Tonight is a historic night for Canada. The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise's history and as if that weren’t enough Canada is also racking a couple of exciting firsts. Beloved Vancouver trio, the Tenors had the honour of singing the first-ever rendition of “O Canada” to ever be sung at an NBA Finals game, solidifying the nation’s place in the NBA forever.
The Raptors Game 1 face off against the Golden State Warriors, at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, also marks the first time that a Finals game has been played outside of the United States. Wait, so we nailed down two historic firsts in a single night? Yup! The Raptors are making all kinds of history right now, just imagine if they win!
The ground-breaking event has North American sports fan finally shifting their attention to the North, and the Raptors are more than ready for their time in the spotlight. Even before the Tenors took the stage, you could feel the electricity in the arena, as thousands of Canadians waited patiently for their turn to belt out the national anthem.
The Tenors' current line-up, Fraser Walters, Victor Micallef, and Clifton Murry delivered a beautiful rendition of the anthem in both English and French, but the anthem wouldn’t haven’t been nearly as special without the tens of thousands of Canadians in attendance singing their hearts out, not mention all the others across the country.
It was a moment for the history books, and it set the perfect tone for what has proven to be an exciting night for Raptors fans with the team currently leading 94-106 in the fourth quarter over the Golden State Warriors.