Our identity is rooted in uniting creatives and communities. For 25 years, we’ve reached out with powerful voices and collaboration in our hearts. Today, we are transformed. A rebirth. Through us courses the warmth of winter. New works. New collaborations. Same bold performances.

Dead of Winter – formerly known as Camerata Nova – is a vocal ensemble located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1996, we have been engaging and transforming music lovers with an annual concert series alongside a host of other innovative projects. We emerged from the isolation of our pandemic cocoon with a new name and a bold new identity. Dead of Winter is about powerful voices that tell stories, weaving together the talents of emerging and established artists. We support and collaborate with creatives from all backgrounds. We reimagine choir and performance, live and online. We are a platform for original work to be discovered and for early music to be rediscovered. For us, winter is a season for creativity and rebirth. Who knows what treasures await beneath the frozen landscape at the centre of Canada?

25th anniversary


We are redefining what it means to be a vocal ensemble in the 21st century. For most of our 25-year lifespan, we have defined ourselves as a “group without fear.” Emerging out of the last 18 months of the pandemic, we have decided to take this mantra to the next level, entering the new season with a revitalized brand and a bold name change. Camerata Nova is now Dead of Winter.


“The concept we’re working with is renaissance, or rebirth. From an Indigenous perspective, Dead of Winter speaks to recharging and reviving creativity. The concept of ‘dead of winter’ is a strong and positive one.” – Andrew Balfour, Artistic Director

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“Storytelling” through music: Andrew Balfour’s Transformation concert, Feb 24, 2024

Andrew Balfour’s TransformationSaturday, February 24, 2024 at 7:30 PMUkrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Ave.) Composers’ …

Our 2023-2024 Season!

Phew! Our 2023/23 season was quite the ride, and as Dead of Winter glides into 2023/24 we’re …

“Truthtelling” through choral music: Andrew Balfour’s Truth and Reconciliation concerts

REPOST from January 2023 Storytelling has an undeniable impact on our Canadian political imagination today. …




We need your support more than ever – not just to survive, but to grow, re-invent ourselves, and contribute to our community. Help us create and innovate.

With the generous support of / Avec la généreuse contribution de:

canada council for the arts
the winnipeg foundation
winnipeg arts council


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