MusicFest Vancouver 2011: Sarah McLachlan

Monday, July 11th, 2011 — 11:43am PST
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MusicFest Vancouver returns August 5th to 14th as over 40 classical, jazz, and world music concerts will be held around town.

MusicFest VancouverEach year for 10 days in August, concert venues throughout Vancouver play host to unforgettable musical experiences that bring enthusiastic and adventurous music lovers together with some of the most talented artists in the world.

Whether you’re a knowledgeable and demanding consumer of musical performance, or a relative newcomer to a particular musical scene, the festival opens its doors and its heart to you and draws you into its vibrant milieu.

Highlights include BMO Family Day with a concert in VanDusen Botanical Garden, Accordion Day, Discovery Day, Jazz at the Cellar, and Morning Chamber Music.

Tickets are for all events are currently available online starting at $49 for bundles of concerts in each of the programs listed above, and more.

Sarah McLachlan

BC’s own Sarah McLachlan, who is world-renown for her chat-topping albums, songwriting, and enchanting vocals, will be opening MusicFest along with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (led by Leslie Dala) August 5th. The Odlum Brown Gala Opening Concert will take place at the Orpheum and “party dress” is encouraged for this special event.

If you would like to attend the opening gala with Sarah McLachlan, I have an exclusive pair of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • I entered to win tickets to see @SarahMcLachlan with @VSOrchestra from @MFestVan & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 9:00am. Follow MFestVan on Twitter or Facebook for news and updates about MusicFest Vancouver.

    Update The winner is Fiona!

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    1. Jen says:

      I would love to attend!

    2. Jeremy says:

      This would be a great night πŸ™‚

    3. Erin says:

      Another great contest. This would be awesome!

    4. Al says:

      Thanks for making a pair of tickets available – would love to win a pair.

    5. Helaine says:

      ah, any night with the VSO is wonderful. They were also wonderful last night at Summer Live.

    6. Caitlin says:

      Sounds fabulous!

    7. sharonne says:

      I would love to attend and I follow you on twitter – we just happen to be in Vancouver that week!

    8. Kristina Berg says:

      Love to see Sarah.

      Love Miss 604 πŸ™‚

    9. Teresa says:

      I’ve seen her once before. She’s great!

    10. Susannah says:

      I bet this will be one excellent summer series. πŸ™‚

    11. Alexa says:

      Yes pleeease!

    12. Candice says:

      VSO + Sarah McLachlan = one perfect night out!

    13. jeanie says:

      would love to attend this! =D

    14. I would be blessed to be absorbed into an evening of Sarah McLachlan’s amazing expression of life through her music at the MusicFest Opening Gala! I clean up real good!

    15. Haermoni says:

      I’ve loved Sarah’s music since the early 90s. I didn’t see her live until Lilith Fair, I love her!

    16. Phy says:

      I’d love to go!

    17. Sheona says:

      I haven’t been able to catch her live yet and would really love to!

    18. Darcy says:

      Great prize, great musicians/singers, great blog!

    19. Lori says:

      I would even come home early from holidays if I won this amazing prize!

    20. Lindsey says:

      Win win!!

    21. ML says:


    22. K T says:

      Love to attend this event! Wish me luck!

    23. Crystal Brendzy says:

      Love, love the contest!!!

    24. Darcy G says:

      I want to win!!!! please

    25. Sanaz says:

      Would love to attend

    26. Michelle says:

      This should be a good show!

    27. Rebecca says:

      I love Sarah and I’d love the opportunity to see her live.

    28. Annie says:

      I love Sarah, one of my fav artists!

    29. Jody L says:

      I would love to see her perform!

    30. maria says:

      I love her!

    31. Aimee says:

      My best friend would be absolutely thrilled to go – she’s been a fan forever! Would love to be able to surprise her with tickets!

    32. Areta says:

      My entry here!

    33. Genesa says:

      Great contest Rebecca!

    34. Henry says:

      Winning this would be awesome!

    35. Riles says:

      Winning this would be a total dream!!

    36. HarjitCh says:

      I’ve never seen her perform live and would love to go.

