing up, performing music was not looked at then (and even now) as a viable way to make a living. Mom and Dad were not on board with the idea until Blue Rodeo proved them wrong. From Bob’s point of view, what propelled him into music was, as he puts it: “the alternative.”
He knew he had a career when Blue Rodeo took off and made a name for itself – all this from a kid who attended Ramah Hebrew School, Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, River Heights and Grant Park, Argyle, and the University of Winnipeg Collegiate. In short, Bob was like a lot of us except in many ways, he wasn’t.

As mentioned earlier, Bob sees a major parallel in his life with that of his late father Mannie. His father suffered financial reverses in the camera business, which he was in for many years. At a later age – in his 50s, Mannie had to start over again, returning to school and the field of optometry from which he had originally graduated.

Bob admits that he too had a major setback when property he owned was torched by an arsonist and the insurance coverage was inapplicable, with the result Bob had a severe reversal of fortune. His life savings were lost. He too returned to school and is now attempting to reposition himself to teach at a college using his background as an artist, writer and performer as a launching pad. The example Bob saw in his father navigating difficulties has assisted him to this day.

Bob Wiseman comes back to Winnipeg from time to time to see his mother, along with family and friends. He notes that when he does come back to Winnipeg he walks around and visits the cemetery where his father lies. As he puts it, “Each step reveals more souls and connections to a community I appreciated in another lifetime.” I figure those thoughts are likely the inspiration for another song from Bob Wiseman.

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Connecting the Dots: Ari Posner- Meet Ari Posner

Ari Z. Posner, son of Barry and Bebe on the left and Ari P. Posner, son of Gerry and Sherna with the cap on the right

By GERRY POSNER I suppose we are not the only family to have inter-related connections. At least, not in the old days of the shtetl. What I do know is that finding my way through these family relationships took me years to figure out and understand. Recently, the dots got connected once again.

It all started (at least as far back as I can go) when around 1905, one Isaac Posner married one Kayla Shulman. They were living at that time in the same shtetl or at least close to the same shtetl of what was then known as Propoisk (now Slavgorod) in present day Belarus. From this marriage emerged three children: a daughter, Lillian Posner – later Romalis;l a son, Samuel L. Posner; and another son, Solomon Posner. That was simple enough. As it turned out, Issac Posner was an older brother of my grandfather, Herman Posner. Isaac’s wife, Kayla, was the sister of my other grandfather, Harry Shulman. Even that was not terribly complicated. In short, my father’s uncle Issac, married my mother’s aunt Kayla. That marriage linked the Posners to the Shulmans in Round 1.

When Isaac and Kayla’s kids married, a son, Sol, married a woman from Iowa City Iowa, named Rhea Markovitz. Not long after, in December, 1937 a son of Herman Posner (my grandfather) – Samuel R. Posner, (my father), married a woman named Rhea Shulman ( my mother) also from Iowa City, Iowa. She was a daughter to Harry and Anna Shulman of Iowa City. Thus, in Iowa City there were two first cousins – Rhea Shulman and Rhea Markovitz, born less than a year apart and both of whom later married men from Winnipeg, both with the initials SP – one Sol Posner and one Sam Posner. Of course, the marriage of my mother, a Shulman, to my father, a Posner, created Round 2 of the Posners and the Shulmans joining together. Are you still with me?

When, in the course of time, Sol and Rhea and Sam and Rhea began to have children, they created a relationship for their children in what might be considered by some to be almost incestuous. Rhea and Sol had two sons, Barry and Craig (of blessed memory), both of whom were and are likely still known to many readers to this day. My parents had Linda, my brother Michael, and me. We were, and still remain, cousins to Barry to this day. I was, and still am related to Barry and Craig in no less than three ways. Why? First of all, Barry’s father Sol was a first cousin to my father Sam. Secondly, Barry’s father was a first cousin to my mother Rhea. Thirdly, Barry’s mother Rhea was a first cousin to my mother Rhea. So the ties are deep. Confusing as well.

Of course, what solidified these roots even further was the fact that Sam and Rhea, my parents, and Sol and Rhea, Barry and Craig’s parents, all lived for the rest of their lives in Winnipeg. So, there were two S. Posners – three in fact, as Sol had a brother, Samuel L., a pharmacist. But, let’s not get sidetracked. The two Rheas were very close and I suspect there had to be much confusion about these two women with the same name and almost the same age. Moreover, the two families shared similar experiences each summer. That was because Rhea Posner – Barry and Craig’s mother, took her kids to Iowa City to spend part of the holidays with her parents, while my mother – Rhea, would also take my siblings and me to visit her parents in Iowa City, Iowa. My cousin Craig and I were the same age (born one month apart ) and hence spent much time together, both in Winnipeg and Iowa City. I never could quite get the picture as to why I saw him in both locations. All I knew was that he was my cousin.

