We were honoured to be invited back to the Scotiabank Saddledome to perform for Multicultural Night for the Calgary Hitmen! Before facing off against Spokane, many cultures were represented by flags and traditional costumes in a multicultural parade prior to the singing of both the US and Canadian national anthems. It was fun to watch them prepare for their time to walk onto the ice as their country's name was announced!
During the first period, we began to warm up and get ready for our performance. I thought about how "Canadian" it is, to be warming up and have to move out of the way for the zambonis!
We were lucky to have several volunteers from the other taiko classes at MRU to help us get on and off the ice. Rolling the drums on the mats can be difficult, and also getting over the "speed bump" where the boards open up and we stepped onto the ice.
We shortened Omiyage to fit into the allowed time frame, and for the first time, we played Omiyage with two players on the multidrum (backbeat) part, which allowed for a nice balance. The performance was well-prepared and everyone performed extremely well! We were very proud, and had a lot of fun.
After the work was done, we enjoyed some hockey food and sat in the crowd to watch the remainder of the game. Unfortunately, the Hitmen lost, but it was still a fun evening!
One of our volunteers captured iPhone footage of our performance.
The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp also sent us their professional video, which included some fun overhead shots!