December 10, 2011 (ISN) – It is good to hear from our favorite Anthem Singer Michelle Szulc with the following updates. We are very excited to hear Michelle will be performing for the Victoria Royals December 28th and 29th. Come out and show your support!
I am very excited to be writing for my favourite sports website yet again! Not only do I have a few updates to share, but also some exciting news regarding the end of this month.
As I mentioned in my last article, this past summer (2012) I started singing for the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA). I ended up singing for many of the teams in the league, including the New Westminster Salmon Bellies, Coquitlam Adanacs, Burnaby Lakers and Langley Thunder. With many of these teams advancing to the playoffs, I was singing for lacrosse almost every second day and performed my very first O Canada duet with little Nathan McTaggart. The Adanacs accidentally double-booked the anthem singers one night, so I suggested to Nathan and his father Keven, that we could perform a duet together. I ended up singing the first few lines of the anthem, and then I let Nathan take it to the end!
Michelle Szulc and Nathan McTaggart
I also unexpectedly sang for another Vancouver Canadians game in August. At the beginning of the season I had booked two dates with the team (one in June and one in July), but due to a cancellation, I was asked to step in for a third game. I always enjoy singing for the Canadians, especially during beautiful sunny weather – I am already looking forward to the next season!
The end of August further brought about the start of exhibition hockey games for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. The most exciting of these games I sang for was the Vancouver Giants annual IntraSquad Challenge. A former Vancouver Giants players such as Evander Kane from the NHL coached the game.
As the hockey season got off to a quick start, I am happy to announce I was back singing with many of the BCHL teams I was with last year, including the Surrey Eagles, Coquitlam Express and Langley Rivermen. I made a trip out to Chilliwack which is about an hour and a half away to sing for the Chiefs at Prospera Centre! Since then I have have also sung for a couple of Vancouver Giants games (WHL), the North Delta Devils (PJHL), SFU hockey, and I even started singing for the Abbotsford Heat in the AHL! It is so exciting to be singing for a professional hockey team. I always look forward to seeing the team’s friendly game-day staff and the off-ice officials who are great at calming me down before my big moment!
One of the on-site paramedics I had met at a recent game gave me some very memorable advice I would like to share:
After I finished singing, the paramedic noticied that I took a deep breath, he asked me if I get nervous when I sing and I explained that yes I do, EVERY TIME! These nerves are not quite like the ones I had when I first started singing, but there are definitely some butterflies in my stomach. Many people have noticed that I will cross myself before I step onto the ice to sing so that I know God is watching over me. The paramedic did not seem surprised by my nerves and related it to his own job. He told me that every time his beeper went off, he himself experienced a shot of adrenaline and nerves. Someone once told him that if those feelings ever disappear, he might as well quit his job because it means he does not have the same passion as when he started. He explained to me that the reason I get nervous is because I care about my performance, that I love what I do and I want to be successful. This definitely made me feel better about those pesky butterflies, and he was 100% right – I love to sing!
In addition to competitive hockey events, I was also asked to be a special guest at a hockey game fundraiser for Cops for Cancer in September. Cops for Cancer is closely associated to the pageant I ran for back in June, Miss BC, and one of the event organizers asked me if I would be able to sing O Canada for the game. Cops for Cancer is an organization that raises money for childhood cancers by cycling across BC. When running for Miss BC 2012, I, myself, raised over $3500.00 for the charity, and I was honoured to be included in this fundraiser. The most memorable part was watching the little girl who did the puck drop (a childhood cancer survivor) – she was so happy and full of energy; it was truly inspiring.
Aside from hockey, I have been singing for the varsity teams at my school, Simon Fraser University. I sang for a majority of the Men’s Football games, and it is funny – every game I sang for, they won! Maybe I was secretly their good luck charm. I further sang at one of the Men’s Basketball exhibition games, and I will be around to sing for them more often in the New Year.
Now, for the most exciting news! At the end of this month, I will be leaving my hometown North Delta on the mainland for a few days to come and sing for the Victoria Royals of the WHL! I will be singing for the December 28th and 29th games versus Prince George. I have been in contact with Grant McNeil, the Game Day and Promotions Manager for the Royals, since June in order to start planning this trip, and I am definitely looking forward to it! However, the biggest thank-you goes out to Island Sports News for making this visit possible – I definitely could not have done it without them. So, if you live in the Victoria area, I would love if you would come out to the game, and help me sing O Canada for your hometown team. I hope that I can make Victoria proud, and that the team enjoys having me out to sing!
Thanks again for reading yet another update on my crazy anthem life! For more updates please check out www.facebook.com/michelleszulc or follow me on twitter @michelleszulc. I will be updating these both with non-album related information as well, such as the release of my band’s EP in the New Year! Stay Tuned!