BOREAL Bio

 With spell-binding harmonies, heart-melting honesty and pure joie-de-vivre, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley and Angie Nussey celebrate the coming of winter and the spirit of the holiday season with their show "Songs For The Snowy Season". Each member of the trio is an award-winning songwriter with a successful solo career. They set aside time every year to make music together and to shine their Boreal light on Canada’s coldest and darkest months. 

Boreal's 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. They’re sure to make you laugh, cry, clap, sing (if in doubt, sing the word “snow!”) and find comfort and joy in knowing that we're all in this frosty and glorious season together. 

Boreal underwent a big change in 2019 when Jude Vadala, who had been with the trio for its first twelve years, lovingly retired and was replaced by Angie Nussey. Angie, hailing from the northern city of Sudbury, Ontario and armed with, you guessed it, plenty of funny and moving songs about the snow, 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. 

The trio has been writing up a “winter storm” and recording their new songs. Working “alone-together” in their own home studios, Angie, Katherine and Tannis have laid down instrumental and vocal parts and met numerous times on zoom to edit and mix the new songs. They are gearing up to launch their new CD in November 2021, a follow-up to Boreal’s 2014 debut release ‘Winter’s Welcome’. 

 Most years, Boreal tours in November and December, traveling town to town, city to city and playing clubs, soft seat theatres, church halls, city halls, breweries, cafes, and very chilly outdoor festivals. But 2020 is an unusual year. Due to the pandemic they have only one show. It will be on-line and live on December 11th from the River Run Centre in Guelph, Ontario. The silver lining is that everyone from all corners of the globe can watch at the same time. Boreal will make a special 2020 effort to bring light and hope and joy to the cold season. And to bring us all warmly together while we stay safely apart. 

  “With stunningly beautiful voices, Boreal captures the festive spirit like no other act I’ve ever presented. With exquisitely intricate harmonies and heartwarming stories, Boreal connects with their audience in a profound way. Our show was a sellout and we immediately booked them for next season! Highly recommended!” 
– George Scott (Songwriter’s Showcase Presenter, Alliston and Beeton, ON) 

  

BOREAL - INDIVIDUAL BIOGRAPHIES 

TANNIS SLIMMON grew up in a musical family on a farm in Manitoba and moved to Guelph, Ontario in 1980 where she soon became known on the Canadian music scene as a member of the critically acclaimed Bird Sisters. Her exceptional voice “full of gentle grace and unobtrusive dignity” (Penguin Eggs) can be heard on over 100 albums including those by Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, David Francey and rheostatics. In 2008 she was honoured with the Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for “Lucky Blue”, her second album which is a rich offering of songs and artwork influenced by travels to Mali, West Africa and Cuba. The lead off track “Ernest, Charlie and Allen” garnered an Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots Song. Tannis is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Estelle Klein Award, Ontario’s highest folk honour. 

"A breathtaking vocalist with a bright, angelic disposition, Slimmon is a favourite folk attraction whose harmonies are as warm as her smile.” – Exclaim 

 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 song writing, 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 and the human condition, not to mention herself. Angie is downright funny and a moving, beautiful musician. 

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 grew up, number 4 of 6 kids, in Parry Sound, Ontario. Acoustic roots with catchy melodies, arresting vocals, great guitar playing, lyrics that get you and that you get - these are all things that have been written over and over again about her music. She sings truth, bravely, and in detail. Katherine has won awards for composition, arranging and song writing. In addition to touring across Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a solo singer/songwriter, Katherine is a member of the Toronto band "Betty and The Bobs" and plays regularly in the hilarious and moving duo "Wendell and Wheat". She has written and recorded over 200 songs with kids through her Youthsongs program and is in high demand for her innovative song writing and music workshops. Katherine works as a singer and zodiac driver on board The MS Expedition as it plies the seas of Antarctica and the Norwegian 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