ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Air Canada Centre
Oct. 3, 2003
Shania sure is a crowd-pleaser.
On the second Toronto date of her current tour, the homegrown
country-pop queen from Timmins was intent on making her legions
of fans happy. And the diverse crowd - including moms, dads,
retired folk, young children, yuppies, gay boys and Canadian-style
white trash types with Tonya-Harding hair - lapped it up.
Between opening with the girl power anthem "Man! I Feel Like
a Woman!" and closing with the traditional final song "If You're
Not In It For Love (I'm Outta Here)," Twain and her band breezed
through almost all her hits so no one in the audience would
be left without hearing their favourite Twain tune.
Twain and her band bounced all over the circular stage as
the crowd danced, clapped and sang along to almost every song.
At one point, Twain even went into the stands to sing the lovelorn
ballad "The Woman in Me."
Her attire was equally crowd-pleasing. Twain began the show
in a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, switched into a midriff-baring
sparkly top, then into a Toronto Raptors jersey for the encore.
It was certainly a casual affair, without all the diva-esque
get-ups one would expect from the best-selling female artist
of all time.
But keeping the audience happy has its downside. It was nice
of Twain to bring a little girl onstage to sing a short solo
of Twain's "Up!," but it wasn't necessary when the singer signed
autographs in the middle of songs. Rather than giving into
every audience member that rushes the stage, Twain would be
better off concentrating on her material and performance.