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October 18, 2021


Inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame on December 4, 2021


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With 34 previous releases, 13 JUNO wins, two Hall of Fame inductions, countless honorary Doctorates, Officer of The Order of Canada — and new inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame this year — all spanning a 50+ year career — it’s no small task to encapsulate Bruce Cockburn’s inimitable imprint when it comes to Canadian music and culture. But his newly announced double-album release, Bruce Cockburn Greatest Hits (1970 - 2020), is a good place to start.

Curated by Bruce Cockburn and set for release December 3rd, 2021 via True North Records, this definitive collection meticulously corrals the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s most favoured tracks — from songs that shot to the top of the charts upon release, to long-lauded fan-favourites requested on tour, time and time again.

Expect to settle in for a chronological journey from the legendary artist’s earliest offerings, to today; curated by Cockburn himself, the hand-picked selection of 30 songs revisit works from 1970 to 2020, and are accompanied by exclusive notes from the artist.


“In 1969, when I was feeling the need to record an album of the songs I’d been writing, I had no concept of what that might lead to,” Cockburn shares. “Not unusual for a young person, I guess...

“In some organic way, it felt like it was ‘time.’ The future wasn’t really an issue. It still isn’t. For each of us, there’s a future or there isn’t.

“But looking back over the arc of fifty years of recording, performing, and travel — not to mention, relationships and personal challenges — I can only shake my head and mutter a word of thanks for all of it. Even if I’d been a planner by nature, I doubt I could have predicted how things have gone.

“And they’re still going!”

The release lands ahead of Cockburn’s “2nd Attempt” North American tour for his 50th Anniversary Concert, previously stymied by Covid restrictions.

Bruce Cockburn’s Greatest Hits (1970 - 2020) is available December 3rd, 2021 via True North Records.


October 6, 2021
ET Canada

Keanu Reeves, Bruce Cockburn, Bret Hart Among 2021 Inductees Into Canada’s Walk Of Fame
By Brent Furdyk

Canada’s Walk of Fame has revealed its 2021 inductees, unveiling an eclectic list of 10 prestigious Canadians from various walks of life.

“This year’s class of outstanding Canadians are recognized not only for their distinctive accomplishments and successes but for their philanthropy, advocacy, and contributions toward the greater good,” notes the Walk of Fame announcement.

Inductees and honourees will be celebrated at the Annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards Gala at Toronto’s Beanfield Centre on Dec. 4, 2021, with a TV special to be broadcast in December.

The 2021 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees are:

  • Ajay Virmani (Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy)
  • Bret “The Hitman” Hart (Sports and Athletics)
  • Bruce Cockburn (Arts and Entertainment)
  • Damian Warner (Sports and Athletics)
  • Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod, James Collip (Science, Technology and Innovation)
  • Graham Greene (Arts and Entertainment):
  • Jully Black (Arts and Entertainment)
  • Keanu Reeves (Arts and Entertainment)
  • Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Humanitarianism)
  • Salome Bey (Arts and Entertainment – Legend)

In addition, the 2021 Canada’s Walk of Fame honourees are:

  • Serena Ryder – Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – National Hero Honour

September 25, 2021
Winnipeg Free Press

Bruce Cockburn - A musical, spiritual inspiration
by John Longhurst

I’ve been a Bruce Cockburn fan since the 1970s. Songs like If I Had a Rocket Launcher, Call It Democracy, The Trouble With Normal and If a Tree Falls gave voice to my concerns about injustice, poverty and the environment.

Songs about his Christian faith — like Rumours of Glory, Lord of the Starfields, Sunwheel Dance and Festival of Friends — encouraged me in my own faith.

So when I got a chance to interview the Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter a week ago, I was both nervous and delighted to talk to one of my musical heroes.

The conversation was sparked when I learned he had returned to church after a 40-year absence.

During that time, Cockburn never stopped believing in God. But he grew apart from church after he moved to Toronto in the 1980s.

"I never found a church in Toronto that felt like home to me," he said. "I just kind of stopped going."

Now living in San Francisco with his wife and daughter, he started attending church again at the urging of his wife who was going to the Lighthouse Church in that California city.

At first he was reluctant, but finally gave in. The first Sunday he was "blown away" by the love and acceptance he felt from the congregation. "They didn’t know me, but love filled the room," he said, adding "It felt like the church I was waiting for."

Not only did he start attending again; he also joined the worship band.

