Boreal welcomes winter through song. Our show celebrates the coming of Christmas and the beauty of winter. We create an intimate, comfortable and friendly vibe with storytelling and humour. Our aim is to spread good cheer through our choice of songs, our sweet harmonies and audience participation.
Choosing some of the best traditional Christmas carols and winter solstice songs; writing and arranging our own “snowy” songs as well as songs by fellow Canadian songwriters; going over each song to create rich vocal harmonies; adding instrumental accompaniment - this is the artistic focus of Boreal - all meant to bring forward our love of lyrics, melodies, harmonies and stories about winter.
David Buchbinder is an award-winning trumpeter, composer and cultural inventor. He leads numerous music groups, composes for concert, theatre, film and television, presents large-scale performance projects. He has been involved in World music and Jazz since 1987 and has earned a reputation as one of its compositional and instrumental leading lights, through the Flying Bulgars, his Jazz Ensemble and his Odessa/Havana project. He was the creator and artistic director of Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture and the composer/creator/producer of Shurum Burum Jazz Circus. He is very involved in cross-cultural experimentation, collaborating with Roula Said (his wife) on many projects.
First-Prize and Audience Choice Award winner in the Barrios WWW Competition 2011, First-Prize winner in the Montreal Guitar Competition 2011, and Second-Prize winner in the Tokyo 55th Guitar Competition, Tariq Harb is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading guitarists of his generation. Harb was chosen as one of CBC Radio’s NEXT! 2013 artists, where he was celebrated as “Canada’s next classical guitar superstar” and was showcased at the Glenn Gould studios in Toronto. He has performed in many prestigious halls, including the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Cairo Opera House in Egypt. Harb holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto. Tariq Harb is a La Bella Strings Artist.
This Toronto-based vocal trio brings three part harmony into the modern age with a repertoire that includes everything from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to “Eye of the Tiger”. Dressed in 1920’s-1960’s style wardrobe, the three sing like The Andrews Sisters with inspiring harmonies and perform classics such as “Mr Sandman” and “In the Mood” but what makes the Bettys truly stand out are their show-stopping interpretations of more current tunes like: Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks like a Lady” and Hall & Oates “Maneater”. The Bettys cite everything from Marilyn Monroe to Nine Inch Nails to the neo-Burlesque movement as influences.
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, the Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for memorable, energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship.
With their debut album “Shaking Down the Acorns” receiving wide acclaim (Sing Out! Magazine, Huffington Post etc.), extensive national and international touring under their belt, and a sophomore release in the works, this fearless four piece is sure to keep garnering attention far beyond the traditional bluegrass fan-base.
Broadsway was born when the ladies found themselves together on stage one night and discovered their mutual love of Broadway music. Julie and Heather (also an award-winning Jazz broadcaster) are both acclaimed Jazz performers, and Diane is a Dora Mavor Moore Award- nominated music director, pianist, and arranger. Their combined experience brings together the classic sounds of Broadway, the improvisation of Jazz, a pop sensibility, and their unique senses of humour. They truly are three broads, doing things their own way … hence, “Broadsway”.
This project has been wowing audiences and winning fans from the start, with highlight performances including Roy Thomson Hall, the Global Cabaret Festival, the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, JAZZ.FM91’s Cabaret Series, Toronto’s highly respected Jazz Bistro, and Manhattan’s premiere Cabaret venue The Metropolitan Room. In August 2013, Broadsway released their debut CD, “Old Friends”, and are currently working on their follow-up recording. The 2015-2016 season includes performances at various Jazz Festivals and concerts series, as well as their debut orchestral appearance.
Their repertoire ranges from Gershwin to Gaga, from Sondheim to Schwartz and virtually anything - and everything - in between. With a marvelous musical meshing, and a healthy dose of humour, “Broadsway” truly does have something for everyone.