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  • RUMOURS OF GLORY: Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers his long‐awaited memoir

    Date: 2014.09.12 | Category: Memoir | Response: 0

    Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers his long‐awaited memoir,
    – a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism, and a lively cultural, political, and musical tour through the past five decades.
    COCKBURN_Rumours of Glory_Dustjacket

    RUMOURS OF GLORY, the companion box set to release on True North Records.
    The long‐awaited memoir from legendary singer- songwriter Bruce Cockburn, Rumours of Glory, will be published by Harper One in the U.S. and HaperCollinsCanada on November 4, 2014. Best known for his memorable songs including ‘Pacing the Cage’ (1995), ‘If a Tree Falls’ (1988), ‘If I Had a Rocket Launcher’ (1984), ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’ (1984) and ‘Wondering Where the Lions Are’ (1979), the award‐winning songwriter and pioneering guitarist, whose life and music has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery, has released 31 albums spanning five decades.

    Cockburn’s albums have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He is revered by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.
    Cockburn says of deciding to write his memoir, “Over the years, the notion that there should be a book about me has popped up now and then, along with offers to write it. It always seemed too soon, and I’ve felt all along that such a book should be mine to author. When Harper One expressed their interest, it finally did seem timely, so here we go!”
    In Rumours of Glory, Cockburn invites readers into his private world, providing an intimate commentary on his life and work, focused on the roots of his songwriting and the stories behind his best known songs.

    From Ottawa in 1945 (where he was born) through to Baghdad in 2004, Cockburn shares his family life, personal relationships, Christian convictions, and the social and political activism that has defined him and his music, and has both invigorated and incited his legions of fans worldwide. For Cockburn, music has always been a key way to explore culture, politics and the nature of the spirit, and his remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, blues, rock, and world beat styles.
    As a long‐time activist, Cockburn has spoken out on a range of issues: native rights, land mines, human rights atrocities in war‐torn countries, Third World debt, ecological devastation, and corporate crime. Cockburn has been awed, appalled, and incensed by what he has seen and felt, and by the very real evil that humans can inflict on one another. As he outlines in Rumours of Glory, he believes that we can, and should, be dedicated to our shared humanity, to saving ourselves, each other and this earth – we just need to find the will. That will comes from maintaining a relationship with the Divine, and following the way of love. And that journey, for Cockburn, has been marked in music. As he says in the book, “In a way we, and all living things, are made of music … music is my diary, my anchor through anguish and joy, a channel for the heart.”
    Rumours of Glory is also the title of a box set collection curated by Cockburn himself as a companion piece to his memoir; the songs are presented in the same order they appear in the book. This limited edition 117-song, nine-disc set includes 16 rare and previously unreleased songs and a live concert DVD – the artist’s only full-length concert video. Each box set is autographed, sequentially numbered and includes a 90 page book featuring rare photos, extensive track information, and liner notes written by Nicholas Jennings. (Available October 28, 2014 on Bruce’s long time record label, True North Records.)

    About Bruce Cockburn: Born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Cockburn began his solo career with his 1970 self‐titled album. His extensive repertoire of musical styles and skillfully crafted lyrics have been covered by such diverse artists as Jerry Garcia, Elbow, Chet Atkins, Judy Collins, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffett, and k.d. Lang. A devoted and deeply respected activist, he has worked with organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders, Friends of the Earth, and USC Canada.

    The New York Times has called him a “virtuoso on guitar,” while Acoustic Guitar magazine placed him in the esteemed company of Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell, and Django Reinhardt. Bruce Cockburn has released 31 albums, won 12 Juno Awards and 21 gold/platinum certifications. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts), along with being a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, and recipient of eight honorary doctorates from Universities throughout North America. Bernie Finkelstein, founder of True North Records, has been his management partner for 40 years.

