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Taking Chances World Tour
Celine Dion Concert Singing 'Taking Chances' 2008.jpg
Dion performing during her 2008-09 world tour
Tour by Céline Dion
Supporting album Taking Chances
Start date February 14, 2008
End date February 26, 2009
Legs 5
Shows 9 in Africa
10 in Asia
5 in Australia
35 in Europe
73 in North America
132 in total
Céline Dion tour chronology
A New Day...
(2003–2007)
Taking Chances Tour
(2008–2009)
Celine Dion's New Las Vegas Show
(2011–2014)

Taking Chances Tour was the eleventh concert tour by Canadian singer Céline Dion, in support of her 2007 studio album Taking Chances. The tour marked the return of Dion after performing her groundbreaking show A New Day... in Las Vegas for five years. The tour visited Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.[1] It is estimated to have grossed US$236.6 million in 2008, so it became one the highest grossing tours in 2008.[2] In 2009, it grossed an additional US$42.6 million, bringing its total gross to US$279.2 million.[3] The tour marks as the second-highest-grossing tour ever for a solo artist (the first being Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour).

Contents

About the tour

The show, directed by Jamie King (famously known for his work with Madonna), combined Dion's performances with color, fashion and dance. Céline Dion performed some of her biggest hits, along with songs from her latest English album Taking Chances.[4]

The two hour show was divided into four segments: soul, rock, Middle-Eastern and, fashion-victim. Dion was supported by eight dancers (4 male and 4 female). Rehearsals took place in December 2007 in Primm, Nevada and MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The tour setup included about twenty LED screens, among them one that orbited above the stage, plus conveyor belts and elevators. Dion pre-recorded a selection of videos for her show. The introduction video showed her driving a car at high-speed, set to a remix of "I Drove All Night" as the beginning of her concert. There have been 2 versions of the introduction video: The first version showed footage of Dion's career, and was seen in all South Africa, Asia, Australia, and some European dates before the second version, which was footage from cities Dion visited during the tour. As the tour went on, the intro video shaped up and more cities ended up being added. Another video showed the singer dressed in varying fashions over the years, with the "My Heart Will Go On" remix in the background.

Jamie King joined the tour on May 2, 2008 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Before that date, the show wasn't on a central stage (except in Japan) for logistics reasons. After two and a half months, Dion rehearsed again to perfect the show for the "in the round" setup. Because of Dion's bilingual career and the restrictions of certain arenas and stadiums on the tour, King had to direct and choreograph three separate shows. One show featured a set-list comprised mostly of English language songs, and was performed in-the-round using the full system of mobile screens, elevators, and conveyor belts. A second show also featured the center stage arrangement, but included about ten French language songs for performances in Francophone countries. A third, less complex show was used where the center stage arrangement would not fit into the venue or where it would be impractical to transport the stage. An end stage setup was used in these cases, and featured a massive central video screen and a lighting system that engulfed the stage in brilliant blue and red from above on all three sides. Before the European leg, the central and end stage setups were redone, changing lights and cues, in order for the three separate shows to fit in these two stages. Dion premiered new costumes when the European tour began.

Dion and her band rehearsed about 60 tracks, both in English and French. Among those, about 27 songs were performed in each show, according to each visited market. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" was performed throughout the whole tour. It is the best-selling French-language single of all time, and one of the only French songs in music history to achieve chart success in many non-Francophone countries. The singer also performed several cover songs, including: James Brown's "I Got the Feelin'" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," and Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "The Show Must Go On" (although the last two were dropped starting with the October 27 Winnipeg show). She also performed Kiki Dee's "I've Got the Music in Me" but the song was removed after concerts in South Korea.[5] At the show in New York City on September 15, 2008, Dion performed "Because You Loved Me" as a duet with up-and-coming Filipina singer Charice Pempengco.[6] This performance was recorded and later broadcast on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Opening acts

  • Jody (South Africa)
  • Yuna Ito (Japan)
  • Anthony Callea (Australia)
  • Arno Carstens (United Kingdom)
  • Michaël Gregorio (France along with selected dates in Europe)
  • Il Divo (Ireland)
  • Jon Mesek (Germany, Austria)
  • The Story's (Netherlands)
  • Nordstrøm (Denmark)
  • Calaisa (Sweden, Finland)
  • Lenka Filipová (Czech Republic)
  • Natalia Lesz (Poland)
  • Gordie Brown (United States, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, San Juan)
  • Véronic Dicaire (Montreal and Quebec)

