On October 1, 2012 Celine Dion took part at a benefit concert for the victims of the election night shooting from September 4, 2012 in Quebec, Canada. The benefit concert took place at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada. Celine saluted the victims of Quebec´s election-night shooting by opening this benefit concert in their honour. Celine, Arcade Fire and Ben Harper headlined a show at the Metropolis, the same venue where Denis Blanchette was fatally shot. "I want to offer my sincere condolences to Denis´ whole family", an emotional Celine told the crowd before singing the first song of the show, "L´amour existe encore" (accompanied by Claude "Mego" Lemay on piano). "For us to be all together tonight is hopefully going to help to, certainly won´t bring it back... But is it ever possible to get together and support and give good strength, positive energy to the family and the poor little child", Celine said. "It´s so hard". Tickets retailed at $80 for standing space, while the 355 seats sold for $175. All concert passes sold within a matter of hours. Funds raised from the concert supported a trust fund for Blanchette´s young daughter. The 48-year-old lighting technician was killed when he was struck by a single bullet at the Parti Quebecois victory rally. Donations were also collected for Dave Courage, the other man hit by the same bullet. After her song, Celine touched her heart and waved to loved ones of the shooting victims, who watched from balconies above the stage. About half a dozen other Quebec musical acts performed after Celine. Premier Pauline Marois also attended the concert.
BARON INVESTMENT CONFERENCE
On October 12, 2012 Celine Dion took part at the Baron Funds´ 21st Annual Baron Investment Conference, wich took place at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, USA. Executives from various Baron portfolio companies took the stage throughout the day, with Ron Baron himself capping off the lineup of speakers in the afternoon. Though markets and margins dominated the day´s discourse, the conversation amongst attendees largely focused on who would appear after Baron wrapped up his talk. Each year Baron treats his investors to a private performance by a high profile recording artist. The headliner is always a guarded secret that Baron keeps from even his closest associates. Past acts have included Sting, James Taylor, Diana Ross, John Cougar Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. This year, Jazz crooner Harry Connick Jr. put on a spirited performance in the opening slot during the conference´s lunch break. Celine, the voice behind Titanic´s "My heart will go on" and the late 1990s hit "That´s the way it is", dazzled those in attendance. Other musical guests included were Kristin Chenoweth and Joss Stone.
SANS ATTENDRE TVA SPECIAL
On November 4, 2012 for the release of Celine´s new French album "Sans Attendre", the Quebec television network TVA broadcasted a TV special titled "Céline Dion… Sans Attendre" at 7pm (ET). The TV special, hosted by talk show host and producer Julie Snyder, started with a live performance of the song "Parler à mon père" (the first single of "Sans Attendre"). Although it was a shortened version, Celine surprised the audience singing live new songs, rather than a playback performance, as she usually done in this type of event. After showing footage from the recording sessions of the songs "Je n´ai pas besoin d´amour" and "Une chance qu´on s´a", Celine performed "Une chance qu´on s´a" in duet with Canadian singer and songwriter, Jean-Pierre Ferland. Then, Celine and Ferland were interviewed by Snyder. The funny interview also included footage from Celine and Ferland during the ´80s. Then, Celine performed a medley of various famous songs of her, with the contestants of the famous Canadian reality TV series, "Star Académie". The medley included: "J´irai où tu iras", "On ne change pas", "Destin", "Dans un autre monde", "S´il suffisait d´aimer", "L´amour existe encore", "The prayer" and "Pour que tu m´aimes encore" (in wich Gregory Charles joined Celine and the contestants singing the song). After that, Celine performed another new song, "Celle qui m´a tout appris", wich was dedicated to her mother, Thérèse Tanguay Dion. Then, Celine and her mother were interviewed by Snyder. Celine also performed "Mille après mille" in duet with Fred Pellerin. After a little interview with Celine, her mother and Pellerin, she performed another new song, "Que toi au monde". Celine also performed "La mer et l´enfant", while footage from Celine and her twins, Eddy and Nelson playing on the beach of her house in Jupiter Island, Florida, USA was shown on a big screen. Footage from the recording sessions of the song "Les petits pieds de Léa" with Celine and Marianne L´Heureux at the studio, also was shown. Canadian Franco-Ontarian singer and imitator, Véronic DiCaire also took part on this TV special, who sang some of Celine´s hits in the voice of some artists like Édith Piaf and Ginette Reno. After that, Celine and DiCaire were interviewed. Celine also received a very funny surprise when they shown a pre-recorded sketch from Claude "Pöpa" Meunier at Celine´s house at Île Gagnon in Montreal, Quebec (wich was on sale, at that moment). The TV special ended with a live performance of the song "Le miracle", in wich the contestants of "Star Académie" joined Celine in the choirs. The TV special was taped on October 14, 2012 at the Studios TVA in Montreal, Canada. The TVA special became the most watched show of the fall in Queebec television with 2.4 million viewers.
"WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU" CONCERT
On November 16, 2012 was broadcasted on CBS channel in USA at at 10 p.m. ET. "We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston", a tribute concert in honour of the famous American recording artist, actress, producer, and model, Whitney Houston. Celine Dion took part on this tribute performance. The one-hour special ceremony was taped in October 2012 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, USA. Other celebrity guests included Grammy winners Jennifer Hudson, Usher, CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams, actresses Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson as well as singer Britney Spears and actor and music artist LL Cool J, who are also both Grammy winners. The latter group presented a clip show of several of Houston´s performances and interviews. Hudson, rocking an 80s-inspired look, kicked off the event with an energetic medley of "I´m every woman", "How will I know" and "I wanna dance with somebody". Usher took on "I believe in you and me" from "The Preacher´s Wife". Celine, dressed on Versace and through a pre-recorded video, dedicated few words to Houston, she performed a little fragment of "Saving all my love for you" acapella, and then she sang "The greatest love of all". "I can´t sing it like you, Whitney", Celine said before her performance. They also broadcasted an old performance of Celine singing "The greatest love of all" in the ´80s. Spears took the stage to recall the audition that landed her a record deal; she sang Houston´s "I have nothing". The special showcased highlights of Houston´s career, including her Grammy performances and wins, her rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 and her first-ever television appearance on "The Merv Griffin Show" in the early ´80s. Rare footage and photographs of Houston also made their way into the tribute. Celine´s participation was recorded on October 14, 2012 during the taping of her "Sans Attendre" TVA special in Montreal, Canada.
CÉLINE DION: LE GRAND SHOW
On November 24, 2012 was broadcasted live the TV special titled "Céline Dion: Le Grand Show" on France 2 channel in France, to help promote the new French album of Celine, "Sans Attendre". The TV special was presented by Michel Drucker and Véronic DiCaire and it took place at the Studios D´Aubervilliers in Paris, France. At 21:00 hs., Celine opened the show singing "River deep, mountain high" in front of a fully delivered audience, that forwarded to Celine all the energy needed for a memorable return to France, almost five years after her last visit. After an initial interview with Drucker and Dicaire, and the broadcast of footage from Celine´s late father, Adhémar Dion, she performed the first single from her new album, "Parler à mon père". Then, Celine performed "Qui a le droit" in duet with Patrick Bruel, followed by an interview with Bruel and Celine. Then, Dany Brillant performed a song and he was interviewed next to Celine. The second song from the new album was "L'amour peut prendre froid" in duet with Johnny Hallyday, followed by an interview with Hallyday and Celine. After that, DiCaire performed some of Celine´s songs in the voice of other singers, followed by an interview with DiCaire in wich she did an improvisation with Celine in the voice of Édith Piaf. They also broadcasted footage from Celine during the ´80s, imitating other singers. Celine also performed "J´irai où tu iras" in duet with Florent Pagny, followed by an interview with Pagny and Celine. Then, Patrick Bruel performed a song and Vincent Niclo performed "All by myself" (accompanied by Les Choeurs de l´Armée Rouge), followed by an interview with Niclo and Celine. Celine also performed "Voler" in duet with Michel Sardou, followed by an interview with Sardou. Jacques Veneruso and David Gategno surprised Celine performing a song they had written for her, "Les 5 doigts de la main". After various performances (including Chimène Badi, Johnny Hallyday and La troupe de Robin Des Bois), Celine returned to the stage, with another costume, to perform "My heart will go on". Then, Sardou performed a song. Catherine Salvador (wife of the late singer, Henri Salvador) appeared on the set and gave a gift for Celine (Henri Salvador´s classic white hat). Catherine Salvador and Celine were interviewed. Celine talked about the virtual duet with Henri Salvador, "Tant de temps" included on her new French album. After that, it was time for another song from the album "Sans Attendre". Celine performed "Le miracle", accompanied by a children choir. Vincent Niclo, accompanied again by the Les Choeurs de l´Armée Rouge, performed another song. Then, Celine sang "S´il suffisait d´aimer" and the French-Polish singer, M. Pokora performed a song in duet with the Israeli-born French singer, Tal. It was time for another performance for Véronic DiCaire. She performed a medley of famous Divas´ songs in the voice of Cher, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston, followed by an interview with DiCaire and Celine, in wich they did an improvisation of Adele´s song, "Rolling in the deep". Then, Florent Pagny performed another song. Celine´s mother, Thérèse Tanguay Dion, appeared through a video message and footage from Celine playing on the beach with her twins (Eddy and Nelson) was broadcasted with a fragment of the song "La mer et l´enfant". The show ended with a performance of another song from the new album, "Qui peut vivre sans amour". Finally, Drucker and DiCaire surprised Celine with a platinum disc award, for the sales of "Sans Attendre". The TV special became the second most watched show that night, drawing an audience of 4.85 million viewers and losing only to "Danse Avec Les Stars" (5.04 million followers).