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June 14, 2021
Now Toronto

Massey Hall is reopening in November and 40 concerts are already scheduled-
Folk icon Gordon Lightfoot will help bring the historic venue back to life after three years of massive renovations 

by Richard Trapunski


Massey Hall is ready to raise its curtains for the first time in three years.

The historic 127-year-old Toronto venue has been closed since 2018, unrelated to the pandemic – part of a major restoration that will integrate it into a multi-stage music complex called Allied Music Centre.

In November 2021, pandemic-pending, Massey Hall will come roaring back to life. There are already close to 40 shows announced.

The first concert will be played by the artist most associated with the venue – Gordon Lightfoot. The Canadian folk icon will play three shows from November 25-27.

There are handful of other big-event shows scheduled, too. On December 16, Broken Social Scene will celebrate their 20th anniversary on the stage. Andy Kim will bring his annual special-guest-filled Christmas variety show back on December 8. There will be a New Year’s Eve comedy show – a longtime Massey Hall tradition – hosted by Steve Patterson.

The stage is very meaningful to Canadian musicians, and there are a lot of them playing. Some highlights include Jann Arden, City & Colour, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Tanya Tagaq, Cowboy Junkies, Mavis Staples, Bruce Cockburn, Donovan Woods, Sarah Harmer and more.

There will also be rescheduled shows from artists like Courtney Barnett, Buddy Guy and Serena Ryder & William Prince.

Viewers of the Juno Awards already got a sneak peek of the renovations when Feist joined The Tragically Hip on the Massey Hall stage for a performance during the broadcast.

Tickets for sale via Massey Hall.

[Bruce’s play Massey Hall on April 22, 2021- DK]



May 24, 2021
Bruce will be participating in this benefit concert. More information here.

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The Gettin’ Higher Choir is delighted to announce that their next online benefit concert will take place June 19 at 7pm PDT, and will feature renowned songwriter, guitarist, compassionate humanitarian and activist, Bruce Cockburn. Also, for the first time, we will welcome collaboration with musicians from the Caia district of Mozambique, for this our 23rd annual concert to support development projects in that region.



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April 27, 2021
Exclaim!

Bruce Cockburn Reflects on Barenaked Ladies' "Fresh and Interesting" Version of "Lovers in a Dangerous Time
by Alex Hudson

Bruce Cockburn's 1984 hit "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" was inspired by the Cold War, but it's sadly an evergreen song — one that resonates more than ever in the past year, amidst a pandemic, social uprisings and political upheaval.

It was also keenly relevant in 1991, when then-up-and-upcoming folk rock group Barenaked Ladies recorded a cover for a Cockburn tribute album, Kick at the Darkness. It was BNL's first-ever charting single, reaching 16 on the Canadian Singles Chart — and the band appropriately released a quarantine rendition last March, during the first phase of coronavirus lockdown.

Exclaim! caught up with Cockburn to find out what he thinks about BNL's beloved cover of "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" — and he also shared his thoughts on the new resonance that his song has taken on over the years. Watch videos for both versions of the tune at the bottom of the page.

How did you first hear that Barenaked Ladies were covering "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," and what was your reaction?

I first heard about it from Bernie Finkelstein. Stuart Ravenhill, my former tour manager, was a partner in a new record label whose name I forget. They decided it would be a good idea to release a tribute album of my songs done by various up-and-coming Toronto artists. I knew some of them but others were new to me. I knew Barenaked Ladies by reputation, but as far as I can recall had not yet met them. 

What do you think of BNL's version of the song? Are there any elements that particularly stand out to you?

I was not involved in the making of the record in any way. I had no idea what people would do. When I first heard "Lovers," I was a bit shocked by how different the Ladies' treatment of the song was musically from how I had conceived of it. It took a bit of getting used to. Once I got over that, I was glad that they had taken their own distinctive road with it. It was fresh and interesting. 

Have you ever met the members of BNL? What were the circumstances, and did you discuss this song at all?

I've spent time with the band on several occasions. We've performed the song on stage together numerous times, both my version and theirs. 

How do you feel about the enduring resonance of "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," particularly in today's fraught political climate and throughout the pandemic? I'm not sure if you're aware, but someone made a coronavirus-themed karaoke video for the song.

Sadly, I think the song is all too appropriate to these circumstances we find ourselves in. Others seem to agree. It has received a fair amount of attention in the online world over the past year. I'm glad the song is getting around, but sorry it's because of the crap we're in. 

BNL's cover of "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" comes from a 1991 tribute album, Kick at the Darkness, which is made up entirely of covers of your songs. Are there any other covers of your music that particularly stand out to you — either from that tribute album, or other cover version you might have heard over the years?

Over the years a lot of artists have seen fit to record my songs. Some have been great, and it's always an honour. It's always a compliment. The whole point of writing the things is to have them be heard. When people want to record them it feels good!

Bruce: Lover's In A Dangerous Time

Bare Naked Ladies: Lover's In A Dangerous Time


April 22, 2021
From Bruce

A few years ago I found myself attending a worship service at San Francisco Lighthouse. For the preceding couple of decades I had been operating on the assumption that the formal church and I had grown apart, so in a way it was a surprise to be there and feel as though it was where I was meant to be. That occasion led to an ongoing relationship with SFL — fools that they were, they let me play in the band!

In this COVID year, with no public opportunity to introduce new songs, and since I have a few new songs, it seemed like they could be put out for people to hear in a way that would at once benefit the church and satisfy my need to be noticed. 

Any revenue generated by this exercise will go to support SFL and its work, which includes, among other things, support for programs for unhoused people in San Francisco, and for Lighthouse Kathmandu, a Nepali-run organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and rescuing its victims. 

Thanks for checking in. I hope you enjoy the songs!

Bruce

The video will go live on May 2, 2021. To watch the performances and to find out more about donating to this cause, GO HERE. The San Francisco Lighthouse Church has information at their website as well. -Daniel



March 12, 2021

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Crowing Ignites has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for best traditional album of the year. The nominees in this category are:

All Hands by Beòlach
Bet On Love by Pharis & Jason Romero
Crowing Ignites by Bruce Cockburn
Debout! by Le Diable à Cinq
The Lost Tapes by Ian & Sylvia


March 9, 2021

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Bruce was nominated for a 2021 Juno for Crowing Ignites. The awards air on CBC TV on June 6, 2021. The nominees in this category are:

Movements III, Blitz//Berlin
Crowing Ignites, Bruce Cockburn
Eleven Words, David Foster
Volume 1, Flore Laurentienne
Prior Street, Gordon Grdina



January 4, 2021
Daniel Keebler

I asked Colin Linden about a few of the mics he has used when recording with Bruce. The photo on the left is from the Small Source of Comfort sessions. The photo on the right is from the Bone On Bones sessions.


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The vocal microphone of choice for Bruce is my Neumann U48. We used that on Small Source of Comfort and in the documentary [Pacing The Cage]. For Bone on Bone, we used a very similar one (but a U 47) on the bed tracks. When we overdubbed here [Colin’s studio in Nashville] we used mine again.

The mic dates back to around 1960 (same as me).

I have almost always used a 47 or 48 on his vocals. Mine is a really nice one. As they are old tube mics, they can sound quite different from one another.

On another note, and you probably know this, almost all of Bruce’s vocals (on the records I have produced) are live. Occasionally, we will fix a line or a word, but very rarely. He is always really prepared and he always sings great live vocals on the records.




© Daniel Keebler 1993-2021