On Friday, March 15, the Stingray team arrived at Toronto’s Union Central Station excited to be part of the JUNO Express, in collaboration with the JUNOS and Via Rail. As we headed to the JUNO Awards in London, Ontario, we hosted artists and fans for a private show in the Stingray Car!
The day before, the team flew to Toronto to set-up the Stingray Car to welcome over 200 VIP guests the next morning.
As guests arrived on Friday morning at the VIA Rail Canada Business lounge at Union Station, JUNOS and Via Rail teams, including Pierre Santoni (Director, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances- Via Rail), Gabrielle Côté-Caouette (Coordinator, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances- Via Rail), and Byron Alfaro (Senior Coordinator, Brand Partnerships- JUNOS), greeted the team with huge smiles. We could feel the excitement, and the enthusiasm was palpable.
The train departed at 12:15 pm. Twenty minutes later, guests enjoyed an authentic and festive performance by JUNOS-nominated and Vancouver-based country music trio The Washboard Union. Stingray PausePlay’s Zac Monson (Stingray PausePlay Host and Content Manager for Stingray Music) then welcomed Adult Alternative Album of the Year nominee Gabrielle Shonk for a relaxed and amusing interview. At 1:25 pm, pop sensation Tyler Shaw swept a very crowded public off their feet. And finally, a last interview with JUNOS Breakthrough Group of the Year winners The Washboard Union closed the program. Interviews available soon!
Stingray hosted the Park Car, which included the Mural Lounge for interviews, the Bullet Lounge for live performances, and the Dome to take in the breathtaking views in a quiet setting. The entire section was part of a beautiful art deco classic stainless steel 1950s train. Bedrooms were originally in this area, and most of the panels were created by the legendary Group of Seven. After renovations in the ‘80s, the paintings, some of which were covered by wallpaper, were restored and sent to museums!