It started in Jude’s kitchen. Katherine, Tannis and Jude, all with music careers of their own, decided to join forces and do a show of winter songs. The rehearsal space was Jude’s kitchen table. After a few weeks of meticulously working out harmonies, singing a cappella on some songs and adding guitar on others, Boreal did its first show. That was over seven years ago.
“After selling out six years in a row, Folkway Music gladly welcomes back Guelph’s popular women of song, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley and Jude Vadala. Our audience loves this trio so much that we are moving the show to The Dublin Street United Church, a bigger venue. “Songs for a Snowy Season” is a lovely show, full of rich harmonies blended into Christmas songs old and new.”
Mark Stutman, owner, Folkway Music, Guelph.
“Jude, Tannis, & Katherine’s annual winter concert is absolutely magical. The gorgeous vocals of these women plus the sharing of anecdotes and laughter bring the wonder back to winter–you’ll be smiling about it for the rest of the season.”
‘Stine, Host of Wake Up! CFRU 93.3FM
Boreal’s show has become a Christmas tradition for many audience members.
This past ‘Snowy Season’ saw the launch of ‘Winter’s Welcome‘ a brand new album for Boreal, featuring many of the songs they are known and loved for in their live shows. Album release celebrations happened in Elmira, Newmarket, Brampton, Guelph, Toronto, Brantford and London, Ontario.
Katherine Wheatley plays over 100 shows a year. In addition to touring as a solo singer-songwriter, she is a member of “Betty and The Bobs” and plays guitar in Wendell Ferguson’s band. She writes and records songs with kids through her Youthsongs program and has produced 20 CDs with schools across North America. This geologist-turned-musician has been singer/zodiac driver on board Gadventure’s ship, The MS Expedition as it plies the seas of Antarctica and the Norwegian Arctic. Landscape and character inform her songs. “She turns pebbles of everyday life into dreamy mountains of song.” (The Toronto Star)
Jude Vadala has been a tenacious member of the Guelph music scene for the past 30 years. Her musical adventures have taken her across Canada and the U.S. with the critically acclaimed group The Bird Sisters where she honed her skills as a songwriter and recording artist. She has released five albums (Angel songs and Do You Ever as solo albums; and Flo, Different Stories and She and She and She with the Bird Sisters) and has worked on 50 musical projects with artists such as James Gordon, Lynn Miles and Suzi Vinnick.
Tannis Slimmon delivers performances that are uplifting, engaging, participatory, reflective. As Canadian Folk Music Awards’ 2008 Contemporary Vocalist of the Year, Tannis brings over 30 years of performance experience to the stage with memorable songs from her three critically acclaimed albums, Oak Lake, Lucky Blue and In and Out of Harmony. She has appeared on over 85 albums, including those by Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, David Francey and Rheostatics, and has been a guest artist with a number of choirs including Kingston’s Open Voices Community Choir and the Guelph Chamber Choir. Recognized as one of the best roots music singers in the country, she is “a breathtaking vocalist with a bright and angelic disposition”. (Exclaim magazine)