"They needed a guitar player, so they were foolish enough to ask me," he said. "It’s a meaningful way for me to participate."

As for his faith now — where is he at?

"It’s a continuing journey," he said. "I don’t feel I have the corner on understanding anything. I just have a desire to have a relationship with God, a day-to-day thing."

While he doesn’t have "any hesitation" identifying as a Christian, he’s starting to wonder if that’s such a good thing to say in public these days now that some parts of Christianity in the U.S. are linked to Donald Trump, right-wing politics and anti-vaccination.

If someone asks if he’s a Christian, he still says yes — "but not one of those," he said. "Yes, I’m a Christian, but I got vaccinated."

Of the polarization in the U.S., he said "Things are really bad here." The term "liberal," has become "an epithet," he said, quickly adding he can be tempted to see conservatives negatively, too.

"When I think of Republicans, I have to tell myself not to think of stereotypical knee jerk images that come up," he said.

He wishes things weren’t like that. "It’s just politics," he said. "We should be able to discuss all the things that concern us and find solutions rather than forming tribes and fighting each other."

When asked about where his songs come from, the winner of 13 Juno Awards said they are gifts that "come from God."

"I still have to filter it," he said, adding "Unfortunately, that means God is stuck with me as a filter."

Winnipeg singer-songwriter Steve Bell is also a big Bruce Cockburn fan. "He changed my life," he said.

Until he heard Cockburn’s music, Bell thought Christian music could only be didactic with straightforward lyrics — like musical sermons that needed no explanation and had no room for interpretation.

But Cockburn’s use of poetry and metaphors in his songs required listeners to "dig into" the lyrics to find their meaning, Bell said.

"He wasn’t evangelistic. It was like he was leaving a trail for us to follow, in a melody and a poem," he said. "I was immediately intrigued by him. That was so foreign to me."

Cockburn’s protest songs and songs about social justice also opened new avenues of expression, Bell shared. "That really resonated with me. He was like a thundering desert prophet."

Bell, who went on to create an album of Cockburn cover songs called My Dinner With Bruce, remembers going to his first Cockburn concert.

"When I walked in, my universe was small," he said. "When I walked out, it was huge. He broke open my world. It was almost like a conversion experience."

As for Cockburn’s faith, "it’s always been important to me to have some kind of relationship with God," he told me. "I think that should be the centre of everyone’s life. I’ve tried to keep it at the centre of mine.”

Photo by: Nathan Denette

July 26, 2021

Bruce Cockburn Gets Back On The Road
Mark Pucci Media

ATLANTA, GA - We’re all so happy to announce that Bruce Cockburn is getting back on the road with live concert tour dates starting in December, 2021.

Bruce’s last live concert show was November 23, 2019, in Monterey California at the Golden State Theatre.

Here’s what Bruce has to say about getting back on the road: “As 2020 rolled up on the horizon, it was shaping up to be an exciting year — the fiftieth anniversary of the release of my first album. A considerable number of shows had been booked. The expectation was that much of the year would be spent on tour in celebration of that first step into what has been a pretty interesting professional life. 

“My expectations, like everyone else’s, took a big hit from the pandemic and all that has gone with it. That “Big 50th” was not to be!

“Now, as we poke our heads up to see where this past year-and-a-bit has brought us to, I’m getting excited again about getting out and sharing my songs with all who will do me the honor of listening — in actual rooms! With people who are physically present! The 50th Anniversary Tour: 2nd Attempt…May we all stay safe and functional so it can happen!”

Here are Bruce’s first confirmed dates, with more to follow:


DEC          7                             GRASS VALLEY CA         CENTER FOR THE ARTS

DEC          8                             SANTA CRUZ CA              RIO THEATRE

DEC          9                             BERKELEY CA                  FREIGHT & SALVAGE

DEC        10                             BERLELEY CA                   FREIGHT & SALVAGE

DEC        12                             EUGENE OR                      SORENG THEATER

DEC        13                             BEND OR                           TOWER THEATRE

DEC        14                             GRANTS PASS OR            ROGUE THEATRE

DEC        16                             PORTLAND OR                  ALADDIN THEATER

DEC        17                             PORTLAND OR                  ALADDIN THEATER

DEC        18                             SPOKANE OR                    BING CROSBY THEATER

DEC        19                             SEATTLE WA                      NEPTUNE THEATRE                                  

FEB         24                             BURLINGTON VT               HIGHER GROUND

FEB         25                             ALBANY NY                       THE EGG

FEB         26                             NORTHAMPTON MA         ACADEMY OF MUSIC

FEB         27                             BOSTON MA                      WILBUR THEATRE

MAR          1                            WATERVILLE ME               OPERA HOUSE

MAR          2                            FALL RIVER MA                 CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