    37. TZ says:

      Ooh-party dress. Sounds fun! Plus I’ve never had the opportunity to see Sarah live.

    38. Ada Lasaleta says:

      I love Sarah! I love VSO! Combined? Would just be uber amazing!

    39. Karly says:

      I love Sarah McLachlan, and would love to see her live.

    40. Sherman Woo says:

      VSO + Sarah would make an awesome combination!

    41. Catherine says:

      This would be great! If I don’t win, I’m going to try and buy tickets.

    42. Pls enter us in the contest! THX!

    43. Jeff says:

      I’ve been a long time Sarah McLachlan fan since her first album.

    44. Kathryn says:

      would love to attend!

    45. I would love to win tickets πŸ™‚ Would love to take my daughter to her 1st concert πŸ™‚

    46. AngieMac says:

      A dream come true!

    47. Daphne says:

      Would love to win a ticket to see her!

    48. Kathryn says:

      I love Sarah!!!

    49. Ali says:

      Sounds like fun!!

    50. Jen says:

      Please pick me! πŸ™‚

    51. Shannon says:

      Wow! That would be a great concert!

    52. Avery says:

      I would love to go to this!

    53. Anna says:

      Saw her at GM place years ago! She was amazing! would love to see Sarah again!

    54. Fran says:

      Wow – what an opportunity – thanks for making these tickets available – and YES, I would love to be chosen!

    55. Pat the Cat says:

      It would make for a great date with my girlfriend!

    56. Stacey says:

      Yay! I love Sarah!

    57. Margaret says:

      I enter contests with discretion but this is one I couldn’t pass up. Would love to go!

    58. Vicki says:

      Sarah makes my life!

    59. Marcela says:

      That concert would be spectacular, I’m in!!

    60. Les says:

      Did you know how Sarah got to Vancouver? “The signing with Nettwerk prompted McLachlan to move to Vancouver, British Columbia. There she recorded the first of her albums, Touch, in 1988, which received both critical and commercial success and included the hit song “Vox”. During this period she also contributed to an album by Manufacture, and embarked on her first national concert tour as an opening act for The Grapes of Wrath.”

      Yes this would be a Grand Night!
      Have a Good One

    61. Jolene says:

      How Awesome! I’d love to see her live!

    62. Laura says:

      would love to see Sarah!

    63. Wendy says:

      3 of my favourite things in one venue: Sarah McLachlan, The VSO, and the beautiful Orpheum Theatre. Love it!

    64. Noelle says:

      This would be amazing!!

    65. KatR says:

      all fingers crossed!

    66. Michelle says:

      What a fantastic combination – it would be an amazing show to see.

    67. Blue Horizon says:

      Support local artists!!

    68. tracy says:

      wow! this would be an amazing show!

    69. marisa says:

      How cool would this be? Super cool!

    70. I’ve been a SM fan for many years now. Have been to quite a few of her shows in Vancouver and even Las Vegas. I’d love a chance to go πŸ™‚

    71. tan ya says:

      I could do with some great music!

    72. Melissa says:

      would love to see her!

    73. TY says:

      crossing my fingers!!

    74. Summer says:

      I would love to see Sarah again. She has been a joy every time.

    75. It is great to see Sarah has stayed close to her Vancouver roots. This will be a great concert and thanks to Miss604 for the opportunity for free tickets!

    76. Kim says:

      YAY! I <3 the VSO + Sarah McLachlan!

    77. Deborah says:

      I love her!

    78. Barry says:

      Count me in!

    79. Jennifer says:

      Yes please, yes please,please,please,please,please.
      Thank you πŸ™‚

    80. Shauna says:

      I’d love to see her again!

    81. Gina says:

      Fumbling towards ecstasy is one of my all-time favorite albums, her voice is amazing!

    82. Andrew says:

      The VSo is already one Vancouver’s gems. To pair the VSO with another shining star, Sarah, is an outstanding combination. They were great at the 2010 Opening Ceremonies and I’m sure they will shine together again at this concert.

