Boreal Bio (welcoming winter):
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. 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’.
Boreal Bio (welcoming summer):
Angie Nussey, Katherine Wheatley, and Tannis Slimmon, each with successful solo careers, normally set aside Canada's coldest months each year so they can tour together as Boreal. As the challenges of COVID 19 unfolded, Boreal’s winter tour plans changed and Katherine, Tannis, and Angie quickly put together a new joy-filled, inspirational summer show designed to raise spirits. After 2 online summer festivals in 2020 and more to come in summer 2021, Boreal is thrilled to celebrate the sunny season. Boreal's spell-binding harmonies, combined vocal prowess, off-the-cuff storytelling, and pure joie de vivre make for a memorable event. They’re sure to make you laugh, cry, clap, sing and find comfort and joy in knowing that we're all in these unusual times together.
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
"With fans from across Ontario and around the world keen on seeing Boreal on stage again, we were thrilled to have over 1,100 tune in online for the live performance and close to 5,000 views of the limited replay. This is to say nothing of the outpouring of positive feedback we received after the show. Their genuine approach and exceptional musicianship create a deep connection with virtual and in-person audiences. "
Nicole Neufeld, Programme Manager, River Run Centre, Guelph, ON
"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 don’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
“These are three women who can REALLY sing, harmonize and perform. A great way to start the winter!”
David K. Joyce, Newmarket Folk Club, New Market, Ontario
"Boreal's Christmas CD has become my new favourite. I have had it on repeat for days! Angel Song is my favourite song on the CD (with In the Bleak Midwinter a close second). Absolutely beautiful!”
Lisa Browning, Fan
"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
"Fantastic show tonight ladies !!!! Loved the entire show....stage presence and personality beyond.....thank you so very much !!!!"
Dannette MacIntyre, Fan
"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
Feature article in the Record (Waterloo, ON, Dec/14)
Album review in the Record (Waterloo, ON, Dec/14)
Album review in the Guardian (Charlottetown, PE, Dec/14)
Feature article in The Brantford Expositor (Brantford, ON, Dec/14)
Album review on Hamilton Blues Lovers site (Hamilton and area, ON, Dec/14)