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Folk Alliance People’s Voice Acceptance Speech – video

Bruce Cockburn received the inaugural Folk Alliance International People’s Voice Award during the opening-night awards ceremony at the organization’s 29th annual conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Bruce Cockburn Peoples Voice Award presented by Kris Kristofferson - photo Andrea Brookhart
Bruce Cockburn & Kris Kristofferson – photo Andrea Brookhart

Here’s the video of Bruce giving his acceptance speech:

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[click through for the transcript and more photos]

Rob Wasserman, Masterful Upright Bassist, Dies After Brief Hospitalization

~from Bruce’s Facebook page, by Bernie Finkelstein:

Some sad news to report. Acclaimed bassist Rob Wasserman has passed away (June 29). Here’s what Jambase reported last night.

“Just hours after Bob Weir shared the news bassist Rob Wasserman was battling serious health issues, comes word Wasserman has died. RatDog guitarist Mark Karan first revealed Rob had passed on with Weir confirming the news shortly thereafter.

Rob Wasserman
Rob Wasserman

Rob Wasserman is best known for his long tenure alongside Weir as a founding member of RatDog as well as the pair’s Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman project. Wasserman was a member of RatDog from the group’s mid ’90s formation through 2002 and then again from 2010 to their most recent performances.”

Rob played on what many people consider to be one of Bruce’s finest albums “The Charity Of Night“, recorded in 1996. Before that Bruce and Rob had played together in the early 90’s at Sony studios in New York where they along with Lou Reed and Rosanne Cash performed together on one of Bruce’s “Christmas With Cockburn” radio shows.


In Studio Performances

Live in the Bing Lounge – KINK 101.9 – Portland, OR – 2011

Typo – should be Driving Away, not Drive Away.
Uploaded: 7 July 2011

Columbia Records Music Hour – 1994

Part 1:
Listen For The Laugh
Stolen Land
Part 2:
Closer to the Light
If I Had A Rocket Launcher
Date: August 3rd, 1994

Live eTown Webisode – 2015

Date: Jan 13, 2015

Bruce Cockburn with Colin Linden from Austin City Limits 1992

Out & About

Bruce & Friends


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From Pam Mark Hall on recording duet with Bruce of All The Diamonds on her new album.

Here are a few highlights from my day recording with my musical hero Bruce Cockburn. We recorded his song “All the Diamonds…


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Order of Canada award
Order of Canada award

1983 – The Order Of Canada
1989 – Honourary Doctorate/York University – Doctorate Of Letters
1993 – Performance at Presidential Inaugural Ball
1997 – Honorary Doctorate of Music Berklee College of Music Boston
1999 – Honorary Degree (Doctor Of Letters) St. Thomas University (New Brunswick)
2003 – Promotion to Officer of The Order of Canada

Bruce Cockburn - Officer in the Order of Canada - 2003
Bruce Cockburn receiving promotion to the rank of Officer in the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson – 2003

Bruce Cockburn - Doctorate Queen's University - 9 May 2007
Bruce Cockburn – Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Queen’s University – 2007

2007 – Honourary Doctorate Queen’s University Kingston Ontario

“In all the time I’ve spent thinking about God in my life, I never thought I’d be recognized for it.”

Bruce Cockburn - St. John's Memorial University - 2007
Bruce Cockburn – St. John’s Memorial University – 2007

May 24, 2007 – Bruce Cockburn to Receive Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Memorial University.

Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Cockburn will be honoured for his music and his commitment to the betterment of the world with an honorary doctor of letters degree during spring convocation. [ read an interview on Gavin’s Woodpile (scroll down 1/2 page) ] [ video of convocation speech (scroll to May 2007) ]

Bruce Cockburn - U of Victoria - 6June2007 - Photo: Debra Brash
Bruce Cockburn – U of Victoria – 2007

2007 – Honourary Doctorate University of Victoria, Victoria British Columbia

June 7, 2007 – “You do what you do and you hope it affects people,” he said. “I’d be doing this even if no one was listening.” [ read an article on Gavin’s Woodpile (scroll down 1/2 page) ]


2009 June 8 – Honourary Doctorate McMaster University – Doctor of Letters

Bruce Cockburn performing at the Diamond Jubilee Gala 2013
Bruce Cockburn performing at the Diamond Jubilee Gala – 2013

2012 – Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Bruce Cockburn - Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award - 2014
Bruce Cockburn – Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award – 2014

2014 – Receives Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award

2014 – Acceptance Speech Video of Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award

Bruce Cockburn - Doctor of Letters - Laurentian University - 2014
Bruce Cockburn – Doctor of Letters – Laurentian University – 2014

6 June 2014 – June 2nd, 2014 – Canada’s 27th Governor-General, Michaëlle Jean, and renowned singer-songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn are among the recipients of Honourary Doctorates at Spring Convocation ceremonies at Laurentian University this year.