    83. Hayley says:

      I would love to go see her <3

    84. Rebecca says:

      I love her – great contest! πŸ™‚

    85. Arieanna says:

      I’d love to see her live again πŸ™‚

    86. Yvette says:

      So would love to be there!!

    87. Don says:

      MusicFest has some great concerts. I would love to go to the Opening Gala

    88. Xing says:

      I’d like to see her in concert!

    89. pamiam says:

      I would make a special trip to Vancouver for this. Thanks!

    90. Jas says:

      LOVE HER!! This would be an awesome even to go to!

    91. Julie says:

      Sarah is my absolute favourite artist!! Would love to see her again!!

    92. Heather B says:

      I love Sarah! I hope I win πŸ™‚

    93. Catherine merlin says:

      Yes please it would be fantastic! Thank u for the opportunity

    94. Dennis Sato says:

      Sarah is great! Keepin my fingers crossed

    95. Brenda says:

      I love Sarah McLachlan and I love the VSO… to be able to see them together would be divine!

    96. Julie R says:

      You’re best contest yet! I would LOVE to see Sarah with the VSO! She’s easily my very fave singer/songwriter!

    97. Chris L says:

      I would love to see this concert!

    98. Tracy says:

      I love Sarah McLachlan! Hope I get to go πŸ˜€

    99. Brenda says:

      I would love to see Sarah!

    100. Cliff says:

      Her classic songs are my favourites!

    101. Vania says:

      What a great combination. This will be an awesome show not to be missed but I need to win the ticket. Please, please.

    102. Barb says:

      What an amazing opportunity! I have never gone to any type of “Gala” event… would be incredible to see Sarah and VSO!!!

    103. Harb says:

      The VSO and Sarah would sound so good together

    104. Gudrun says:

      I am grateful for this opportunity!

    105. Kathy says:

      Sounds like a very classy affair! I don’t remember the last time I attended a symphony.

    106. John McBain says:

      Thanks for providing the tickets Musicfest is my favourite festival
      in Vancouver!

    107. Bonnie says:

      It’s always nice to see a performer in a small venue like the Orpheum and Sarah is always fabulous.

    108. Achan says:

      I visit to vancouver from Japan! I would love to see her!

    109. Marci Deane says:

      Great contest…I hope I win. πŸ™‚

    110. Steve says:

      Pick me pick me!!

    111. chris says:

      Should be a memorable evening!

    112. TY says:

      sarah mclachlan + VSO = perfection!

    113. Lesley says:

      I’d love to attend!

    114. Wendy T says:

      It would be great to see Sarah in concert.

    115. Jules says:

      I would like to go see Sarah and VSO =)

    116. Kristyn says:

      What a great event! You can’t beat a good night of music with “party dress!”

    117. alex says:

      “I will remember you…” if you draw my name to see Sarah!

    118. Deidre says:

      This would be amazing!

    119. Vince says:

      I would take my wife on a special night out if this was me!

    120. Jeanette says:

      Sounds fantastic – am a huge fan of Sarah McLachlan’s. Thanks for making tickets available.

    121. Jenn H says:

      this would be so lovely. i have always wanted to see Sarah live

    122. Patricia says:

      I would LOVE to go! It’s going to be an amazing night.

    123. Andrew says:

      Sarah AND VSO?!

    124. Patricia says:

      I love Sarah!

    125. Meghan W says:

      What a great prize!

    126. Laura says:

      I love Sarah too! Count me in πŸ™‚

    127. Roberta says:

      Sounds like fun, Sarah McLachlan AND the VSO. Very nice.

    128. Richard says:

      Would love to see the VSO

    129. Karen says:

      Nice combination, Sarah & the VSO.

    130. Ruby Thapar says:

      I’ve never seen her perform live. This would be alot of fun.

    131. Nicky says:

      I was sick for my tickets to the VSO earlier this year so lets hope I am lucky this time!

    132. Kai says:

      Sarah + the VSO would be a lovely night to behold.

    133. lori says:

      Wow, that would be amazing to attend!

    134. Liz says:

      This would be an evening to remember.

    135. rino says:

      sounds great!

    136. tania says:

      that would be awesome!!

    137. Evelyn says:

      Would love to see her and the VSO!

