Seasonal Harmonies Trio "Boreal" Announces Ontario Concert Tour!

Seasonal Harmonies Trio

Boreal's annual show is the perfect antidote to a cold winter's night. Each November and December, singer/songwriters Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala come together as the musical trio Boreal criss-crossing Ontario peforming their heartwarming show, Songs For The Snowy Season.

With glorious voices, stunning harmonies, humourous stories and a collection of original winter-themed songs and yuletide classics, Boreal celebrates the coming of winter and the spirit of the holiday season. They will be thrilled to see old friends and new at any of the following venues:

Thursday, November 29 @ 7:30PM, Doors open @ 7:00PM

MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, BARRIE

Tickets $25 ($30 at the door)


Friday, November 30 @ 8:00PM and Saturday, December 1 @ 2:00PM

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, GUELPH


Sunday, December 2 @ 7:30PM, Doors open @ 7:00PM

Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club, Chaucer's Pub, 122 Carling Street, LONDON

Tickets are $20


Wednesday, December 5 @ 8:00PM

Geraldton Composite High School, GERALDTON

Tickets at the Dentist Office in Geraldton or at the door before the concert.


Thursday, December 6 @ 8:00PM

St. Patrick's School, 160 Hemlock Ave, ATIKOKAN


Friday, December 7 @ 7:30PM, Doors open @ 7:00PM

Townshend Theatre, 440 McIrvine Road, FORT FRANCES

Presented by Tour De Fort Entertainment Series (


Saturday, December 8 @ 8:00PM

The Urban Abbey, 308 Red River Road, THUNDER BAY

A fundraiser in support of the Children's Centre Foundation

Tickets $35 advance and $40 at the door


Friday, December 14 @ 8:00PM * SOLD OUT
-  BUT
they've added a MATINEE on Saturday December 15th!

Studio 13, 93 Concession Seven East, FLAMBOROUGH

$25.00 in advance - *No sales at the door

Contact: Barbara Kerr at


Sunday, December 16 @ 7:30PM

The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, KITCHENER

$22 in advance, $25 at the door

It started in Jude's kitchen. Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala, each 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, Boreal did its first show. That was over ten years ago. Each November and December since then, they've toured their snowy-season project through community halls and concert series across Ontario.


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 heave-ho of shoveling, the sound of slap-shots off the boards. Their rapport, both with each other and with the audience, is warm, friendly, and genuine.


After repeated requests for an album from their audiences, Boreal released their debut CD Winter's Welcome in November 2014. The first run was sold out before they finished their first three shows. Audiences and critics were unanimous in their glowing reviews. The recording, produced by Lewis Melville, captures the magic of their live show. Tannis, Jude and Katherine played 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.


Boreal's love of beautiful lyrics, melodies and harmonies, their combined songwriting and arranging skills, their tour de force voices, and the joy they feel singing with each other all make for an unforgettable event.

"Some of the finest (harmonies) I've heard anywhere on any piece of music." (Doug Gallant, The Guardian, Charlottetown)

"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)

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 The 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.

JUDE VADALA was a member of the legendary harmony trio the Bird Sisters and has released two solo albums. She has sung harmonies on more than fifty musical projects with artists such as Suzie Vinnick, Lynn Miles and James Gordon. Jude presents songwriting and vocal workshops and is one of the co-founders of Guelph's Hillside Festival.

KATHERINE WHEATLEY performs as a solo artist as well as with the Toronto group, 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.


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