Shania Twain concert expected to bring big boost to Charlottetown

CTV News Atlantic
August 28, 2014

With thousands of tickets sold and nice weather in the forecast, Shania Twain fans say Saturday’s concert in Charlottetown can’t come soon enough.

“You still hear her songs on the radio all the time and I'm pretty sure everyone will be signing ‘Party for Two’ and it'll be one big party,” says fan Teagan Pringle.

Canada’s queen of country music has already sold 22,000 tickets for her concert in Charlottetown and the grandstand is sold out.

Organizers say up to 28,000 people can pack into the Charlottetown Events Grounds and with warm, sunny weather expected, they hope to sell even more tickets on Saturday.

The executive director of Charlottetown's Chamber of Commerce says she can't remember a summer that has seen a bigger boost to business than this one.

P.E.I. has been celebrating the 150-year milestone of the Charlottetown Conference and with the tall ships in town this weekend, in addition to the Shania Twain concert, the province will see millions of dollars in spinoffs.

“The hotels are doing extremely well. The restaurants will be busy. People will be out shopping and visiting our attractions and hopefully our other cultural institutions,” says Kathy Hambly of the Chamber of Commerce.

P.E.I. has hosted several large outdoor concerts this summer and island residents say they are happy to play host.

“It’s awesome for the island to have some big entertainers come to the island and bring in some money,” says Shania Twain fan Chastity Smith.

Concert organizers say it takes 150 people to build the stage and 75 to build the stands.

“I actually had trucks drive from Las Vegas,” says concert promoter Ken Craig. “They packed it all up from Las Vegas and she brought it to P.E.I.”

The concert will be Twain’s first performance in Atlantic Canada in 15 years and the first time she has ever performed in Prince Edward Island.