After an all-day return trip from Whitehorse (via Vancouver and Edmonton), I finally arrived back in Toronto Monday evening completely exhausted but with artistic batteries recharged. Pictured on the left following the second Divas Over the Top show are, standing, Bathroom Divas cast members Sergio Restagno, Emilie Losier, Sonja Anderson, Gary Relyea, Sonja Gustavson, Tom Diamond, and Gail Malcolm. Seated, or should we say, reclined, is the author of this humble blog.
Although this trip featured many memorable things, including a traditional Danish dinner (punctuated by cries of "Skol!" after which the participants would imbibe generous amounts of aquavit), another dinner on the final evening featuring several varieties of game (caribou, bear, and moose), and the warmth and generosity of the families that billeted us, the highlight was for me the preparation and performances of the two Divas Over the Top shows featuring the Bathroom Divas Season 1 finalists (sans Elton, unfortunately) as well as cameo appearances by Mary Lou Fallis and Gary Relyea, presided over by emcee Tom Diamond.
And a heartfelt thanks to Sonja Anderson, Rachel Grantham, Roslyn Wilson, Barbara Chamberlin, and the Yukon Music Teachers' Association, who organized the events of the weekend as well as the funding for it.
This is the view from the green room of the Yukon Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon taken following my collaborative piano master class. It would be an understatement to say that not many arts facilities have this kind of view...