Boreal brings holiday cheer to River Run Centre with performances December 1 and 2

GUELPH, ON November 17, 2017 – Guelph songstresses Jude Vadala, Katherine Wheatley and Tannis Slimmon will welcome winter with angelic voices and glorious harmonies when Boreal performs Songs for a Snowy Season at River Run Centre on Friday, December 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, at 2 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performances are presented as part of the Borealis Music Series; celebrating the strength and diversity of Canadian musicians.

Vadala, Wheatley and Slimmon have teamed up each winter for more than a decade, performing their collection of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics throughout Ontario. In Guelph, the trio’s seasonal concerts have become an annual tradition, celebrating the coming of winter and the beauty of the season.

“Boreal throws a cozy blanket around their audience with beautiful harmonies and heartwarming songs,” Folkway Music says of the trio.

Well-known on the Guelph music scene for three decades, Vadala’s musical adventures have taken her across North America. Wheatley is a successful solo singer-songwriter, as well as a member of the eclectic musical group Betty and The Bobs. Slimmon, recognized as one of Canada’s best roots music singers, has been performing for 30 years.

Songs for a Snowy Season had its origin nearly a decade ago when the members of Boreal gathered to perform their first holiday concert at Folkway Music in Guelph, who supported them for their first nine seasons. The group’s debut album, Winter’s Welcome, was released in 2014 and acclaimed for capturing the magic of the trio’s live performances.

Successful musicians with busy careers, Vadala, Wheatley and Slimmon only share the stage at one time of year. But they say Songs for a Snowy Season is a holiday homecoming they always look forward to.

“Harmonies have the power to make me cry,” Slimmon says. “Digging in to a sweet harmony, particularly with voices as comfortable to sing with as Jude and Katherine’s, brings me much joy.”

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Tickets to see Boreal’s Songs for a Snowy Season cost $29 for adults and $27 for seniors and students. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. $5 eyeGO tickets are available to high school students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at River Run Centre box office, 35 Woolwich St. in Guelph, by calling 519-763-3000, or online at

Media Contact:

Angela McEwen
Marketing and Development Coordinator
River Run Centre
519-837-5662 extension 2493
[email protected]

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