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 was released on May 12th, 2017

Learn about the Vision of True North

Guest Artists

  • Natashia Allakariallak
  • Guido Basso
  • Liona Boyd
  • The College of Piping
  • François D'Amours
  • Laura David
  • Denise Djokic
  • Matt Dusk
  • Elmer Iseler Singers
  • Rik Emmett
  • George Gao
  • Ron Korb
  • Jens Lindemann
  • Jan Lisiecki
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Bill McBirnie
  • John McDermott
  • The Men of the Deeps
  • Paul Pike
  • Pro Coro Canada
  • Donald Quan
  • Don Ross
  • Saskatoon Children's Choir
  • Sharon Riley And The Faith Chorale
  • Roch Voisine
  • Vineet Vyas
  • Lesley Young

Landscape Photographers

  • Peter Blahut
  • Dr. Roberta Bondar
  • Claude Bouchard
  • Sigita van Bruchem
  • Roman Buchhoffer
  • Joe Chase
  • Mark Duffy
  • Mathieu Dupuis
  • Ron Erwin
  • George Fischer
  • Scott Forsyth
  • Angela Gzowski
  • Sarah Hauser
  • Thaddeus Holownia
  • Greg Locke
  • Curtis Jones
  • Ian McAllister
  • Peter Mather
  • Paul Nicklen
  • Tomas Nevesley
  • Jerry Spierenburg
  • John Sylvester

Fashion Designers

  • Ona Chan
  • Greta Constantine
  • Cosmopolitan Furs
  • Lisa Corbo
  • Mikael D
  • Dean Davidson
  • John De Jong
  • Angela DeMontigny
  • Jaleh Farhadpour
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Romona Keveza
  • Lucian Matis
  • Myles Mindham
  • Ron White

Team

  • Eleanor McCain - Executive Producer
  • Don Breithaupt - Producer
  • Justin Abedin - Guitar
  • Susan Abramovitch - Partner - Head, Entertainment Law -  Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Brian Alexanian - Sound Tech
  • John Bailey - Recording Engineer 
  • Laurie Bégin - Production Coordinator
  • René Bissonette - Associate, Gowlings WLG
  • Nancy Leesing Brambilia
  • Shelley Bunda - Executive Personal Assistant
  • Paul Campbell - Event Coordinator
  • Keith Chang - Cinematographer
  • James Clemens-Seely - Assistant Engineer (Orchestral)
  • Peter Cocking - Art Director/Book Design
  • Mark Costain, VP Marketing, Entertainment One Music
  • Neil Edwards - Project Consultant/Concert Engagements
  • Simon Fateux – Music Publicity, SIX media marketing inc
  • Jesse Finkelstein - Principal, Page Two Strategies
  • Sándor Fizli - Session Photographer
  • Karren Hammond - Choreographer and Movement Coach
  • V. Tony Hauser - Book Curator
  • Nathan Haynes - Cinematographer
  • Alexandre Jacques - Production Manager
  • Vanessa Jarman - Make-up and hair
  • Christopher Johns - Assistant Engineer (Orchestral)
  • Kim Juneja – Music Publicity, Take Aim Media
  • Mark Kelso - Drums
  • Pat Kilbride - Bass
  • Lorraine Lawson - Vocal Coach and Vocal Production
  • Timon Leung - Cinematographer
  • Greg Locke - Photographer 
  • Brian Mann - Lighting Director
  • Rémi Marsan - Technical and Logistics Manager
  • Martin MacDonald - Conductor 
  • Wendy Natale - Wardrobe
  • Linda North – Social Media Director
  • Susan O’Grady – Music Publicity, Take Aim Media
  • Jackie Paré - Tour Manager 
  • Deb McCain - Media and Communications
  • Chris Moncada, General Manager, Entertainment One Music
  • Gabrielle Narsted - Publishing Services Manager, Page Two Strategies
  • Darlene Sawyer - Project Manager
  • Olivier Sirois - Production Executive
  • Matt Smallwood – Marketing Director
  • Carl Talbot - Recording Engineer (Orchestral)
  • Chris Taylor, President, Entertainment One Music
  • Jeremy Tusz - Recording Engineer (Orchestral)
  • Mélanie Vaugeois - Content Coordinator
  • Justin West - Lead Business Consultant
  • Stanley Yamashita - Director & Cinematographer
  • Amy T. Dog - President and CEO, Retriever Records
  • Princess Audrey - CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Retriever Records

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