BY CAPT. PAT THIBAULT
The holidays were approaching and people working at ‘Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert’, who are far from their families, got to enjoy some amazing entertainment from special guests this month.
Nothing less than ‘Shanneyganock’ and ‘The Fables’ from Newfoundland, who were performing traditional Newfoundland and Celtic music with their own flare, were the two bands on tour.
These musical groups from Newfoundland said they were honoured to entertain Canadian Forces members and were thrilled to perform in Canada’s northernmost land.
It’s also the world’s most northerly inhabited place just 817 kilometres away from the geographic North Pole.
The Station, which is a unit of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, was in a festive mood and everybody took part in supporting the visit.
One of their biggest fans Corporal Michelle Tobin, President of Mess Committee and MedTech, described the show tour in these words.
“As a long time fan of both bands, I have seen them on multiple occasions. This show takes the cake. It was amazing!
“They got the crowd involved clapping, stompin’ their feet and singing along. They, as well as us, are looking forward to a future return.”
Everyone, including the bands and comedian Johnny Gardhouse, had a great time. They provided an excellent show with great crowd participation.
Although they were supposed to leave the following day, their flight was delayed from mid week to the weekend, which gave the Station personnel an additional occasion to socialize with the musicians and comedian in a casual way.
During the traditional TGIF get-together, Chris Andrews and Glen Simmons wrote and sang ‘At the Very Top of the World’, a special song for CFS Alert.