It was such a pleasure to watch and listen to Sarah McLachlan perform at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. I never thought it could be possible, but her voice has grown more powerful with time and I am a fan all over again.
Sarah McLachlan played two sold out shows in Edmonton on October 30 and 31st. She opened with In Your Shoes which is one of my favourite songs off of her new album, Shine On. This was followed by an old audience favourite, Building a Mystery, from her 1997 album Surfacing.
, Sarah moved over to the piano to play and stayed there for Answer
, Broken Heart
, and Fallen
. Then it was back to centre stage for World on Fire
before taking a break to talk to her first round of social media winners.
Sarah is running a social media contest where you can share how you shine on through either Facebook or Twitter and select entrants will be invited to join her on stage. If she hasn’t made it to your city yet, the details to enter are found on her website
Sharing that she doesn’t have a lot of ‘happy’ love songs, she starts back up with Loving You Is Easy
from Her 2010 Laws of Illusion
Sarah then talks about dealing with difficult people, saying “It’s taken me this many years to be able to see people more clearly for what they are a little sooner, rather than later. I try to find a silver lining in every cloud so I look at those experiences when you rub against really difficult people. It’s all a learning experience, it sort of helps you to define your own boundaries. So, lesson… this is called Monsters
.” She then goes into playing this other favourite of mine from her new Shine On
Her last song before a short intermission was Stupid
from the album Afterglow
After the intermission, Sarah starts back strong with a touching song she wrote for her father who passed away titled Song for my Father, and eased seemlessly into her old hit, I Will Remember You.
The remaining songs in the last half of the set were:
- Brink of Destruction
- Hold on
- Love Beside Me
- Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
- Sweet Surrender
If you can imagine it, Sarah’s voice has become stronger over the years. It feels more confident and it was moving and powerful to experience. The audience reaction? Sarah got a well-deserved standing ovation, then came back with a fabulous surprise.
A four-song encore, beginning with In the Arms of an Angel
. Sarah first came on stage alone and played solo piano while singing. She then transitioned to Beautiful Girl
which she wrote for her daughters. Ice Cream
was her second to last song and it was quickly recognized by the audience. Sarah demonstrated her singing talents by ending this song on a high note – literally.
She shared that she learned how to play the ukulele for her last song of the evening, The Sound That Love Makes.
Presented by Live Nation, Sarah’s next three stops are Saskatoon (Nov 1), Regina (Nov 2), and Winnipeg (Nov 3).
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