Leave it to Newfoundlanders to take a flight delay and turn it into a full-on party. When a WestJet flight from Toronto to St. John’s was delayed by thirty minutes Monday night, the group waiting at the terminal turned an annoying travel hurdle into a classic Newfoundland kitchen party. Sheldon Thornhill whipped out his accordion to start the festivities and was shortly accompanied by guitarist Sean Sullivan. Soon the whole terminal was singing and dancing along with the musicians (who are known for playing pretty much anywhere). Michelle Sacrey Philpott — who was traveling home after a trip to Cancun — filmed the whole thing and posted it to Facebook.
The musicians played some well-known Newfoundland favourites like “Grey Foggy Day,” “Sweet Forget Me Not” and “Music and Friends.” Ten-year-old Liam Corrigan, who has sung with Thornhill and Sullivan before, took on a few solos during the performance as well (do we see an Ellen appearance in his future perhaps?). Sullivan reports that even the captain was singing along. This sounds like the premise of another good Broadway musical about Newfoundland, no?
The videos soon gained huge traction online with millions of views between them and tens of thousands of comments. Some were people expressing pure amazement at the occurrence and many were from Newfoundlanders living abroad who were happy to get a little taste of home. By Wednesday morning, it had made the worldwide rounds.
This makes my heart so happy, Most of my family is from Newfoundland, and anyone will tell you they’re some of the best people on the planet. Love love love. @TorontoPearson @WestJet #Newfoundland #Music #Happiness #KitchenParty https://t.co/oNPjiCLW80
— Heather Winter (@Heather_Winter) November 21, 2017
Come From Away 2: Come From Awayer https://t.co/qGDRfs2ip3
— David Gobbledon 🦃 (@MrDavidGordon) November 21, 2017
I’m so incredibly proud of my Newfie roots! I can’t wait to go home for Christmas! https://t.co/jJLylvti7i
— Ashley Hackett (@ashleyhackett41) November 21, 2017
— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) November 21, 2017
What a great way to start the winter travel season. Could this be a staple at every airport from now on, please? The world could use a little more Newfoundland positivity.