Slideshow – Road to No Reaction Tour Highlights

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Road to No Reaction Tour Highlights

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Road to No Reaction 2013 Tour Recap

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The Road to No Reaction Tour was filled with so many memories that I’m still trying to digest everything one month after the tour has finished. I’m proud to say that I reached more students with my allergy awareness assemblies than ever before in what was an overall successful tour! I’d like to thank everyone who help organize my shows and attended them, the tour sponsors, and the countless number of families that were so incredibly sweet to me – making life on the road that much easier.

Here are the numbers:

Start date: April 24, 2013
End date: June 10, 2013
Number of schools: 27
Number of school performances: 46
Number of support group or camp performances: 9
Total performances: 55
Approx. Number of students reached: 13,500

And a few more stats 🙂
Number of miles: 3,500
Trips to Chipotle: 5
Satellite radio station channels I fell in love with: 4 (Coffee House being my fav)
Coffee spills- 1 (and one was enough!!)
Offered a hamburger sample by a girl dressed up as “Wendy” while pumping gas: 1 (see picture below…)

Now the pictures! I have selected the ones that I felt best represented my trip.  Can you tell that I had a blast?

The first show of the tour - so great to get back at it!

The first show of the tour – so great to get back at it!

Even when doing my sound check, there's always time to goof around!

Even when doing my sound check, there’s always time to goof around!

Can you guess what the final 2 priority allergens are in the U.S?

Can you guess what the final 2 priority allergens are in the U.S?

Doing a photo shoot for one of the tour sponsors - Skeeter Snacks. How cool!

Doing a photo shoot for one of the tour sponsors – Skeeter Snacks. How cool!

My one outdoor show at the Children's Museum in Richmond. So hot that I had to cover up my guitar and mixing board!

My one outdoor show at the Children’s Museum in Richmond. So hot that I had to cover up my guitar and mixing board!

Autograph time! So happy that many more kids were introduced to my music on the tour.

Autograph time! So happy that many more kids were introduced to my music on the tour.

The merchandise booth!

The merchandise booth!

The support I received from tour sponsors was incredible. All amazing companies and organizations!

The support I received from tour sponsors was incredible. All amazing companies and organizations!

Awwwww! Love homemade posters!

Awwwww! Love homemade posters!

My good friend Igor arrived from Europe half way through the tour. Great to have some company on the road.

My good friend Igor arrived from Europe half way through the tour. Great to have some company on the road.

Recording a video for a sponsor jingle. Check it out at http://youtu.be/Zmm3F_G7ekY

Recording a video for a sponsor jingle. Check it out at http://youtu.be/Zmm3F_G7ekY

One of the most memorable shows - a full out dance-a-thon! It was non-stop dancing fun!

One of the most memorable shows – a full out dance-a-thon! It was non-stop dancing fun!

Goofing around with my friend Sloane Miller in NYC.  Check out her awesome blog at www.allergicgirl.com

Goofing around with my friend Sloane Miller in NYC. Check out her awesome blog at www.allergicgirl.com

First show where a congo line spontaneously happened! Kids rock!

First show where a congo line spontaneously happened! Kids rock!

And here was the random "Wendy" offering samples to people pumping gas. Random to say the least. I just denied the sample instead of gettin

And here was the random “Wendy” offering samples to people pumping gas. Random to say the least.

Anyone want to volunteer? ;)

Anyone want to volunteer? 😉

Having a campfire at a food allergy camp in Minnesota.

Having a campfire at a food allergy camp in Minnesota.

Igor and I with our incredible friends Carla and Mark Uzzell at a Boston   Red Sox game.

Igor and I with our incredible friends Carla and Mark Uzzell at a Boston Red Sox game.

EpiMan made many passing drivers smile on the ride back to Canada!

EpiMan made many passing drivers smile on the ride back to Canada!

And 48 days after it all began, the tour came to a close. Until next time!

And 48 days after it all began, the tour came to a close. Until next time!

 

Home for a Rest

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After living on the road since May 8th, it felt great to head home yesterday and see my family in Canada.

It was a crazy packing job as we transferred everything from my U.S. rental car into my dad’s car. I don’t know if I could have squeezed a golf ball in there. We definitely bought many souvenirs and came back with more than we started with.