    RUMOURS OF GLORY by Bruce Cockburn with Greg King
    HarperCollinsCanada, hardcover, $35.99
    On-Sale November 4, 2014 
    9 Disc box set, $149.99
    Full tracklisting at
    Available October 28, 2014 
    Book Publicity Contact: Miranda Snyder
    416-975-9334 x 165,
    US Book Publicity Contact: Renee Senogles
    True North Records Publicity Contact: David MacMillan
    905-681-8160 x 228,

    Also here are the confirmed Book Events in Canada and the US


    Friday, October 17 –
    San Francisco, CA
    7-9 pm
    Litquake Festival 2014 pre-publication taste of Rumours of Glory
    Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA
    Full program details and tickets available September 10,

    Sunday, November 16 – Mill Valley, CA
    7 pm
    Sweetwater Music Hall Presents
    19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley CA 94941

    Wednesday, November 19 –Berkeley, CA
    7:30 pm
    Radio KPFA Presents
    Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley CA 94709
    Interviewer: Luis Medina, Music Director at KPFA,
    Tickets: $12 if purchased in advance, $15 on the door. Purchase online, phone 800-838-3006 or visit Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books or Modern Times in SF.

    Sunday, November 23 – San Francisco, CA
    2-4 pm
    Books Inc. Presents Sunday Afternoon at The Chapel
    777 Valencia St, San Francisco CA 94110

    Canadian Book Events

    Toronto, Wednesday November 5,
    7:30 PM
    TPL Appel Salon event / Star Talks, Interview with Peter Howell (bookseller: Ben McNally Books)

    Ottawa, Saturday November 8,
    2 PM,
    Kanata Indigo, signing Montreal, Paragraphe Books and Brunch series, November 9, doors at 9:45 AM
    (event not here yet)

    Vancouver, Monday November 10,
    7:30 PM,
    St Andrew’s Wesley United Church, Interview with Hal Wake (bookseller: Kidsbooks)

    And finally or some info on how to preorder the Box Set and the Book from True North please go to

  • Indiecan Entertainment to release the official theatrical version of the documentary BRUCE COCKBURN: PACING THE CAGE with North American tour to launch May 24th in Toronto and Saskatoon.

    Date: 2013.05.13 | Category: NEWS | Response: 5

    “Offers a compelling image of one of Canadian folk’s elder statesman.” – Paul Blinov, Vue Weekly

    Indiecan Entertainment to release the official theatrical version of the documentary BRUCE COCKBURN: PACING THE CAGE with North American tour to launch May 24th in Toronto and Saskatoon.

    Toronto- Following on it’s rousing World premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, The long awaited theatrical version of the moving documentary BRUCE COCKBURN: PACING THE CAGE, kicks off a North American theatrical release tour in Toronto and Saskatoon, beginning May 24th.

    The film, directed by veteran helmer Joel Goldberg and co-produced with legendary Canadian music manager/producer Bernie Finkelstein, finds the iconic and outspoken Cockburn at his most introspective, reflecting on his career, activism and deep spirituality.

    “I’m a lifelong Bruce Cockburn fan who always thought that Bruce never got the credit he deserved as an artist and an activist. I met with Bernie Finkelstein and pitched the idea of a movie that would explore different aspects of Bruce’s life through his eyes. A Canadian Icon looking back at a career that is still moving forward. Bernie liked the idea and he told me that my timing might be good, that Bruce might be interested in doing a project like that now. Lucky for us, Bruce was interested and agreed to participate. So filming began, and “Pacing the Cage” was born where Bruce is most comfortable, on the road on his “Slice O’ Life” tour.” says Goldberg.

    Featuring sizzling live musical performances from his 2009 North American tour, plus, interviews with artists, fans and friends like Jackson Browne, Colin Linden, Bono, Michael Ondaatje, Sarah Harmer, etc.

    “I am very excited that Indiecan will be releasing BRUCE COCKBURN PACING THE CAGE. I have always been a huge Bruce Cockburn fan and now I am a huge Bernie Finkelstein and Joel Goldberg fan! I saw the film at The Whistler Film Festival in December and met with Bernie and Joel then. I told them at that time that I had to be the one to get this film out to audiences across North America,” said Indiecan Entertainment’s Avi Federgreen.

    BRUCE COCKBURN: PACING THE CAGE is a must for any music fans, whether acquainted with the charismatic superstar, or discovering him for the first time.

    As an added bonus, Director/producer Joel Goldberg and Co-producer Bernie Finkelstein will host Q and A’s following 7:00 p.m. screenings in Toronto May 24th and 25th at Carlton Cinemas.

