The final leg of our North America Tour saw us cross the border into Canada, and therefore justifies the tour's grandiose title (more or less).
Our three-day stop in Toronto was the absolute dream. We got to know a beautiful city, met wonderful people and had multiple snow fights. Best of all, for the first time on tour all ten Other Guys were staying in the same house. Ryan, the group’s very own Canadian, welcomed us into his home in Burlington. Shout out to his parents for being extremely gracious hosts!
Day 1: When going over the itinerary Ryan had mentioned we were to be the evening’s entertainment. Well, when we filed into the front room of Ryan’s house it seemed like half of Burlington was there. Cousins, Grandparents, friends, dogs and other acquaintances. After enjoying stimulating conversation over dinner, we put on a fire-side performance in Ryan’s living room. The family audience, full of smiles, mirrored a relaxed and enjoyable performance. Before going off to bed we managed to fit in a commentary-filled screening of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc.
Day 2: A 7am start the following morning reminded us we still had a lot of singing to do! In the opposite of military fashion all ten other guys assembled outside the front door as our car arrived and sped us off to Havergal College, an all-girls school. We were welcomed by a talented choir who sang a beautiful choral piece for us, and were awesome to work with in our workshop. Then came one of the most insane gigs we’ve ever done – on stage in front of 800 girls in a grand assembly hall. After the performance we ate lunch in the school cafeteria and made lots of friends.
Still buzzing from the energy of Havergal College, we decided to go downtown for a trilling ascent of Toronto’s Space Needle. Some OG’s were more daring than others…
That evening we arrived suited and booted at Upper Canada College (UCC) for a seventh and final concert as St Andrews ambassadors. Day 3: We ended our 2016 tour with an action-packed day at Ryan’s alma matter, Appleby College. In the morning we sang at two chapel services. Our brief set served as a taster for the students ahead of our evening concert. It also gave each of us a glimpse at what happens when Ryan Hubner returns to his old stomping ground with a collegiate cappella group: energy like fireworks.
The evening concert was an opportunity for both the performers and the audience to loosen up. Our hour long set was interspersed with stories, badly-told jokes and enthusiastic dance moves. The audience – again Ryan’s family showed up in full force – responded with a great amount of energy. To close the set we sang a final emotional rendition of “Hard to Say Goodbye” and a rousing chorus of “St Andrews Girls”.
No TOG tour would be complete without characteristic celebration. Straight after the concert we went along to Ryan’s family friend’s 60th birthday party, drank copious amounts of alcohol and boogied like it was 1979.
This concludes our tour blog, we thank you for tuning in! Keep watching this space in the coming weeks as we update you on more exciting projects.