I am going to enjoy some restful days at my parent’s house and start preparing for my last two shows of the tour which are at food allergy camps in Minnesota and Arizona.

And thankfully – no more driving! Total miles of the road trip: 3,463 (5,750 km)

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Last School Show of Road Trip

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Tomorrow marks the very last school show of my “Road to No Reaction” Tour. It has been a long haul to say the least. I have been on the road since April 23rd and am looking forward to some time with my folks before heading off for a few camp performances in MN and AZ.

After 50 shows I feel so comfortable delivering my performances and have so much fun trying out new elements, connecting with new audiences and spreading allergy awareness in as many places as possible. I look back at how I felt mid-April, one week before the tour started and smile. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous and found it hard to believe I would be back performing in schools after a six month layoff. I am lucky that it all comes back to me like riding a bike.

I am happy to report that after 1.5 months of shows:

– Children genuinely want to learn more about allergies and how they can help keep their friends safe.

– Children already have a great base of allergy knowledge. I give credit to schools everywhere for making this a bigger issue for their students.

– Teachers are so appreciative of the shows as their students learn more about a very important topic in a fun way. I can only imagine the number of questions they received after my assemblies as there was never enough time to answer all of the students’ questions. I thank them for continuing the lesson well after the show.

– Principals are implementing positive steps and policies that ensure allergy safety in their schools in an achievable way.

– Lastly, the best feedback I could ever receive happened many times on the tour with the question: “Can we book you again next year?”

See you in September!
Kyle

Meet Igor – My Awesome Road Trip Buddy

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Last Sunday my good friend Igor flew all the way from Slovenia just to join me on my U.S. “Road to No Reaction” Tour. I was so happy to have him join me as traveling alone at times can be difficult and downright lonely!

Our first road trip adventure was four years ago when Igor flew over and joined me for a tour of New York, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. After our amazing time together, we quickly labelled Nashville as one of our favorite cities in the world!

As well as being a great friend, he also has been helping with setting up each one of my shows – lugging equipment which goes a long way in helping me save energy for my performances. He is a master navigator and great radio DJ too! The long drives on this trip haven’t always been easy, but time flies with our long conversations and also when howling together to comedy radio!

Every day after my performances, we always try to go somewhere and put on our tourists hats. Highlights have been going on a tour of Fenway Park, seeing Plymouth Rock, seeing a Broadway play in NYC and staying a night in Cape Cod. We’ve truly loved learning more about The U.S. together and are constantly overwhelmed by how nice and kind Americans have been to us. The incredible Uzzell, Klein and Fromer families opened up their homes for us and many more have given us many road trip snacks and goodies along the way. We are so appreciate of all of them.

We will have many photographs from our trip and memories and stories to last a life time.

I’m lucky to have such a great friend who would book a crazy expensive plane ticket, take time away from his life, family and work and help me out on tour and with my mission of raising allergy awareness.

Not to mention he doesn’t get sick of my shows after seeing them day after day!

Thanks Igor!

Update from the Road

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Hard to believe, but I have already been on tour for 3 weeks! It has been crazy busy which is why I’m only now getting around to a blog post about my travels.

The first week and a half I spent in Canada which was great because I got lots of family time. I performed at a few schools in Toronto and also managed to fit in a few days at the Anaphylaxis Canada office too to prepare for a teen workshop I organized on May 4th.

While I was in Toronto I managed to get all of my tour materials finished. My tour shirts, banner and school resource binders which all turned out great! Pics coming soon.

Then on May 8th I hit the road and ventured south into the U.S. I was lucky to have my mom join me for the first 5 days which was great! We had a blast together at the inner harbour in Baltimore and stayed with family in the area.

I had two super fun public performance on the weekend. One was at the Children’s Museum of Richmond as well as my 4th concert for the Metro D.C. Support Group. Great seeing old friends and meeting many new ones!

I’m now on my own and roaming far and wide. Last night I performed for the The Food Allergy and Asthma Support Group of North Jersey. I managed to get on the road at 9:00pm and drive over 200 miles west for a morning show in Pennsylvania. I am definitely becoming familiar with all of the satellite radio stations!

More updates soon!

Kyle