Photos: Oprah charms in Edmonton and Calgary; next up, Vancouver (updated)

 

 
 
 
 
RT @ZiyahKarmali: Got to personally say hello and shake her hand! @oprah in #yeg!
 
 

RT @ZiyahKarmali: Got to personally say hello and shake her hand! @oprah in #yeg!

Photograph by: @BTEdmonton, Twitter

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Oprah fever has taken hold firmly in Alberta, and it’s likely we’ll see much of the same adoration when the philanthropist and talk show legend makes her way to Vancouver on Thursday.

In Edmonton, her first stop on a three-city tour through Alberta and B.C., Winfrey handled a puzzling welcoming gift of “truck balls” with aplomb, strolling out on stage swinging the balls in her right hand and quipping: “Just what I needed, some bull’s balls.”

Winfrey was barely minutes into her Edmonton appearance on Monday when she paused and asked: “Are you all tweeting me right now?” (Yes, they were.)

She then mused: “How amazing is it that you would all come out on a cold winter’s night – that wasn’t so cheap (intoned in singsongy Winfrey style) – to be here? You know I don’t sing, right?”

From there, it was on to the subject of weather. “What was I thinking?” she laughed when relating the story of her invitation to speak in Edmonton in winter. “Why didn’t you tell me to come in the spring or fall?”

She charmed similarly in Calgary, poking her head out of her limousine to chat – again about the weather – with media and fans.

“I’ve only been here an hour,” she said as cries of “We love you, Oprah” could be heard in the background. “So far, it’s a lot warmer than Edmonton.”

She then asked a Calgary Herald reporter: “Oh my God. Are you with the newspaper?” Upon receiving an affirmative, Winfrey hastily slipped on a pair of sunglasses.

“It’s amazing that people are taking showers and coming out to see me,” she continued. “Not only taking showers, looking GREAT. People are dressing up and coming out, it’s really great.”

Winfrey was about to wrap things up when she spied reporter Reid Fiest of Global Calgary wearing a suit but no overcoat. “And where is your coat, young man?” Winfrey chastised. “What did your mother tell you? You’re going to get a cold out here.”

As her limo rolled away slowly, Winfrey turned around in the vehicle to call back out the window: “It’s at least five degrees warmer than Edmonton.”

Winfrey speaks at a sold-out Rogers Arena Thursday in Vancouver.

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RT @ZiyahKarmali: Got to personally say hello and shake her hand! @oprah in #yeg!
 

RT @ZiyahKarmali: Got to personally say hello and shake her hand! @oprah in #yeg!

Photograph by: @BTEdmonton, Twitter

 
RT @ZiyahKarmali: Got to personally say hello and shake her hand! @oprah in #yeg!
#oprah pic c/o @CADevaney @Oprah (Oprah backstage prior to making a quick change to go onstage I Edmonton.)
YAY! @Oprah signed the Oilers jersey!! This baby will be a great auction item for charity :)
Thank you @Oprah for taking time to meet me in Edmonton tonight! It was an honor to meet you! #MeetingOprah
Eagle eyes @JennaNBridges spotted @Oprah in #Yeg - arriving at Northlands!!! #yegOprah
Oprah Winfrey posted this photo on her Instagram account.
Oprah talks to fans and media for a quick curb side interview before she takes the stage tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta on January 22, 2013.
"Thank you CALGARY! Don't forget the 'whispers,' " Oprah Winfrey tweeted, along with this photo, after her show in Calgary.
Oprah is c-c-c-cold in Edmonton
Oprah Winfrey saunters onstage in Edmonton carrying the "truck balls" that were given to her as a welcoming gift.
This is what the #yeg audience looks like to @oprah tonight at Rexall#yegoprah
She really is a vision! @oprah @Northlands she has the crowd laughing already! #yeg
Here's George interviewing @Oprah last night in Edmonton. Tonight, they're in Calgary, then off to Vancouver
So thankful that @Oprah took the time to stop and take a photo for me and @jpetie! #ocalgary #yyc #lifechanger
The divine Miss O arrives at the @FairmontHotels Palliser in Calgary#yyc @Oprah
@Oprah told our photog Craig Ryan on way to rehearsal that "It's cold! - What is this?" - welcome to #yeg winter.
Soaking up the glorious history of this barn in Edmonton. Getting set for tonight with @Oprah @Northlands #yegOprah
The stage is being set up for @Oprah tonight in Edmonton! Are you going to her show? #yeg #CTVYEG
The lineups are long at rexall place as oprah fans wait for the doors to open! #yegoprah
"Calgaryyyyyyy!!!!" says Oprah in her white Stetson.
Waiting for @oprah to take stage #grateful
The crowd at Rexall Place, all waiting for @Oprah. #yegoprah
"Was a wonderful evening listening to @Oprah. Thanks for your words!" tweeted speed skater and two-time Olympic gold medallist Catriona Le May Doan.
Thanks for the wicked seats @ChinookCentre. My mom and I can't wait for Oprah to hit the stage. #OCalgary
Behind the scenes- busy place. #Oprah Ready for #yyc tonite.
Oprah Winfrey captivates a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Oprah Winfrey wore a cowboy hat when she walked out on stage, garnering a loud reaction from the audience Tuesday at the Saddledome.
Oprah Winfrey captivates a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Oprah Winfrey captivates a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Oprah Winfrey captivates a sold-out crowd wearing the traditional "White Hat" at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
In a tip of the hat to Calgary, Oprah Winfrey dons a Smithbilt backstage at the Saddledome prior to her show Tuesday night. She wore it briefly on stage, too.
Oprah Winfrey leans out of her car and talks to fans and reporters Tuesday afternoon before her show at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Oprah talks to fans and media for a quick curb side interview before she takes the stage tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta on January 22, 2013.
Oprah talks to fans and media for a quick curb side interview before she takes the stage tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta on January 22, 2013.
Talk-show star Oprah Winfrey brought An Evening With Oprah to Rexall Place on Monday.
Talk-show star Oprah Winfrey brought An Evening With Oprah to Rexall Place on Monday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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