Really – A one woman-show cellist in Tofino

A classical cellist in Tofino is a rare find

As I was settling in Tofino, I started to realize a harsh reality. It suddenly dawn on me that there was a complete shortage of local classically trained musicians. Everywhere I looked there were guitar players and pop singers, but no string players, let alone highly trained. I had never been in such a situation before. It was both refreshing and seriously limiting.

The NYC luxurious lifestyle was over

Having graduated from The Juilliard School and having lived in NYC for almost 10 years, it was hard then not to step on other classical musicians’ toes. Back then, I  played with strings virtuosi of all kinds while never really realizing how spoiled I was. Having said that, I quickly discovered ways to go around this new self-imposed limitation. I am very grateful today of having faced that challenge for it has led me to be the most affordable wedding band of Tofino. 

So here is what happened!

I was first introduced to the use of the looping pedal by a local musician friend. This little piece of amazing technology allowed me to prerecord musical lines on the cello and or piano. I would then loop those musical segments live and achieve polyphony! All the sudden I could play Pachelbel Canon by myself and sound like a string ensemble! There were no limits. This was a big turnaround for Cellobride! 

I started doing many covers this way, ranging from Adele to the Beatles. It did not take long for me to dive into Celtic music as well, at the special request of a bride and groom. I was on my way to become a very exclusive well rounded one-woman show.

Outdoor venues are my favorite

After spending thousands of dollars in sound gear to treat and amplify the delicate and beautiful cello acoustic sound, I am now able to perform weddings anywhere from beaches to forest trails. Everywhere I go, I can sound like a small outdoor portable band while being a solo artist. 

Most affordable wedding band in Tofino

Two things make me a most affordable wedding band in Tofino. First, I do not have to commute from Victoria or Vancouver which is where the high caliber string performers are usually coming from. Second, I am a highly accomplished solo artist sounding like a band. Those two characteristics make me a very unique, exclusive and most affordable music performer.

Are you planning a wedding in Tofino or Ucluelet?

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Audrey Nadeau

B.M. and M.M. The Juilliard School





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