RATING:***1/2 (3 and 1/2 out of four)
For Shania Twain, the third time is the charm.
The ’90s crossover country music star from Canada brought her Queen of Me Tour to the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night, after already making two outdoor summer stops at the Budweiser Stage this year.
And the Timmins-raised Twain clearly came to have fun and get a little emotional after realizing she was coming home at the start of her two-hour, 15-minute show, where she opened the concert for the first time appeared on a small moving platform on the floor. “Wake Up Dreaming” from her 2023 album “Queen of Me.”
“That was my training ground,” recalls the 58-year-old Twain of a 13-hour train ride from Timmins to Toronto early in her career.
“I’m super proud to be Canadian.”
The production, relatively understated by today’s standards, reflected this patriotism as the word “Ontario” appeared on the huge screen behind her during “Don’t Be Stupid” and the word “Toronto” during “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” Twain continued winding a motorcycle – and the Canadian flag during Rock This Country!.
Twain, backed by a six-piece band that includes two incredible male singer-dancers and a female drummer, also featured her great-nephew, who was raised on stage by her nephew Dylan – sister Carrie’s son – and was impressed by the infant’s gentleness Behavior, even though around 20,000 fans were staring at him.
“He was so good!” she exclaimed.
But it was an opera singer named Daniella whose presence really made an impact, as Twain explained that she received an Instagram message from her before Sunday night’s show, sharing that she had been with the country-pop star for 22 years sang on stage in the same place before when she was only eight years old and her father was still alive.
Of course, Twain had to bring the now 30-year-old Daniella back on stage Sunday night and ask her to sing an opera to the audience, which she bravely did with part of From This Moment On.
“Is this really happening?” Daniella asked before telling Twain, “You changed my life.”
“I’m so proud of you,” an emotional Twain replied.
Otherwise, it was definitely the older hits that got fans – many wearing cowboy hats (some glowing in the dark), boots and fringed jackets – on their feet, including “Come On Over,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Whose Bed Have.” Your Boots”. Been Under?, Honey I’m Home, Party for Two and (If You’re In It In It For Love) I’m Outta here.
There were also quieter moments that stood out, like “Still The One,” which Twain told Toronto concertgoers was “our song,” “From This Moment On,” which brought about 20 fans on stage, while Twain took photos with all of them and “Forever And For” Again and again, at Twain’s encouragement, the place was illuminated with cell phone lights.
As for the costume, Twain kept it simple yet sexy on Sunday night: He wore a black and camouflage top with lots of sequins and a long train over a black body suit, fishnet stockings, sparkly black platform shoes and lots of jewelry.
A costume change didn’t happen until the very end, when she reappeared for the encore songs “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man!” I feel like a woman! in her famous floor-length leopard print shawl coat, bustier, trousers and shoes.
She explained that she only wore the outfit once during the famous video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and decided to take it with her on tour and wear it whenever she wanted.
Good decision, as the crowd roared their approval.
Waking up dreaming
Don’t be stupid (You know I love you)
I’ll do it well
You’re still the one
Every one of my men
Whose bed were your boots under?
Honey I’m home
Rock this country!
Medley: No!/ She’s not just a pretty face/ Waiter! Bring me water!/When/Thanks baby! (For one day coming so soon)
From this point
Party for two
Forever and forever
(If you’re not in it for love) I’m out of here
That doesn’t impress me very much
Man! I feel like a woman!