Timmins, Ontario – Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards, in Windsor, Ontario in 1965 of Cree, Irish, French-Canadian and English ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother took her to Timmins, and married Jerry Twain, who was Ojibwa.
She had a challenging upbringing, which included singing in local bars from the age of eight, and working in her father’s reforestation business. She learned to hunt, chop wood, and would write music with her guitar in the forest. In 1987 her parents were killed in a car accident and she moved to Huntsville with her siblings, where she honed her skills as a young performer in shows at Deerhurst Resort.
Twain went on to be an international success, and has sold more than 80 million albums! A a city-owned Shania Twain Centre, a tourist attraction, was open in Timmins from 2001 to 2013. You may still see some of the memorabilia around town, including at the airport.
On January 1, 2010 Shania Twain carried the Olympic Torch in her home town of Timmins. She ran 300 metres to a stage at the Hollinger Park to light a 1.3-metre high celebration cauldron. It was -25 C (-35 C with the wind!)
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Shania Twain Dr, Timmins, Cochrane District, Ontario