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Award-winning singer-songwriter to be honoured

June 10, 2011

Dixon Tam, SFU PAMR, 778.782.8742 or 604.417.0881 (cell),

Sarah McLachlan
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Sarah McLachlan, a multi-platinum Grammy- and Juno-award-winning Vancouver musician and singer-songwriter, will be recognized with an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University next week.

She has sold 40 million albums worldwide and raised millions of dollars for causes including women's charities, AIDS sufferers and inner-city kids.

McLachlan also founded Lilith Fair, the historic all-women concert tour (1997-99, 2010) that became one of the highest grossing touring festivals ever, attracting more than two million concert-goers and raising more than $10 million for national and local women’s organizations.

She is also an avid animal-welfare advocate and her advertisement appealing for donations to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has raised more than $30 million since 2006.

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, McLachlan began her recording career in Vancouver in 1988 with her debut album Touch. Five of her 14 albums have reached the Billboard Top 15. McLachlan has won eight Juno Awards and been nominated for 23, including two nominations in 2011 for her album Laws of Illusion. She has also won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for 13.

Her off-stage accolades include the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award (1998) for advancing the careers of women in music, the Order of Canada (Officer, 1999) and the Order of British Columbia (2001).

An honorary degree will be conferred on McLachlan on June 15 at the 9:45 a.m. convocation ceremony on the Burnaby campus.

SFU will confer honorary degrees on five others, including former Vancouver city planner Ray Spaxman, McDonald’s Canada founder George Cohon, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, sportscaster Brian Williams, and molecular biologist Pavel Pevzner.

SFU will also invest its 10th chancellor, Carole Taylor, at its June 17, 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

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