Celine Dion Superfans Eagerly Await Her Return to Quebec for Summer Tour

By Lowrie, Morgan | The Canadian Press, July 29, 2016 | Go to article overview

Celine Dion Superfans Eagerly Await Her Return to Quebec for Summer Tour


Lowrie, Morgan, The Canadian Press


Celine Dion superfans flock to Montreal

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MONTREAL - When pop superstar Celine Dion brings her summer tour to Montreal beginning on Sunday, Estevam Peric will be in the audience for all 10 shows.

Peric, who moved to Montreal from South America out of a love for Dion, said he fell in love with the singer as a child in his native Brazil when a teacher played Dion's song "Because You Loved Me" to help the class learn English.

"When I listen to her, it's peace, it's happiness," said Peric, who has seen Dion in concert 54 times.

"I don't listen to her when I'm sad, because I don't want her songs to be marked by that."

The pop singer has no shortage of superfans from all over the world eager to give her a warm welcome during 17 dates in her home province starting July 31.

Nicolas Hyvert, who has flown from Paris for the occasion, has already seen Dion this year in Las Vegas, New York and nine dates in Paris.

But Hyvert, 37, said he's especially excited to see her sing in her hometown.

"I'm here to see the atmosphere, how she is in Canada, and to see her at home," he said.

Hyvert says he also plans to visit the grave of Dion's late husband, Rene Angelil, who died of cancer at age 73. He will also make the half-hour trip to Charlemagne, Que., the Montreal suburb where the singer was born.

He will be catching the shows with friend Arnaud Alcaraz, 29, who also credits Dion for his decision to move to Montreal from France.

"I kept seeing and hearing about Quebec, Canada and Montreal thanks to Celine, and it really made me want to come live here, in the footsteps of my idol," Alcaraz said. …

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