Tannis Slimmon has been making music for over 30 years. Tannis grew up in a musical family on a farm in Manitoba before moving to Guelph ON in 1980, announcing herself on the Canadian folk scene as a member of the critically acclaimed Bird Sisters (with Jude Vadala and Sue Smith). Since then, her music career has gone from strength to strength – with three great solo albums (with support from her partner Lewis Melville), taking home Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards, for her second solo album, the fabulous “Lucky Blue”. Tannis has also been involved in many other musical collaborations including vocal groups Essentia & Ondine Chorus, The Lucky Sisters and currently Boreal (with Jude Vadala and Katherine Wheatley). Boreal’s annual Songs For The Snowy Season concerts start in late November. For more information on this year’s dates, visit borealsongs.ca. There’s also a new duo – Sweetcorn and Sunflower with fellow Guelph based singer-songwriter Annie Sumi – they’re just back from a tour that took them out to Vancouver Island. Check out the great video session they recorded at BNB studios HERE. The good news, for such an accomplished artist, is that Tannis is now able to make music full-time allowing her a renewed focus on her solo career, and her other projects. We caught up with Tannis Slimmon at home in Guelph to chat about her music. Visit Tannis Slimmon online at tannis.ca. Music: Tannis Slimmon “Our Time Now” from “Lucky Blue” (2007, Self), “Good News” from “In And Out Of Harmony” (2013, Self) and Boreal “Shovelling Snow” from “Winter’s Welcome” (2014, Self).
This week’s Live & Local reflects the fact that the Christmas season, or the holidays or whatever you like to call this time of year, is rapidly approaching. This week, Brad McEwen, Artistic Director at the Mill Race Folk Society joins us to chat about a couple of fun seasonal events in their calendar. We also include some other musical ways to celebrate this time of year.
Vocal group The Ondine Chorus are gearing up for the winter solstice with concerts at the Wellington County Museum in Elora on December 13, the newly-renovated Art Gallery of Guelph (formerly MacDonald Stewart Art Centre) (December 17) and at the beautifully-situated Paul Morin Gallery in Alton on December 18. If you’ve not yet seen Ondine Chorus in concert, you’re in for a treat – their performances are fantastic, with a repertoire that features some stunning original work alongside gorgeous reinterpretations of traditional songs. Check out the event and ticket information below. Check out all the details below.
This week’s Folk Roots Radio (Episode 179) featured our favourite albums of 2014. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy to narrow down all the great albums we’ve played over the past year to just ten, but that’s what we’ve done. If you check out the post about The Best Albums of 2014 we’ve also included the next five as honourable mentions. As usual, there was lots of new music on offer including some original holiday tunes, as well as a new mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
Acapella vocal group Ondine Chorus are gearing up for their traditional Winter Solstice concert tour. If you’ve not yet seen Ondine Chorus in concert, you really should check them out. Their performances are fantastic – featuring stunning original works, gorgeous reinterpretations of traditional songs and mesmerizing sonic thematic improvisations, it’s a magical journey of subtle and rich harmonies that will live long in the memory. Ondine released their debut E.P., “Towards A Little Light” earlier this year. The E.P. featuring two original compositions and three arrangements of traditional songs has been called “stunningly beautiful with an ancient and wise feel”, and “a beautiful and wondrous thing”. This time around Jeff Bird, Gary Diggins and Robert Kingsbury will be the featured special guests. Check out the event and ticket information below.
This week’s episode of Folk Roots Radio featured an in-studio appearance by singer-songwriters Tannis Slimmon, Jude Vadala and Katherine Wheatley who come together each holiday season for a fabulous series of holiday concerts, “Songs For The Snowy Season”. This year, they are also releasing their first album under their new group name Boreal, “Winter’s Welcome”. As usual, we featured lots of new music, plus a new mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
Spring Awakes! – An Art Performance Hike Adventure featuring Song, Music, Prayer and Dance takes place on Sunday May 25 2014 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Rain or shine.
Admission is by advance ticket only, available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. Tickets: Adult $25, children free (children must be able to hike with a group). Please note that attendance is limited.
The adventure begins at the Orchard Park Parking lot (Ignatius Jesuit Centre) at 1:30 pm. A potluck picnic reception will follow.
Spring Awakes is produced by Shannon Kingsbury and Sue Smith for SKSS Productions. Proceeds will support the Plant An Old Growth Forest project.
Photo: Ondine Chorus at Spring Awakes! 2013 by Aidan Ware
Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury joined us in the studio on March 22 2014 to chat about “Towards A Little Light”, the new E.P. from Ondine Chorus. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. E.P. launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. at Guelph’s MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. Tickets are $20 in advance (from The Bookshelf) and $25 at the door. Please note that seating is limited. The CD release will feature Ondine Chorus with special guests Jeff Bird, Gary Diggins, Robert Kingsbury, and Alden Hadwen. For more information on the release party, visit the Facebook event page. (Photo credit: Aidan Ware)
Folk Roots Radio on March 22 2014 (Episode 142) featured two interviews. During the first hour, Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury from The Ondine Chorus joined us to chat about their new E.P. “Towards A Little Light”. Their album launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. in Guelph at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Later in the show, singer-songwriter Joni Nehrita joined us to talk about her varied musical interests, including her new jazz-styled (download) E.P. “Beginnings”. The Joni Nehrita Quintet play The Guelph Black Heritage Society, Essex St in Guelph on March 29 at 8 p.m.
Guelph based Ondine Chorus are releasing their first EP, “Towards a Little Light”. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. The CD release party will take place at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre on Saturday March 29 2014 at 2:30 p.m. (Doors at 2:00 p.m.)
Folk Roots Radio on February 15 on CFRU 93.3fm (Episode 137)
Mystery Theme: “Surviving Winter”