Celine Dion to speak at Rene Angelil memorial

LAS VEGAS -- Celine Dion will address the audience, but she isn't expected to sing at the memorial in Las Vegas for Rene Angelil, her husband and manager credited launching with her career.

See Full Article

Angelil died on Jan. 14 after a long battle with throat cancer in the suburban Las Vegas home that he shared with Dion and their three children. He was 73.

The Wednesday memorial will be held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting at 7 p.m., with a livestream available online for the two-hour broadcast.

Event organizers said the singer with one of the most popular voices in the world will speak at the event celebrating Angelil's life.

The widow didn't speak publicly at his Jan. 22 funeral at the Notre-Dame Basilica, the site of their wedding 21 years ago. Their eldest son, Rene-Charles, gave the eulogy to a crowd of nearly 700 people before Angelil was buried at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery in a private graveside ceremony. The family on the previous day had spent nearly seven hours greeting fans and mourners at a public visitation at the same Montreal church.

At the Las Vegas memorial, the mother and son will be joined by Angelil's children from previous marriages and his brother, Dion's publicist Kim Jakwerth said. There will also be music and speeches from guests ranging from Dion's longtime agent and friends in the music business to Caesars executives and a Las Vegas charity.

Born in Montreal to a Canadian mother and Syrian father, Angelil was a former singer-turned-manager who discovered a 12-year-old Dion and mortgaged his house to finance her first album.

He guided her career most of her life, most critically as she learned a new language to sing in English to become a widespread international success. By the late 1990s and 2000s, her soaring voice had become dominant on the radio. The theme from "Titanic," the smash "My Heart Will Go On," has been her defining hit, and she has had other hits that have sold millions of copies around the world.

Angelil was constantly seen by her side. He is also credited with launching Dion's residency at Caesars in 2002, which helped shaped the current entertainment landscape on the Las Vegas Strip.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Ariana Grande cancels world tour stops through June 5

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Ariana Grande's management team says she has suspended her world tour through June 5 in the wake of a suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester. The pop star, who was on a European leg of her "Dangerous Woman Tour," cancelled stops scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the 02 Arena in London. Source
  • Ariana Grande postpones concerts after Manchester attack

    Entertainment CBC News
    Ariana Grande has put her Dangerous Woman tour dates on hold following the suicide bomb attack outside her concert at Manchester Arena on Monday. The world tour, which was set to stop at London's O2 Arena Thursday and Friday, "has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost," according to a statement from the American singer's management. Source
  • 'The Great War is here': Game of Thrones season 7 trailer debuts

    Entertainment CBC News
    A new trailer for Game of Thrones' upcoming seventh season dropped online Wednesday, giving fans a tantalizingly brief look at what lies ahead for HBO's fantasy drama juggernaut. Fan favourites return to set up the seemingly final conflict between the Seven Kingdoms' surviving leaders: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his half-sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in Winterfell; Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) currently in Dragonstone; and Cersei (Lena Headey)…
  • Top Gun 2 is 'definitely happening,' says Tom Cruise

    Entertainment CBC News
    The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to Top Gun is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Source
  • Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold. Source
  • No punishment for Stephen Colbert's Trump joke, says FCC

    Entertainment CBC News
    There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert's risqué joke about U.S. President Donald Trump. A Federal Communications Commission spokesman said Tuesday that the agency received "thousands" of complaints about the late-night host's May 1 show, so it reviewed the material as "standard operating procedure. Source
  • Serena Williams accepts a new challenge - in Silicon Valley

    Entertainment CTV News
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Now she is embarking on a new mission: She says she wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry's most vexing problems. Source
  • Topher Grace on growing up on 'That '70s Show', Netflix vs. cinema and 'War Machine'

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    If first impressions count for anything, Topher Grace is a helluva nice guy. Best-known for his TV run on That ’70s Show, Grace is part of the all-star cast of War Machine, a new Netflix movie streaming Friday. Source
  • Critique of Lou Reed song as 'transphobic' renews campus sensitivity debate

    Entertainment CTV News
    The criticism of Lou Reed's classic hit "Walk on the Wild Side" as "transphobic" at an Ontario university has reignited the long-simmering debate around the impact of cultural sensitivity on campuses and whether there's a chill on freedom of speech and topics that could offend. Source
  • ‘Baywatch’ review: Only the penis jokes are funny in Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron’s muscle-bound misfire [Video]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Back in 2015, Dwayne Johnson joked on Saturday Night Live about being “franchise viagra.” He has reinvigorated the G.I. Joe franchise, Disney’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and has arguably become the biggest star in the Fast and the Furious series thanks to his scene-stealing role as Agent Hobbs (and for the record, yes, we want that spinoff please). Source