Laila Biali

Wintersongs & Holiday Classics at Harbourfront Theatre

Vocalist, pianist and songwriter Laila Biali will return to Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on December 1 with her new show, Wintersongs & Holiday Classics, featuring multi-instrumentalist Jeff Goodspeed and members of PEI’s Atlantic String Machine.

In this new show, audience members will experience winter-inspired original music alongside arrangements of beloved secular and sacred classics.

Biali has headlined festivals and venues from NYC’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and has supported Sting. Her album Out of Dust was nominated for a 2021 JUNO award. She was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Biali was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year.

Atlantic String Machine is a dynamic ensemble of string players who perform as many styles of music as they can fit into their portfolios. Based on PEI, they have established themselves at the forefront of new and exciting arts groups throughout the region. Their unique approach comes from a desire to keep live music relevant, transformative, and above all entertaining.