Day 9: A Bitter Sweet Ending

The final day has finally come, and it was definitely full of love, hugs and tears.

We began the day with a tour of downtown Ottawa (where we got caught in the rain - not as bad as the rain in Philly though) and we witnessed part of the changing of the guards! 

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The rain stopped and the sun began to shine as we made our way to the Capital Ukrainian Festival for the final day! Our final performances were passionate and well received. Afterwards, members of the audience came up to take photos with us! Before our final set, we danced to the sounds of Edmonton band, Euphoria! It was great having fellow Edmontonians at the festival. 

Finally we were lined up backstage for the last Hopak of the tour, and for some members, the last Hopak of their "Viter career." Smiles, hand holds, and winks were shared as Viter entertained the audience with a flawless performance, yet again. As we called out the final "HEY!" tears were running down our smiling faces as we knew the tour had come to an end. Backstage was full of group hugs and well wishes to those leaving us this year. We made our way to the Shevchenko monument and took one last group photo, as well as yelled out a few bud'mos. 

We enjoyed a free evening where some members went out for celebratory dinners and explored downtown Ottawa for one last time. Early Monday morning, members of Viter made their way to the airport for their journey back to Edmonton. Some members stayed in Ottawa, went to Toronto, or made their way back to New York to take in more sights. Safe travels to all those who extended their trip! 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this tour possible! A special shout-out goes to our "tour team" - Tamara, Leanna, and Nicole! These 3 did so much to help make this tour a success and we could not have done it without them.

As our tour comes to an end, we look forward to another year of song, dance, laughter, smiles, and Viter love! Будьмо! 

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