It's a sad day for Céline Dion fans. The Quebecoise superstar has cancelled the rest of her Courage World Tour dates in North America due to an ongoing health issue. The singer previously cancelled shows in Las Vegas after she began suffering from "severe and persistent" muscle spasms that prevented her from performing.
In a January 15 statement, Céline said her recovery was taking longer than expected.
"I was really hoping that I'd be good to go by now, but I suppose I just have to be more patient and follow the regimen that my doctors are prescribing," she said.
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"There's a lot of organizing and preparation that goes into our shows, and so we have to make decisions today which will affect the plans two months down the road."
She thanked fans for their "words of encouragement" and said she's looking forward to taking to the stage again.
"I feel your love and support and it means the world to me," she said.
The cancellations cover 19 appearances in 16 cities, including four in Canada: Winnipeg (scheduled for March 14), Saskatoon (March 17), Edmonton (March 20 and 21) and Vancouver (March 28 and 29). The remaining shows were all scheduled in U.S. cities.
Céline's team says fans who purchased tickets with credit cards through authorized vendors will automatically get refunds and will receive emails with additional information. Fans are encouraged to contact their ticket vendors if they have questions.
European shows on the Courage World Tour are still going forward, however, beginning with a performance in Birmingham, England on May 25.
"My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months and not being able to open this November saddens me beyond words."
She added that she is "especially sorry for disappointing all the fans who've been making their plans to come to Las Vegas."
"Now, I have to focus on getting better."
The affected shows are from November 5 to 20, 2021 and January 19 to February 5, 2022. The venue says ticketholders for these shows will receive automatic refunds if they purchased their tickets using a credit card. They'll also get access to a "pre-sale opportunity" for future shows.
Our country is filled with many talented musicians, but one of our biggest pride and joys will forever be Céline Dion. So when a viral Toronto TikToker, @iamtresorr, took Céline's My Heart Will Go On and made a drill beat with it, the internet took notice quickly.
Tresor has been getting all kinds of love on social media for this freestyle, which he named Céline Dior.
At the time of writing this article, Tresor's TikTok had already racked up over 652k views in just two days.
"This Céline song was honestly just another video in a series that I've been doing flipping random songs into drill beats and this so happened to be the one that everyone really paid attention to," Tresor told MTL Blog.
"I'm Jamaican, and Jamaicans are notorious for loving Céline Dion oddly enough so I've been hearing these songs for years and one day it just popped into my head that this would probably be a good flip for a beat."
Thanks to popular demand, a full version of Céline Dior just dropped on September 20 at 3 p.m.