TPI Agent Video Goes Viral After NF Kitchen Party Breaks Out At YYZ
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Michelle Sacrey Philpott
TPI agent Michelle Sacrey Philpott was returning from a business trip to Mexico. But a missed connection at YYZ led to an overnight stay and a long day of waiting for a flight home to Newfoundland. Then something wonderful happened.
It was about 7:30 p.m. Monday at YYZ, where Philpott and fellow pax waited for their WestJet flight. During the wait, two men – Sean Sullivan and Sheldon Thornhill -- pulled out a guitar and accordion and began playing the popular Newfoundland song ‘Grey Foggy Day.’ A young boy, Liam Carrigan, then joined in to sing.
As these things do when there are Newfoundlanders around, It soon turned into a full-fledged ‘kitchen party’ with dozens of people joining in to sing, dance and clap to the music.
“It was just so natural how it happened, like we were all family just sitting around singing,” said the 43-year-old Philpott.
She said when it was time to board, Sullivan and Thornhill put away their instruments. But just a few minutes later, the WS agent announced that the flight would be delayed 30 minutes. Unusually, the additional delay was applauded.
“Everyone cheered and we got the instruments out again and we all continued singing and dancing. It was wonderful,” Philpott said. “Newfoundlanders love to sing and dance, it’s such a huge part of our culture.”
Many other people in the airport stopped to watch. Philpott recorded it all on her phone and posted the video to her Facebook page, where it spread like wildfire – it has now been viewed more than 700,000 times and spread around the world.
“It was a great good news story,” says Philpott. “So blessed I was a part of it.”