Set list

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Additional notes

Anglophone set list

  • "I Drove All Night" was added to the running order during the February 20th performance at ABSA Stadium.
  • "I've Got the Music in Me" was performed during the South African leg of the tour, along with performances in Japan and South Korea.
  • "Shadow of Love" and "I'm Your Angel" were not performed during the September 6th performance at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.
  • "Can't Fight the Feelin'" was performed in place of "Fade Away" at select concerts in South Africa, Australia and South Korea.
  • "A World to Believe In" was performed in place of "Think Twice" during shows in Japan.
  • "A New Day Has Come" was performed only at the March 18th performance at the Olympic Gymnasium Arena in place of "Think Twice."
  • "My Love" was added to the running order during the March 18th performance at the Olympic Gymnasium Arena in Seoul.
  • "The Prayer" was added to the running order during the June 2nd performance the Amsterdam Arena, replacing "Think Twice." The song was not performed during the June 7th performance at the Globe Arena.
  • "A Song for You" was performed in place of "The Prayer" at the June 7th show at the Globe Arena with Robert Wells playing the piano.
  • "That's Just the Woman in Me" was removed from the running order at the beginning of the European Leg.
  • The Queen Medley was dropped from the running order starting with the October 27 Winnipeg show.
  • During the February 26th 2009 performance at the Qwest Center Omaha, Dion sang the chant from "Sunchyme" before moving to "Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore."

