Sarah McLachlan Confederation Park Main Stage, Ottawa ON, June 25
Published Jun 26, 2016Sarah 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!"