Shania Twain fans brave freezing cold for tickets to Charlottetown show

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 7, 2014

They came from Montague, camped out overnight in the freezing cold but were still singing on Friday morning.

Kristena McCormack, her mother Mary McCormack and Mary's best friend Donna Cain arrived at the Eastlink Centre at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, nearly 14 hours before tickets to one of the biggest shows in Charlottetown this year went on sale.

Shortly after 10 a.m., they were literally singing and dancing out of the building with their Shania Twain tickets in hand.

The women spent the entire night cuddled under blankets in their car, occasionally turning the engine on in minus-30 degree weather to keep warm.

"Look at me, I'm shaking. This is awesome,'' Mary McCormack said as she gazed down at her prized tickets. "I need to go outside to scream. Was it worth it? 110 per cent. I waited a lifetime and I still have six months to go.''

Twain will headline a concert at the Charlottetown Event Grounds on Saturday, Aug. 30, as part of Founders' Week to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Tickets appeared to be selling fast.

Dave McGrath, general manager of the Eastlink Centre, which operates the concert grounds, said the reserved grandstand seating is sold out but that there are still general admission tickets left. He wouldn't say how many tickets had been sold.

The Eastlink Centre spent the week upgrading its computer system and testing it out. McGrath said staff was pleased with how things went and he thanked fans for their patience during the day.

About a half hour before the ticket windows opened, there are approximately 35 people waiting in line but most people were expected to turn to the Internet.

Kristena McCormack said it was worth camping out overnight even though the lineup wasn't long.

"What if we didn't and when we got here there were 100 people waiting? You never know,'' Kristena McCormack said. "(I've been a huge fan) since birth because of my mother.''

Gail Feehan of Charlottetown also camped out in her car overnight so she could be close to the front of the line.

"I sat in my car with a couple of blankets and a pillow. It was (cold). My feet were a little chilly but it was well worth the wait,'' Feehan said.

One Charlottetown woman who bought tickets won't even be able to go to the show. The Guardian isn't publishing her name because she bought tickets for her father as a birthday present (don't want to ruin the surprise).

"He has no idea,'' the woman said. "We grew up listening to Shania. That's how I got into country music. He has no idea (I'm buying him tickets). He is going to be so excited. I can't wait.''

For more information on tickets, go to www.shaniapei.com.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart