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Dec 3, 2012

A Whirlwind Tour Finale - Western Canada Tour, December 2, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Yesterday started in the mid-morning with a pleasant drive from Saskatoon to Regina. Before we boarded the bus a mini fashion show broke out in the hotel lobby as several orchestra members showed off some extremely warm sweaters and coats they had picked up during our hours off in Saskatoon. The weather stayed clear enough that we could enjoy the beautiful prairie sky rolling along outside the comfortable warmth of the coach.

Nov 30, 2012

From Salmon to Snow - Western Canada Tour, November 30, 2012

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.

Nov 29, 2012

Homecoming - Western Canada Tour, November 27, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Yesterday we headed from Victoria up to Duncan to play at the Cowichan Valley Theatre presented by the Cowichan Symphony Society. As the bus drove over the rugged terrain, the orchestra enjoyed beautiful views of the Sidney peninsula and Saanich Inlet.

Nov 26, 2012

A Voyage to Vancouver Island - Western Canada Tour, November 24, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Tour day 2 started with a very beautiful sunrise in Vancouver. It was very mild and I took a brief walk around Lonsdale Quay in order to soak up the view and the fresh ocean smells before we boarded the bus to head to the ferry. It was a beautiful day for the crossing and all of the orchestra could be spotted on the outside decks trying to capture the view with assorted smartphones and cameras.

Nov 24, 2012

A Rock Star Greeting - Western Canada Tour, November 23, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

I am always excited to be touring with Tafelmusik, but our trips which include B.C. fill me with a heightened sense of excitement because as well as turning new audiences on to our performances, I get to re-connect with family and old friends because I grew up in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.

Jan 29, 2011

Western Canada Tour - Jan 29, 2011

John Abberger (oboe)

Following our free days in Victoria, we have settled into the usual routine of touring life. We are up each day in time to depart the hotel by around 9:00 AM to travel to the next concert location.

Jan 24, 2011

Western Canada Tour - Jan 24, 2011

John Abberger (oboe)

We are up early on Sunday to catch the ferry to Salt Spring Island. The hall there is small and intimate, and this intimacy reminds us of TSP, but the acoustic suffers in comparison with the generous sound of Alix Goolden.

Jan 23, 2011

Western Canada Tour - Jan 23, 2011

John Abberger (oboe)

We arrived at the hotel here in Victoria, British Columbia on Friday night at about midnight, which was 3:00 AM Toronto time. The weather is considerably warmer than Toronto, which is nice, but I think we are compensating for this with a sleep deficit.