Montreal songbird Celine Dion was feeling good after an emotional first Quebec show kicking off the Canadian leg of her tour on Sunday night just months after losing her husband Rene Angelil to cancer at the age of 73.
The Canadian pop icon told a news conference Monday on the floor of the Bell Centre where she’s holding court for 10 nights: “I’m doing really well.”
Dion is playing 17 sold-out shows in Quebec this month — 10 in Montreal, five in Quebec City and two in Trois-Rivieres — before returning to Las Vegas.
She said she was “ecstatic” to be home, a bit nervous and called the welcome she got from a sold-out Bell Centre crowd Sunday night, “over the top.”
“Honestly, when I come here, I take advantage of everything I love: greasy french fries, real ‘steamie’ hot dogs, St-Hubert BBQ, Schwartz’s (smoked meat), Dic Ann’s (hamburgers), poutine, all these little things that seem banal,” she said.
Her new album, Encore un Soir, is scheduled for release on Aug. 26.