As a kid growing up in rural Eastern Ontario, I spent a lot of time obsessing over Céline Dion. Hours would vanish as I sang along with her cassettes, imitating her trademark sound.
I’m not All By Myself in my Dion fandom — respondents to a survey of 1,500 people across the country overwhelmingly chose her as their favourite Canadian female artist (28 percent compared to next most popular, Shania Twain, with 19 percent).
These days, my Dion devotion mostly just comes out at karaoke, but when I was an impressionable pre-teen, her sappy schmaltz helped me get in touch with my emotions. And surely a diva with such global appeal has touched other people’s lives as she has mine. As she celebrates her 50th birthday Friday, here are some lessons (plus the songs that inspired them) I’ve gleaned from a lifelong lurve of Céline Dion.
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