CONCERT IN QUEBEC
On May 30, 1982 Celine Dion took part on a special concert with famous French-Canadian singers: Yvon Deschamps, Claude Léveillée, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Gilles Vigneault, Louise Forestier and Richard Séguin. The concert took place in Quebec, Canada. Celine performed her song "La voix du bon dieu". She also took part on a medley entitled "Y a pas deux chansons pareilles" (performed by various artists), and on the song "Aimons-nous" (wich Celine had recorded it on studio with various artists in November 2004). A photo of this concert, where Celine appears with the other singers, was published on Dion´s book entitled "For Keeps" by Jenna Glatzer and released in 2005.
CONCERT IN MONTREAL
On November 17, 1982 Celine Dion performed in a special show intended to raise funds for the Quebecair. The concert took place at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Celine performed songs from the album "Tellement J´Ai D´Amour...", wich was released on September 7, 1982.
On January 23, as a young hopeful, Celine Dion represented Canada in the city of Cannes, France on the French Riviera, at MIDEM (the Marche Internation Du Disque Et De L´Edition Musicale), the most important trade show-concert for the music industry. It took place at the Palais Des Festivals Et Des Congrès in Cannes. Pathe-Marconi put up posters and banners with the name of their new star in big letters. Celine performed "D´amour ou d´amitie" in front of 3,500 music professionals, including a relatively unknown French singer-songwriter by the name of Jean-Jacques Goldman. The professionals who applauded Celine in Cannes were to become her most attentive and helpful audience. They were a kind of family for her and a source of comfort. These people can be the most difficult audience on earth. They´ve seen and heard it all. But if a singer can win them over, she can win over the world. She got off to a strong start. The programmers of RTL, one of France´s largest and most influential radio stations, which was closely associated with MIDEM, decided to make "D´amour ou d´amitie" their favorite song. The following week, they played it several times a day. Soon, other radio stations in the country followed suit. Celine remebered this performance saying "Rene Angelil returned to Quebec, he unleashed a new whirlwind that would carry me even farther away. One evening he phoned to tell me I was going to sing at MIDEM, the international fair that the record industry held each year in January or February in Cannes". According to Celine, Rene told her "You´ll be singing for professionals, nothing but show-business professionals. From all corners of the globe". Celine has said "This was the biggest market for the record business in the world. And the best producers, lyricists, composers, and journalists on the planet would be there to hear me. On board the plane, he once again told us that my songs didn´t always sell that well in France. They weren´t played anywhere on the radio. Not even D´amour ou d´amitie, which Pathe-Marconi had brought out as a single and which Eddy and Rene had thought was tailor-made for the French. In Cannes, all the artists had to lip-synch using orchestra tracks. For a lot of them, this was hell. Not only did they have to be perfectly synchronized with the music, they also had to simulate the effort and the emotions. In other words, they had to become actors. But I´d done this thousands of times in front of my bedroom mirror. Besides, I´d always loved singing for people who were in the business. So I was perfectly at ease. At the same time, I knew that I had to give it my best. Pathe-Marconi had pulled out all the stops. All over the Palais Des Congres, where the gala took place, I could see big posters and banners with my face and name in giant letters. All the disc jockeys, producers, and record archivists from every radio station in France were there. I understood that, this time, if my song didn´t make it in France, I wouldn´t even be going back to square one; I´d be out of the game altogether. And surprisingly enough, I was excited by such high stakes, by this last and only chance I had no choice but to seize. Before I even finished my song, I knew I´d done it. I could feel the crowd becoming attentive, captive, holding its breath. The house was brightly lit. I could see the faces turned toward me, everyone motionless until my song was finished, at which point they leaped to their feet to applaud" (from an extract of the book "My Story, My Dream").
CONCERT IN MONTREAL
On July 30, 1983 Celine Dion performed at a floating stage located at the Lac des Dauphins in La Ronde, an amusement park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Frank Duval´s cameras were there, along with some 45,000 people, that summers biggest crowd. The reputation of Rene Angelil (Celine´s manager) as a hard bargainer dates back to this concert. He had some lively discussions with La Ronde management who were acting as the show´s promoters. Rene thought that the floating stage was too far (some thirty yards) from the grandstands on the shore. The audience would be blinded by the bright lights from the amusement park, which would literally overpower the stage. Rene demanded that the stage be moved fifteen yards closer. Celine needed more intimate contact with the audience, he insisted. That was her strength. The park management replied that it would cost $6,000 to move the stage. Divers would have to be hired to lift its anchors, and then it would have to be towed and reanchored. Rene wouldn´t back down. "Celine Dion sings only in the best conditions. Otherwise, she doesn´t sing". The stage was moved closer. The show was a triumph. The whole concert was recorded by the Radio-Canada channel, and it was aired later, on September 18, 1983 in Quebec. During the concert, Celine performed "Mon ami m´a quittée", "Ce n´etait qu´un reve", "D´amour ou d´amitié", "Du soleil au coeur", "Les chemins de ma maison", "Tellement j´ai d´amour pour toi", "Visa pour le beaux jour", "La voix du bon dieu", "Mamy blue", "Ne me plaignez pas" among other songs.
CONCERT IN ROBERVAL
In August 1983 Celine Dion performed in Roberval, a city on the south-western shore of Lac Saint-Jean in Quebec, Canada. This concert was part of the festivities for the crossing of the Lac Saint-Jean, one of the great swimming events of the season. Celine attracted fifteen thousand paying customers to that performance.