MAR          4                            RIDGEFIELD CT                 RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE

MAR          5                            NEWTON NJ                       NEWTON THEATRE

MAR          6                            NEW YORK NY                   SYMPHONY SPACE

MAR          8                            ANN ARBOR MI                  THE ARK

MAR         10                           CHICAGO IL                        OLDTOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK

MAR         11                           CHICAGO IL                        OLDTOWN SCHOOK OF FOLK

MAR         12                           MADISON WI                       BARRYMORE THEATRE

MAR         13                           IOWA CITY IA                      ENGLERT THEATRE

APR          19                           PETERBOROUGH ON       SHOWPLACE CENTRE

APR          21                           KITCHENER ON                 CENTRE IN THE SQUARE

APR          22                           TORONTO ON                    MASSEY HALL

APR          23                           OTTAWA ON                       NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE    

For on-sale ticket information please check in your local market. 

June 17, 2021
The Times Colonist

Bruce Cockburn joins Victoria's Gettin' Higher Choir for Mozambique relief concert
by Mike Devlin

What: Voices Rising: a Fundraiser for Mozambique
Where: Zoom or YouTube
When: June 19, 7 p.m.
Tickets: Free (donations accepted)

The news Tuesday that signaled the return of live events with in-person audiences of up to 50 socially distanced people is good news for everyone — the Gettin’ Higher Choir included. But it won’t help choir directors Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson bring Voices Rising: a Fundraiser for Mozambique to audiences on Saturday.

That’s because filming for the concert has already taken place, which made it possible for Baker and Jackson to gather nearly 80 participants into a virtual cast of singers and musicians for the 23rd annual event. In this rare instance, limitations put in place to combat the pandemic actually helped the Gettin’ Higher Choir create, through video-conferencing platform Flock, a massive project several months in the making.

“Our participation, locally, has shrunk, because there are some people who aren’t into singing to the computer,” Baker said of the congregation, which grew exponentially on Zoom during the pandemic to include friends of friends and family in faraway places. “We’ve been able to reach people from as far away as Chicago and Tokyo and Whitehorse. Zoom has made it so wonderfully inclusive. There is a whole lot of networking that is happening online.”

One of those singers, who is from Delhi, India, contributed a recording of her singing in Bengali for use in the upcoming fundraiser, which will combine both live and pre-recorded segments. Juno Award-winner Bruce Cockburn will also perform at Voices Rising, and has recorded a 30-minute set that will air during the two-hour online fundraiser for Mozambique.

“We were crazy enough to call up his manager and put a proposal to him,” Jackson said. “I guess it hit him at the right time, and he said yes very quickly.”

That isn’t altogether surprising: Cockburn has worked extensively with relief organizations and charities in support of the African country, including a consortium of Canadian development agencies with whom he travelled to Mozambique in 1995. He wrote The Coming Rains and Mines of Mozambique about his trip, which is why his presence at a concert raising money for schools and scholarship programs in Mozambique, through Victoria charity the Caia Connection, is so meaningful.

Cockburn’s participation seemed to galvanize the project. Cockburn met the Mozambican refugee couple who started the charity backstage at one of his shows in Victoria 20 years ago, and musicians from the Caia district of Mozambique will perform Saturday as the Caia Connection aims to raise $20,000 in donations for solar power, water and food security projects in the area.

“It has been so great to make so many connections with so many people, thanks to this crazy pandemic,” Jackson said.

The choir’s last in-person rehearsal was on March 10, 2020. Since then, the number of participating members has been cut in half, from 100 to 50, with all rehearsals occurring online during the past 15 months. The hope is that regular rehearsals at the Church of Truth will resume in the fall, which would allow the choir to host hybrid performances before the year is out.

A portion of the singers in the same room, singing in unison, would be a small but important step forward on the journey back to normalcy, Baker said.

“There’s an amazing sense of community amongst people who come together to sing songs. People loved continuing to gather through Zoom, it was kind of a lifeline for folks.”

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, 2022- DK]

May 24, 2021

Bruce will be participating in this benefit concert. More information here.

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.

Bruce in San Francisco - April 2021

April 27, 2021

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

May 2, 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!


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


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


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.


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