It was a real pleasure and privilege to be part of the Sarah McLachlan concert to benefit the Osler Foundation. Prior to the concert, I was experiencing NHL withdrawal so I was really looking forward to this once in a lifetime event with a Grammy and Juno Award-winning Canadian music legend! What a spectacular time we had. To think that all this happened for Osler, in the Rose Theatre in Brampton, is awesome.
There was a reception before the concert started. Sarah (I am of course on a first name basis with her now) was generous with her fans. She signed autographs, posed for pictures and enjoyed personal moments with people who wanted to tell her how her music impacted their lives. She sang all of her hits, including my favourite, I Will Remember You. Every now and then you’d hear the audience sing along, and in between songs, there was thunderous applause. Sarah gave three encores and stayed for the 50/50 draw and auction. The Foundation auctioned off two guitars from Long & McQuade for an incredible $ 20,000 and the 50/50 winner donated his winnings of nearly $4,000 back to the Foundation!
Overall the benefit concert raised $634,000, of which Osler hospitals will receive the net proceeds. Congratulations and thank you to all those involved with putting together such a fine evening and giving such a tremendous boost to Osler’s redevelopment and renewal plans. And, to our new friend Sarah, thank you for an unforgettable concert.