True North: The Canadian Songbook

Strong… Free… True North:
The Canadian Songbook

I started with a simple idea. I wanted to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by reimagining iconic Canadian pop music through orchestral arrangements. My simple idea soon became an epic, multi-year passion project that I’m thrilled to unveil in May 2017. I wanted to honour the people, the songwriters, the musicians and the country that I love, and True North: The Canadian Songbook became the most touching tribute I felt I could offer. I’m joined on this project by a talented team of artists, performers, and industry experts, and I’m so proud of the final result. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Showcasing 32 of Canada’s most beloved pop and folk songs, True North: The Canadian Songbook is Eleanor McCain’s sixth studio album. Produced by Don Breithaupt and featuring the creations of 14 arrangers, 28 guest artists, and 10 symphony orchestras from across the country, True North: The Canadian Songbook was developed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. In addition to the recording, the double album is accompanied by a bilingual 220 page hardcover coffee table book featuring sumptuous full-colour landscape photography by 22 photographers from across Canada, fashion portraits in select Canadian locations by book co-curator V. Tony Hauser, complementary song lyrics, songwriter commentary, and behind-the-scenes shots by Greg Locke, along with a double CD insert. This epic, multi-year passion project is a touching tribute to the people, songwriters, musicians, photographers and landscape of Canada. Eleanor is joined on this project by a talented team of artists, performers, and industry experts all of whom worked passionately to bring this to fruition. An accompanying documentary film will also be released. True North: The Canadian Songbook will be released May 12th, 2017 


True North: The Canadian Songbook Trailer

Concerts & Events


Saturday April 21, 2018 - Fogo Island Inn is pleased to welcome vocalist Eleanor McCain for an intimate performance in support of the release of her latest project, True North: The Canadian Songbook.

For more information and for tickets call 1-709-658-3444



NEW Drumline and General Music Program at Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse made possible by True North: The Canadian Songbook BandAid Grant in Honour of MusiCounts’ 20th in 2017

Whitehorse, NWT - January 23, 2018 - Here is a wonderful video produced by CBC on Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse, Northwest Territories, one the schools who received a True North: The Canadian Songbook BandAid Grant in Honour of MusiCounts’...

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McCain creates musical project

January 10, 2018 - Cape Breton Post - We’ve just finished celebrating 150 years of Canada as a nation. We did it with special events, parades, presentations and even some protests. But that’s the Canadian way. Read more  

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Favourite Room - Home for the holidays

December 23, 2017 - The Globe and Mail - Singer Eleanor McCain happily lets Christmas decor take over her living room, which also doubles as her band's rehearsal space.  Read here

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