Chantal Kreviazuk performs at Fort Malden

The Windsor Star

August 5, 2012.

Chantal Kreviazuk performs at Fort Malden
AMHERSTBURG, ONT., Aug. 4, 2012 — Juno award-winner Chantal Kreviazuk performs live at Fort Malden in Amherstburg during the Roots to Boots Festival commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 on Saturday, August 4, 2012. (REBECCA WRIGHT/ The Windsor Star)

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Five years ago, Matt and Nicole Hind shared their first dance as a married couple to Chantal Kreviazuk’s hit single, Feels Like Home. On Saturday, they celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary by slow dancing once again to the very same song, only this time Kreviazuk was performing the song live and only a few feet away from them.

It was one of the highlights of the Roots to Boots Festival commemorating the War of 1812 in Amherstburg over the weekend. Around a thousand people attended the concert featuring the Juno award-winning musician, which took place at Fort Malden National Historic Site.

Before performing the song, Kreviazuk acknowledged to the crowd that she realized many couples use it as their wedding song and invited lovebirds to dance to it right in front of the stage. The Hinds were one of the first pairs who jumped at the opportunity.

After the song was over, she admitted to the audience that she always has to stop herself from crying when she sees people dancing to the ballad as she performs it.

“I guess I’m a cheeseball,” Kreviazuk joked.

In between songs, the singer brought quite a bit of humour to her performance, creating laughter and applause throughout the show.

“I don’t know if those couples were on their first, second or third marriage, but I wish them all the best anyways,” she continued to joke.

Sarah Van Grinsven, the town’s War of 1812 project coordinator, said Feels Like Home was one of her wedding songs as well and has been a fan of Kreviazuk for years.

“She really speaks from the soul and people can really relate,” said Van Grinsven.

She said Kreviazuk was the best-suited performer for the bicentennial celebrations.

“Chantal is the perfect representation because we’re celebrating the peace between our two countries and she was born in Canada, lives in the United States and has Aboriginal background,” said Van Grinsven.

“It was completely perfect because she represents all parties.”

For friends Karly Van Puymbroeck and Shelby Marchand, the concert capped off a full day of bicentennial celebrations they attended Saturday. Van Puymbroeck said she especially appreciated the fact that the celebrations paid homage to the Aboriginal peoples and their place in Canada’s history. She said she usually doesn’t like to celebrate Canada Day because it seems to silence some aspects of Canadian culture, namely regarding Aboriginals. She said she was happy to discover the Town of Amherstburg was being inclusive with regards to commemorating the War of 1812 and this showed in choosing Kreviazuk to perform.

“She has a really interesting Canadian identity and I think she represents how a lot of Canadians are,” said Van Puymbroeck. “She represents a lot of facets of Canadian identity.”

Jen DeLuca, whose family owns and runs Amherstburg’s well-known Waterfront Ice Cream Parlour, said she was ecstatic when she found out about Kreviazuk’s performance.

“It’s just amazing that someone I admire so much is right here in our town,” said DeLuca, who’s been a fan since 1996 and had attended three other Kreviazuk shows before Saturday.

“I don’t think they could’ve picked a better person.”

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