A new Canadian described singing with Tegan and Sara at the Juno Awards as an initiation into his new home.
David King, who was originally from Portland, Ore. but now lives in West Broadway, was one of 27 singers — 10 of them from Winnipeg — that sang with the Canadian duo at the MTS Centre on March 30.
A search for a choir to sing backup for Tegan and Sara began online, facilitated by choir! choir! choir!, a company in Toronto.
King, who moved to Winnipeg at the beginning of December last year, said participants were asked to upload a video of them singing Tegan and Sara’s hit song, Closer. When King was asked to join the choir for Junos, he said all he felt was excitement — especially since he had only heard about the Junos recently.
"I know Tegan and Sara, but I didn’t know of the Junos because I’m from the U.S.," King said. "The country is new to me, so it’s exciting to be part of something that’s specifically Canadian."
Prior to moving to Winnipeg, King toured with Imago Theatre in Portland.
"It’s like a movement theatre company. You use your body for most of the storytelling," King explained.
The first rehearsal for the winners of the search took place on March 26 at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and King said it was inspiring for him to be in the same room with so much Canadian talent at once.
King said because the choir members already knew the song and proved in their audition tapes that they were capable of performing the song, there wasn’t a need for extensive rehearsals.
"It was mostly just us walking onstage and dancing around. It wasn’t super choreographed," King said.
"It happened way too fast," he added. "I could have done that for much longer; the adrenaline was really pumping."
Still riding on the high of performing with Tegan and Sara, King is planning on continuing his creative journey. He said he’s found like-minded individuals — such as musicians, photographers, and models — with whom he connects.
"I can’t actually work here right now because I’m still waiting for my permanent residence," King said. "Right now, I’ve just been grateful to have the opportunity to meet a lot of people that do a lot of the same things I do."