Casiah Cagan | Life

Co-created by Olympic gold-medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, The Thank You Canada Tour aims to thank Canadians for the support they’ve given to the duo over the duration of their skating career.

Since their captivating performances at this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the long-time ice dancing partners have worked non-stop: participating in countless interviews, skating in Fantasy on Ice in addition to both the Canadian and Japan Stars on Ice tours, and creating and perfecting The Thank You Canada Tour.

Tessa Virtue, from London, ON, and Scott Moir, from Ilderton, ON, have been skating partners for the last 21 years. They have claimed the titles of five-time Olympic Medalists, three-time World Champions and eight-time National Champions along the way, making them the most decorated figure skaters of all time. After their gold-medal win in Pyeongchang, the pair wanted to do something unique to thank the people who have supported them throughout their career, whether it be since the beginning or just recently on the road to the Olympics.

“When we tackle a project, we want to be all in,” says Virtue and Moir in a statement on The Thank You Canada Tour website. “That level of investment is critical for us, and we know it’s when we produce our best work. Putting together a skating show that feels fresh, vibrant, and different is an incredible challenge we are fully embracing, and we’re committed to ensuring audiences get a spectacular show.”

Fans will be able to watch Virtue and Moir, along with fellow skaters Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Elvis Stojko, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, perform their favourite programs as well as many new group routines in addition to off-ice dancing and a flash mob.

“We’re really hoping to present figure skating in a different way, in the entertainment realm, and bring new aspects to life and hopefully make it a fun-filled show for everyone across the country,” explains Virtue.

One of the most distinct aspects of the show is that the stops aren’t necessarily in the big cities that often host such large events; instead, Virtue and Moir made sure to book venues in some of the smaller towns across Canada that don’t often host big entertainment.

“Visiting cities that don’t ordinarily get skating productions is particularly special to us, as we know firsthand how important grassroots programs are in small towns – it’s how we got our start!” says Virtue. “Our hope is to inspire a new generation to pursue their goals fearlessly.”

The tour kicked off on Oct. 5 in Abbotsford, BC and has completed nine of its 28 shows so far, including stops in Kelowna and Dawson Creek in BC, and Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat in AB. The Thank You Canada Tour has 19 further stops to make across the country over the next six weeks, with a show tonight in Brandon, MB, before its finale in St. John’s, NL on Nov. 24.

The cast will stop at Mississauga’s Paramount Fine Foods Centre for two shows on Oct. 28 in addition to its 10 other Ontario shows. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased on the tour website.

Featured Image from Danielle Earl Photography.

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