Press Release for “The Nadeau Ensemble: A Prairie Christmas” 

Janelle Nadeau Ensemble keeps tradition alive with “A Prairie Christmas.”

Manitoba’s Nadeau will evoke the Christmas spirit with authentic Christmas sounds to get audiences into the Christmas spirit. The concerts are nostalgic, reflective and heart-warming.




The Nadeau Ensemble performs “Christmas,” is a captivating concert of music to celebrate the season, honour special traditions and cherish with family and friends. The group comes together to honour the music and celebration of this special season. The Nadeau Ensemble brings the gift of beautiful and inspiring music to all those who keep the important traditions of the Christmas season close in their hearts through popular, Celtic and unknown songs that are reimagined yet stay true to their origins.​ Voices, harps, bowed plucked and medieval instruments create an unforgettable concert that will create an intimate atmosphere​.​ ​T​he musicians will share their childhood memories, stories of Christmases past, tales of adored Christmas songs and unforgettable melodies to warm the hearts of audiences in the middle of winter. The wit and humour of the ​musicians will surely entertain the audiences as they lay back and enjoy the uplifting sounds of the holidays.

What to Expect:

Friendly and easy going musicians who are willing to work with each venue and the incredible people who make it run.

The concert is generally two sets long of about 45 minutes with an intermission.

The group can be a trio or a quartet featuring pedal harp, lever harp, medieval instruments, voices, and violin or cello.


Contact Information:

Please contact: [email protected]



The group of four is composed of Janelle on harp, vocals and storytelling. Audience favourite Joaquin Ayala entertains with his assortment of unusual instruments including nyckelharpa, pump organs, harmoniums and more. A cellist and violinist round out the sound of this magical group to create rich and lush Christmas sounds.


Huffington Post (USA) Review on the “Star of Night” album featuring songs on the “A Prairie Christmas” tour:

“Huffington Post” Article

Informational Video:

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The Nadeau Ensemble will resume touring for Christmas 2023.

Articles about “The Nadeau Ensemble: A Prairie Christmas” concerts:
Global News
Whistler Pique Magazine
Simcoe Reformer

Find more of Janelle on the web via:


“I really was impressed by Janelle’s talent, poise, humour and her all-around good sense in reading her audience.” — Killarney Guide

“I am feeling so privileged that I just have to share this with you. I attended the concert put on by the Flin Flon Arts Council last night and I do not remember ever attending a concert that was so compelling, so beautiful and so haunting. I still have the wondrous strains rolling thru my mind. Thank you for your part in continuing to bring this high level of entertainment to our doorstep. A job well done.” — Linda

“Nadeau’s natural soprano voice added its own charm, performing What Child is This with sweet innocence as well as expressive Friendly Beasts.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Our amazing performance and stage presence was something the people of Souris have never witnessed. Great job…” — Grant

“Janelle seems to become the song, rather than be a person reading music and playing an instrument” — Faye


Breakfast Television Winnipeg

CTV News

Global News Winnipeg


Dear Ms. Nadeau

Being the ‘rock & roll’ kind of guy that I am, my girlfriend had to drag me kicking and screaming to your troupe’s recent performance here in Winnipeg.  At the time, I could have named a half dozen things (shovelling the sidewalk, clipping my dog’s toenails, etc) I would rather be doing than being locked in an old downtown theatre for two hours listening to fairy music.

Three days later it would be impossible for me to shower you and your Winter Harp troupe with any more deserving accolades than you’ve already received.  Suffice to say your harp playing left my knees weak and my mind spell-bound.  Never have I experienced such visual grace coupled with such strength and finesse.

Thank you for your dedication to your life-long learning and mastery of music, and opening my eyes, ears, and mind to a completely different kind of medium.   Your touring venture outside the borders of British Columbia to Winnipeg was very much appreciated.

My girlfriend and I look forward to a repeat performance from you and your Winter Harp next year,


~ Ken, Winnipeg