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 

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Concerts & Events

Jazz.FM91 - Live to Air - Encore Performance with ELEANOR MCCAIN hosted by ROSS PORTER!

Sunday June 25, 2017 - Jazz FM's encore performance of Eleanor’s Live to Air concert will broadcast on their Award-winning “Sound of Jazz” program on Sunday June 25 at 11am EDT. 

Joined by producer and pianist, Don Breithaupt, Mark Kelso (drums), Justin Abedin (guitar), Pat Kilbride (bass) and featuring two guest artists from the album Guido Basso and Bill McBirnie, Eleanor performs “unplugged" selections from True North: The Canadian Songbook and gives interviews throughout the show. Listen here...

True North: The Canadian Songbook

In concert with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Friday September 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Saturday September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
36 King St W, Kitchener, Ontario

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True North: The Canadian Songbook

In concert with Niagara Symphony Orchestra 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30PM
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:30PM 
Patridge Hall
250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario

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News

True North: The Canadian Songbook is Eleanor McCain’s gift to Canada’s 150th

June 21, 2018 - The Montrealer On Line - This magnificent orchestral recording of thirty-two Canadian pop and folk songs from Neil Young’s Helpless to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was recorded with 10 orchestras across Canada. Read the full article here.

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Jazz.FM91 - LIVE TO AIR with ELEANOR MCCAIN hosted by ROSS PORTER!

June 6, 2017 - Thrilled to announce a Live To Air concert on Jazz.FM91 on June 6th at 7 PM hosted by Ross Porter! Joined by producer and pianist, Don Breithaupt, Mark Kelso (drums), Justin Abedin (guitar), Pat Kilbride (bass)...

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Eleanor talks about True North: The Canadian Songbook with eTalk

May 18, 2017 - Eleanor McCain stopped by the eTalk studios and chatted about the launch of her True North: The Canadian Songbook album and coffee table book. Watch the video here.

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