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Sarah McLachlan Celebrates 30 Years Of 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy' With Anniversary Tour

The Canadian singer-songwriter will play the classic album in its entirety on a 30-date tour next year, including two dates in Canada, with Feist and Allison Russell joining her.

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

Kharen Hill

One of Canada’s most successful singer-songwriters, Sarah McLachlan, will be bringing her classic record Fumbling Towards Ecstasy across the continent next year to mark its 30th anniversary. The Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 30th Anniversary Tour is scheduled to stop in thirty cities, including Toronto and Montreal, and will feature Feist and Allison Russell as very special guests.

Released in October 1993, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy was McLachlan’s third full-length record and took her career to new heights, laying the foundation for the huge commercial success of 1997’s Surfacing. The album marked McLachlan’s first entries on the Hot 100, with singles “Possession” and “Good Enough” charting at No. 73 and No. 77, respectively. It also reached the top 10 in Canada and No. 50 on the Billboard 200.


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The anniversary tour will stop at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage and Laval, Quebec’s Place Bell, as McLachlan travels from Seattle to New York and down to Texas from May to July of next year. Feist will join McLachlan for all dates except Toronto, following the release of her sixth record Multitudes this year. Allison Russell, who recently received four Grammy nominations, will appear at Budweiser Stage instead.

In the announcement video for the tour, McLachlan pokes gentle fun at the animal cruelty awareness videos that she participated in during the 2000s, telling fans that she’s “swapping singing for puppies for singing to people.” She promises to perform the album in its entirety, as well as other hits and newer songs during the summer tour.

Recorded in Montreal, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy is a testament to the turbulence and even danger of desire and helped establish McLachlan as leading a wave of influential and successful singer-songwriters in the ‘90s. The wave opened space in the industry for women songwriters in particular, and McLachlan would go on to found the massive festival Lilith Fair in the late ‘90s as a means of showcasing women in the music industry. McLachlan has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, winning three Grammy Awards and 12 Juno Awards.

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Tickets for the anniversary tour go on sale Friday, Dec. 15. Pre-sale begins Dec. 12.

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