Francophone set list

  • "The Power of Love" was not performed at the July 9th performance at the Stade de Genève. It was also not performed during the August 16th performance at the Bell Centre.
  • "Taking Chances" was not included in the performances at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club and Casino.
  • "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" was not included in the performances at The Main Square in Arras, Stade de Genève and the Monte Carlo Sporting Club and Casino.
  • "Ziggy" was performed during the European Leg in Francophone countries.
  • "L'amour existe encore" was performed in place of "Ziggy" during the performances in Montreal and Quebec City.
  • "Shadow of Love" was performed during the August 15th performance at the Bell Centre.
  • "Alone" was not included in the performances at the Stade Charles-Ehrmann, The Main Square in Arras and the Monte Carlo Sporting Club and Casino.
  • "Tout l'or des hommes" and "On ne change pas" were performed at the May 13th performance at Sportpaleis.
  • "The Prayer" was included in the performances at the Stade Charles-Ehrmann and the Monte Carlo Sporting Club and Casino, along with the August 15th and 16th performances at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
  • The Queen Medley was not performed in 2009.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Africa
February 14, 2008 Johannesburg South Africa Coca-Cola Dome[1]
February 16, 2008 Pretoria Loftus Versfeld Stadium[1]
February 17, 2008
February 20, 2008 Durban ABSA Stadium[1]
February 23, 2008 Cape Town Vergelegen Estate[1]
February 24, 2008
February 27, 2008 Port Elizabeth EPRFU Stadium[1]
February 29, 2008 Johannesburg Monte Casino[1]
March 1, 2008
Asia
March 5, 2008 Dubai United Arab Emirates Four Seasons Golf Club[1]
March 8, 2008 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome[1]
March 9, 2008
March 11, 2008 Osaka Osaka Dome[1]
March 12, 2008
March 15, 2008 Macau
China Venetian Arena[1]
March 18, 2008 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena[1]
March 19, 2008
Australia
March 31, 2008 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre[1]
April 2, 2008 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena[1]
April 5, 2008 Sydney Acer Arena[1]
April 6, 2008
April 8, 2008 Perth Perth Oval[1]
Asia
April 11, 2008 Shanghai China Shanghai Stadium[1]
April 13, 2008 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Stadium Merdeka[1]
Europe
May 2, 2008 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena[1]
May 3, 2008
May 6, 2008 London The O2[1]
May 8, 2008
May 10, 2008 Birmingham National Indoor Arena[1]
May 13, 2008 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis Antwerp[1]
May 14, 2008
May 16, 2008
May 19, 2008 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy[1]
May 20, 2008
May 21, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 25, 2008
May 27, 2008
May 30, 2008 Dublin Ireland Croke Park[1]
June 2, 2008 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena[1]
June 5, 2008 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium[1]
June 7, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe[1]
June 9, 2008 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena[1]
June 12, 2008 Berlin Germany Waldbühne[1]
June 14, 2008 Frankfurt Commerzbank Arena[1]
June 16, 2008 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle[1]
June 18, 2008 Köln Kölnarena[1]
June 20, 2008 Hamburg Color Line Arena[1]
June 22, 2008 München Olympic Stadium[1]
June 24, 2008 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion[1]
June 26, 2008 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena[1]
June 28, 2008 Kraków Poland Błonia Park[1]
July 1, 2008 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle[1]
July 3, 2008 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum[1]
July 5, 2008 Nice France Stade Charles-Ehrmann[1]
July 7, 2008 Arras The Main Square [1]
July 9, 2008 Geneva Switzerland Stade de Genève[1]
July 11, 2008 Monte Carlo Monaco Monte Carlo Sporting Club and Casino[1]
July 12, 2008
North America
August 12, 2008 Boston United States TD Garden[1]
August 13, 2008
August 15, 2008 Montreal Canada Bell Centre[1]
August 16, 2008
August 19, 2008
August 20, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 25, 2008
August 27, 2008 Toronto Air Canada Centre[1]
August 28, 2008
August 31, 2008 Montreal Bell Centre [7]
September 1, 2008
September 3, 2008 Buffalo United States HSBC Arena[1]
September 5, 2008 Philadelphia Wachovia Center[1]
September 6, 2008 Ledyard MGM Grand Foxwoods[7]
September 8, 2008 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center[1]
September 10, 2008 Newark Prudential Center[1]
September 12, 2008
September 13, 2008 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum[1]
September 15, 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden[1]
September 16, 2008
September 18, 2008 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum[1]
September 20, 2008 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall[1]
September 22, 2008 Columbus Schottenstein Center[1]
September 24, 2008 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena[1]
September 26, 2008 Detroit The Palace of Auburn Hills[1]
September 27, 2008 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre[7]
September 29, 2008 Milwaukee United States Bradley Center[1]
October 14, 2008 Sacramento ARCO Arena[1]
October 16, 2008 Portland Rose Garden[1]
October 18, 2008 Tacoma Tacoma Dome[1]
October 20, 2008 Vancouver Canada GM Place[1]
October 21, 2008
October 24, 2008 Edmonton Rexall Place[1]
October 25, 2008
October 27, 2008 Winnipeg MTS Centre[1]
October 28, 2008
November 7, 2008 Ottawa Scotiabank Place[7]
November 29, 2008 Anaheim United States Honda Center[1]
December 2, 2008 Los Angeles Staples Center[1]
December 6, 2008 Glendale Jobing.com Arena[1]
December 9, 2008 Mexico City Mexico Sports Palace Dome[7]
December 11, 2008 Guadalajara Arena VFG[7]
December 13, 2008 Monterrey Monterrey Arena[7]
December 16, 2008 Chicago United States United Center[1]
December 18, 2008 Minneapolis Target Center[1]
December 21, 2008 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse[1]
January 3, 2009 Kansas City Sprint Center[1]
January 5, 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center[7]
January 7, 2009 San Antonio AT&T Center[1]
January 9, 2009 Houston Toyota Center[1]
January 10, 2009 New Orleans New Orleans Arena[7]
January 13, 2009 Nashville Sommet Center[1]
January 15, 2009 Birmingham BJCC Arena[1]
January 17, 2009 Atlanta Philips Arena[1]
January 21, 2009 Raleigh RBC Center[1]
January 23, 2009 Miami American Airlines Arena[1]
January 28, 2009 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum[1]
January 30, 2009 Fort Lauderdale BankAtlantic Center[1]
January 31, 2009 San Juan Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum[7]
February 2, 2009 Tulsa United States BOK Center[7]
February 4, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center[7]
February 7, 2009 Windsor Canada The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor[7]
February 9, 2009 Quebec City Pepsi Coliseum[7]
February 10, 2009
February 12, 2009 Montreal Bell Centre[7]
February 14, 2009
February 15, 2009
February 20, 2009 San Jose United States HP Pavilion at San Jose[1]
February 22, 2009 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena[1]
February 24, 2009 Denver Pepsi Center[1]
February 26, 2009 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha[1]

