By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

There’s no stopping consummate performer Celine Dion. With the five-year residency of her record-breaking show, A New Day, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas coming to an end on Dec. 15, Dion is already working on the next chapter of her career – a 2008-09 world tour.

The North American leg of Dion’s “Taking Chances World Tour” launches Aug. 12, 2008 in Boston and winds down Jan. 30, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Prior to the North American dates, Dion will launch the tour in February 2008 in South Africa, then head to Asia and Europe.

Dion’s Las Vegas residency has been wildly successful, with tickets for the show routinely topping TicketNews’ exclusive weekly ranking of best-selling Las Vegas shows. And the upcoming tour promises to be another spectacular live concert event where Dion will perform her biggest hits, along with songs from her new English album, “Taking Chances,” which will be released on Nov. 13. The show is being 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), and AEG Live, producer of A New Day, will also produce her world tour. Tickets are slated to go on sale Nov. 16.

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“These past five years of performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas have been an incredibly rewarding experience for myself and my family, but I’m ready to hit the road again, with my husband and son by my side”, Dion said in a statement, adding the tour will feature a new show.

Celine Dion 2008-09 North American “Taking Chances World Tour” Dates:

August 2008
12 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
15 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
23 Halifax, NS Commons Concert Site
27 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
28 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

September 2008
3 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
5 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
8 Washington, DC Verizon Center
12 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
13 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
15 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
20 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
22 Columbus, OH Value City Arena
24 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
26 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
29 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center

October 2008
14 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
16 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
18 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
20 Vancouver, BC GM Place
24 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
28 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
30 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

November 2008
4 Chicago, IL United Center
9 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
11 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
17 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
21 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
23 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
29 Anaheim, CA Honda Center

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December 2008
2 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
6 Phoenix, AZ Arena

January 2009
7 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
9 Houston, TX Toyota Center
13 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
15 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
17 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
20 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
23 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center