This November and December, Angie Nussey, Katherine Wheatley and Tannis Slimmon start touring together as "Boreal". Their show, Songs For The Snowy Season, celebrates the coming of winter and the spirit of the holiday season. These three Canadian songstresses have dug up old songs and written new ones about the snowy season. Their lyrics conjure up vivid sights and sounds that every Canadian would fondly recognize: pine branches bending low, squirrels’ footprints in the snow, winter’s hush, the icy breath that accompanies shovelling, the sound of slap shots off the boards, the angel truck drivers who lead us home in blizzards. Boreal's rapport, with each other and with the audience, is warm, friendly, and genuine. Their love of melodies and harmonies, their combined songwriting skills, their tour de force voices, and the joy they feel singing with each other all make for an unforgettable event. It is the perfect antidote to a cold winter’s night. Join the others who make it a tradition to come every year to welcome winter at one of Boreal's Shows.
About the band:
It started in 2006 in Jude Vadala's kitchen. Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala, all with music careers of their own, decided to join forces to do a show of winter songs. After many pots of tea and hours of meticulously working out harmonies and arrangements of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics, Boreal did its first show. That was thirteen years ago. Each November and December since then, they've toured their snowy-season project through community halls and concert series across Ontario.
This year however, Jude Vadala is stepping away from the stage. Her humour and heart-wrenching vocals will be deeply missed, but Boreal is excited that Jude will continue composing and arranging for the trio.
And Boreal is excited to welcome their new bandmate, Angie Nussey. It was the icy waters of Antarctica and a splash of serendipity that brought Angie to Boreal. Around the time that Boreal was looking for a new bandmate, Katherine happened to post a photo of herself taking a plunge into the Antarctic Ocean. Angie, who Katherine hadn't heard from for about 10 years, had seen the post and sent a note back congratulating Katherine on her polar plunge. When Katherine saw Angie's email, she was reminded that Angie grew up in northern Ontario and probably had lots of songs inspired by the snow. It was hard to imagine finding someone who had all the skills that Jude possessed. Katherine called up Tannis and said "I found her, Tannis! She's a great piano player, beautiful singer. Writes incredibly moving songs. And she's funny!" Angie was very keen. They threw a show together at the Tranzac in Toronto to test out the vocal blend. It worked. They can't wait to hit the road together!
TANNIS SLIMMON's career has spanned more than 35 years. She was a member of the Bird Sisters and has sung harmony for the Rheostatics, David Francey and Grievous Angels among countless others. She earned the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year. Her solo album Lucky Blue was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2008 in the Penguin Eggs magazine critics’ poll. It earned a Golden Quill Award for songwriting and was 16th on Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s Top Spins of 2008. The song “Ernest, Charlie and Allen” garnered an Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots Song.
“Tannis sings of hope, of change, of making a difference while we are on this planet. Her vocals float effortlessly through the air like a feather falling in the sky. She is a confident, strong singer who captivates audiences with her melodious harmonies, thought provoking lyrics and her stunning beauty.” – Brent Jeffries for Sound Waves
ANGIE NUSSEY is an award-winning Canadian recording artist and producer from Orillia, Ontario. Since 1999, she has released six, full-length albums and won over 15 industry awards for songwriting, vocals, and performance. She is probably best known for her emotional, philosophical and at times autobiographical ballads, but she doesn’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at everyday situations, the human condition, not to mention herself. Angie is downright funny and a moving, beautiful musician.
"Every festival I perform at I look for someone I don't know about who knocks it out of the park. That someone at Live From the Rock was Angie Nussey. First it was her wonderful vocals that caught my attention and drew me to her concert and then when I really listened, I discovered an innovative, courageous performer who knows all too well when we speak of the truth in our own lives, it will resonate with our audience. Her command of the stage and her rapport with her audience was nothing short of masterful. Nussey's songs are both powerful and entertaining and I for one would go to a festival just to see her." ~Heather Bishop, CM, OM, LLD(Hon)
KATHERINE WHEATLEY performs as a solo artist as well as with the Toronto supergroup Betty and the Bobs and in Wendell and Wheat, a duo with Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, Wendell Ferguson. Her song “Hallelujah” won a 2009 Golden Quill award and has become a standard in sing-along circles. Her 2010 solo show in Charlottetown was selected "Performance of the Year.” Two of her songs were selected for the new Rise Again Songbook (30th anniversary publication of Rise Up Singing). She has performed on CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café and CTV’s Canada AM. Through her program Youthsongs, she has written over 200 songs with kids and produced over 25 school CDs. Katherine is a singer and zodiac driver for GAdventures in Antarctica and the Arctic.
"Wheatley, sporting a beautiful voice and heady guitar work, brought the house down with her stunningly intimate musical meanderings. Her voice and guitar work drew the crowd in from the moment she started to sing. Her witty repartee gave these songs a footing from whence to fly. And fly she did!" —THE EXAMINER, Peterborough, ON
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About the album:
Winter’s Welcome, their debut CD, captures the magic of the live show. Produced by Lewis Melville, it is the ideal accompaniment to a glowing fire and a mug of hot chocolate and it is a must-listen to get you in the mood for the Christmas season. Tannis, Jude and Katherine play all the instruments – guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, keyboards, percussion – bringing variety, atmosphere and originality to the music and just the right amount of space to showcase the soaring vocals of three of Canada’s finest harmony singers.
“Some of the finest (harmonies) I’ve heard anywhere...” Doug Gallant, The Guardian, Charlottetown