Postponed concerts

Céline Dion was forced to postpone all her concerts in Australia due to a throat infection. Her Australian publicists said "Ms Dion is being treated with antibiotics for a minor throat infection and irritated sinuses that she has been suffering from for a number of days since arriving in Australia."[8][9] Because of the itinerary changes, the concert scheduled for Malaysia was also changed and the concert in Beijing, China was cancelled.[10]

Ten U.S. concerts scheduled between October 30, 2008 and November 23, 2008 were rescheduled as Dion recuperated from a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection which was further complicated by inflamed vocal chords. Her physician has instructed her to refrain from singing in order to completely recover.[11] However, the San Diego concert at the San Diego Sports Arena was cancelled. After reviewing artist and venue availability with tour logistics, the promoter AEG Live was unable to reschedule the concert. The January 20, 2009 concert at the RBC Center in Raleigh was postponed one day due to bad weather.[12]

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross sales
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 7,835 / 13,156 (59%) $1,719,321[13]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 12,266 / 15,431 (79%) $2,314,928[13]
Members Equity Stadium Perth 10,086 / 15,613 (65%) $1,648,288[13]
Acer Arena Sydney 20,605 / 21,752 (95%) $4,176,200[13]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 45,352 / 46,955 (97%) $7,619,814[13]
TD Banknorth Garden Boston 32,493 / 32,493 (100%) $3,813,519[14]
Bell Centre Montreal 167,957 / 167,957 (100%) $23,135,338[14]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 54,384 / 54,384 (100%) $7,140,013[14]
HSBC Center Buffalo 16,343 / 16,343 (100%) $1,381,696 [14]
Wachovia Center Philadelphia 18,061 / 18,061 (100%) $2,246,374[14]
Verizon Center Washington 16,845 / 16,845 (100%) $2,225,458[14]
Prudential Center Newark 31,902 / 31,902 (100%) $3,605,530[14]
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale 32,432 / 32,432 (100%) $3,586,695[14]
Madison Square Garden New York City 36,291 / 36,291 (100%) $4,476,480[14]
Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City 14,590 / 14,590 (100%) $2,142,875[14]
Schottenstein Center Columbus 16,986 / 16,986 (100%) $1,399,218[14]
Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland 17,343 / 17,343 (100%) $1,486,401[14]
The Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit 19,486 / 19,486 (100%) $1,959,845[14]
Bradley Center Milwaukee 17,443 / 17,443 (100%) $1,193,896[14]
ARCO Arena Sacramento 15,213 / 15,213 (100%) $1,442,044 [15]
Rose Garden Portland 18,001 / 18,001 (100%) $1,247,473 [15]
Tacoma Dome Tacoma 20,665 / 20,665 (100%) $1,765,386 [15]
General Motors Place Vancouver 34,348 / 34,348 (100%) $3,587,340 [15]
Rexall Place Edmonton 32,958 / 32,958 (100%) $3,105,627 [15]
MTS Center Winnipeg 29,062 / 29,062 (100%) $2,586,462 [15]
Scotiabank Place Ottawa 13,531 / 13,531 (100%) $1,803,586 [16]
Honda Center Anaheim 15,587 / 15,587 (100%) $1,785,579 [16]
Staples Center Los Angeles 16,776 / 16,776 (100%) $2,157,110 [16]
Jobing.com Arena Glendale 16,283 / 16,283 (100%) $1,739,928 [16]
Palacio de los Deportes Mexico City 16,316 / 16,417 (99%) $1,323,694 [16]
Arena VFG Guadalajara 9,442 / 13,244 (71%) $936,565 [16]
United Center Chicago 17,191 / 17,191 (100%) $1,943,436[16]
Target Center Minneapolis 15,503 / 15,503 (100%) $1,814,517 [16]
Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis 14,538 / 14,538 (100%) $1,154,402 [16]
Sprint Center Kansas City 16,106 / 16,106 (100%) $1,661,827 [17]
American Airlines Center Dallas 17,661 / 17,661 (100%) $2,161,548 [17]
AT&T Center San Antonio 12,882 / 12,882 (100%) $1,164,271 [17]
Toyota Center Houston 16,396 / 16,396 (100%) $2,225,019 [17]
New Orleans Arena New Orleans 17,006 / 17,006 (100%) $1,829,331 [17]
Sommet Center Nashville 16,352 / 16,352 (100%) $1,602,595 [17]
BJCC Arena Birmingham 14,733 / 14,733 (100%) $1,065,830 [17]
Philips Arena Atlanta 16,919 / 16,919 (100%) $2,300,783 [17]
RBC Center Raleigh 16,527 / 16,527 (100%) $1,583,500 [17]
American Airlines Arena Miami 17,725 / 17,725 (100%) $2,247,233 [17]
St. Pete Times Forum Tampa 17,909 / 17,909 (100%) $1,843,187 [17]
BankAtlantic Center Fort Lauderdale 18,147 / 18,147 (100%) $2,233,198 [17]
José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum San Juan 13,812 / 13,812 (100%) $1,625,045 [17]
BOK Center Tulsa 15,933 / 15,933 (100%) $1,570,961 [18]
Scottrade Center St. Louis 17,283 / 17,283 (100%) $1,351,246 [18]
Pepsi Coliseum Quebec City 20,903 / 20,903 (100%) $2,941,651 [18]
Bell Centre Montreal 59,659 / 59,659 (100%) $7,002,234 [18]
HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose 16,862 / 16,862 (100%) $1,897,276 [18]
EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City 16,212 / 16,212 (100%) $1,245,743 [18]
Pepsi Center Denver 16,461 / 16,461 (100%) $1,413,647 [18]
Qwest Center Omaha Omaha 15,783 / 15,783 (100%) $1,260,362 [18]
Total 1,265,385 / 1,286,051 (98%) $147,891,525

