Just got back from an amazing tour with the Baobab Youth Performers. Piling into three vans early Friday morning, we went to Toronto to perform, take a workshop with Kwasi Dunyo and sightsee. First stop was a performance at Equinox Alternative School where we performed for a large audience of about 400 kids in grades 1-8. Lovely to have special guests Cam & Vivian who I used to perform with in Toronto. Thanks to Jodi Armstrong for setting it up!
We then checked in to our dorm rooms at Glendon College campus of York University: nothing fancy but sure fun to hang out together, and the communal bathrooms and showers were reminiscent of our stays in Ghana. Dinner on the Danforth that night. Saturday we headed for a few hours to Queen St. W, starting with a walk down Graffiti Alley which was a huge hit!
Afterwards we walked up through Queen’s Park, waving to a skateboarding-Spiderman, past the “legalize marijuana” demonstration and on to the UofT Faculty of Music Building where we did a workshop on the music and dance of Bamaya with Kwasi Dunyo in the studio that he regularly teaches in.
Afterwards we piled into the vans and went to Kwasi’s house where an amazing party awaited us. Lots of fantastic Ghanaian food and members of Kwasi’s family…fun to reconnect with everyone and enjoy the fabulous food outdoors. After dinner we performed Kpatsa and then had a great dance party. Everyone there know how to make a party and we certainly did!
Sunday was breakfast in “the Beach” and then a nice hang out on the Boardwalk and various shops along Queen East. Some of us found an artists tour and enjoyed seeing some paintings and jewellery in one of the charming houses there.
Everyone got along SO well and it was fantastic to see the great connection between all the youth, especially the way the elders looked out for the youngers. A special thanks to the wonderful parents who accompanied us, Erica and Ann, and our former manager Hayley. They were all great company and a big help on the trip. Couldn’t do it with you!