JUNO AWARDS HOST SARAH MCLACHLAN ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S ‘UNSPOKEN RULE’ SHE BATTLED TO SUCCEED

'Thank God for women finally being able to stand up for themselves,' singer-songwriter says

McLachlan, a 12-time Juno Award winner, will host this year's awards show on March 17. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Her sound might be ethereal on instantly-recognizable tracks like AngelI Will Remember Youand Building A Mystery, but Sarah McLachlan’s voice is booming when it comes to feminism and equality.

The multiple Grammy and Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter — who will host this year’s Juno Awards on March 17 — said “we cannot be complacent” when it comes to women’s rights and shifting societal attitudes.

She said she learned early in her career that she’d have to battle an “old-school male attitude” if she wanted to achieve success.

“You couldn’t put two women back-to-back on the radio,” she told The National‘s Andrew Chang during a sit-down interview in Toronto. “You certainly couldn’t have two women on the same bill if you were touring. It wasn’t even an unspoken rule. It was just kind of there.”

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