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Looking back on Canada Tour 2015

For the final blog post this summer, we decided to share a few favorite memories from some of our choristers of their time in Canada. We’ll see you again next year when we’re blogging from (spoiler alert)…Ireland!

It has been absolutely amazing going on the Canada tour with all the girls and chaperones! I don’t think I could really narrow it down to a favorite memory, but some of my favorite moments would have to be the times when we were exploring the streets in buddy groups or walking from place to place as a group. During these times I never knew who I would have a chance to walk next to or get to know a little more. I really loved how those seemingly random moments of interactions added up to friendships and new buddies. Another memory that was awesome was the time we spent in Quebec City learning about the history and a little about the current lifestyle. We only spent a short amount of time in the city, but it was packed with so fun that will stay with me for a long time. ~ Melissa Yang

I would like to take some time to thank all of the wonderful people in PGC. I have had an amazing time not only on tour, but also in the regular season. Tour has helped me meet so many people that I am going to miss so much next year. It has been an experience that I will never forget. I wish that it didn’t have to end so soon. Tour has helped me to grow, not only as a singer and musician, but also as a person. It has helped teach me that there are so many different cultures out there, even some incredibly close to home. PGC has also helped me to grow. I am so happy to have been able to meet everybody here and to have been a part of the PGC family. Thanks for everything ~ Corinne Hansel

Going on tour to Canada with PGC this year has truly been a blessing in so many ways. This tour, being my first with the choir, blew my expectations out of the water. The culture, music, friends, and experiences that I gained from this trip was simply incredible. An experience I really enjoyed was when we sang at the Notre-Dame Basilica. The acoustics and tone of the venue, choir, and audience was breathtaking. Another one of my favorite memories is related to the “Old Quebec” city. After a beautiful walking tour and an incredible dinner, the whole choir had time to travel through the streets of one of the most gorgeous sections of Old Quebec. I remember running up the cobblestone streets while the warm summer wind whipped through my hair, curling it upwards to match my smile. This was when the true culture and eclectic nature of Quebec came out. All of the artisanal shops, friendly people, and colorful art of the city stood out amongst any other I’d seen before. Thank you, PGC, for giving me a trip I will always remember and an experience I will never forget. Sincerely Yours ~ Julia Toto

Since our amazing tour has come to a end, I thought I would write a little blurb to express my love of this experience and PGC as a whole. The only problem is, I can’t seem to figure out what to write so please bear with my well meaning but slightly disorganized piece. =)

Let’s start with some things that I thought were really special. Numero uno, my roommates. My normal choir friends opted to not go on tour, so I was kinda sorta extremely terrified because I am not a social person by nature and I wasn’t sure I would be able to make friends. Let’s face it, six days straight without friends or family in a new place could be downright depressing. However, that didn’t happen. My roommates are funny and welcoming and loving and I love them all very much. They brought me in, my sarcastic, unsocial self and made me feel comfortable right away. So thank you guys. Secondly, I loved our tour guide, Marie. She was so incredibly helpful and not only showed us her love for Canada, but made it so that we all fell in love with Canada and felt at home. From translating French to English, to coming to concerts, to parading around in the rain in Montreal, to recommending restaurants, she was there. Thank you, Marie! We love you. This post is getting to be a bit long, so I’ll start to wrap it up because I think the next person would appreciate if I got off the computer. The last part of the trip I want to highlight is the paper plate awards. Basically, paper plate awards are exactly what they sound like. The older girls took paper plates and gave cute titles, “awards”, highlighting a positive aspect of a younger girl’s personalities. I won’t go into a lot of detail, but it was a great part of my Canada trip because everyone showed their appreciation and love for everyone else in the funniest and most entertaining way.

That’s what’s special about PGC. We all love, appreciate, and respect each other and go out of our way to make each other feel welcome and happy. So, finally, I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who went on tour and everyone who made this experience possible. ~ Caitlin Haas

This tour was my first PGC tour, and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! Everything and everyone was amazing! It really reminded me of why I love PGC so much. Here are the two memories that I loved most on tour. So first, on Friday, we were going to a waterfall. I forgot the name of the waterfall, but it was 97 feet of rushing water (my friend and I agreed it looked kind of like milk) with a long and narrow bridge strung overtop, just a bit over where the water rushed over the cliff. As we were going up in a cable car (that literally rocked when we moved in and out of it!) I was stressing just a little about whether this bridge was safe or not. I mean, let’s be honest, we were 97 feet up, on a narrow bridge, over extremely fast rushing water. Before we left for Canada, my mom and I looked at pictures of the falls, and what she told me was pretty much a gentler version of “Man up and go on the bridge.” So, that was exactly what I did. When I was on the bridge, it was amazing! The view, the sounds, everything was just… more alive. I loved it. My absolute favorite memory, though, was the paper plate awards. The Cantores girls on tour had all grouped together and wrote wonderful things about the younger girls on paper plates. Each award had a fun, funny or sometimes punny name. Some came with stories, some were funny, some were even tear-jerking. But each and every one of them were amazingly sweet. It reminded me of how everyone likes everyone at PGC, no one is mean, or selfish. And thats what I love about PGC. ;D ~ Emily 😀

I’m actually quite disappointed that tour is over this year. I loved every moment of it, from the touring to the bus rides to the concerts. Canada is amazingly beautiful, even in the pouring rain. I loved the many cathedrals and churches that we visited; their architecture was amazing and their sheer size and intricacy was awe inspiring. The waterfall was super cool as well! This tour was fantastic and I really thank everyone who organized and chaperoned us for making this so wonderful.
Of course, I loved all my fellow choristers. They are all so sweet and kind and I hope I get to sing with every one of them again! I expect more funny stories the next time we meet! I hope to see you all next year in PGC, or in Ireland for tour! ~ Audrey


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