After months of announcements, hype and cancelled shows, Lilith finally returned to the North American summer festival circuit with its inaugural show in Calgary yesterday.

With headliners Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Colby Caillet and, of course, Sarah McLachlan, Calgarians flocked by the thousands to celebrate women in music.

But after paying upwards of $250, crowds were greeted by general disorganization and long lines for food and drinks.

“It is not a very friendly setup and isn’t conducive of being social,” said concert-goer Beth Rilay, “but the music is awesome.”

New artists like Ash Koley and Kate Morgan were also featured.Winnipeg native Sierra Noble won the Lilith Local Talent Search and was showcased on the Village Stage. She described the experienced as “unreal and amazing.”

The first of the series in 13 years, the concert will leave a permanent mark on the city, as one dollar from every ticket to yesterday’s show went to the Woman’s Shelter of Calgary.

McLachlan presented a cheque for $9,000 to the organization during a pre-concert press conference.

Lilith will continue this week with shows in Edmonton and Vancouver.

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