2019 Canadian Stars on Ice — In Photos

Max Gao
Max Gao
May 20, 2019 · 10 min read

After an exciting start to another new Olympic cycle, the world-famous Stars on Ice tour returned to Canada last month to kick off another 12-show nationwide tour, headlined by an all-star cast that once again reunited members of the past and present with the future of Canadian figure skating. Having made its Canadian début in the spring of 1991, this show has had the unique privilege of uniting an entire nation over a shared love for the sport of figure skating, and whose legacy is still being felt nearly two decades later on the world stage.

In a line-up that was comprised of reigning National medallists and members of last year’s historic Olympic team, this year’s tour, which was fittingly called the Unity Tour, was able to deliver yet another incredible showcase of Canadian figure skating talent, all while offering subtle glimpses into the future of the sport in this country.

All smiles: After an intense few days of training at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena for this year’s 12-city tour, the cast was all smiles as they prepared for their shows in Toronto and Hamilton on May 3 and 4, which were the fourth and fifth stops on this year’s tour.
Focused: Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje warming up ahead of the show in Hamilton on May 4, 2019.
Say cheese! Evgenia Medvedeva getting ready to warm up for the show in Hamilton.
The delightful Nam Nguyen and Kaetlyn Osmond take fan questions ahead of the show in Toronto on May 3, 2019.
“I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way!” This year’s opening group number was skated to Lady Gaga’s iconic 2011 hit, “Born This Way.” Before this year’s first show in Halifax, the cast also did a special lip-sync video to “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which played at the start of all 12 shows.
Reigning Canadian National champion Nam Nguyen skating to Bruno Mars’ hit song “Runaway Baby” at the show in Hamilton.
Making their Stars on Ice début this year, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier skated their first program of the evening to Duke Ellington’s “In the Mood,” delighting the crowd with their fast footwork and incredible lifts.
The incredibly talented (and newly-retired!) Kaetlyn Osmond skating to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” at the show in Toronto.
Kaetlyn Osmond performing her “Proud Mary” program at the show in Hamilton.
A special guest at the shows in Toronto and Hamilton, reigning Canadian silver medallist Stephen Gogolev was met with a deafening cheer after both of his programs, which were skated to Kygo’s “Stole the Show.”
Patrick Chan returned to the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on May 3 with two stunning new exhibition programs, the first being a “The Great Escape/To Build a Home” mashup.
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje skating to Alanis Morissette’s hit song “Uninvited” at the show in Hamilton.
Canadian skating legend Elvis Stojko having some fun with the crowd while skating to Audioslave’s “Original Fire” in Toronto.
Popcorn Perils: Making his return to Stars on Ice after missing the tour last year, Canadian skating legend Kurt Browning had the crowd in stitches with his first “show program” of the evening, in which he was in search of his beloved snack.
“I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it!” Making her Canadian Stars on Ice début this year, Evgenia Medvedeva skated to Ariana Grande’s new song “7 Rings” at the show in Toronto.
“You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it!” Of all the incredible individual programs on this year’s Stars on Ice tour, Evgenia Medvedeva’s rendition of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” has undoubtedly one of the most memorable among Canadian fans.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skating a revamped version of their “Get What You Give” program in Hamilton.
A blast from the past: Kaitlyn Weaver kicked off this year’s iconic ’90s number with a solo that was set to “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa.
Kaetlyn Osmond, Evgenia Medvedeva and Kaitlyn Weaver skating during the ’90s number at the show in Hamilton.
Just Bust a Move: Patrick Chan skating during the ’90s numbers in Toronto and Hamilton.
Serving looks: Evgenia Medvedeva skating during the special ’90s number on this year’s tour, which was a huge hit with fans both young and old.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: The ladies of this year’s Stars on Ice tour (Kaitlyn Weaver, Kaetlyn Osmond, Piper Gilles, Meagan Duhamel and Evgenia Medvedeva) gave the men a run for their money — as always! — with this special solo set to “Stop” by the Spice Girls.
