April 7, 2019 – James Gordon
Join us for an intimate afternoon with Canadian folk music icon, James Gordon!
In his forty-year career as a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, James Gordon has released forty albums and toured relentlessly around the world. He has penned over 1500 songs (Frobisher Bay, Mining for Gold, Looking for Livingstone), some of which have been famously played by Cowboy Junkies, James Keelaghan, Miranda Mulholland, and international choirs. In addition to compositions for symphony orchestras, musical theatre, dance, and film scores, James was heard on CBC radio for over ten years as songwriter-in-residence for the Basic Black and Ontario Morning programs. James appears solo or with a trio, and is always happy to do a songwriting workshop in conjunction with his appearances.
“A remarkable Canadian performer. His body of work is truly original” – Penguin Eggs
A Few Achievements
- Wrote Frobisher Bay, which has been covered by over one hundred artists world-wide and many choirs.
- Mining for Gold was included in the John Sayles film Silver City and was recorded by Cowboy Junkies on their breakout album The Trinity Session.
- Released children’s music album No Grownups Allowed, which has sold 50,000 copies and counting.
- Well known for his songs about social justice, heritage and environmental issues, he toured for two years with his hugely successful political theatre piece Stephen Harper: The Musical. (It worked. You’re welcome.)
- Gordon has produced albums for many Canadian folk artists, and his popular Rhyme Capsules songwriting-in-the-schools project has resulted in over two dozen recorded collections of songs by young composers.
- Created the full-length folk opera Hardscrabble Road which debuted live in the fall of 2003.