Record sellouts

Céline Dion set a record in the history of Canadian concerts, when she sold out all her Montreal shows in only a few minutes.[20] After further shows being added, bringing the total to 11, Montreal's audience (with 20,995 in attendance at each show[21]) became the largest on the tour with 227,616 spectators for a single city. Dion performed in Bell Centre 31 times since 1996.[22]

Other Canadian concerts were sold out immediately, prompting second dates to be added in Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg, and a third show added in Toronto.[23]

In the United States, second dates were announced in New York City, Uniondale, Boston, and Newark.[24]

According to data provided by Billboard, all the shows in the United States and Canada were sold out.

In the United Kingdom, tickets for Manchester and London were sold out in few minutes. Two new dates were added on the same day.

In Ireland 64,000 tickets for her Dublin concert, the largest single concert of the scheduled tour, were sold out in 3 hours.[25]

Dion also sold out stadium audiences in South Africa, China, Netherlands (50,000) and Denmark (42,000).[26] A second concert date was added for Sydney, Australia after tickets were selling fast in this country.[27]

On August 22, 2008 although a free concert (not a part of the Taking Chances Tour), Dion sang in front of her biggest crowd at a live concert, when she performed on the Plains of Abraham to help celebrate Quebec City's 400th Birthday. Tickets were distributed to 250,000 people.[28]

Dion announced she would be playing at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on the February 7, 2008. Tickets sold out in a record 15 minutes with more than 125 people queuing the night before for tickets [29]

The performance at the Kansas City's Sprint Center became the highest-grossing concert in the arena's history with a gross of $1,661,827.[30]

Dion's concert at the American Airlines Arena, set an attendance record, selling 17,725 tickets.[31] Britney Spears broke that record two months later, performing for 18,644 people. However, although singing for a smaller audience, Dion grossed $2,247,233, while Spears managed to gross $1,972,928 only.[32]

According to her official website, Dion became the top-selling performer for three venues: Montreal's Bell Centre, Kansas City's Sprint Center, and the New Orleans Arena. The latter concert grossed $1,829,331.[33] The Montreal concerts grossed just over $30 million, making it one of the biggest concert events held at any arena in the world.

