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ARTS WHISTLER LIVE! A Prairie Christmas

December 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Maury Young Arts Centre
4335 Blackcomb Way
$15/advanced | $20/day of show
Arts Whistler


A Prairie Christmas

The Nadeau Ensemble presents a captivating concert of music to celebrate the season, honour special traditions and cherish with family and friends. Join us on an enchanting journey that evokes memories and reminds us, through music, what Christmas is all about. A Prairie Christmas celebrates this special season and gives the gift of beautiful, inspiring music to all those who keep Christmas season traditions in their hearts.

  • Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Times: 3:00pm | Theatre Doors & Bar open
                4:00pm | SHOWTIME
  • Price: $15/advanced | $20/day of show
  • Venue: Maury Young Arts Centre (Get directions)
  • Age restrictions: All ages
  • Additional information: Cash bar
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Need more Christmas?
Head on down to Our Lady of the Mountains Church after the show to catch the Whistler Singers in their annual Christmas concert, Winter Lights. 7pm | By Donation. Find out more.


On the pedal harp and vocals, Janelle Nadeau will be joined by Vancouver based violinist, Serena Eades. Medieval instrumentalist, Joaquin Ayala rounds out the group with his special collection of rare instruments dating back from the 9th century.

This unforgettable concert will create an intimate atmosphere where the musicians share their childhood memories; stories of Christmases past; tales of adored Christmas songs and unforgettable melodies that can warm the hearts of audiences event in the middle of wintery Manitoba. The wit and humour of the band members will surely entertain audiences, inviting them to kick back and enjoy the uplifting sounds of the holidays.

Harpists are often described as angelic. Vancouver harpist Janelle Nadeau is magnetic. She has a way of drawing people in with her warm and engaging performance style. Janelle draws from a diverse repertoire of classical, Celtic, original, contemporary tunes and storytelling.Currently the acting principle harpist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Turning Point Ensemble and her own groups, Janelle maintains a rigorous performing schedule. She has shared the stage with everyone from Diana Krall and Kanye West to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed on television and radio including on the CBS show, Supergirl.

Janelle performs with her own Christmas group, a trio (harp, violin and cello) as well as her solo shows. She has toured with Home Routes, Winter Harp, Celebrity Cruises, the Turning Point Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra in the United States, Singapore, Beijing, Taiwan and across Canada. Find out more.

Joaquín Ayala is a multi-instrumentalist who discovered his passion for early keyboard instruments after studying Classical piano. Born in Catalonia, he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and went on to become a pipe organ and harpsichord specialist, with a focus on Baroque music.  After graduation he attended Early Music concerts throughout Europe, where he discovered the nyckleharpa and the hurdy gurdy, two related keyboard instruments, and was so smitten he immediately started studying both of them. The symphonie is an ancient ancestor of the hurdy-gurdy which sounds like a bagpipe, and is played by turning a crank on the side of the instrument. The bass and tenor nyckleharpas are traditional Swedish fiddles and bowed much like a violin, though played with a series of interlocking keys. Joaquin and his eclectic collection of instruments have been featured on radio, television, and various films, and he has toured extensively throughout Canada.   

Vancouver-based violinist Serena Eades’ unique style reflects a lifetime of studying western classical music and various folk idioms – primarily Celtic and Brazilian music. She is a member of Delhi 2 Dublin and has performed with Dream Theatre, Alejandro Sanz, Tanya Tagaq, Tony Trishka, Alison Brown, Matt Glaser, Gooral, CR Avery and more. Serena has toured throughout North America, Malaysia, India and the UK, playing stages from Burning Man to Glastonbury, San Francisco’s famed Fillmore to Vancouver’s iconic Commodore Ballroom. Her distinct sound is rich, full bodied, textured, and animated. With a B.Mus. from the Berklee College of Music and many years in the music industry she is at home as a performer, recording artist and educator.


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