Holiday travel is the worst. Long lines, delayed flights, bad weather, paying $15 dollars for an airport beer, accidentally leaving one of your children alone in your house to fend off burglars while you take the rest of your family to Paris. (Just kidding, that last one is the plot of Home Alone). It can seem like traveling anytime from November to January is basically a prolonged nightmare.
While some people may deal with the hassle of it all by hiding inside a hoodie with their favorite podcast turned up to 1000% volume to avoid any human interaction, last week a group of musicians in Toronto did exactly the opposite: they brought the whole airport together when their flight was delayed.
Sean Sullivan and Sheldon Thornhill are musicians from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Sullivan plays the accordion and Thornhill plays the guitar.
Within a few minutes, a crowd had gathered to hear them play.
The musicians put away their instruments when it was time to board.
At one point, a young boy even joined in and did a solo.
via: FacebookLiam Carrigan, who is 10 years old, stood up and took the lead in a solo of "Capelin Time." The musicians knew Carrigan, and knew that he was a good singer, so they (along with the crowd) encouraged him to keep on going.
A fellow passenger recorded several videos of the performance and by the time the plane landed, they had gone viral.
Michelle Sacrey Philpott was traveling on the same flight and recorded the performance on Facebook live. Her videos got thousands of views.
In Newfoundland, dancing and singing together is an important part of the culture.
via: ShuttershockA “Newfoundland kitchen party" is a term for a popular type of party in Newfoundland where family, friends, and neighbors come together to sing, dance, and eat together.
Newfoundlanders are also known for their hospitality.
via: ShutterstockIt's no surprise to see a group of Newfoundlanders coming together like this. The region is so famous for its welcoming communal spirit that it even inspired a Broadway musical! Just this year the play Come From Away debuted on Broadway, chronicling the true story of how on September 11, 2001, 38 planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland when U.S. airports closed. Residents of the town provided food and shelter in their own homes to 7,000 stranded passengers.