The main cast of the 2019 Canadian Stars on Ice tour wrapped up Act I at every show with this iconic ’90s number.
Kaitlyn Weaver addresses the crowd after Act I of the show in Hamilton on Saturday on behalf of World Vision.
Act II of the show started with the entire cast skating to Damien Rice’s “Trusty and True” in an emotional performance that set the tone for much of the second half of the show.
Kaitlyn Weaver, Evgenia Medvedeva, Kurt Browning and Eric Radford skating to “Trusty and True” by Damien Rice at the show in Hamilton.
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier chose to skate their beautiful “Vincent” free dance from this past season in the second half of this year’s show.
For his second individual program, reigning National champion Nam Nguyen decided to skate to Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal’s “There Will be Time.”
Evgenia Medvedeva and Nam Nguyen skate together for a brief moment during a quick transition between their two show programs at the show in Hamilton.
“Even up against the wall, our love is untouchable…” Evgenia Medvedeva skating to Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess” at the show in Hamilton.
The incredible Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skate to “On Our Own” by Bruno Major at the shows in Toronto and Hamilton. At the time of this performance, Duhamel was 12 weeks pregnant, which makes all of her incredible tricks with Radford even more incredible (and admittedly a little more scary to watch!).
Elvis Stojko skating to “Simple Man” by Shinedown at the show in Hamilton.
“I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away, but baby, I just need one good one to stay…” Kaetlyn Osmond skating to Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” at the show in Hamilton.
“As long as I’ve got my suit and tie, I’ma leave it all on the floor tonight!” Patrick Chan skating to a mash-up of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” and “Rock Your Body” at the show in Hamilton.
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje busting a move to a “Groove Me/Land of 1000 Dances” mash-up at the show in Toronto.
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje delighting the crowd at the show in Hamilton.
Kaitlyn Weaver interacting with the crowd during her performance.
Canadian skating legend Kurt Browning skating to Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” at the show in Hamilton. Fun fact: According to Browning, who addressed the crowd after the show, Lightfoot was actually at this show and was watching the performance from high up in the stands.
An emotional Kurt Browning takes a moment to soak in the applause after his last individual skate of the evening. The 52-year-old Canadian skating legend made the decision to return to the Stars on Ice tour after missing a jam-packed line-up last year, and it’s fair to say that he enjoyed every minute of it.
In the final group number of this year’s tour, the main cast skated to “With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Crocker.
The final bow: At the end of their final group number of the evening, the cast stood in a line, linked their arms, went down the line by trying to kick one leg as high as they could and then ending with a bow, prompting the crowd to give them a standing ovation after every performance.
The main cast acknowledging the crowd after the show in Toronto with the help of some cool dance moves!
Evgenia Medvedeva and Kurt Browning share a laugh (and a hug!) after the final bow at the show in Hamilton.
Fun fact: After every Stars on Ice show in Hamilton, there is at least one member of the cast who will come out and explain since they have been filming the TV version of the show the entire time, they will need to re-shoot a few skates. This time, it was Kurt Browning who took the mic and explained that it would be him, Elvis Stojko and Kaetlyn Osmond who would be reshooting their first individual programs of the evening.
Kurt Browning and Kaetlyn Osmond having some fun with the mic before re-takes.
Elvis Stojko celebrates after successfully landing a triple lutz in his re-take of the “Original Fire” program!
Music Mix-Up: Kaetlyn Osmond quietly waiting on the ice as she waits for the producers to find and turn on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.”
Kaetlyn Osmond skating during re-takes.
That’s all for this year, folks! Kaetlyn Osmond smiles to the crowd as she wraps up her re-take. Kurt Browning would soon follow with a re-take of his “Popcorn Perils” comedy bit to end the evening in Hamilton.

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Lead tennis editor @VAVEL_USA, contributor @TennisOntario. Tweet mostly about tennis, but a sucker for a good TV drama. | maxjgao@gmail.com

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