Shania Twain gives Toronto fans a night to remember
By Jason MacNeil
October 12, 2015
The Toronto Blue Jays finally took the advice Shania Twain might have offered them last week, namely make sure you put together a string of big hits and things will fall into place.
For over 100 minutes Sunday night at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Twain — making the third visit to the venue in just four months with her Rock This Country tour — brought ample chart-topping hits. From the opening Rock This Country, Twain quickly got off her pedestal (literally) before hopping around to the delight of the boisterous crowd.
After a highly successful Las Vegas residency, Twain has spent this year once again taking her hits on the road after a decade-plus absence. Unlike previous tours, where she routinely signed autographs and worked the fans while singing, Twain was generally content to spend most of the time onstage during the country pop of Honey, I'm Home and the rowdier You Win My Love.
Twain also brought up Jane, a young fan from Sudbury, to sing a duet of You're Still The One. “That was beautiful,” Twain said before a hug and posing for a selfie. She would later do the song seated with the crowd belting out the pretty ballad.
The first true highlight was the generational-spanning singalong during the country-soaked Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Here Twain paced the large (and largely bare) stage while her supporting cast fleshed out the hit. “Toronto!” she shouted just before wrapping up the tune.
Fans gave Twain, who just turned 50, a lengthy ovation prior to the swinging I Ain't No Quitter. “I don't want this moment to end, this is so surreal,” she said, adding she was “relishing every minute.”
When she opted for the up-tempo tracks, she shone on the fun, bouncy combination of Love Gets Me Every Time and the lovable Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) which featured a trio of fiddlers as Twain let some fans take the lead vocal. Meanwhile Party For Two, the duet she did with opening act Gavin DeGraw, surprisingly shined. Twain also gave a heartfelt thank you to DeGraw who was playing his final show as her opener.
The Timmins, Ont.-native — who spent some of her Thanksgiving weekend in Picton — seemed to battle her way through the pyro-heavy I'm Gonna Getcha Good! Yet she upped the ante on Up! Twain got on a large mechanical arm that did a full circle.
An acoustic rendition of No One Needs To Know hit all the right notes. But even that paled in comparison to the theatrical presentation Twain gave From This Moment On despite the overdose of dry ice.
Twain left three of her crowd-pleasing favourites for last with That Don't Impress Me Much and (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here! Both of them had their desired effect before Twain returned with Man! I Feel Like A Woman!.
Rock This Country!
Honey, I'm Home
You Win My Love
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
I Ain't No Quitter
Love Gets Me Every Time
Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
Any Man Of Mine
I'm Gonna Getcha Good!
Party For Two
Today Is The Day
No One Needs To Know
You're Still The One
From This Moment On
That Don't Impress Me Much
(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
Man! I Feel Like A Woman!