Shania Twain to play Charlottetown

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Shania Twain performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Dec.1, 2012.

Country pop superstar will rock the city's concert grounds on the Labour Day weekend

Canadian country pop singer Shania Twain is coming to Charlottetown this summer, The Guardian has learned.

No one is dishing out details yet but the official announcement is expected to be made in the very near future at a press conference.

The Guardian was able to confirm that the Charlottetown Event Grounds has been booked for a concert on the Labour Day weekend. This concert has been rumoured since early in the year when talk of party plans for 2014 began to trickle out.

The concert would serve as the grand finale for what is being called Founders’ Week, one of dozens of events built around celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which led to Confederation.

The Guardian did seek comment from Penny Walsh McGuire, executive director for P.E.I. 2014 Inc., but that call was not returned. This newspaper also called Wayne Long, events development officer for the City of Charlottetown, but he wouldn’t confirm or deny the news.

“2014 will be a year of great events and celebrations,’’ Long said, declining to comment specifically on the Twain concert.

The Guardian has also learned that a block of rooms at the Holman Grand hotel in Charlottetown has been booked for Twain but a spokeswoman for the hotel denied that.

There is already quite a bit of chatter on the C103, a Moncton rock radio station, website with one person saying “as a finale for this summer’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, a major concert is in the works for August. DKD is the promoter’’.

DKD is well-known Canadian concert promoter Donald Tarlton, chairman of the Donald K. Donald Group of Companies. Tarlton is working with the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), an American worldwide sporting and music entertainment company, to supply the show.

Twain is probably best known for her 1995 album The Woman In Me although it was her 1997 release Come On Over that became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling more than 40 million copies. Her fourth and last studio album Up! Was released in November 2002 and has sold more than 20 million copies.

She just finished her two-year show Shania: Still the One show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is scheduled to perform two concerts at the Calgary Stampede in July, the first one of which sold out in minutes.

The five-time Grammy Award winner apparently also has a new album in the works.

 

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Organizations: Charlottetown Area Development, Eastlink Centre, Anschutz Entertainment Group Holman Grand hotel Donald K. Donald Group of Companies Calgary Stampede

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Moncton, Las Vegas

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  • NO NO
    February 27, 2014 - 21:55

    Islanders are using food banks more & more. Families have high expenses re food, heat, clothes, gas, & living in general. Damn HST has not helped at all. The island is short of doctors. In need of specialists. This island needs a LOT of help all round in general...but go for broke Liberal govt & put $250,000 (if not more) towards Shania Twain coming to the island for a concert. She hasn't had an album out since 2002. This doesn't impress me much.

  • JR
    February 26, 2014 - 12:35

    Although she would be a great draw..I surely don't agree that she should be the one chosen to close out the week. IMO there are more entertainers that would better suit the festivities regarding confederation. I was expecting it to be one of the big four in Canadian Music....Randy Bachman, Neil Young, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, just for a start...Stompin tom would be my first choice....Have fun singing whose bed have your boots been under.and any man of mine...good grief...you guys are whacked!..doesn't make sense to me .

    • John Smitt
      February 26, 2014 - 17:49

      Stompin' Tom would be a great show... wouldn't it?! Especially given that he passed away last March...dummy.

    • LMAO
      February 26, 2014 - 20:29

      Completely agree with JR......ugg, those tacky songs......beautiful woman but voice is not my cuppa tea!....lol..would like to see April Wine, Tragically Hip or Jann Arden. Enough Said!

  • Don Wright
    February 26, 2014 - 06:21

    Best choice this place has ever made. A super star that is what she is billed as - a true superstar and colossal talent. Shania Twain Magnus should be her true title. Congratulations to whoever made this happen.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    February 25, 2014 - 19:50

    Good choice but I'm sure we're going to hear nothing but nays from the same people who have criticised the choice of almost every performer slated to appear in PEI's capital. I'd have more respect for their artistic acumen except for the fact that they are residents of one of the only cities anywhere in the world who gave a thumbs down to the Cirque du Soleil one of the most successful and renowned theatre / entertainment groups in the world.

    • Julie
      February 26, 2014 - 21:33

      Enough please!!! go if you want or shut up and stay home..not every artist is going to suit all........... and ya .and wish you were there...

    • Julie
      February 26, 2014 - 21:34

      Enough please!!! go if you want or shut up and stay home..not every artist is going to suit all........... and ya .and wish you were there...