    138. Cicy says:

      A friend of mine is just dying to see Sarah McLachhlan. And I would greatly enjoy it too =)

    139. muckymoo says:

      Wow, that would be incredible.

    140. Carly says:

      Pick me! Pick me!

    141. li lian says:

      I would love to attend

    142. Esaiah says:

      I can’t wait to attend!

    143. Monica says:

      I love Sarah!

    144. Jeremy Liao says:

      would love to go see her

    145. angela says:

      Please.. Pick me, pick me!!! I wanna go!!! Please pick me!!! πŸ™‚

    146. Davies says:

      I would like to see her. Love her music….

    147. Jennifer says:

      I love the VSO and I heart Sarah Mclachlan!

    148. Tom says:

      My girlfriend would love this

    149. Sharon says:

      Open the doors that lead on into eden

    150. Brenda says:

      This would be absolutely amazing to attend. Sarah is such a beautiful soul!

    151. Brenda says:

      This would be absolutely amazing to attend. Sarah sings like someone from heaven!

    152. Fiona says:

      What a show! and on my Birthday too!

    153. Kalpna says:


    154. Tracy says:

      omg..this sounds amazing!!!!

    155. Jenny L. says:

      I would love to attend!

    156. Katherine says:

      Hoping for a spectacular Vancouver summer memory…

    157. karrie says:

      oh yes please!!!

    158. Cynthia says:

      I would love to attend! =)

    159. kat says:

      I’d love to be there! πŸ™‚

    160. Ally says:

      <3 sarah!

    161. Tara says:

      This would be looovely!!

    162. Vanessa says:

      Love Love Love Sarah!

    163. SManky says:

      Thanks for the opportunity to get in on such an amazing night!

    164. Klara says:

      Vancouver is so much fun in the summer πŸ™‚

    165. Cameron says:

      I sat outside the fence and listened to her at Lillith Fair in West Van. Her voice was so clear in the summer night air.

    166. Joanne says:

      Oh l would love to take my family to her show, they are in from a small northern community. Thanks

    167. kelly says:

      Great night out with my son!

    168. May says:

      It would be sublime to win this!

    169. Sharon says:

      Would love to win!!!

    170. Jackie says:

      Love Sarah. Will be a great show.

    171. Jodi says:

      Would love to see Sarah & the VSO.

    172. Leane says:

      I would love to hear her live….

    173. Chris says:

      I would love to attend this amazing concert with Sarah McLachlan.
      My elderly Mom and I attended Lilith last year at Ambleside expressly to see Sarah but had to leave long before Sarah ever came onstage due to the total clusterf*** of the evening. Couldn’t eat/couldn’t see/could barely hear. What a disaster that was! Her manager promised to help us out at a future concert (but he is not her manager any more)!

    174. Brita says:

      I have loved her music from the beginning – what a treat this would be!

    175. jeff says:

      I haven’t listened to her in years, but Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was one great album.

    176. maria says:

      “listen as the wind blows from across the great divide” – sarah has guided thousands through heartache and loss, love and triumph.

    177. Elle says:

      I grew up listening to Sarah. Love her!

    178. Marianne says:

      A flawless music performer, always!

    179. Jennifer says:

      She’s so talented.

    180. Ping says:

      please….let it be me-eeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    181. Denise says:

      My partner and I would love to go.

    182. Karen says:

      Sarah is amazing in concert! I would love to see her! I hope I win.

    183. Dot says:

      Saw her at Lilith Fair in the 90’s… she was great.

    184. kels says:

      sarah mclachlan is great- love “dont give up on us”

    185. Shel says:

      Would love to win this, thanks!

    186. Vince says:

      Love Sarah!

    187. Mike W says:

      Love to go!

    188. Virg says:

      I love her songs!

    189. Megan says:

      Would love to go!!! I am a singer and totally look up to her πŸ™‚

    190. connie says:

      she’s a great singer!

    191. Andre says:

      Sarah McLachlan *and* VSO, how awesome is that?

    192. Julie says:

      would love to win!

    193. Dom says:

      Great contest! Would love to see her live.

