Though the drumming and singing was peaceful, beautiful and quite inspiring, it's difficult to state that everything went smoothly. It appears that the security were set to shut things down before it even started. When I showed up about 10 minutes before everything was about to start, I was informed that the organizers were told to move along, that they were not allowed to drum and sing or gather where they were. It was rather shocking to me that, while the mall is privately owned, that they would want to dismantle this free entertainment... let alone push aside potential customers (who mostly all disbanded after to buy coffee or whatever else their hearts desired). To me, this was a silly move. I mean, have the owners, manager or security not been following this global story? Have they not realized that no other mall in Canada dismantled similar actions (that I've read or seen)?
In the end, there was some co-operation (thankfully) and the group were allowed to stay, for 2 or 3 brief songs before being asked to leave.
Though everyone was very much enjoying what they were witnessing and before organizers were even able to say a few words about the action and movement, the group was kicked outside into the wet cold sleety rain and snow. The group peacefully complied and they walked, while drumming, to the outside as a mass of supporters followed them.
They group drummed a couple more songs in the freezing wet rain and finished things off with a brief speech on what the movement was about while handing out flyer's and other reading material. I get the feeling that everything would have lasted a little longer had everyone not been getting soaked, but the spirits of all stayed high despite even that.
To end things off, here's a few more pics should you be interested:
There is also some video footage of the event posted on YouTube if you're interested in searching for it. I do recommend checking it out!