May 18, 2009
Kevin Horton, Dancer, Boyne Company
Welcome to Toronto! It has been a great tour so far and what a way to end this year by having a 5-week stay in Toronto. We were all very excited to arrive, but first we had to have a really long travel day. It was easier to take a bus, due to the border control, than to fly. We had an almost 11-hour bus journey, but we finally arrived to check out our home for the upcoming weeks. The hotel is located on Yonge Street right in the heart of downtown. It is such a bustling area and there is plenty to do during the day. For the first couple of days, it was nice to just relax and take in the local sites. The idea of being in a place for so long lets you not feel the pressure to get everything done so quickly.
One of the first things that we did while here was take in the CN Tower. The tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas, an icon of Toronto’s skyline and a great icon to Canada. There is a revolving restaurant at the top, right below the observation deck, and some of the cast enjoyed a meal while watching the sunset on our first day off. What an amazing view! For press for our stay here, some of us performed on Canada’s National morning show, Canada AM. We danced the number Riverdance to a very enthusiastic TV Crew. It was great to be part of such a huge National Show. Even though it was at 7 am, we all made it on time and it was a fun experience to partake in.
We have been able to have a couple days off due to the fact that we don’t have any travel days here. One of the days was spent at a baseball game. The Toronto Blue Jays play at the Rogers center right near the CN Tower, so it was very close to the hotel. They were playing the Anaheim Angels, and it was a great game…a home-run hit even came within five feet of where we were sitting, too bad! It was nice to be able to spend the day at the ballpark!
Many more adventures to come, check back for more…
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