Shania Twain smoulders on her return to the capital
By Corey Larocque
June 27, 2015
Shania Twain - Rock This Country!
Ottawa - Wesley Clover Parks - Saturday, June 27
Her boots had been under a bed in Las Vegas for a couple years, but Ottawa fans were quick to forget her dalliance with Sin City and embraced Shania Twain in the capital of the country she's vowing to rock.
It's been a dozen years since an Ottawa audience saw Twain in person. It was 2003 the last time she played the capital.
And after all this time an appreciative Ottawa audience was glad to see her -- blonde hair and all.
"I'm freakin' out! I'm freakin' out!" a woman screamed as Twain's seven-piece band took the stage, the lights went down and the woman who's been Canada's country sweetheart for more than 20 years strutted to the front of the stage.
Twain, 49, was rocking a new look from her days in denim, a T-shirt and cowboy boots.
She wore a red sequined short dress with black leather jacket whose tassels stayed true to her country roots.
Twain took the stage at 8:45 p.m. a little earlier than scheduled, after opening act the Doobie Brothers warmed up a crowd that was expected to peak at 25,000.
She played with the notion that her new tour -- that started in Hamilton, played Toronto and is on to Montreal Sunday -- is a homecoming from the girl from Timmins who has sold more than 75 million albums.
"This is... I can't tell you... I'm home. It feels really good to be here," Twain said as fans erupted in cheers.
"Honey, I'm Home" was the second song of her show.
She opened with Rock This Country! -- the namesake of her new tour.
Twain was the highlight of an event that began at 4 p.m. with Wes Mack, followed by Dan and Shay.
Twain brought fellow Canadian Wes Mack back on stage to perform a duet on Party for Two.
Twain's entrance used a heavy fireworks display that lit up a sky that had threatened rain all evening.
Twain joked she checked the weather every 15 minutes.
"The sky is gorgeous! You're gorgeous!"
And her fans ate it up.
She flirted with a man in the audience who waved a placard with a marriage proposal, bursting his bubble telling him he we was "pretty cute," but she was already married, so he was out of luck.
It's still a great story for him to tell at work Monday.
Then she launched.
Fans knew all the songs, as Twain mined her lengthy repertoire of hits for her set list.
They sang in all the right parts on "I'll Get You Good" and "Come On Over." "I Ain't No Quitter" was one of her few new tunes she played.
Twain opened up to the audience, talking about her fears she might not ever perform again.
"It's been a lot of years since I've been on tour. I'm just so grateful all of you are still here."
The crowd roared -- like there was ever any doubt they'd forget a Canadian legend around who was part of the New Country revolution and who earned international fame.
"I wasn't sure I would ever sing again. It's just amazing how love goes. There's nothing but up from here," she said, introducing - wait for it - "Up!"