Well, we all grew up with this similar history and genetic connections. When Barry married the former Bebe Melmed, three kids followed. The eldest son was Ari Z. Posner, who grew up in Montreal – where Barry and Bebe lived. When I married Sherna Bernbaum, we also had three kids, the eldest of whom was Ari P. Posner. The fact that these boys had the same name – Ari, was more of a fluke as they were not named for the same person. Oddly, (or maybe not given the past history) Ari Z’s middle name is Zvi, the same name as my son, only in the case of my son, Zvi is his Hebrew middle name. Ari Z. is about 5 years older than Ari P. That difference is about the age difference between Barry and me.

Recently, and to my delight, my son Ari had a good reason to go to L.A. to receive a music award and, to my greater delight, he expressed an interest in seeing the other Ari, whom he had never met. L.A. is where the other Ari Posner resides. As it turns out, their names were not the only dot that connected them. Both have made a career in the arts, Ari Z has done it in writing, creating and producing for TV primarily – and has been very successful in his field. Ari P. is a composer. He is not that far removed from the other Ari since he often writes music for TV in the US and Canada.

I think of grandfather Herman Posner and his brother Isaac. Would they not be amazed at this connection? Or better yet, what would my great-grandfather Shmerya and wife Yudasha have to say about two of their descendants now – approximately 170 years after their births, meeting and reinforcing the family ties. As much as so much has changed, this little bit of Posner history is the same.

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New website for Israelis interested in moving to Canada

By BERNIE BELLAN A new website, titled “Orvrim to Canada” ( has been receiving hundreds of thousands of visits, according to Michal Harel, operator of the website.
In an email sent to Michal explained the reasons for her having started the website:
“In response to the October 7th events, a group of friends and I, all Israeli-Canadian immigrants, came together to launch a new website supporting Israelis relocating to Canada. “Our website,, offers a comprehensive platform featuring:

  • Step-by-step guides for starting the immigration process
  • Settlement support and guidance
  • Community connections and networking opportunities
  • Business relocation assistance and expert advice
  • Personal blog sharing immigrants’ experiences and insights

“With over 200,000 visitors and media coverage from prominent Israeli TV channels and newspapers, our website has already made a significant impact in many lives.”
A quick look at the website shows that it contains a wealth of information, almost all in Hebrew, but with an English version that gives an overview of what the website is all about.
The English version also contains a link to a Jerusalem Post story, published this past February, titled “Tired of war? Canada grants multi-year visas to Israelis” ( That story not only explains the requirements involved for anyone interested in moving to Canada from Israel, it gives a detailed breakdown of the costs one should expect to encounter.

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Top-rated games you’ll find at online casinos

Online casinos serve as platforms where you can engage in games with monetary stakes for a chance to win real cash prizes. With many of these platforms accepting cryptocurrencies, this exciting activity has become popular amongst traders looking to earn more Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH) to trade.
The array of games available at online casinos is extensive, offering a wide variety to choose from. Each game offers a unique experience that makes it stand out among thousands of titles. To give you an idea of what kinds of games await you, check out these three examples:
Video slots with multiplier features
The slot game category has the most variety out of all types of games offered at Bitcoin casino Canada. There are easily more than 1000 of them in a given platform and each one offers a list of features like multipliers, sticky wilds, and expanding bonuses. There are other features you can enjoy but some of them are unique to games from a specific software provider.
What you should look for is any slot game with multipliers. This feature boosts how much you win per hit in a slot game and the amount can reach up to the game’s max payout. It is also the most versatile feature because it can work in tandem with almost any other slot game mechanic. Thus, your experience playing slot games with multipliers will always feel rewarding.
Variations of poker table games
Poker stands out for its strategic depth. With simple rules, this game offers single-player variations available at all Bitcoin casinos. If you can’t remember the winning hand combinations, then you may use references provided by the game in the description. Most of these poker games tell you what kind of hand you have so there’s no need to memorise any winning combinations.
In single-player poker games, players compete against the house, with different versions featuring varying winning conditions. Some require players to bet on their hand to win by having the best combination on the table. Others are played like slot games where you win by forming any winning hand but the payout is determined by the combination you make.
Playing any kind of poker game is fun to play to win Bitcoin prizes. Multiplayer poker is difficult to win unless you’re skilled at bluffing so stick to single-player ones to have more chances to win.
European roulette with a twist
European roulette has been a beloved classic among gamblers throughout history. It can be more fun now with new technology that is possible at online casinos. Some software providers have introduced innovative features, such as multipliers, to make payouts more exciting. Others revolutionise the classic format by adding another ball or a new game mode as a bonus feature.
The most creative iteration of the classic European roulette can be found at the top Bitcoin casino operating in Canada. Explore this unique iteration and dive into the action using crypto for added convenience and security.
Discover more games at your favourite online casino
All of these games can be found in almost every online casino. Just choose whichever has the best offering or feel the most convenient to use then explore their other options. From classic card games to cutting-edge slot games, they each offer unique experiences from one another. Take your time to find the perfect platform that offers a whole package of excitement and convenience, giving you a worthwhile journey to win crypto in the most entertaining way possible.

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