Aisslinn Nosky, violin
The day after the performance in Nanaimo was a day off in the schedule for the orchestra to rest and recuperate before travelling out to Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary. Most of the orchestra spent the day in Victoria and I stayed in Nanaimo to visit with my parents. We had a lovely day socialising before my parents drove me back down to Victoria so that I could travel with the orchestra the next day.
View of Cowichan Bay
On the way down the Island we stopped at Cowichan Bay to have a nice lunch at a pub over the water with a beautiful view. After lunch we stopped at Goldstream Park to watch part of the Salmon Run which takes place there from late October until early December. Thousands of Chum Salmon make their way here to spawn every year and it was a truly amazing spectacle to see these huge fish struggling up the river to complete their life cycle. My parents explained to me that about a year and a half ago there had been a very serious truck accident on the nearby highway which had ended in a large amount of gasoline being spilled in to the stream and the surrounding area of the park. As I stood there watching a salmon run which was impressive in size even relatively late in the season, I could see that the clean up of the spill had been taken very seriously.
The spectacular Goldstream Salmon Run
Before I said goodbye to my parents in Victoria we shared a delightful meal at a restaurant called Vista 18. The view was spectacular and the food was exceptional. With my meal I had a lovely Gewürztraminer from the Averill Creek Vineyard in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. My parents mentioned that at the Galileo show in Duncan they had read in the programme that the Averill Creek Vineyard had been one of the sponsors. I guess the people at Averill Creek like fine music and fine wine!
This morning we made a very early start of it to fly to Saskatoon. I enjoyed the spectacular views as we took off from Victoria and flew eastward. After a brief stop in Calgary, and a few worrisome moments when it was not clear whether there would be enough room for all of our instruments on board in the overhead bins on the Dash 8 which flew us to Saskatoon, we landed in a snowy wonderland. Minus 12 degrees Celsius felt more than a little bracing as we made a mad scramble across the tarmac to the heated interior of the airport. There was only time for a brief stop to freshen up at the hotel before we went to our rehearsal at the Third Avenue United Church. Our concert here in Saskatoon was presented by the Third Avenue Centre which is a "non-profit organisation that builds relationships and partnerships with cultural groups in the city". At the rehearsal we were introduced to Mark Turner, Artistic Director of the Third Avenue Centre who explained to us that his organisation is currently running a fundraising campaign to buy the Third Avenue United Church so that it may be used in the future as both a performance space and a place of worship. The church itself is a beautiful historical building with a gorgeous acoustic and our concert there was extremely memorable. The venue certainly is a remarkable treasure and we wish Mark and his team all the best with their exciting project.
A Saskatoon Sunset