    Director Joel Goldberg, Producer Bernie Finkelstein and Bruce Cockburn available for interviews pending availability and/or schedule.

    For press enquiries, interview requests and screeners contact:
    Ryan Bruce Levey

  • Bruce Cockburn donates archives to McMaster

    Date: 2013.04.30 | Category: NEWS | Response: 1

    For immediate release

    Bruce Cockburn donates archives to McMaster
    – Collection is a window into the creativity of a celebrated songwriter

    HAMILTON, ON. May 7, 2013 — Bruce Cockburn, one of Canada’s best loved
    musicians and composers, has donated his archives to McMaster, including his
    notebooks, musical arrangements, gold records, letters, scrapbooks, nearly 1,000
    recordings, and even three guitars.

    “These are my tools, my rough drafts, my mementoes and my trophies. Together, they
    form the roadmap of my working life,” says Cockburn. “I’m pleased they will have a safe
    and permanent home in a place where they may be useful to others.”

    The collection includes 32 of Cockburn’s notebooks from 1969 to 2002. Through their
    pages, one can trace the development of individual songs, sometimes from single
    thoughts to finished lyrics, all set randomly among pages of sketches, observations,
    budgets, set lists and other notes. The notebooks offer a real window into the artist
    and activist’s imagination, creative process and his life as a working musician rising to
    international prominence.

    Bruce Cockburn is an iconic and respected figure in Canadian and international
    culture,” says McMaster Provost and Vice-President (Academic) David Wilkinson. “For
    him to choose McMaster as the recipient of this collection, while he is still contributing to
    our culture, is a true honour. We are grateful for his gift, which will impact generations of
    students and other researchers across multiple disciplines, including those involved with
    McMaster’s highly regarded music program.

    Among the papers Cockburn has donated is correspondence from notable figures such
    as Adrienne Clarkson, Lloyd Axworthy, David Suzuki, Vanessa Redgrave, Anne Murray
    and John Crosbie. There are fan letters, photos and more in a collection that requires
    64 pages just to list all the items that will be available to researchers at McMaster’s
    William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.

    We are delighted to receive such a rich resource that will benefit students, faculty
    members and other researchers studying not only music and poetry, but social activism,
    politics and the creative process itself,” says McMaster’s acting University Librarian Vivian Lewis.

    Cockburn was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from McMaster in 2009.

    The university’s archives also include personal collections from such notable thinkers
    and artists as philosopher Bertrand Russell, authors Pierre Berton, Margaret Laurence
    and Farley Mowat.

    McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100
    universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It
    has a student population of 23,000, and more than 160,000 alumni in 140 countries.


    For more information, please contact:

    Wade Hemsworth
    Public Relations Manager
    McMaster University
    905-525-9140, ext. 27988

    Michelle Donovan
    Public Relations Manager
    McMaster University
    905-525-9140 ext. 22869


  • Bruce Cockburn: Pacing The Cage DVD (Pre-Order now online!)

    Date: 2013.04.15 | Category: NEWS | Response: 9

    Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage
    An intimate look at Bruce Cockburn, his life and his music.

    Pre-order now available via TRUE NORTH RECORDS –>

    DVD orders will ship to arrive on June 18th.

    Pacing the Cage is a documentary that features Canadian singer/songwriter/activist, Bruce Cockburn reflecting on his life and his career. The documentary features appearances by songwriters Jackson Browne, Sylvia Tyson, Bono, Sarah Harmer, Colin Linden, best selling authors Michael Ondaatje, William Young, Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire and Bernie Finkelstein

    Pacing the Cage follows Bruce as he performs in sold out shows, records his live Slice O’ Life CD, and participates in a series of benefit concerts. Documentary cameras also follow Bruce to his home for a candid conversation about his views on everything from religion to parenthood. The documentary will shed new light on Bruce’s spirituality, and his thoughts on activism, politics, writing, and his amazing 40 plus years in the music industry. The DVD features never before seen live performances of songs from his 40 year plus catalogue of music.

    The final scenes and interviews of the documentary are present day. We peek into rehearsals for the recent Luminato tribute for Bruce, and interview Bruce at his home. During this final interview, Bruce reflects about his life and career, and where he sees himself going in the future.

    “Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage” gives viewers never before seen insights into Bruce’s life on the road, as a performer, master guitar player, activist and song-writer.

