Event type: All Ages
Boreal is a wintry seasonal gem. Tannis Slimmon, Angie Nussey and Katherine Wheatley, each with successful music careers of their own, set aside Canada’s coldest months each year to tour as Boreal. Their show, “Songs for the Snowy Season”, welcomes and celebrates that oh-so-Canadian-of-seasons and the spirit of the holiday season. Their lyrics conjure up sights and sounds that bring chills of recognition to the listener: squirrels’ footprints in the snow, winter’s hush, snowball fights, angel truck drivers who lead us home in blizzards.
Boreal's spell-binding harmonies, combined vocal prowess, their off-the-cuff storytelling and pure joie de vivre make for a memorable evening. Audiences laugh, cry, clap and sing along and walk back into the frosty night having found comfort and joy in knowing that we're all in this grim and glorious season together.
Boreal underwent a big change in 2019 when Jude Vadala, who had been with the trio for 12 years, lovingly retired and was replaced by Angie Nussey. Angie, armed with plenty of funny and moving songs about the winter, has been a dynamic addition to the band. In their first season together, the newly configured trio was met with packed rooms and standing ovations and they soon realized that the new incarnation of Boreal would develop its own special offering. They’ve been writing up a “winter storm” and are planning to launch a new recording in 2021, a follow up to their 2014 debut release ‘Winter’s Welcome’.
Some Notable Quotes:
"The Boreal show was one of the highlights of our concert series for much of our audience. The trio’s fantastic harmonies and effortless delivery from the stage instantly connects them with the audience, transforming our concert hall into a cozy living room for the entire show. "
John Payne, Tour de Fort, Fort Francis, Ontario
“Pure magic. I was in awe and taken away to a beautiful place. Thank you. The whole room singing Silent Night was perfection.”
Carolyn Clarkson, Fan
“Boreal connected with our audience right from the very first note and kept them engaged through the whole performance. Unique arrangements rejuvenated some traditional pieces while some standards provided opportunities for audience participation. The voices of Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley non’t only blend beautifully together in song, they also create a long lasting sense of community spirit!"
Elly Tose, Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society, Thunder Bay, Ontario
"Boreal is the perfect blend of three amazing talents into one body of heavenly harmony, humour and class! We loved them!"
Ginny Clements, Innisfil Live Music, Innisfil, Ontario
“Boreal.... impeccable harmonies, magnetic charm, their on-stage playfulness and candor peppered with subtle traces of sauciness, the contagious joyfulness of this multi-talented threesome will elicit your laughter and rekindle the light of this celebratory time of year.”
Marg Brubacher, Brubacher House Concert Series, Elmira, Ontario
"Boreal throws a cozy blanket around their audience with beautiful harmonies and heartwarming songs. A wonderful way to spend a cold winter's evening."
Claire Begin, Folkway Music, Guelph, Ontario
“…an incredible evening…a fantastic performance from Boreal, one I’m sure our audience will not forget for a very long time.”
Glenn McFarlane, Brampton Folk Club, Brampton, Ontario
“I can’t say enough good about them. We have hosted over 40 shows now, and I’ve become a good judge of how the audience reacts to the artists, and in all honesty, this was one of our best! They are incredibly talented and versatile musicians performing both original songs and covers, and present themselves in a very friendly, open and engaging manner.”
Barbara Kerr, Studio 13, Flamborough, Ontario
Lillian and the AH Team with Jason's sound extraordinaire.
Cutoff is Saturday, April 20, 2024 10:29 am EDT unless it sells out earlier.