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Barefoot in the Backyard returns to West Vancouver September 11th, 2015. Join Sarah McLachlan and selected friends in Vancouver for Barefoot in the Backyard in support of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.

Experience an incredible evening in West Vancouver of live musical performances held in intimate backyard surroundings all while dining on extraordinary cuisine. Tickets on sale in 2015! Save the date! Some of previous guest performers included:


Sarah McLachlan Sarah

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009, she has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. Since 2006 she has also been known as a highly visible supporter of the ASPCA, as well as The Sarah School of Music and various other charities.

k.d. lang

In 2010, k.d. lang marked the 25th anniversary of her recording debut with Recollection, a career retrospective. To date, lang has won eight Juno awards. She has also been honored with four GRAMMY® awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada. In 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She has appeared alongside such musical luminaries as Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and Loretta Lynn. lang has also contributed to numerous soundtracks, and has appeared in films and television shows.

“She’s the best singer of her generation,” said Tony Bennett, who has frequently toured with lang since their 2002 Wonderful World duets album. She is renowned for her live shows, prompting the New York Times’ Stephen Holden to observe: “Few singers command such perfection of pitch. Her voice, at once beautiful and unadorned and softened with a veil of smoke, invariably hits the middle of a note and remains there.”

Stevie Nicks Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

Among the truths we hold to be self-evident are these: Canadian bands can play their asses off, and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold, as well as putting myriad fannies in the seats of concert halls and amphitheaters around the world.

On the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, BNL—Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals)—are celebrating with new album GRINNING STREAK. The album, the band's twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts.

Stevie Nicks Colin

Colin James

Colin James

Colin James is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and producer whose career has spanned over twenty-five years, sixteen albums and six Juno's. Colin has taken home 18 Maple Blues Awards and was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. His albums have been certified multi-platinum many times over. Mentored from a young age by guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, his 1988 self-titled debut album, featuring his two self-penned hits "Voodoo Thing" and "Five Long Years," was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history. Since then, Colin James has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band.


Colonel Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield

“Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world everyday while living aboard the International Space Station for over five months. Since blasting off from Kazakhstan in December 2012, Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into the collective consciousness not felt since man first walked on the moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong” by the BBC, Hadfield—now safely back on Earth—continues to bring the glory of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

Hadfield is the pioneer of many “firsts” in Canadian space history. In 1992, he was among the first chosen as Canada’s second class of astronauts. Three years later, he became the first Canadian to use the Canadarm and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft during his mission to the Russian space station. In 2001, he performed two spacewalks as a mission specialist on STS-100―the first Canadian to do so, and in 2010 the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Hadfield’s third mission: commanding the International Space Station (ISS)—again a first for a Canadian.

Hadfield launched into space on December 19, 2012 and took command of the ISS on March 13, 2013. His multiple daily Tweets and photographs from space made people see the world differently. His Twitter conversation with William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series, went viral (“Are you tweeting from space?” inquired Shatner, who got a quick reply: “Yes, standard orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.”), and even Queen Elizabeth Tweeted the station commander.

Hadfield’s accessibility, whether answering questions such as “how do you wring out a washcloth in space,” via Skype or collaborating with The Barenaked Ladies for a song sung by over a million people simultaneously, endeared him to all while he orbited Earth. When, on his last day on the ISS, he posted his farewell music video online―a reworking of David Bowie’s Space Oddity―it exploded, garnering millions of views in its first hours alone.

“Who’d have thought that five months away from the planet would make you feel closer to people,” asked Hadfield. “This experience is not individual―it’s shared and it’s mutual and it’s worldwide.”

A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and test pilot, Hadfield’s many awards include being named a Member of the Order of Ontario (1996); receiving an honourary Doctorate of Laws from Trent University (1999); the Vanier Award (2001); the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2002); and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003). He was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005 and commemorated on the Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins in 2006.

Hadfield announced his retirement from the CSA on June 10, 2013.

We look forward to welcoming you to Barefoot in the Backyard, in support of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. Please note the following important information for your evening, further details will be sent via email closer to the event.


The evening will feature the award winning cuisine paired perfectly with a full bar.

Dress Code

Back yard beautiful! As this is an outdoor event, please note that flat or low-heeled shoes are appropriate and we remind you that it can get cooler at night.


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Tax receipt will be mailed to you. All prices CAD.

IMPORTANT: You will need photo identification to gain entry to the event.

Car Service

Vouchers will be available onsite for those guests who choose to leave their vehicles at home. Valet Parking will be provided onsite.



Guest Arrival and
Welcome Cocktails


Evening Program begins
Sarah McLachlan
School of Music


Exclusive Live Auction


Evening Program

About the School of Music

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SoM) provides no cost music education to underserved and at risk children and youth who face challenging cultural, social and economic circumstances. Students in grades 4-12 receive high quality music instruction in both contemporary and classical traditions including piano, guitar, percussion, choir, music and video production.

SoM is founded on a belief in the enriching power of music and the importance of creative community. The School reaches hundreds of young people every year, providing them with a secure and inspiring environment in which they can learn, practice and connect with others.
The Sarah McLachlan School of Music provides students with the space and guidance they need to express themselves. By experiencing the joy of music, they cultivate a feeling of pride and self-worth. Music ignites their passion and energy, giving them confidence, perseverance, self-esteem, creative thinking, teamwork skills, and determination needed for lifelong success.