This event was incredible. In my mind I had anticipated lovely medal ceremonies for all of the events of the previous day. I did not anticipate a full-blown wicked-cool event. For the victory ceremonies, each evening has a designated province. BC Night was being celebrated on our evening in attendance.
While things were underway, we were told of the gold medal win by Alexandre Bilodeau and the entire crowd in BC Place went absolutely, frickin’ nuts. It was electrically charged and amazing.
There was a wonderful range of artists and performers from British Columbia who were able to showcase their incredible talents. It began with a moving performance of native singers and dancers. Next up were energetic Irish step-dancers and fiddlers. Then we were amazed by: sexy bollywood-type dance performance; a Canadian fashion runway show featuring unusual materials like birch bark and newspaper; business leaders were recorded commenting about the strength of BC’s economic future and played on a huge video screen. Next intense steel drummers accompanied a group called ‘Kung Fu-sion’. They were incredibly acrobatic and had some electric capoeira-like moments. We were then treated to a beautiful piece of choreography by the Goh Company. Former Nationall Ballet of Canada prima ballerina, Chan Goh, started her company once retired from the National Ballet. Up next was singer Dallas Smith, backed by the ‘Sarah McLachlan Outreach Choir’. They sang a great version of Bryan Adams’ “Never Be Another Tonight”. After all of this, it was time for the medals.
As expected the crowd went totally bonkers for both Jennifer Heil and Kristina Groves. It was fantastic and very moving. Of course I was crying a little bit when the flags went up; it really brought out sentimental patriotic pride in everyone. Two very fantastic and memorable moments.
Nelly Furtado performed after the medals were given out. She was sparkly, cute and perky but I have no idea how she managed to walk and dance in her teeny, tiny stiletto heels. They were about quarter inch wide and 6 inches high. Whacked!
Jennifer Heil came out onto the floor area and was immediately mobbed. My step-son Joey managed to get right beside her, find John (photography winner) and have a great photo opportunity. I think he was quietly thrilled.
For every moment that passes, this all gets better and better. Who thought this to be possible??