Mariposa-In-Concert Presents Boreal

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ORILLIA ONTARIO, 10:00am January 17, 2024

As the snow melts, the sap runs, and the days grow longer, the popular Ontario-based trio, Boreal (Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon, Angie Nussey), takes the stage to celebrate the awakening of spring with their show “Songs of Renewal,”

Mariposa In Concert’s final concert of the 2023-24 season is slated for Saturday, March 9, at St. Paul’s Centre, 62 Peter Street North, Orillia. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 (all fees and taxes included) and are available at the Mariposa Folk Foundation office, 10 Peter Street South in downtown Orillia, or online at this link.

“The musicianship, intricate vocal harmonies and heartwarming songs that Boreal brings will undoubtedly warm the chills of March,” Mariposa Folk Foundation President Pam Carter said. “This will be the last Mariposa In Concert offering before the 2024 Mariposa Folk Festival arrives.”

Boreal’s spell-binding harmonies, combined vocal prowess and tour-de-force songwriting make for a powerful musical event. With humour, storytelling and heart-melting honesty, they take their audience on a journey of friendship, laughter and connection.  

Boreal is the magical musical collaboration of Orillia’s songstress Angie Nussey and Guelph musicians Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley. These three hard-working singer-songwriters, each with their own longstanding, award-winning careers, simply love playing music together. In the winter, they shine their collective light on Canada’s coldest months with their show “Songs for the Snowy Season.” March, April and May are reserved for “Songs of Renewal”, a show that anticipates spring with sun-loving, moon-watching, finger-snapping, heart-touching and deeply uplifting songs.

While these three great friends love to perform as a trio, they also encourage a balancing of their respective solo careers. Angie has been touring and promoting her latest solo album and book, both titled “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing”. Tannis has been performing with multi-instrumentalist Lewis Melville, singing with Guelph’s Ondine Choir, and touring the chateaux of France. And, as well as leading choirs, online sing-alongs and touring with the duo, “Wendell and Wheat”, Katherine has been working as a nature-guide/musician aboard an adventure ship in Alaska.

“Their harmonies were exquisite…not sure there’s another 3 women band in this country that could dream of sounding that good together.”

John Law, Artistic Director, Kingsville Music Society

Boreal started in 2006 at a tea party for three: Tannis Slimmon, Jude Vadala and brand new Guelphite, Katherine Wheatley. They started singing around the table and a few weeks later played their first two shows. The trio’s first CD, “Winter’s Welcome” (2014), is a collection of winter-themed songs, from seasonal classics to original jazz, folk and gospel-tinged dedications to ice and snow.

Angie Nussey is the most recent member of Boreal. She lovingly replaced Jude Vadala in 2019. The trio had one season with Angie before the world changed. In isolation, they worked together-apart, writing and recording songs. Boreal continues to work on their new album, their first with Angie. It will be released in late 2024.

The Mariposa Folk Foundation’s 2023-24 Concert Series is sponsored by Alleycats Music & Art, Amy & Al Wallace, Apple Annie’s Café, Bell Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Centre, Cathy Cleary Design, Colour n’ Light Muskoka, Dapper Depot, Dentistry on West, Lavender Hills Farm, Paul Raymond, Susie Q Fudge and Gifts and Tim Lauer, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Real Quest Realty.