  • Bruce Cockburn, Deadmau5 feted at SOCAN gala

    Date: 2012.11.22 | Category: NEWS | Response: 3

    To see the original story (CBC.CA) please visit this link:

    Folk artist and activist Bruce Cockburn, classic rockers Trooper and electronic music superstar deadmau5 will have their accomplishments feted tonight in Toronto at the SOCAN Music Awards gala.

    The star-studded evening at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall is a chance for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada to celebrate the best the Canadian music scene has to offer.

    Cockburn, who has had a 35-year career that produced hits such as Wonderin’ Where the Lions Are and If I Had a Rocket Launcher, will be presented with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Musician Bruce Cockburn gets the lifetime achievement award after 35 years as a singer-songwriter. (Canadian Press)
    A Canadian Music Hall of Fame member and 12-time Juno award-winner, Cockburn will be serenaded by Serena Ryder as part of the ceremony.

    Ra McGuire and Brian Smith, who were original members of the band Trooper formed in Vancouver in 1975, will each receive the SOCAN National Achievement Award for their songwriting.

    Trooper also gets three SOCAN Classic Awards – given for songs that get 100,000 plays on domestic radio — for its rock anthems Raise a Little Hell, General Hand Grenade and Janine.

    In addition to Trooper’s songs, three songs by Ontario rockers April Wine will be honoured as SOCAN classics – Say Hello, Oowatanite and Sign of the Gypsy Queen.

    Deadmau5 at Grammys
    Chart-topping electronic musician deadmau5 – real name Joel Zimmerman – is being recognized with a SOCAN International Achievement Award for his growing international stature.

    The 31-year-old Toronto-based artist had a high-profile gig at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February and landed the cover of the summer issue of Rolling Stone magazine, as well as gathering an international following. He will not attend the SOCAN gala.

    The SOCAN Awards Gala also recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwriters in pop/rock, dance, urban, country, jazz, folk, TV and film categories.

    Songs to be honoured
    Dean Brody, Alyssa Reid, Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard, Fefe Dobson, Mychael Danna and Bob Ezrin are among the artists expected to attend to accept their awards.

    Alex Cuba is to be honoured with the Hagood Hardy award for his contribution to jazz and David Myles will receive the Folk-roots Music Award.

    Among the songs that are winners of SOCAN Awards:

    Lost in You, Three Day’s Grace.
    Alone Again, Alyssa Reid.
    Hollywood, performed by Michael Buble (Robert Grant Scott).
    Can’t Breathe and Stuttering, by Fefe Dobson.
    People Know You by Your First Name and Trail in Life, by Dean Brody.
    Barefoot Blue Jean Night, by Jake Owen (Terry Sawchuk).
    She’s Good for Me, by Jason McCoy.
    Let’s Go Higher, by Johnny Reid.
    Electric, by Shawn Desman.
    Let’s Play, by Kristina Maria.
    Invincible, by Hedley.
    The Lazy Song, by k’naan.
    Hello, by Martin Solveig and Dragonette.
    Like Magic, by JRDN.
    Till Debt Do Us Part, (TV series), by Olaf Pyttlik and Clinton Skibitzky.
    Busytown Mysteries (TV series music), by Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco.
    Hawaii Five-O, by Keith Power.
    Canada AM, by Robert Rettberg.
    The Stepson, (film music) by David Burns

  • Talent Supporting Talent: Bruce Cockburn inspired by Team Canada in Paralympic Athletes Village

    Date: 2012.08.31 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 1

    Original news story posted here:

    [Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to Great Britain, pose for a group photo with cyclists Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Athletes Village. (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee)]

    London – August 31, 2012 – Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn toured Team Canada’s facilities in the Paralympic Athletes Village this morning and came away inspired by the Canadian Paralympic Team.

    Several Canadian athletes enjoyed the chance to explain their sports to one of Canada’s favourite folk rock guitarists, who was accompanied by the Canadian High Commissioner to London, Gordon Campbell.

    Cockburn is in the UK from Aug. 24 to Sept. 7 on tour supporting his latest album, Small Source of Comfort.

