The Shania Twain Centre in this northern Ontario community permanently closes its doors today, barely a dozen years after its grand opening, and will be demolished to become part of an open-pit gold mine.
A sinkhole of taxpayer money, the centre consumed some $10 million in government funds for its construction in 2000-2001, and racked up more than $1 million in operating deficits in the years since.
Twain, now 47, grew up poor in Timmins, and got her fledgling start singing in local bars before striking it rich on the world stage in 1995. (J.P. Moczulski/CP files; AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)
This year’s crop of seasonal albums is traditional indeed. It offers old chestnuts sung straight by soberly clad Canadian crooners, a clean-cut indie darling duo and even a reformed grunge hellion. And then there’s Justin Bieber, rapping on Drummer Boy: “I’m so tight, I might go psycho!” For those about to rock around the Christmas tree, the Post’s Mike Doherty salutes you.
Dr. Giovanni (John) Palumbo’s lawyer, Gary Barnes, has spent most of the morning questioning Twain on the content of the letters trying to paint Palumbo as a harmless fan. But Twain, who is testifying via video from an undisclosed location, repeatedly disagreed.
“He’s asking if he can touch me, if I’m OK with that. That’s alarming,” said Twain in regards to one of the letters. Dressed in a white pullover and an orange shawl, she called the “one way communication” from Palumbo were “scary and haunting.” (Illustration by Natalie Berman)
“I mean, why is a girl from Timmins, Ontario, standing here, getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?” the Grammy-winner asked. “I really don’t know … it’s a small miracle, to be honest, that I am here today.”
Twain, who just published her memoirs and launched a new TV show, was joined by veteran actress Bo Derek to receive the star, the 2,442nd to grace the sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
Shania Twain is country strong After a bad breakup, most women simply go out and get a bad haircut. After hers, superstar Shania Twain got a deluxe tour bus, grabbed her BFF little sis Carrie Ann and took up that most Canadian of pastimes: she went on a cross-country road trip. Twain chronicles this emotional and geographic journey to the landmarks of her life in Why Not? With Shania Twain, a new docu-series debuting May 13, and in her new autobiography, From This Moment On.