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Oh, Canada, we sing for Thee!

Oh, Canada, we sing for Thee!

“Is the glass half empty or half full? – Let’s roll the rim and find out!”

This joke (and many more) was part of the concert of The Wayward Wind Band this Friday, September 22nd. Leisa Way, Fred Smith, Bobby Prochaska, Nathan Smith, Sam Cino and Bruce Ley were on the main stage of Surrey Art Gallery for 2.5 hours. The show is a part of a 28-city tour celebrating the greatest music in the history of Canada. The viewers had a chance to sing along to Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, and other great Canadian artists.

Leisa was changing costumes every time before appearing on stage: in one song she is First Nations female leader in an authentic light brown dress and boots, then she is dark-haired Shania Twain in a black dress and leopard coat talking about her step dad who inspired her to start her music career. The amount of wigs, jewelry and outfits was impressive! Leisa is not just a singer, she is an actress who truly becomes a different person once she puts a new set of clothes. Her voice is absolutely magical – strong, unique timbre makes your toes curl. Her personality is by no aspects concedes to her singing qualities – bubbly with a constant smile on her face, interacting with the crowd and crew members in the warmest way.

Not only Leisa, but Bobby Prochaska deserves a tribute too. He is a real gentleman, who doesn’t only sing but invites ladies in the audience to dance with him off stage. Cracking jokes by saying, “Where is your husband?” and “I’ll call you later” – he can definitely be considered as a heartthrob.

I could not help but dance and sing along with the performers. The amount of happiness this concert gave me is indescribable. The way singers carry themselves, interact with spectators and sing with all their hearts is astonishing. It truly taught me to value the present moment.

This concert is part of Surrey Civic Theatres’ 50th anniversary series. Check for more – www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1687.aspx

**Photo credit Nelson Anselmo

Leisa Way and Nathan Smith on stage
Leisa Way dressed as Shania Twain

About The Author

Alie Slabenko

Alie Slabenko is a local writer and poet passionate about human rights. She recently completed the New Media Journalism Program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in Tax Crimes from Russia and PDD in Marketing from Douglas College in Vancouver. Alie has volunteered for the YVR airport magazine as a creative contributor and written several travel and lifestyle articles for an online Russian magazine. She is a traveler by heart and has visited Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, and the USA. In her free time Alie likes to paint, take photographs, write poems, and manage her social justice oriented website. Alie is a human rights advocate who seeks to serve people through her journalistic skills focusing on racism, transgender rights, women rights, and human trafficking.

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