South Korean K-Pop Girl Group Red Velvet officially touched down on Canadian soil last night, and people in Toronto are losing their minds. The doe-eyed quintet arrived at Toronto's Pearson Airport last night and was met with a horde of screaming fans who were desperately trying to catch a glimpse of the band's arrival.
The five-member girl band, a product of SM Entertainment, is performing at the Coca-Cola Coliseum tonight, as part of their Redmare Tour. Red Velvet commenced their world tour last week, starting with performances in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Miami. Their next stop, Toronto, is one of the tour's two Canadian concert locations, along with Vancouver.
Since their initial debut, Red Velvet has rocketed in popularity around the world, releasing two studio albums, one reissue album, and seven extended plays in Korean, consisting of eight hits that topped South Korea's Gaon Album Chart. Their most popular singles include "Ice Cream Cake", "Dumb Dumb", "Peek-a-Boo", and "Bad Boy", and have won multiple music recognition awards.
The five members of the group are Irene (Bae Joo-hyun), Seulgi (Kang Seul-gi), Wendy (Son Seung-wan), Joy (Park Soo-yeong) and Yeri (Kim Ye-ri).
The group name Red Velvet depicts the group's signature concept of duality. The "red" in Red Velvet illustrates the bright and bold energy of pop, while the "velvet" represents the seductive tones of R&B.
If you're one of Red Velvet's countless eager fans who has not yet scored tickets for their Toronto concert tonight, you're in luck! Tickets for tonight's concert at 8:00 p.m. are still available at prices as low as $121.45 each.
On Sunday morning, May 16, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt led a service outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. The Church of God at Aylmer posted on Facebook the building "may be locked, but our God deserves all honour, glory, and praise."
A live stream was posted to YouTube and its Facebook page, which CBC News reports had 200 to 250 churchgoers present at the service without masks. In a court ruling on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas instructed that the church remain closed until the provincial government permits public indoor gatherings at a 30% occupancy rate.
Pastor Hildebrandt apparently commented on the locked doors during his sermon, saying that churchgoers are at the service today "because we have the authority of God on our side."
David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada to push for the ability for residents to travel to Detroit, MI, to receive a vaccine dose, or to have excess vaccinations be sent up to Windsor.
We’re still waiting to hear back on @WRHospital’s proposal to @GovCanHealth to allow Windsor to receive vaccine sup… https://t.co/hWJIWfUNaH
In an email sent to Narcity, Musyj confirmed anyone who travels to the U.S. for a vaccine may not have to quarantine for 14 days when they return as it is considered an "essential medical service or treatment."
PHAC wrote to Musyj saying travellers must provide certain documentation to border control when crossing.
Written evidence from a licensed Canadian healthcare practitioner that states medical services or treatments outside of the country are essential is required. A traveller also needs written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the U.S. to verify these services are able to be provided.
Anyone travelling to the U.S. for a vaccine must also ride in a private vehicle, have a vaccination appointment, and cannot stop for any other reason.
According to CTV News, Mayor Drew Dilkens proposed a motion at the city's council meeting Monday, May 17, asking the federal and provincial governments to work with public health officials in Detroit. He wants them to allow Windsor-Essex residents to "take advantage of numerous offers from U.S. officials to make surplus vaccines available to Canadians without a requirement to quarantine."
Mayor Dilkens is hoping Windsorites can have a "fully vaccinated" summer, instead of the one-dose summer that has been promised by the federal government.