Shania Twain melts Grey Cup halftime with fiery performance
By Jane Stevenson
November 26, 2017
Grey Cup halftime show
RATING: ***1/2 (3.5 out of five)
TD Place, Ottawa
Man! Shania felt like a woman – and a distinctly Canadian one – at Sunday night’s Grey Cup half-time show.
And, really, hats off to the homegrown country crossover queen Shania Twain for managing to pull off some sense of glamour given the horrendous conditions – she was playing in the middle of a blizzard in an outdoor stadium in Ottawa at night.
The 52-year-old performer certainly knew how to make the most Canadian of entrances.
Twain, who last played the Grey Cup half- time show in 2002 in Edmonton, entered the field at the TD Centre via a dog sled and was escorted to her stage by a team of red-suited Mounties.
Dressed in a cleavage-revealing, form-fitting, sparky red jumpsuit, with high-heeled red fur boots and a matching red fur jacket, red leather gloves, and her hair big, blonde and in ringlets, Twain looked like an ornament ready for a Christmas tree.
The sports panel that followed Twain’s performance said they hadn’t seen the weather that bad at a Grey Cup in 21 years.
But given her hardscrabble Northern Ontario beginnings in the town of Timmins, Twain was certainly the right performer to have the right stuff for the white stuff.
“I love the snow – it’s so beautiful!” Twain said as she successfully wrapped up her three-song 15-minute set without falling once.
“I feel like a Canadian!”
Twain kicked off her set with the oldie-but-goodie That Don’t Impress Me Much which famously namechecks Brad Pitt.
Despite having her first album in 15 years, NOW, come out at the end of September, Twain waited until the second song for a new one – that frankly, everyone’s already forgotten about – Life’s About to Get Good, as she gamely climbed the stairs on her stage, successfully navigating what could have been a disastrous move given the inclement weather.
The last song was Man! I Feel Like A Woman! and, as the sports panel put it: “I think she may have melted some snow down there.”
Twain, who has won five Grammys, sold more than 90 million albums worldwide and remains the top-selling female country artist of all time, will hit the road next year with her NOW tour.
But during the Grey Cup, Bell Media made sure to promote her appearance as a celebrity mentor on the first episode of CTV’s The Launch on Jan. 10 too.
At least she’ll be inside then.