Oprah wows followers on their first go to to Edmonton
The American talk show host Oprah Winfrey cast a spell over thousands of fans on Monday evening at a performance on Rexall Place.
Winfrey, whose arrival was greeted with a standing ovation, joked about the city’s winter weather in her opening speech.
“The last time I was in Toronto, I was only there for one day, so I said, ‘You know, I would like to come to Canada. I would like to spend some time in Edmonton. I’ve never been there.’ “, She said.
“Why didn’t you tell me to come in spring or fall?”
Winfrey shared classes and shared stories about her life in the style she had honed over 25 years as the host of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
She also talked about the interview she had with Lance Armstrong last week in which the cyclist confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in all seven of his Tour de France victories.
“She reaches everyone”
Fans waiting outside in the cold on Rexall Place said they loved Winfrey from her days on television.
“I think it touches each of us,” said Lisa Huisman.
Her friend Barb Baxter nodded. “It is your compassion for everyone.”
“It reaches everyone and its messages are very clear and they are all full of growth,” added Huisman.
CBC presenter George Stroumboulopoulous interviews Winfrey on each of her three Canadian appearances. He plans to observe and learn from someone who many consider to be a master interviewer.
“I want to see her listen,” said Stroumboulopoulous.
“She is of course a great listener and a great speaker. But I would like to see how she does it and whether I can find a rhythm – what you would like to learn from every guest, but certainly from someone who is as experienced as her. “
Winfrey continues her tour in Calgary on Tuesday and Vancouver on Thursday.