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The largest project of its kind ever undertaken in Canada, Eleanor McCain’s True North: The Canadian Songbook includes 32 songs and 10 Canadian orchestras from coast to coast showcasing some of the country’s best songwriters, singers, choirs and arrangers, plus a coffee table book with stunning photographs depicting Canada’s natural beauty. Eleanor shares how she came up with this idea for celebrating her nation’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.
Working with Emmy-Award-winning producer Don Breithaupt, Eleanor enlisted 10 orchestras, 28 guest artists, 14 arrangers and orchestrators, as well as 22 landscape photographers and dozens of other professionals, from engineers to fashion designers. She shares the joys and challenges of bringing together top artists, all in one massive project.
True North: The Canadian Songbook is Eleanor’s sixth album, three of which are East Coast Music Award nominees. She reveals how she chose the 32 songs for the project, including songs by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bryan Adams.
Eleanor discusses the breathtaking landscapes depicted in photographs, and their relationship to the 32 songs in True North: The Canadian Songbook.
Anyone who has visited or dreamed of visiting Canada, or met some of its gracious citizens, can have a part in celebrating the nation’s 150th anniversary this year through True North: The Canadian Songbook. Eleanor discusses how she hopes the project touches US residents with an affinity for their northern neighbors.
Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Eleanor discusses what the sesquicentennial means for her nation.
A native of the tiny village of Florenceville, New Brunswick, about 10 miles from Maine, Eleanor’s love affair with music began when she visited New York City to see a performance of the Broadway musical Annie. She tells how her early life prepared her to become one Canada’s top artists in the classical crossover genre.
A single mom raising a teenage daughter, Eleanor discusses what it means to be a “mom first” while coordinating a gigantic project – and why she asked her daughter Laura to sing with a children’s choir on one particular song on True North: The Canadian Songbook.