Pandemic hero: Princess takes Sudbury by storm

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Bianca Ferland was deeply concerned about her daughter, Tiffany. The three-year-old child, like most three-year-olds, was a happy pre-pandemic little one, full of smiles, laughter and light. But when schools closed, social distance became the norm and families withdrew, Tiffany started to fight.

She couldn’t understand why she couldn’t see her boyfriends and couldn’t venture further than the balcony of her parents’ second floor apartment in Sudbury, Ontario. She became terrified of “bad germs,” ​​while the nights for Ferland and her husband Steve McArthur became epic, telling their daughter about her latest nightmare and calming her down.

“Tiffany was going through a very difficult time and it took a heavy toll on all of us,” said Ferland. “So I posted something on Facebook about it and a lot of people left me kind messages, but Kass was the only one who asked if she could help. “

“Kass” is Kassie Bazinet, a friend of Ferland’s family, and a 22-year-old communications student at Laurentian University. Before COVID-19, Bazinet – or “Baz” for short – studied, drove a bus for the disabled 30 hours a week and, in his spare time, worked on his music. She has performed with her father, Rod, a day social worker and a passionate musician, for as long as she can remember. She plays a nasty guitar, has a booming voice and had an idea of ​​how she could help Ferland with Tiffany.

Tiffany loves princesses, as does Elsa and Anna from the animated Disney blockbuster Frozen. For those who do not have little girls in their lives, the summary of the plot of the film – a sequel was released in 2019 – is as follows: Elsa and Anna are sisters and princesses. Elsa is older, with magical powers born out of ice, and has the whirlwind of snow, winter, ice castles and talking snowmen at hand. Anna is the happy little sister.

Alas, when the pair is only small, Elsa accidentally zaps Anna with her magic, almost killing her. The palace doors are closed. Elsa stops playing with Anna and the princesses are more or less isolated from each other inside the palace walls. A lot of other things happen after that – the opening of the palace gates, for example – the sum of which made Frozen the most profitable animated film of all time, and an Oscar winner twice, including understood for the song sung by Elsa and known by heart by parents with children of a certain age in the world, “Let it go”.

Sudbury native Kassie Bazinet, dressed as Anna from the children’s film Frozen.


Kassie Bazinet

Bazinet, herself a fan of Frozen, offered to tinker with a costume for Princess Anna, put on a wig and come to the parking lot under Tiffany’s balcony to listen to a few songs and say a few words.

“I planned a full script explaining how the doors could be closed at the moment, and that Princess Elsa and I had lived a long time with the doors closed, but I thought they would open again, and if Tiffany believed they would open it again – they would, ”says Bazinet.

Said Ferland: “I had no idea that Kass was going to appear in the character. I was totally blown away. “

Tiffany’s nightmares are gone. When a princess speaks, a princess lover listens.

Ferland posted a video of Bazinet’s April 18 parking lot performance on Facebook. It was shared and, like that, an accidental star was born, a princess with a message perfectly adapted to the pandemic.

“Parents started sending me messages saying their kids were sad, and I kind of jumped on it,” says Bazinet. “I started to tell people,” I will come. I will sing. I will speak to them. »»

A natural extravert, Bazinet lives alone. COVID-19 cost him his job, while all of his classes moved online. Now she gives 10 concerts a day in the aisles and parking lots of Sudbury and feels fulfilled. It takes her two hours to get ready each morning, makeup being the hardest part of being a princess, before she hit the road in her gray SUV with a speaker and wireless microphone she borrowed from his father.

Children will usually have one of two reactions to seeing Elsa (or Anna) outside their house: shock or questions, for example, why don’t you use your magic powers? “I’ve been telling them since it got hot in Sudbury that I don’t want to use my magic and make everyone cold,” said Bazinet with a laugh.

Sudbury native Kassie Bazinet, dressed as Elsa from the movie Frozen.


Kassie Bazinet

Sudbury City Council recognized Bazinet’s efforts; Mayor Brian Bigger spoke to him personally over the phone.

“Kassie understood something so important for young families,” he says. “If you see videos of Kassie – the kids are singing. It creates hope. It has made many people happy. “

Next week, unfortunately, Bazinet temporarily reduces its performance due to a final exam. But she promises that the princesses will return once her studies are finished, but for how long she can’t say.

“I don’t know if I will continue to do this after the pandemic ends,” says Bazinet. “I really didn’t expect to make such a difference. “

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