    194. Kash Kaur says:

      My mum is her biggest fan and I adore the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
      Would love the opportunity for a broke student to give my mum something she likes πŸ™‚

    195. Joanne says:

      Sarah McLachlan + VSO = epic night!!

    196. Monica Wyllie says:

      Great venue! Great Singer!
      What a night it will be!
      I hope to be there!

    197. Steve says:

      Would love to go!

    198. Maryanne says:

      Haven’t seen her in a very long time and would love to go!

    199. Sarah says:

      This would be amazing!

    200. Joanne says:

      Sarah’s music got me out of a lot of hard times. I will be in Vancouver 28-30 with my daughter. This would be a magical night for us both : )

    201. Greg says:

      My wife would freak if I could bring her to this!

    202. Steven says:

      My gf would love me forever for taking her.

    203. Sylvia F F says:

      Hey your glass is empty
      it’s a hell of a long way home
      why don’t you let me take you
      it’s no good to go alone

      one of my favorites!

      also……”Song for a Winter’s night” is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Listen to it and you’ll know what I mean ( I know it’s July!)

    204. Erica says:

      oh boy! My birthday is July 30th! If I get to go, it will be best present I get for my 25th birthday <3<3

    205. Sandra Di says:

      sounds amazing!

    206. Nancy says:

      Sounds divine…

    207. Jessica T says:

      This would be amazing!

    208. Fiona says:

      Please count me in! That would be a dream come true!

    209. Adrian P says:

      I’d love to see here live

    210. Karina says:

      I would LOVE to see Sarah McLaughlin perform with the VSO!

    211. Lisa says:

      yes please!

    212. will says:

      Sounds great. Pick me please!

    213. Stewart S says:

      Let me entry sit right where you will dig in to pick out the winner!

    214. Allison says:

      Please draw my name!

    215. Heather says:

      Love Sarah – I play her songs to soothe my nephews to sleep

    216. Wow, party dress, Sarah McLachlan, and the VSO. Hard to go wrong.

    217. Deb says:

      One of my favourite performers. Would love to see Sarah and VSO together!

    218. oana says:

      Sign me up! I love Sarah!

    219. What a great contest! I would LOVE to see Sarah and the VSO!

    220. Glen says:

      This would be a great concert for me and my kid to go to together

    221. Belinda says:

      This will be so awesome!

    222. dee says:

      i would love to attend!

    223. Piranha boy says:

      Thx miss 604! I am one of Sarah’s biggest fans!

    224. Sandra says:

      That sounds like an amazing concert. I’d take my mom.

    225. Laura says:

      I would cry tears of joy if I won! Sounds like an amazing night!

    226. Julie R says:

      Oh, yes!! One of my all-time faves! You bet I’ll enter, and keep my fingers crossed! Thanks for the contest.

    227. Stotes says:

      I haven’t seen her live since her appearance at the Tsunami Relief Concert and I would love to see her in concert again!

    228. Adrienne says:

      Awesome! I was there last night for pops and wow. Would love to see Sarah. πŸ™‚

    229. stephanie says:

      This would be such a great thing to go and see.

    230. Sarah says:

      Any excuse to put on a party dress!!

    231. Julia says:

      Would be awsome to attend her show, love her music!

    232. Eileen says:

      She sings like an angel. I have her music but have never seen her in person.

    233. Marianne says:

      Please count me in!

    234. Sandy says:

      Sarah sings so beautifully live and with VSO would just be an extra treat

    235. Kelsey says:

      Sarah is such an amazing, effortlessly talented singer. Her contribution to charities through musical outreach is inspiring πŸ™‚

    236. Albert C says:

      Very awesome!

    237. Marilou says:

      Would love to win these tix.

    238. Nicki says:

      I love Sarah — her outreach program for kids is fantastic!

    239. Holly says:

      I love Sarah’s beautiful voice, spirit, and heart. And we missed the VSO at Deer Lake this year. Would so love to see this.

    240. Winnie says:

      Sounds like a great concert!

    241. Miranda says:

      I would love to go to this concert – especially because my date is a huge Sarah McLachlan fan and I would win huge gf brownie points.

