When Bryan Schwartz’s musical “Consoulation: A Musical Mediation” premiered, reviewers described it as a “great, great journey”, filled with heart, humour and wit, and the author as a “budding Stephen Sondheim.”

It was an unexpected debut from Bryan, who was known until then for his other careers.

Bryan was already an award-winning academic, with a doctorate in from Yale Law School, and decades of success as a law professor.  On legal and political issues, Bryan has been a media pundit, newspaper columnist; one of his popular guides to Canadian constitutional crises even became a best-seller.

As a practicing lawyer, Bryan has appeared in over a dozen cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.

As an arbitrator, Bryan has adjudicated in disputes all the way from the provincial to international law.

As a playwright, poet and songwriter,  Bryan draws on a remarkable variety of traditions.  These range from French cabaret to Monty Python and Mel Brook, from Jewish liturgical music to the Muppets. His voice, however, is his own. It is marked by a compelling clarity and succinctness.

Bryan’s aim – every word and every note should count.

He hopes that readers and listeners will be rewarded – moved to laugh, cry, think – on the first encounter.
And that they will want to return, and each time see and feel something further.

Ultimately, his journey is a spiritual one; “Consoulation” is about why we need to sing;   “the Sacred Goof” is about how we can still laugh.   With this website, you can catch up on all of his musical works to date – and you are invited to  join him in the journeys to come.

Bryan Schwartz holds an LL.B. from Queen’s and a Master’s and Doctorate in law from Yale Law School. He has been a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba since 1981, and in 1999 became the inaugural Asper Professor of International Business and Trade Law. Bryan is an author/contributor of 33 books and has over 200 publications in all.

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He is the founding and general editor of both the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law and the Underneath the Golden Boy series, an annual review of legislative developments in Manitoba. Over the years he has received numerous awards and honours for teaching, research and community service. Bryan’s practical experience has included acting as counsel for the Pitblado Law firm since 1994. He has advised or presented in a wide variety of public and commercial law cases in a wide variety of courts and tribunals. He has participated in the drafting of briefs or the presentation of oral argument in over a dozen Supreme Court of Canada cases. In recent years his clients have also included federal, provincial, municipal, and aboriginal governments, as well as private individuals, non-profit organizations, and administrative agencies. The issues in which he has been involved include constitutional, aboriginal human rights, labour, the environment, health care reform, and regulation of the professions. Bryan has served as an arbitrator in international trade law cases and labour grievances. He teaches labour law, has been a Canada Labour Code adjudicator since 1994, and has served as a sole arbitrator or panel member in a number of grievances brought under collective agreements.

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