Chantal Kreviazuk entertains big crowd at Fort Malden


By Chase Ferguson

Rumbling thunder and high temperatures failed to deter hundreds turning out for a performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk on the grounds of Fort Malden Saturday evening.

The Juno Award winning artist was the headline act in the Roots to Boots concert that capped off a long day of festivities in Amherstburg for the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Windsor-born folk rocker Pat Robitaille was the show’s opening act.

Winnipeg-born Kreviazuk entertained the audience with several hit songs while playing the piano.  She was accompanied on stage by Kevin Fox who sang and played the cello.

The song Feels Like Home got many married couples up dancing in front of the stage.  Among them were Sara and Jeremy Coulter who first danced to the song at their wedding three years ago.  The couple was happy to recreate the moment at a live performance.

“It’s a very exciting and romantic moment,” said Sara after the dance.  “The song means a lot to us so the opportunity to hear it live like this is unforgettable.”

Kreviazuk added plenty of her own humour and personality in between each song, earning plenty of laughs from the crowd.  At one point she attempted a pitch perfect impression of singer Mariah Carey.

Chantal Kreviazuk mesmerizes the audience with her soothing voice during her set at Fort Malden Historic Site.

At the end of the show Kreviazuk received a standing ovation from the audience with a two song encore.

Kreviazuk praised the town’s planning of the bicentennial celebrations and said she was very happy to be a part of them.

“It has been a great day here in Amherstburg,” she said. “I hope I can come back one day soon.”

Mother Nature was thankfully cooperative for the evening.  Although gusty winds and thunder had many turning to the skies during the concert, the thunderstorms held off for Kreviazuk to finish her entire set.

Amherstburg’s Manager of Tourism and Culture Anne Rota was thrilled with the concert’s turnout.

“We’re simply ecstatic with tonight’s crowd,” she said.  “It’s a great cap off to a fantastic day.”

Rota estimated 1500 people gathered at Fort Malden for the concert.

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