    242. Lisa says:

      Thanks for this chance! Enter me in the contest, please!

    243. Roger Wales says:

      Love to see her, the sound of her voice gives me chills

    244. Andrew C. says:

      Nice prize πŸ™‚

    245. glenno says:

      SAW MOODY BLUES WITH THE VSO……….wut a fabulous evening …..i want to experience spectacular……i can say sarah and the vso would be just that………SPECTACULAR

    246. Ruby Thapar says:

      I would love to attend.

    247. nadine says:

      this will be a great concert!!!

    248. Shawn Nygren says:

      Sarah is amazing…………love her so much. What a treat it would be to see her with the VSO.

    249. Char says:

      Sarah McLachlan has a wonderful OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR KIDS…SOON she will be singing at VSO…I find that remarkable. I certainly wanna win the tickets to go see her dazzle the crowd at the GALA EVENT.

      I entered to win tickets to see @SarahMcLachlan with @VSOrchestra from @MFestVan & @Miss604

    250. Sharylin says:

      This would be an incredible concert to see!

    251. Genna says:

      Sarah is amazing and would be spectacular to see her with VSO

    252. amfriesen says:

      not sure if this is going to do anything as there are OVER 200 here plus who knows how many tweets (including mine)

    253. anita says:

      I would love to see her perform!

    254. Mae says:

      I’d love to be there. She has an amazing voice and her songs speak to me.

    255. aylo says:

      My husband loves her music.

    256. ari says:

      Great contest

    257. ying says:

      Lovely conbination.

    258. rose says:

      great contest

    259. alo says:

      Sarah + VSO = class

    260. pete says:

      would be some concert.

    261. A H says:

      Good luck everyone.

    262. plo says:

      I’ll buy tickets if I don’t win.

    263. MAXINE says:

      Soooooo Glad I caught this the day before entries closed! Must be karma – just yesterday I bought one of Sarah’s CD’s at a yard sale to add to my collection. She’s my favourite for sure – what a beautiful mix Sarah, VSO and the Orpheum – wow. Love to surprise my friend – we’re always looking for great events that we can afford!! Good luck to everyone……………….but here’s hoping I win!!

    264. allyson says:

      This will be an amazing concert. I would love to attend.

    265. Andrea says:

      Fingers crossed – I have seen Sarah perform once before and everything about it was breathtaking. No detail was overlooked… from the stage to the colours and the set list…. she is truly an AMAZING artist.

    266. Karen says:

      I love Sarah McLachlan. She rocks!

    267. lisa says:

      i love sarah! dying to go!

    268. Michelle says:

      I would love to see Sarah. She’s great.

    269. Tracy says:

      Love her! Would be a great show! *fingers crossed*

    270. Heather says:

      Dying to see her live!

    271. Erica Son says:

      Her music and voice make me feel like i am in heaven. I wish i could show n hear her voice to her πŸ™‚

    272. Lori says:

      Pleaase pick me!

    273. I love Sarah! Please pick me! πŸ˜€

    274. Dan says:

      sounds great!

    275. Karina Eva says:

      She is just great

    276. Duncan Stephen says:

      I love her music! Great contest.

    277. Christine says:

      That would be amazing!

    278. c says:

      love sarah – good luck everyone!

    279. Leah says:

      ooh ooh me!!!

    280. Christine says:

      Sounds good

    281. Laura says:

      I love Sarah McLachlan!

    282. Luc says:

      Never seen her live.

    283. Renee says:

      Would love, love, love this!! Have a great day! πŸ™‚

    284. Janice Cotter says:

      Love Sarah McLachlan’s music, can only be better in tandem with the VSO.

    285. Nathaniel wai says:

      This would be amazing! Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    286. Joanna says:

      Would love to go!

    287. Nancy says:

      Sarah McLachlan is amazing! Would love to hear her live!

    288. Nancy says:

      Sarah McLachlan is an amazing woman! Would love to hear her live!

    289. Francine says:

      Sweet, this is awesome! πŸ˜‰

    290. Alison Lim says:

      I would love to surprise my mom with these tickets!!

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