|New Stairwellers, Adam, Felicia and Nikki get into caroling|
|Caroling in the Ottawa U residence stairwell for the choirs 30th anniversary|
Time was, back in the day, when Christmas season came around, the Stairwell Carollers would have over twenty appearances around town -- caroling. Not so much anymore, since we do big Carol concerts..
This caroling included a couple of free concerts that we'd give, when asked by a local church or community center. They would advertise, sell tickets and keep the proceeds to use for their own benevolent purposes. Now, we are hired out by similar groups, and both of our charitable efforts are funded that way.
|Caroling in Riverside Hospital|
We've organized ourselves to the point where caroling seemed too random -- and certainly makes no money.
But wait! When we began, back in 1977, Pete said all he wanted to do was "bring the spirit of Christmas to everyone." That "everyone", to me, means people who DON'T go to choir concerts.
Serendipitous chance decided this year that we would stroll back to the sweet roots of our group and walk out into the randomness that is street caroling. That chance was a cancelled concert booking. I don't remember who jumped on the idea of caroling down in the Byward Market, Saturday, Dec 3rd, but I was all over it like White on Frosty.
I was kind of hoping we'd be arrested.
Well, not really, but risk is part of the fun -- you never know how people will take you. I mean... some people don't even like Christmas -- and here we are, twenty-five wild and crazy people, singing at the top of their lungs -- in red and green cloaks -- walking from Sparks street to Rideau and then down into the Byward Market.
Happy to say, we saw it all:
|Paul brought his flag!|
The guy clapping his hands and waving and hooting from his car to us as we strolled past the Cenotaph..
Discovering the acoustics in the "old train station" center of the Market..
The girl who listened to Stille Nacht and buried her face in her boyfriends shirt as the tears started falling...
The gorgeous gaggle of beautiful people who stood by their fancy cars, thrilled when we stopped to sing Carol of the Bells just for them...
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|We sing for celebrities??|
Outside in the Market, the little old man, well in his cups, who danced and conducted us through Iesous Ahatonnia...
The distinguished older gentleman with a tear in his eye, who pressed a twenty into Pete's hand exclaiming "this isn't enough -- nothing could be enough." ...
|Carolers on the escalator at the Rideau center|
Quite thrilling to be followed by a cameraman in the middle of Byward Market!
And all the other lovely people who listened, requested songs, cheered and clapped as we gave them an unexpected Christmas gift -- for nothing.
What am I saying -- we were the ones who got the gift. It was an amazing day! NOW PRESS PLAY
Finally, we all crowded into the entrance of the Keg, sang one last song (really for us) and said our goodbyes till the next rehearsal. A group of us stayed for supper. Which we didn't sing for :)
Oh, and Ryan's binder was squashed flat by a car on Rideau street. Luckily, Ryan was not there when it happened.