TC3’s Cultural Connection Tours not only provides members with incredible performance opportunities but builds their self-esteem and enhances their leadership abilities. The tours connect and encourage young people to live and act as citizens of the world and opens their eyes to other cultures and communities.
But what makes our tours unique is the hands-on educational experience that the TC3 youth receive, and the community service they participate in. It is a normal part of the tour to have TC3 youth visit a senior’s home or orphanage, star in a benefit concert, or lend a helping hand in the host community.
It is not just about performing in a variety of venues, TC3 tours are about building character.
While on tour TC3 youth explore the history and culture of the destination. Sites visited include the Motown Museum in Detroit, the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, Fisk University in Nashville, Africville in Nova Scotia and Fort Charlotte in Bahamas. Through interactive learning, TC3 tours offer cultural connections that have a life-long impact on our young people.
2012 – Nassau, Bahamas – 5 day tour
We discovered and learned about Barbadian culture through bus and boat tours and visiting the countries historical sites.
- We performed at senior homes, churches and youth clubs
- We spent time volunteering at the Children’s Emergency Shelter.
- When visiting the aquarium we sang for the staff...and the dolphins).
2008 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – 10 day tour
- We performed at numerous churches, community centres as well as at a Benefit Concert at Pier 21 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation - Ending Aids in Africa Campaign.
- We gave a special performance at the Black Battalion Tribute which celebrated the 92nd anniversary of Canada's first and only all black battalion who contributed to Canada's First World War effort. The local Halifax news covered our performance.
- We discovered The Tall Ships, experienced the Black Cultural Centre, visited the historic Peggy’s Cove and were guests at a local lobster boil.
- We helped with the gardening at senior communities and gave drum and dance workshops to youth at the Black Cultural Centre.
2006 – Chatham & Windsor, ON/Detroit Michigan – 3 day tour
- We performed for over 500 people at 3 churches.
- We visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
- Discovered the Motown Museum.
2006 – London, England – 14 days.
- We performed for over 3000 people at more than 10 churches and schools.
- We also gave drum, dance and vocal workshops at St. Mary’s Youth Club.
- On top of visiting tourist sites and London’s famous museums we spent a day lending a hand at a church food program.
- One highlight of our trip was a visit to New Beacon bookstore - the first Caribbean publishing house and bookstore in England. They organized a special presentation to tell us about the little known Black history stories of England.
2004 – Huntsville, Alabama – 3 day tour
- We performed 2 concerts for over 1200 people.
- We visited and explored the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre and attended a televised performance of a Living Christmas Tree.
- We joined local youth to put on community workshops.
2002 – Vancouver, British Columbia – 10 day.
- We performed in numerous churches, community centres, senior homes, hospitals and on the steps of the provincial legislature in Victoria.
- We visited the Aquarium and discovered Stanley Park.
2002 – Nashville, Tennessee – 4 day
- We performed in a Christmas production with a Nashville Children’s Concert Choir
- We visited Fisk University
2001 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – 10 day tour
- We performed at local churches and community centres to over 900 people.
- We were one of the first children/youth choirs to perform at the federal prison - Nova Institution for Women.
- We toured the Black Culture Centre of Nova Scotia, explored the historic village of Peggy’s Cove, visited an amusement park and were guests at a community barbecue.