    “I know that Team Canada will make us all proud,” said Cockburn, after meeting the tandem blind cycling powerhouse duo of Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC). “I’m looking forward to seeing all the great results that are going to come out!”
    Cockburn also met visually-impaired athletes from the sport of goalball, along with wheelchair fencer Sylvie Morel (Pincourt, QC), who challenged him to a duel.

    [Sylvie Morel (Pincourt, QC) of Wheelchair Fencing challenges Bruce Cockburn to a duel during walk about at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Athlete Village. (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee)]

  • “Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage” An intimate look at Bruce Cockburn, his life, his music, and his spirituality

    Date: 2012.04.23 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 13

    Original Link:

    Premieres Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT

    “Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage”
    An intimate look at Bruce Cockburn, his life, his music, and his spirituality

    “If I try to understand what it means to be a Christian, I look at the two instructions that were given in the Bible that are paramount, and those are to love God with all your heart and mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself. That’s it.”

    -Bruce Cockburn

    Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage is a documentary that features Canadian icon/singer/songwriter/activist, Bruce Cockburn reflecting on his life and his career. The documentary follows Bruce as he performs in sold out shows, records his live Slice O’ Life CD, and participates in a series of benefit concerts. Documentary cameras also follow Bruce to his home for a candid conversation about his views on everything from religion to parenthood. The documentary will shed new light on Bruce’s spirituality, and his thoughts on activism, politics, writing, and his amazing 40 plus years in the music industry. Also featured are never before seen live performances of songs from his 40 year plus catalogue of music.

    The documentary features appearances by: Bruce’s long time manager Bernie Finkelstein, Colin Linden, Michael Ondaatje, Sarah Harmer, Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire, Sylvia Tyson, Bono, Jackson Browne, Theology Professor Brian J. Walsh, Best-Selling Author William Young, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and The Wailin’ Jennys.

    Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage was produced by BB&J Productions for VisionTV. The documentary was written and directed by Joel Goldberg and produced by Joel Goldberg and Bernie Finkelstein.

  • A VisionTV World Premiere! Bruce Cockburn: Pacing The Cage

    Date: 2012.04.09 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 8

    On the heels of his 12th Juno Award
    (Best Roots and Traditional Album, “Small Source
    of Comfort”), VisionTV presents an intimate look
    at the legendary Canadian songwriter and activist

    Friday, May 4
    10pm ET / 7pm PT

    In 2008, Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn set out on tour
    to make a live solo album, “Slice ‘o’ Life”. Cameras followed
    the man whose legacy includes songs like Wondering Where the
    Lions Are, If I Had a Rocket Launcher, and If A Tree Falls, as he
    performed to sold-out crowds in benefit concerts across
    North America. The filmmakers also followed Bruce to his
    home for candid conversations about his views on topics from
    religion to new parenthood.

    “If I try to understand what it means to be a Christian, I look at
    the two instructions that were given in the Bible that are
    paramount, and those are to love God with all your heart and
    mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself. That’s it.”
    -Bruce Cockburn

    PLEASE READ THE FULL ALERT HEREVisionTV: Bruce Cockburn Alert

  • Bruce Cockburn wins 2 folk awards

    Date: 2011.12.06 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 2

    Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn added to his long list of awards on the weekend, bringing home two more at this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards, the organizing committee announced Sunday.

    Singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has added two more awards to his long list of honours. (Canadian Press/handout) The awards — contemporary album of the year and solo artist of the year — for the veteran singer/songwriter’s album Small Source of Comfort made a nice bookend for newcomer Dave Gunning’s two awards: new/emerging artist of the year and traditional singer of the year for his album A Tribute to John Allan Cameron.

    for more please follow this link for the original story on CBC

  • Bruce Cockburn leads Canadian Folk Music Award nominees!

    Date: 2011.10.20 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Taken From The National Post: OCT,19. 2011 “The Ampersand&”
    (click to see original)

    Folk legend Bruce Cockburn and Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning lead the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards with four nominations each, it was revealed Wednesday at a Toronto news conference.

    Cockburn, who released his 31st studio album, Small Source of Comfort, this past March, is nominated for contemporary album of the year, contemporary singer of the year, solo artist of the year and English songwriter of the year. The Ottawa-born musician is one of the country’s most prolific singer-songwriters, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.

    ..for more please visit the original link, click here.


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