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Christmas Harmonies Abound With Concerts by Two Local Vocal Groups

By Brenda Lewis

Change is afoot in the snow! Beloved seasonal trio Boreal introduces a talented new band member as they perform two “Songs For The Snowy Season” concerts over two days at the River Run Centre from Dec 20-21. The group now consists of two local award-winning singer-songwriters Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley, and they welcome Angie Nussey who has taken over for Guelph singer-songwriter Jude Vadala.

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From left to right, Angie Nussey, Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley. Photo credit Nicky Campbell.

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“Win/Win” at Boarding House Gallery

By Evangeline Mann

“Win/Win” is an exhibition featuring the colourful, multimedia artwork of six emerging artists at Boarding House Gallery in Guelph from November 15 to November 30, 2019. It is also the culminating project of the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project (GEAMP) — a joint initiative run by Guelph Arts Council and the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM), with support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project. I was the SOFAM student co-ordinator for this project, and it was also an experiential learning course that counted toward the credit-requirements for the completion of my art history degree.

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From left to right. Evangeline Mann (GEAMP student co-ordinator), Heather Caruso, Yulia Balobanova, Elly Grant, Carolina Benitez, Claire Stewart, and Bree Leggett

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Slow Greetings

By Ash McAskill

My name is Ash McAskill and I am in love with slowness. I recently graduated from a PhD in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. My doctoral research was with theatre groups and performance programs that work with disabled artists in Montréal, Québec and Vancouver, British Columbia. I participated in their artistic processes exploring how these groups are changing how we understand and make theatre in Canada. One of the ways I learned is through slowness which I define as an important mode of perception of valuing human diversity. Currently, I am working on a postdoc at ReVision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph working on a project called “Slow Journeys.”

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Ash McAskill is an ally and academic in the disability arts and theatre community and slow theatre practioner.
Image provided by Ash McAskill.

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Monthly Musical Member Video Series

Each month we’ll feature a video from one of GAC’s musical members. If you’re a musician and have a video you’d like us to feature, please send a YouTube link our way along with a short bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This month, we share one from Boreal, whose annual festive concert at the River Run Centre is coming up soon.

Boreal started in 2006 in Jude Vadala's kitchen. Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala, all with music careers of their own, decided to join forces to do a show of winter songs. After many pots of tea and hours of meticulously working out harmonies and arrangements of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics, Boreal did its first show. That was thirteen years ago. Each November and December since then, they've toured their snowy-season project through community halls and concert series across Ontario. This year however, Jude Vadala is stepping away from the stage. Her humour and heart-wrenching vocals will be deeply missed, but Boreal is excited that Jude will continue composing and arranging for the trio, and also to welcome new member Angie Nussey to the group.

Listen and watch 'Hey Hosanna'

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