When a massive blizzard roared through Manitoba over the weekend, a lot of travellers found themselves stuck.
In fact, Emerson, a border town located about 113 kilometres south of Winnipeg, hosted the largest number of stranded visitors in its history. About 70 of them ended up packing themselves into the Emerson Inn, including a jazz band from Oak Park high school, which was returning from a weekend competition.
Obviously, since being stranded sucks, spirits weren’t exactly high as people filed into the hotel. That is, until the students broke out their instruments and played a free concert for everyone there.
Needless to say, they were a huge hit.
“[Guests] were trying to take pictures…and they were really, I guess, excited to have something new,” said Oak Park band teacher Derek Fraser. “The kids got to feel like rock stars a little bit and yeah, it was fun.”
Fortunately for everyone, a major nearby highway reopened earlier than expected, meaning nobody was stuck at the inn for very long.
You can see scenes from the performance in the video above.