Sarah McLachlan

Confederation Park Main Stage, Ottawa ON, June 25

Sarah McLachlanConfederation Park Main Stage, Ottawa ON, June 25
Photo: Chris Bubinas
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Sarah McLachlan didn't make fans wait for her fantastic return to an outdoor concert venue. She walked out onto the main stage at 8:30 sharp at Ottawa's Confederation Park and blew into a two-hour serenade that began with "Building a Mystery" and went through all her hits.
 
The Vancouver-based McLachlan treated a sea of seated admirers to her top shelf of songs, from "Sweet Surrender" and "Adia" to "Ice Cream" and "Angel." Every one of her songs was a sparkling display of her singing prowess, which remains unaffected by time. Her bassist, Butterfly Boucher, backed her up on several songs, and it became clear on "Angel" — dedicated to a friend of McLachlan's that had recently passed away — that she too had impressive pipes.
 
Halfway through, McLachlan also laid down a contemplative cover of Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" to pay homage to Prince.
 
Near the end of her set, McLachlan flashed her sense of humour, too: "I don't want to sound like a Debbie Downer, because I'm generally pretty light-hearted and happy." Then, she introduced a new song and threw her arms up: "Surprise! It's about heartbreak!"


 
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