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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

CONCERT REVIEW

Shania Twain
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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.

-Brian Wong


 

 

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