Celine Dion announces ‘Courage’ world tour

By Zach Harper

The last few years haven’t been easy on Celine Dion. The queen of Canadian pop music lost her husband and longtime manager René Angélil after a long battle with cancer in 2016. But she’s courageously pushed on, continuing to make music, perform and tour since then. Her French album Encore un soir topped the charts in Canada, France, Belgium and Switzerland when it came out in August 2016, and her Canadian and European tours in support of it sold out that year and the next.

Now, she’s set to head out on a massive world tour in September, and she’s also got a new album in the works, which she says will likely come out in November. And this week, the chanteuse also announced she’s the latest spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris.

“I’m at a stage in my life where I’m excited to use my voice to empower others to feel beautiful, confident, and to learn to embrace themselves,”Celine said when announcing her new gig as spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris earlier this week. Photo: © Denise Truscello for L’Oréal Paris

“I feel like I’m in charge of my life,” the legend told CBC News. “I’m 51 years old and I’m at the best of my gig.”

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The tour is appropriately titled Courage – also the name of her new album – and will launch in Quebec City on Sept. 18, just after the end of her Las Vegas residency. She’ll visit more than 50 North American cities, including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Ottawa at the end of the year, before returning to Canada for dates in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Tickets for the tour’s first leg go on sale April 12, but will also be available in a pre-sale beginning Monday (April 8).

“When I went back to singing, it was hard, but I went,” Celine told CBC News. “The children were magnificent. And I needed them as much as they needed me. And I see my husband through the eyes of my children every day.”

Head over to Celine’s website to see a full list of the dates announced so far.

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