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Nov. 19, 2018 | Monday
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Photo gallery: Thank You Canada Tour hits Meridian Centre
The Thank You Canada Tour began with figure skaters and fans alike singing O Canada. (Alex Lupul/Niagara Now)

Alex Lupul/Niagara Now

With success at the national and international stage, some of the world’s most decorated figure skaters call Canada home. As thanks for the nation’s support, the aptly titled “Thank You Canada Tour” began its trek across the country on October 5 in Abbotsford, BC, most recently making a stop at St. Catharines’ Meridian Centre on Nov. 4.

Lengthy lineups of ticket-holders extended from each of the Meridian Centre’s entranceways, spilling out onto St. Paul Street sidewalks, well before the performance’s 3:30 start time.The 2018 tour’s cast is a star-studded affair, including the likes of five-time Olympic Medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; three-time Olympic Medalists, Patrick Chan, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford and Kaetlyn Osmond; and two-time Olympic Medalist, Elvis Stojko.

“After a career that has taken us to many corners of the world, it's thrilling to return to Canada and celebrate with those who have supported us every step of the way,” says Tessa Virtue in a press release for the tour. “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. Our hope is to inspire a new generation to pursue their goals fearlessly."

The Thank You Canada Tour will conclude on Nov. 24, in St. John’s, NL.

 

The Thank You Canada Tour began with figure skaters and fans alike singing O Canada.

 

Patrick Chan was all smiles during skater introductions at the Meridian Centre.

 

Kaetlyn Osmond skates out during skater introductions at the Meridian Centre.

 

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford perform during the Thank You Canada Tour.

 

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform during the Thank You Canada Tour.

 

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform during the Thank You Canada Tour.

 

Elvis Stojko performs during the Thank You Canada Tour.

 

 

 

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