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An afternoon show featuring an artist Kurt Swinghammer, Boreal, and more, hosted at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery! Kurt Swinghammer will be playing from 1pm – 2pm, followed by Boreal from 3pm – 4pm. One ticket is valid for both sets! Please remember to bring a mask. Gates open at 12pm.
Kurt Swinghammer is a Canadian singer-songwriter and visual artist based in Toronto.
He has released 13 full-length albums of original songs and as a session musician appears on over 100 CDs. He has also composed extensively for film and TV. As a visual artist he is represented in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. He has worked in the commercial realm as illustrator, graphic designer, wardrobe designer, set designer, and art director on music videos.
Swinghammer currently exhibits his paintings at INabstracto in Toronto and the True North Gallery in Waterdown, Ontario. In 2016 True North Records released “Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs” by Lori Cullen, which features 12 songs co-written with lyricist Ron Sexsmith. In 2017 he independently released the self-produced album titled “Another Another” and created animated videos for each of the twelve tracks.
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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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