One GSC Skater’s Evening with Legends
The “Thank You Canada Tour” started off as many ice shows do, with each skater doing one of their well known programs. However, what made this show unique was that in the second half there were many elements that you don’t normally get to see in a skating show! Eric Radford played the piano on ice, and they even brought out a stage for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to dance on.
Now, while I found the entire show amazing, one of my favourite numbers had to be Tessa and Scott’s “Roxanne”. You just can’t beat that performance - it is so full of passion and power! They perform that program extremely well, and are so in character that you are always on the edge of your seat.
Another act that had me on the edge of my seat was when Elvis Stojko and Meagan Duhamel hosted the dance off! I think they should have their own comedy show - they were hilarious together. Not to mention, Meagan’s dance moves were the cherry on top! With their quick, witty comments and goofy dancing, they would be my first pick for any show hosts.
One of the unique numbers in the show, was Eric’s live piano performance that Patrick Chan skated to. It was super cool to see a piano sitting in the middle of the ice!
My favourite group number had to be “Diamonds”. During the performance there were messages reminding us to believe in ourselves and not to doubt our worth. I found this very touching and a great reminder to always believe in yourself!
We were lucky enough to be sitting right next to the ice, which gave us an incredible view of all the skating. It also left me lots of room to stand up and join in on the dancing, which I took full advantage of! The Thank You Canada Tour had a dance that was posted on Instagram for everyone to learn before the show. Then, in the middle of one of the group numbers, they started doing the dance and got the audience involved. I, for one, was up on my feet right away!! Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were right in front of us on the ice leading the dance and getting everyone hyped up. It was so much fun to get to stand up, dance, and be part of the show!
Another benefit to sitting ice-side was that at the end of the night you get high fives from all the skaters. As nice as the high fives were, getting to go to the meet and greet after the show was definitely the highlight of the night for me. Getting to meet some of my biggest inspirations in skating was incredible!
The Meet and Greet
All of the skaters were so friendly and clearly loved getting a chance to talk and interact with all of their fans. They all took the time to chat a little with you and talk about the show. I asked Patrick how he did his helicopter turns so well (which he called travelling mohawks). He said, “light feet!”
During the meet and greet we had a chance to get pictures and signatures from all of the cast members. I have had a special skating book since I was young, which I got all of them to sign. When taking the pictures, they never had to ask me to smile, you couldn’t wipe my smile off the entire night! I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift!
Written by Sarah McHugh.
Sarah is Gold level skater and a Program Assistant on GSC’s CanSkate sessions.