Bruce Cockburn, Doctorate of Letters: Winner of a Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award and 13 Juno Awards, Bruce Cockburn has released more than 30 albums over a career spanning four decades. Mr. Cockburn is also renowned as a humanitarian and activist. In 2002, Mr. Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for his powerful lyrics and his immense contribution to Canadian music. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Bruce Cockburn Receives Doctor of Music  - Carleton University - 2014
Bruce Cockburn Receives Doctor of Music – Carleton University – 2014

2014 – Honourary Doctor of Music · Carleton University

Bruce Cockburn - Fremont Abbey - Denise Levertov Award - April 2015 - Photo Daniel Keebler
Bruce Cockburn – Fremont Abbey – Denise Levertov Award – 2015 – Photo Daniel Keebler

2015 – Receives Denise Levertov Literary Award
Click through to the article for video of some of the interview and several song performances.

Bruce Cockburn - Peoples Voice Award FAI - photo Lynne Margolis
Bruce Cockburn receives FAI People’s’ Voice Award – photo Lynne Margolis

2017 – Folk Allicance International People’s Voice Award
Click through for the video and transcription of Bruce’s acceptance speech.

My Beat: The Life and Times of Bruce Cockburn

My Beat: The Life and Times of Bruce Cockburn - 2001

2001 – This one hour “rockumentary” takes us inside the life of Bruce Cockburn – the man and the musician – and includes live performances of Bruce’s hit songs: Lovers in a Dangerous Time, Wondering Where the Lions Are, If I Had a Rocket Launcher and And They Call it Democracy.

Bruce Cockburn is a rock musician, singer/songwriter, political activist and Canadian icon. From his beginnings in the late 60s with the rock group, The Children, through his solo career and musical collaborations over three decades, Bruce Cockburn has followed his own path creating music that has defied traditional labels.

His life informs his music. He has consistently expressed and maintained political views that haven’t endeared him to a mainstream audience. But his willingness to speak out on issues that many performers wont go near has earned him a strong following.

Of the all inclusive nature of his work, Bruce says “If the purpose of art is to reflect life and the human experience, that includes politics, as inevitably as it includes sex and spirituality, money and all the other things that interest people. I like to get everything in there.”

Available for purchase: Kensington Tv

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My Beat:The Life and Times of Bruce Cockburn - 2001

Bruce Cockburn - River Of Sand - 1999

River Of Sand

Bruce Cockburn - River Of Sand - 1998

In 1998, acclaimed singer/songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn travelled to Mali, West Africa with a documentary film crew, led by producer/director Robert Lang.

Over the course of several weeks, Bruce traversed this country, over half of it hugging the Sahara Desert, exploring its roots, people, ancient cultures, musical traditions and the ongoing struggle against drought and desertification.

Along the way, Bruce jammed with musicians like legendary bluesman Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, master of the traditional 21 stringed instrument, the Kora. In the ancient city of Timbuktu, the film team visited prehistoric cliff dwellings in Sanga and met face to face with people working for a brighter future by changing the face of the desert.

River of Sand, which premiered on Vision TV in October 1998, is a travelogue of a different sort – one that touches upon the cultural, musical, and environmental roots of Mali.


Bruce Cockburn jams with Ali Farka Toure

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Bruce Cockburn in Mali, performing “World of Wonders” with Toumani Diabate

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River Of Sand filming

River Of Sand is available for Purchase from Kensington TV.

WHYY Video – Performance and Interview

In early 2015 Bruce sat down with WHYY, here is the video that came from that meeting.

WHYY Video Interview / show from early 2015

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Aired: 10/09/2015
Runs: 28:46

Bruce Cockburn, legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, has traveled to the corners of the earth out of humanitarian concerns, often leading to some of his most memorable songs for four decades. In this episode, we will explore what’s behind his passion for human rights, politics and spirituality and how he expresses this drive by creating a unique variety of folk and jazz-influenced rock songs.

Bruce Cockburn - USC Celebrate Seeds

USC – Celebrate Seeds

Hi, As many of you know Bruce has been a supporter of the USC for many many years now. The USC has come up with a great program Celebrate Seeds. Here’s what the USC has to say about it. ~ Bernie Finkelstein

Feb 12, 2015 – It’s time to celebrate seeds! A medley of Canadian musicians and USC Canada are celebrating good seeds and everything they mean for human health, environmental protection and food security.

“Join the celebration! Watch this video to find out why I’m (we’re) celebrating seeds and farmers who save them. Let’s get the conversation rolling about this important food issue:

Seeds are important to me (us) because they are at the base of all of our food. Growing good food from good seeds helps to ensure that not only will crops to adapt and grow resiliencies, but they’ll also maintain biodiversity, flavour, abundance and choice. Learn more @USC Canada – Seeds of Survival and all the great benefits of good seeds.

USC Celebrate Seeds

Have you ever thought about where your food is coming from, not where you bought it or where it was physically grown, but where it REALLY comes from? Maybe it’s time that we all looked a little closer at where everything began. Human beings once used more than 7,000 different plant species to feed us. Today we rely on only 12 of them. Learn more about how to make a difference and join the celebration.

We’re celebrating seeds because of the power of their enormous diversity that is key to withstanding all kinds of shocks and changing conditions. We’re losing this diversity to uniformity. 75% of the global seed supply is controlled by only 10 companies. There are hundreds of rice varieties in the world but 65% of the rice we eat comes from only 4 varieties; 75% of the potatoes we eat come from just 4 varieties.

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