Music for the Winter Solstice 2020

Music for the Winter Solstice 2020

-Video Closed- ONLINE UNTIL JANUARY 6, 2021

Caroline Shaw, voice & violin
Steve Maddock, voice
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Gabriel Kahane, voice & piano
Veda Hille, voice & piano
Carman J. Price, voice & piano
Corey Payette, voice
Julie McIsaac, voice
Karen Gerbrecht, violin
COULOIR – Ariel Barnes, cello & Heidi Krutzen, harp
Adrian Verdejo, guitar
Nicole Lizée, electronics
Wallgrin, voice & violin


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The holiday special I didn’t know I needed.

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Music for the Winter Solstice

This winter, we’re not able to gather in person, but we can still revel in luminous music for long dark nights with this year’s edition of Music for the Winter Solstice.

Since launching in 2014, Music for the Winter Solstice has become a tradition that is anything but traditional. For 2020, Music on Main has gathered favourite moments and never-seen-before footage from past years, and filmed a brand-new performance from vocalists Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac with pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa.

Hosted by Music on Main’s artistic director David Pay, this year’s pandemic-proof video edition of Music for the Winter Solstice also includes performances by Caroline Shaw, Steve Maddock, Gabriel Kahane, Veda Hille, Carman J. Price, Karen Gerbrecht, and others performing music to drive away the darkness, and welcome the light.

This holiday special brings together past live performances at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall to create a concert-length video celebrating the Winter Solstice. Featuring gorgeous music and some of Music on Main’s favourite artists, this special video event invites you to join together online and bask in the warmth and light of great music.

Immediately following the December 16 watch party, join a live virtual artist chat where featured artists will answer audience questions. After that, leave a note in the YouTube comments.

Don’t miss this chance to listen together.

Following the December 16 premiere, Music for the Winter Solstice will be available online until January 6, 2021. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Facebook to stay in-the-know.

Music for the Winter Solstice is generously sponsored by Eileen Mate.



Wyrd Sisters
Solstice Carole
performed by Caroline Shaw (violin) & Steve Maddock (vocals)

December 12, 2014

Ann Southam
Glass Houses #3
performed by Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano)

December 11, 2015

Alfredo Santa Ana
A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year
performed by Caroline Shaw (violin), Gabriel Kahane (vocals), Rachel Iwaasa (piano)

December 12, 2019

Veda Hille & Amiel Gladstone
Let Me Die
from the musical Onegin
performed by Veda Hille (piano & vocals)

December 16, 2016

Dave Frishberg
The Difficult Season
performed by Carman Price (piano & vocals)

December 15, 2017

Gabriel Kahane
Winter Song
performed by Gabriel Kahane (guitar & vocals) & Caroline Shaw (violin & vocals)

December 12, 2019

Arvo Pärt
Spiegel im spiegel
performed by Caroline Shaw (violin) & Rachel Iwaasa (piano)

December 12, 2014

Corey Payette & Julie McIsaac
Cold Isn’t Permanent
from the musical Les Filles Du Roi
performed by Karen Gerbrecht (violin), Corey Payette (vocals), Julie McIsaac (vocals), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano),

December 20, 2018

Corey Payette & Julie McIsaac
Beyond the Walls
from the musical Les Filles Du Roi
performed by Corey Payette (vocals), Julie McIsaac (vocals), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano),

December 1, 2020

Caroline Shaw
Winter Carol
performed by Caroline Shaw (violin & vocals), Steve Maddock (vocals), COULOIR (Ariel Barnes, cello & Heidi Krutzen, harp), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), Carman Price (vocals), Wallgrin (violin & vocal), Nicole Lizée (electronics), Gabriel Kahane (piano), Veda Hille (vocals), Adrian Verdejo (guitar)

live performances from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019


Joanna Dundas, Producer

David Pay, Artistic Director

Thank you to Nicholas Jacques, the many audio, video, and lighting crew, and all the Music on Main staff and volunteers who worked on these productions.


Listening. Together.

Music on Main’s 15th Season celebrates the outstanding artists, communities, and music we’ve experienced together over the years. Listening together has always been our deepest purpose, and continues to drive all that we do, especially in challenging times like these.

“As you watch this video whether you’re on your own or with loved ones, I hope you sing along whenever you want.” – David Pay, Artistic Director.

We encourage you to join in and sing along to the chorus at the end of the 2020 Music for the Winter Solstice: