Here below is a description of the new Shania memorabilia and exhibits at the Centre. I have taken photos of the showcases in the lobby (to be posted as soon as I get the film developed), but could not take pics for the rest of the exhibits due to copyrights issues.
In addition to the TV Special Outfit that Tower’s photos already showed, there are 3 more showcases on the left side of the lobby. One is the electronic guestbook from where fans can sign the Centre online guestbook as well as send emails to friends with special postcards of the Centre..these postcards will be available at the Centre shop soon..
The second showcase contains the music sheet of the Shania Waltz…..I had never seen the actual music sheet before…the Timmins Symphony has also donated never seen before pics of Shania from that magic night when they played the Shania Waltz from the first time to her..
The third showcase is the outfit Shania wore when she went to Timmins for her 1996 homecoming..with photos of course..
On the walls in the lobby there are photos of Shanias and other memorabilia: from the right of the ticket entrance walking left, in order you can find: the STNAOFC Timmins Daily Press AD Frame (
), a Grammy pic of Shania from the backstage area when she went posing for photos after winning the awards..it looks like a never seen before photo…as Spock said in a previous post..it has an interesting background..when I get to post it you can tell me whether you think it is actually a rare photo or one of the old ones worked on..
The next photos are Shania promo photos from her previous photoshoots…then there are 2 large newspaper clippings: one from september 1993 when she did that special concert at TS &VC for the release of the debut album….and another one of a local music award she received….interesting info in both cases
INSIDE EXHIBITS AREA
Once you passed the ticket control, you enter the Hall of Inspiration, this is the section for the fans’ memorabilia donated to the Centre…on the right there is the large map some of us saw at the opening,..then there are 3 columns..on the first column on the left there are three plaques with photos of Shania from the Party in the Park performance donated by the UK Traditional Fan Club. On the right there are 2 large showcases: the second one contains memoraibilia from the photoshoot in Timmins for the debut album cover…photos of the backstage scene never seen before..the first showcase contains memorabilia of Shania’s perfomances with the Longshot and at Deerhurst: they have the original jacket with her name on as Eilleen Twain from when she worked at Deerhurst…I asked how they got it, Will said Shania still had it in her closet!
and Shania is still shipping more stuff to the Centre for new exhibits to be added throughout the year..
Now back to the description…on the right of the hall there is the Wedding Showcase…the wedding dress and photos from that day of Shania and her brothers and sisters. There are 2 photos that I had never seen before..one of those is a close-up of Shania (with one of those photographers backgrounds…)..the other is a photo of Shania posing with the stairs of what looks like a hotel in the back….
On the column right before the wedding showcase, there are 6 photos of Shania and her horses….2 of them are her horses only..(by the way Bo Derek is sending in more stuff…
) 2 others are photos of Shania (never seen before) ready to ride her horses…in one of these photos she has a black helmet on…On the other wall there are the baseball photos donated by Kermit...you can also see them at his website..
Then on to the lyrics…there are several note pad sheets on the next wall..those are the original pieces of paper where Shania wrote the lyrics to her songs…You can see the changes made…the original ideas and the further edits…It’s really interesting to see how a song develops..in one case Bryce and I think that Don’t Be Stupid and IMHOTL were originally one song that was split into two…
On the same wall further down there is a large collection of Magazine covers: they have been donated by a local Timmins fan and show how Shania has remained in the media throughout her career….
New room: now we are in the next hall (which was originally where the musical instruments were..now only the wall-keyboard has remained there…they have a long showcase with Shania outfits from 4 videos. From right to left: the Grammy’s one (everything except the boots), TDIMM, YSTO (the dress here is actually a sort of beige-white…it looks different from the color you see in the video…) and YGAW. AWESOME STUFF!
In the Centre of the same room there is another of those pedestal showcase (like the one in the lobby for the TV Special outfit) with the dress from the DBS video.
: more dresses and the awards: to come soon!