After getting off the bus, the students gave some street performance in downtown Niagara Falls and then again at the observation area for the falls. They drew big crowds and gave wonderful performances. After the street performing, the students were given a few hours to explore the area in small groups and to grab lunch on their own.
We gathered back at the bus to drive into downtown Toronto. Our bus driver, Humberto, pulled the bus through a VERY tight squeeze to get into the church parking lot at Jarvis Street Baptist Church. (Seriously, he only had about 2 inches of clearance on either side!) After arriving at Jarvis, the students purchased dinner across the street at Harvey's, a Canadian burger joint. Once we had all gotten our fill, the students made final preparations for their evening concert.
Our final concert at Jarvis was a truly special night of music making. We had a small, but engaged and appreciative crowd. The students made some truly beautiful music. In the words of Mr. King: "We really had a special spiritual time of music making tonight." After the concert, the students were thanked by their grateful audience.
Before getting back on the bus, the we gathered together for a celebratory dance party and our tradition "sing off," wherein the girls and guys battle each other with lyrics from each others' songs. It was a fierce battle, but in the end, the girls were declared the victors of the 2016 choir tour sing-off.
After a long, exhausting day, we once again boarded the bus. We arrived at the Fairfield Inn near the Toronto airport, and the students are settling in for their final night on the road. Tomorrow morning, we attend the service at the Cathedral of Saint James in Toronto, and then we cross the border back in the States to eat a lunch of buffalo wings at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. After lunch, we go to the airport to fly home!
|Madrigals performing in downtown Niagara Falls|
|Walking through downtown Niagara Falls|
|Nota Dolce performing in front of Niagara Falls|
|The choirs singing "Shenandoah" in front of the falls|
|Mr. King at Horseshoe Falls|
|Men of Note performing at Jarvis Street Baptist Church|
|Senior Amanda Fusting soloing with Nota Dolce|
|A post-concert dance party!|