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An afternoon show featuring Boreal, Crystal Shawanda, and more, hosted at the Kelso Beach Park Down by the River Family Village! Boreal will be playing from 1pm – 2pm, followed by Crystal from 3pm – 4pm. One ticket is valid for both sets! Please remember to bring a mask. Gates open at 12pm.
With spell-binding harmonies, heart-melting honesty and pure joie-de-vivre, Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley and Angie Nussey celebrate the coming of winter and the spirit of the holiday season with their show “Songs For The Snowy Season”. Each member of the trio is an award-winning songwriter with a successful solo career. They set aside time every year to make music together and to shine their Boreal light on Canada’s coldest and darkest months.
Boreal’s lyrics conjure up sights and sounds that bring chills of recognition to the listener: squirrels’ footprints in the snow, winter’s hush, snowball fights, angel truck drivers who lead us home in blizzards. They’re sure to make you laugh, cry, clap, sing (if in doubt, sing the word “snow!”) and find comfort and joy in knowing that we’re all in this frosty and glorious season together.
Boreal underwent a big change in 2019 when Jude Vadala, who had been with the trio for its first twelve years, lovingly retired and was replaced by Angie Nussey. Angie, hailing from the northern city of Sudbury, Ontario and armed with, you guessed it, plenty of funny and moving songs about the snow, has been a dynamic addition to the band. In their first season together, the newly configured trio was met with packed rooms and standing ovations and they soon realized that the new incarnation of Boreal would develop its own special offering.
The trio has been writing up a “winter storm” and recording their new songs. Working “alone-together” in their own home studios, Angie, Katherine and Tannis have laid down instrumental and vocal parts and met numerous times on zoom to edit and mix the new songs. They are gearing up to launch their new CD in November 2022, a follow-up to Boreal’s 2014 debut release ‘Winter’s Welcome’.
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Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Canada, Her parents raised her on Country music and taught her to sing and play guitar, but it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues. He would hang out in the basement cranking Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Etta James, and Crystal would sit at the top of the stairs, straining to hear those soulful sounds. There was a part of her that often wandered if she would ever be able to sing like that. And when no one was home, Crystal would practice singing the blues.
She learned early on, by observing her family, that music was like cheap therapy. That’s what the blues is all about: releasing and healing. While she was secretly pining to be a blues mama, out on stage it was Patsy and Loretta. She started performing country when she was six and started getting paid gigs when she was 10, relentlessly playing every stage she could.
Crystal’s dad was a truck driver and they started taking frequent trips to Nashville when she was 12. She recorded her first album when she was 13 and moved away from home that same year to attend a music school. Crystal got restless, however, and dropped out at 16 to move to Nashville. She didn’t know anyone but was determined, so she spent days playing where she could and busking in between.
Crystal Shawanda is reminiscent of a time gone by. She will make you feel every word with a powerful voice that never fails, pure and gritty at the same time. Do yourself a favour and see if she’s playing somewhere near you.
Check out their website here