Eleanor McCain

About Eleanor McCain

Byline BIO: Classical crossover artist Eleanor McCain is the creator of True North: The Canadian Songbook, an epic musical and photographic tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. McCain’s sixth album features 32 iconic songs reimagined by 14 arrangers and recorded with 10 of Canada’s top orchestras, plus a coffee table book with stunning photographs of the nation’s natural beauty. For more information visit www.EleanorMcCain.ca.

Broadcast BIO: Did you know Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1? To commemorate that big event, classical crossover singer Eleanor McCain has created a massive musical and visual tribute. It’s called True North: The Canadian Songbook. On this double CD set, Eleanor sings 32 iconic Canadian pop and folk songs backed by 10 of the country's top orchestras. You can learn about it at www.EleanorMcCain.ca. We are honored to have Eleanor McCain here with us today. Welcome! Your project involves hundreds of musicians as well as visual artists. Tell us about True North: The Canadian Songbook.

Full BIO: Having no less a luminary than multiple GRAMMY-Award winning superstar producer David Foster publicly declare “she’s going places” during a star-studded concert in which she shared the stage with Lionel Richie and Natalie Cole, Eleanor McCain has dazzled audiences for more than a decade with a voice the Halifax Chronicle-Herald declared “lovely…full and expressive.”

Hailing from Florenceville, New Brunswick, this triple ECMA-nominated classical crossover specialist has recorded six albums, toured with noted JUNO-nominated jazz singer Matt Dusk, and accompanied symphonies across Canada. She’s also had the honor of collaborating with artists such as Natalie MacMaster, Liona Boyd, John McDermott, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Elmer Iseler Singers, and Carlos Nunez.

McCain’s music has been critically acclaimed from the love songs of Runaway to classical crossover favorite Intimate; ECMA-nominated children’s recording Bundle Of Joy; ECMA-nominated Green Hills Of Home, an album of Celtic balladry, to her ECMA-nominated double CD of Christmas music entitled Holiday.

Her latest project to be released May, 2017, True North: The Canadian Songbook, is a celebration of Canadian pop and folk songs set to orchestra honoring Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Emmy Award-Winning Composer Don Breithaupt produces this double album of 32 iconic songs reimagined by 14 arrangers from coast to coast and recorded with 10 of the country’s foremost orchestras, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, Symphony Nova Scotia, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the performances of 28 Canadian guest artists are also featured.

True North: The Canadian Songbook will be released as a double CD set along with a bilingual coffee table book capturing many of Canada’s most iconic landscapes by 23 of the country’s most prominent photographers, co-curated by renowned portrait photographer, V. Tony Hauser. The book includes behind-the scenes images by Greg Locke as well as other photographers, song lyrics, commentary from songwriters, and portraits by V. Tony Hauser in select Canadian landscapes featuring original Canadian fashion designs.

Based in Toronto, McCain is an active philanthropist. The launch of True North: The Canadian Songbook will include a fundraising effort to support five $20,000 Commemorative BandAid Grants honoring the 20th Anniversary of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. She is also a dedicated mother to her 14-year-old daughter, Laura. For more information visit www.EleanorMcCain.ca.

About Don Breithaupt, Producer/Arranger

Byline Bio: An Emmy Award winner, three-time SOCAN Award winner and Gemini Award nominee, Don Breithaupt is producer/arranger of True North: The Canadian Songbook, an epic musical and photographic tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday by classical crossover artist, Eleanor McCain. McCain’s sixth album features 32 iconic songs reimagined by 14 arrangers and recorded with 10 of Canada’s top orchestras, plus a coffee table book with stunning photographs of the nation’s natural beauty. For more information visit www.EleanorMcCain.ca.

Broadcast BIO: Did you know Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1? To commemorate that big event, classical crossover singer Eleanor McCain has created a massive musical and visual tribute. It’s called True North: The Canadian Songbook. On this double CD set, she sings 32 iconic Canadian pop and folk songs backed by 10 of the country's top orchestras. You can learn at about it at www.EleanorMcCain.ca. With us today is Don Breithaupt (SAY BRIGHT-HOWPT), producer/arranger for True North: The Canadian Songbook. Don is an Emmy Award winner, three-time SOCAN Award winner and Gemini Award nominee. Welcome, Don. Tell us about True North: The Canadian Songbook and how you became involved in this massive project.

Full BIO: An Emmy Award winner, three-time SOCAN Award winner and Gemini Award nominee, Don Breithaupt is producer/arranger of True North: The Canadian Songbook, an epic musical and photographic tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday by classical crossover artist, Eleanor McCain. Don is also the producer/songwriter behind Alma/Universal recording artists, Monkey House. He has twice won the jazz category of the U.S.A. Songwriting Competition, and has been shortlisted (with his lyricist brother Jeff) for the prestigious Fred Ebb Prize for Musical Theatre Songwriting. He has scored numerous television series, including the long-running 6teen, and his songs have been covered by Paul Shaffer, Sarah Slean, Brent Carver, Ron Sexsmith, Marc Jordan, Kelli O’Hara, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Dione Taylor, Alfie Zappacosta, Jackie Richardson, Wendy Lands, Denzal Sinclaire, Ian Thomas, and many more. His experience as a keyboard player includes stints with Kim Mitchell, Sass Jordan, Rik Emmett, Mark Jordan, and Walter Zwol. Don studied composition at Berklee College of Music and holds a degree in English Literature from Queen’s University. Currently based in Los Angeles, he grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information visit www.EleanorMcCain.ca.
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