Posted on March 31st, 2010 by .

In the late 1990s, Lilith Fair was one of the most successful touring festivals out there. For three summers it hosted some of the best female musicians in the world and the vast crowds of people that loved them. Then it disappeared. But, on July 23rd at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the women of Lilith Fair return to Montreal…

Lilith Fair was created by Sarah McLachlan, the Grammy-Award winning,  Canadian singer-songwriter, who, frustrated by some of the industry’s latent sexism, decided to book her own tour with several other female musicians. Buoyed by this success, she teamed up with several influential partners and created Lilith Fair and, by the following summer, the rest was history. Or, perhaps more accurately, herstory. It featured musicians like Tracy Chapman, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot and, of course, McLachlan herself. In the process, they also managed to donate over $10 million to a variety of women’s charities across North America.

Now that it’s 2010, we have to ask ourselves: have things improved? You could say “yes” and point to the fact that Lady Gaga and Beyonce are some of the biggest musicians in the world and are clearly in control of their careers. But, just as quickly, you can probably think of some reason why “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. But let’s put that aside for a second- whose playing Montreal this summer? Well, McLachlan is back with her first album of new material in seven years and she’ll be joined not only by big-names acts like Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson, but also up and comers like Elisapie Isaac, Meaghan Smith and more. After all, letting the music have the opportunity to speak for itself was sort of the point to begin with.

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