Sweet Ice Snow Cones Commerical Shoot

When the adorable Meg and Linds of Sweet Ice Snow Cones announced they were filming a commercial and invited everyone to be part of it, they had me at confetti cannons. Avishka and I were excited to take part in a new experience.

The girls had been filming the commercial all day long, and asked to have everyone meet up in the evening for the last part of the shoot. It was a lovely summer night and we were instructed to dress in bright hues. Avi and I complemented each other nicely in bright green and blue, and when we showed up at Hill Street Park, in a quaint, cozy neighbourhood off Dundurn Street, we knew were in the right spot when we saw the colourful group scattered at the edge of the park.

First up, we had to record some audio to be later dubbed into the commercial. Huddled in a group, we were told to cheer and clap, “wooo!” and “yippee!” which really got our energy going. After a few takes of that, we were told that nearby neighbours thought there was a soccer match happening in the park! I guess we really were convincing!

Taken with Instagram

The delightful local singer-songwriter Kori Pop recorded a jingle for Sweet Ice and our next job was to learn the simple lyrics and sing it back. It was stuck in our heads during the whole shoot!

Sweet Ice
Sweet, Sweet Sweet Ice
You know it tastes so nice
That Sweet, Sweet Ice

We were like a little impromptu flash mob/glee club as we stood in the park and sang out the jingle, which was recorded by the crew. With the guys in the back and girls at the front, our little choir sang the song a few times to get it just right.

From there, it was on to the filming! We formed a procession (another parade!) and were given balloons, flags, and adorable handmade pieces of fruit, which we waved around as we marched down an alley, with Kori leading the way. It was hilarious being in that big group, making new friends, and feeding off of all the colour and energy.

My favourite part of the shoot was the scene when our little parade made it to Meg and Linds for snow cones, and we celebrated by jumping up and down and popping some confetti cannons. Now that’s how you end a parade! I should add, we all did an impeccable job cleaning up the mess.

The last bit of shooting was a casual backyard party scene, where we were treated to those famous snow cones (Avi and I both went for the strawberry – delish) and mingled by the Sweet Ice trailer, adorned with cute little snow cone garland and some fruit. The yard was lit with torches and some had fun with sparklers! Also on hand was Weenies Hot Dogs who was featured in the commercial. I was glad to get to try their veggie dog, having heard a lot about them. Thumbs up!

This has to be one of our cutest tour stops to date. Meg and Linds were overwhelmed with the support from all of the extras who took part, and we were all just as happy to be there!

– Kristin

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (www.ihearthamilton.ca), where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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