… and eventually, all journeys must come to an end! Lake Ontario Region 16 contest April 19 to 22, 2018 marked the end of Canadian Showtime Chorus’s journey with founding director Sandie Nason. What a parting gift for her – we won gold and will represent Region 16 at International Competition in New Orleans in September 2019. We could not be more thrilled!!

Two years in the making – the final journey with our founding Master Director 700 Sandra Nason!!

Canadian Showtime Chorus has had many lasts in the past 12 months leading up to Sandie’s retirement! Our last appearance on the International Stage (Vegas III) with her; our final coaching sessions with the amazing Erin Howden and Joe Connolly with Sandie in the room; our last show at Centerpointe Theatre – For Sentimental Reasons; and finally our last coaching session with Sandie – our family time – for the final stretch of our journey to the regional stage!!

 It is here!! What the last 18 months have been about – since that moment 2 regional contests ago when we came second and qualified as a wildcard for Vegas III!

 Truth be known, however, this journey started 35 years ago when Canadian Showtime Chorus chartered!  Our founding director, master director 700 Sandie Nason, had vision – and the talent – to bring us to this stage and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this formidable team!

What a night! In so many ways, not so very different from any other rehearsal as we followed our usual pattern of physical warm up, vocal warm up, starts and stops, intros and tags, reps with choreo, reps without. Down to the fine-tuning that will get you across the finish line! It’s all there! Nothing can stop you and only YOU can get in your way!! Time to shut the brain down, free the emotions and let your heart soar.

Coaching weekend with Joe Connelly!!!! It didn’t happen at Canadian Showtime Chorus’s usual venue at the Nepean Creative Arts Center – we settled instead in the hall at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Stittsville! The risers were all set up when we arrived and the coffee was brewing in the kitchen! It’s the people that make the home and in no time the room was buzzing from the prospect of the day. While waiting for Sandie and coach to arrive, the troops were gathered for a physical and vocal warmup. The energy in the room was palpable and no doubt this wonderful few days in the presence of greatness will go down in our recent history as one of the greatest and most exciting events ever!!