Concert news: Sarah McLachlan is coming to Edmonton Nov.16

“I think this tour is going to be a real walk down memory lane for me, and I’m hoping that my audience, many of whom have been with me for 30 years, will also be able to go back in time with me.”

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It will be a sweet surrender for fans of Sarah McLachlan.

The Grammy and Juno-award winning artist is set to play Edmonton and Rogers Place on Nov.16 as part of her ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’ 30th anniversary tour.

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McLachlan is already performing around North America with back-to-back shows in Seattle this weekend, and she will be on stage in Toronto June 19.

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There were 12 Canadian dates added to her tour that begins on Nov. 2 in Peterborough, Ont.

Before coming to Edmonton, McLachlan has shows in Saskatoon (Nov. 13) and Calgary (Nov. 14).

McLachlan will be joined by the acoustic harmony trio Tiny Habits on their first tour of Canada.

In an interview with Postmedia’s Stuart Derdeyn in advance of her May 23 show in Vancouver, McLachlan said Fumbling, her third album, was a welcome change from her previous two.

“Your first album is learning to write songs, the second record was about a lot of high-pressure from the American label to write singles which I’d never considered myself doing as I didn’t fit into any one box,” she said.”With Fumbling, I had a great more freedom to make the record I wanted, being single for the first time in my adult life leaving me unencumbered and so on.

“That freedom to immerse myself fully, completely, is something I remember as being really easy and satisfying.”

The recording process solidified the musician’s 30-plus-year working relationship with producer/songwriter Pierre Marchand. The duo behind the massive albums Surfacing and Mirrorball is being broken up for the Halifax-born singer’s new album. As she pens new music she had described as being possibly political, McLachlan is working with producer Tony Berg, whose work on the Boygenius album produced a massive global smash.

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“Tony is a great guy who has worked with a ton of different musicians and genres and I really like working with him,” she said. “I’ve strong-armed him a few times to come up here, because I’d really like to be here as I’m the mother of a teenager, etc.”

She will play the entirety of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy for the 30th-anniversary tour shows. The rest of the set will be favourites from across the artist’s nine albums.

“We start the show with Fumbling, and I’m planning on staying pretty true to the record, or only straying a little,” she said. “But we will dig into that with the 10 days of rehearsals before the opening concert. We always come up with some interesting and fun ideas from those sessions. I expect they will be where the final set list is determined.”

McLachlan hopes to see the new music coming out in the next year and is excited to rotate some of the new songs through the set lists on the coming tour.

“I think it’s interesting as an artist or as a human for that matter, to be able to go back and look at a postcard of a time in your life and reflect on it,” said Sarah McLachlan in a release.

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“I think this tour is going to be a real walk down memory lane for me, and I’m hoping that my audience, many of whom have been with me for 30 years, will also be able to go back in time with me.”

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, released in 1993, quickly topped the charts in Canada and went certified platinum within just a few weeks. It sold more than three million copies worldwide. Many of her hit singles, including “Ice Cream” “Hold On” and “Possession,” were on that album.

With every ticket purchase, $1 will be donated to the non-profit Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free high-quality music education and mentorship to children and youth facing barriers.

Tickets go on sale on May 28. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on sale tickets, beginning on May 31 at 10 a.m. MT at livenation.com

— with files from Stuart Derdeyn

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