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Posted September 24, 2009 by Adam Toren in Blogs
 
 

Sarah McLachlan – She's Every Woman

a1-114hHer voice is unmistakable; her melodies and moving lyrics know no boundaries, her generosity of spirit encourages us to take a deeper look inside ourselves and ask, what can I do today to make this world a better place?  Sarah McLachlan is an extraordinary musician but also a philanthropist, a mother, a spokesperson and so much more.

When we think of a musical icon, someone whose sound can be identified in an instant, a person Canadians look up to and are proud to call one of our own, we think of Sarah McLachlan. Sarah’s musical career began over two decades ago and has been going strong ever since. She has achieved incredible success—in fact, every one of her studio and live albums and videos has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Each of her albums—Afterglow, Freedom Sessions, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Mirrorball Solace, Surfacing, Touch, and Wintersong—gives the listener something truly unique; a sound so special, so different from the next, yet so familiar.

Her Legacy –

Sarah took her passion for music to a whole new level when she founded Lilith Fair, a tour which brought together two million people over its three-year history. It was the most successful all-female music festival in history, and one of the biggest music festivals of the 1990s. Lilith Fair celebrated women in music, showcasing more than 100 female artists to fans across North America. By the end of its run in 1999, the festival had raised more than $7 million for charities and women’s shelters across North America.  Through Lilith Fair, Sarah helped pave the way for many musicians.

But…she certainly did not stop there! The Vancouver-based singer/songwriter founded the Sarah McLachlan Foundation in 1999 to help bring music into the lives of young Canadians, especially those in underserved communities. She established the first Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach—an Arts Umbrella Project in Vancouver’s inner city four years later. The program offers students free music lessons, educational workshops, mentorship and support networks. It provides high-quality instruction in guitar, piano, percussion and choir. The program helps to develop self-esteem and confidence and nurtures students’ ongoing love of music.

a1-93hIf that were not enough, since 2006 Sarah has been the spokesperson for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, advocating the kind, caring and humane treatment of animals.

Over the years Sarah has worked tirelessly to recognize the beauty and talent in others,  and it was only a matter of time before she began to receive some long overdue recognition of her own.  Sarah received the Order of Canada in 2000 for her outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Then, in 2008, Sarah received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.  The prize, named after the late CHUM Limited founder Allan Waters, recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced Canada’s social fabric.

a1-91hThis eight-time Juno and four-time Grammy winner seems unstoppable. What might she take on next?  That is surely a mystery but we can expect no less than a work of art. While we wonder what brilliance she’ll create next, we can anxiously await her upcoming concert—Summer Sessions at Ambleside, the perfect way to pay homage to a truly spectacular BC summer and welcome in the crisp fall season ahead.  Taking place Saturday, September 12th at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, the event will feature special performances from guests Neil Young and Sheryl Crow, and of course the diva herself.

Over the years Ms. McLachlan’s music has spanned the divide across generations and between races and cultures, and she’s touched the lives of so many—some in person through her humanitarian work, most through her music—all of whom are inevitably moved and inspired by her song.  Sarah, we want in turn to say ‘thank you’ for your gift of music, your generosity and the kindness of your heart.

Her voice is unmistakable; her melodies and moving lyrics know no boundaries, her generosity of spirit encourages us to take a deeper look inside ourselves and ask, what can I do today to make this world a better place? Sarah McLachlan is an extraordinary musician but also a philanthropist, a mother, a spokesperson and so much more.

When we think of a musical icon, someone whose sound can be identified in an instant, a person Canadians look up to and are proud to call one of our own, we think of Sarah McLachlan. Sarah’s musical career began over two decades ago and has been going strong ever since. She has achieved incredible success—in fact, every one of her studio and live albums and videos has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Each of her albums—Afterglow, Freedom Sessions, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Mirrorball Solace, Surfacing, Touch, and Wintersong—gives the listener something truly unique; a sound so special, so different from the next, yet so familiar.

Her Legacy –

Sarah took her passion for music to a whole new level when she founded Lilith Fair, a tour which brought together two million people over its three-year history. It was the most successful all-female music festival in history, and one of the biggest music festivals of the 1990s. Lilith Fair celebrated women in music, showcasing more than 100 female artists to fans across North America. By the end of its run in 1999, the festival had raised more than $7 million for charities and women’s shelters across North America. Through Lilith Fair, Sarah helped pave the way for many musicians.

But…she certainly did not stop there! The Vancouver-based singer/songwriter founded the Sarah McLachlan Foundation in 1999 to help bring music into the lives of young Canadians, especially those in underserved communities. She established the first Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach—an Arts Umbrella Project in Vancouver’s inner city four years later. The program offers students free music lessons, educational workshops, mentorship and support networks. It provides high-quality instruction in guitar, piano, percussion and choir. The program helps to develop self-esteem and confidence and nurtures students’ ongoing love of music.

If that were not enough, since 2006 Sarah has been the spokesperson for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, advocating the kind, caring and humane treatment of animals.

Over the years Sarah has worked tirelessly to recognize the beauty and talent in others, and it was only a matter of time before she began to receive some long overdue recognition of her own. Sarah received the Order of Canada in 2000 for her outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Then, in 2008, Sarah received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. The prize, named after the late CHUM Limited founder Allan Waters, recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced Canada’s social fabric.

This eight-time Juno and four-time Grammy winner seems unstoppable. What might she take on next? That is surely a mystery but we can expect no less than a work of art. While we wonder what brilliance she’ll create next, we can anxiously await her upcoming concert—Summer Sessions at Ambleside, the perfect way to pay homage to a truly spectacular BC summer and welcome in the crisp fall season ahead. Taking place Saturday, September 12th at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, the event will feature special performances from guests Neil Young and Sheryl Crow, and of course the diva herself.

Over the years Ms. McLachlan’s music has spanned the divide across generations and between races and cultures, and she’s touched the lives of so many—some in person through her humanitarian work, most through her music—all of whom are inevitably moved and inspired by her song. Sarah, we want in turn to say ‘thank you’ for your gift of music, your generosity and the kindness of your heart.

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Adam Toren

 
Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.