SOURCE: Mark Haefeli Productions

August 12, 2008 15:55 ET

Exclusive Footage: Celine Dion Opens Her Highly Anticipated 2008-09 North American Tour via Video on Demand, Pathfire & Satellite News Feed

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Fresh off the heels of her extraordinary international tour in more than 20 countries, Celine Dion is launching the 62-date North American leg of her Taking Chances World Tour at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden tonight. The tour will wind its way throughout the U.S. and the singer's native Canada over the course of six months, culminating with a newly added show on February 13, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec. Directed by Jamie King (Madonna's Confessions World Tour, Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics World Tour, Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca World Tour), this spectacular live concert event features Celine's biggest hits, along with songs from her recent English album "Taking Chances," which was released on Columbia Records in November 2007. "Taking Chances" is Dion's first full-length studio work since 2003's multi-platinum "One Heart."

Having sold close to 200 million units around the world since her American debut in 1990, Celine Dion is one of the most successful performers in pop music history. In addition to numerous U.S. and international gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, Dion has seen two of her albums -- "Falling Into You" and "Let's Talk About Love" -- each achieve RIAA Diamond status in recognition of sales of more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone (each selling 30 million worldwide). She has been awarded five Grammy Awards; 1996's Album of the Year and Best Pop Album; 1998's Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance as well as presented with the World Music Award for the Biggest-Selling Female Artist of All Time.

The Exclusive Celine Dion Opening Night Footage will be available via Video on Demand, Pathfire and Satellite newsfeed:

     For media outlets that cannot downlink the satellite:

Video on Demand will be available at starting on Wednesday, August 13th. Included in the VOD are Exclusive Opening Night Performance, Behind-the-Scenes and Special Interview with Celine Dion.

     BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13. On the left side of the
     Pathfire/DMG main page, click on VNF Provider-A "Latest Videos"
     section. Locate Slug: "Celine Dion Opening Night"

 --  SATELLITE NEWS FEED: Opening Night Performance Plus Interview & B-Roll
     Satellite Feed Times & Dates - C-BAND:
     WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13:  3:00am to 3:15am ET
     WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13:  10:00am to 10:15am ET
     WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13:  2:00pm to 2:15pm ET
     Satellite Coordinates (C-Band Analog) GAL 28/Transponder 19/DL: 4080 V
     Trouble Numbers for the above feeds: # 201.784.2003

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