Acclaimed trio brings heartwarming seasonal tour to River Run Centre November 30 and December 1

GUELPH, ON November 15, 2018 – Guelph songstresses Jude Vadala, Katherine Wheatley and Tannis Slimmon welcome winter with angelic voices and glorious harmonies when Boreal performs Songs for a Snowy Season at River Run Centre on Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, at 2 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performances are presented as part of the Borealis Music Series.

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

“Jude, Tannis and Katherine’s annual winter concert is absolutely magical,” radio station CFRU 93.3 FM said of Boreal. “The gorgeous vocals…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.”

Well-known on the Guelph music scene for three decades, Vadala’s musical adventures have taken her across North America with the critically acclaimed group The Bird Sisters. 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 more than 35 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. Warm, friendly, and genuine, the group’s music conjures images Canadians fondly recognize: pine branches bending low, footprints in the snow, the quiet of winter and the sound of a slap shot off the boards. Boreal’s debut album, Winter’s Welcome, was released in 2014.

Successful musicians with busy careers, Vadala, Wheatley and Slimmon only share the stage during their annual concert tour. But they say Songs for a Snowy Season is a holiday homecoming they 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.”

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

Boreal’s Songs for a Snowy Season is presented by River Run Centre as part of the Borealis Music Series, which also receives funding support from the Ontario Arts Council and the SOCAN Foundation. River Run Centre is funded in part by the Government of Canada and gratefully acknowledges our 2018-2019 season sponsor, The Co-operators.


Nicole Neufeld | Program Manager, Development and Marketing
City of Guelph
519-837-5662 ext. 2589
[email protected]

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