Céline sur les Plaines

Although not officially a part of the Taking Chances Tour, Dion performed in front of 250,000 spectators at the Quebec City 400th Anniversary Concert. The concert was held at the Plains of Abraham on August 22, 2008. The concert was part of a year-long festivities to celebrate the founding of Quebec City. It was noted for being the largest crowd Dion has performed for in her entire recording history. The show, exclusively performed in French, featured many special guests, including: Garou, Dan Bigras, Ginette Reno and Jean-Pierre Ferland. The show aired live on Bell TV and was watched by over 200,000 people.[34]

Broadcasts and recordings

Celine autour du monde

According to Dion's official website Taking Chances World Tour - The Concert, is set for release on April 26, 2010. It will feature two full-length concerts with English and French set list. The English set list was recorded in Boston (on August 12 and 13, 2008), while the French one in Montreal (on August 31 and September 1, 2008). The DVD will also have a behind-the-scenes featurette following Céline Dion during the entire year long tour.[35]

On August 22, 2008, the City of Lévis aired Dion's honorary Quebec City's 400th birthday concert on both the web and television. Dion performed in front of 250,000 people.[36] Additionally on August 31, 2008, a special performance of "My Love," aired on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.[37] It became later the official video for the single "My Love."

Official Tour Photo Book, called Celine autour du monde was released on September 24, 2009 in Québec and France and It includes 368 pages with 485 photos by Gérard Schachmes. There are images from concerts and backstage, photos of Dion, her family, tour team, dancers, singers, musicians and technicians, Dion intimate moments with her husband, René Angélil, and their son, Rene-Charles. There are all kind of photographs from walking on the River Thames, in a park with lions, a safari in Africa, to travel in private aircraft, including the arrival of trucks in the early morning in New York City and the spectacular assembling the scene.[38][39][40] The book will be released in Canada on October 14, 2009. The U.S. and Japanese editions are also planned.

The tour will be chronicled in the upcoming documentary, Celine: Through the Eyes of the World, which will give fans the "unique opportunity to follow Celine everywhere, on stage, backstage, enjoying free time with her family; this movie will show it all."[41]

Personnel

  • Manager: René Angélil
  • Tour director: Denis Savage
  • Tour manager: Michel Dion (talent)
  • Tour manager: Patrick Angélil (production, logistics and media relations)
  • Production manager: Rick Mooney
  • Assistant production manager: Shari Weber
  • Stage manager: Alexandre Miasnikof
  • Artist’s personal security: Nick Skokos
  • Tour rigger: Cindy Beaumariage
  • Lighting director: Yves “Lapin” Aucoin
  • Front of house engineer: Francois “Frankie” Desjardins
  • Monitor engineer: Charles Ethier
  • Audio system engineer: Mario St-Onge
  • RF engineer: Marc Theriault
  • Assistant lighting director/lighting head: Karl Gaudreau
  • Video director: Veillet Mireille
  • Head back-line tech: Jeff Dubois
  • Computer programmer and keyboard technician: Guy Vignola
  • Head video: Martin Perreault
  • Production assistants: Sharie Weber, Stephanie Duval
  • Tour accountant: Sylvia Hebel
  • Creative director: Jamie King
  • Tour director: Jim Allison, Concerts West
  • Production director: Lonnie McKenzie
  • Lighting, audio, video vendor: Solotech, Montreal

Band

  • Musical director, keyboards: Claude Lemay
  • Drums: Dominique Messier
  • Bass: Marc Langis
  • Guitars: André Coutu
  • Violin: Jean Sebastien Carré
  • Keyboards: Yves Frulla
  • Percussion: Nanette Fortier
  • Background Vocals: Élise Duguay, Mary-Lou Gauthier, Barnev Valsaint
  • Dancers: Amanda Balen, Melissa Garcia, Kemba Shannon, Addie Yungmee, Zac Brazenas, Dominic Chaiguang, Aaron Foelske, Miguel Perez, Chris Houston, Tammy To

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  38. ^ Celine autour du monde on Fnac
  39. ^ Celine autour du monde on Amazon
  40. ^ New Celine Book
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