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

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 Djocik
  • Chris Palmer
  • 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 
  • Eric Bartnes - Lighting Director
  • 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
  • Tod Cutler - Sound Tech
  • Neil Edwards - Project Consultant/Concert Engagements
  • Simon Fateux – Music Publicity, SIX media marketing inc
  • Jesse Finkelstein - Principal, Page Two Strategies
  • Sándor Fizli - Session Photographer
  • Ian Giles – Social Media Director
  • 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 
  • Rémi Marsan - Technical and Logistics Manager
  • Martin MacDonald - Conductor 
  • Wendy Natale - Wardrobe
  • Susan O’Grady – Music Publicity, Take Aim Media
  • Jackie Paré - Tour Manager 
  • Deb McCain - Media and Communications
  • Bentley Miller - Lighting Director
  • 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
  • Danielle Sweeney – Social Media Coordinator
  • 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

Credits

TRUE NORTH: The Canadian SOngbook NEWS

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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Eleanor McCain Celebrates Her True North... In Style

May 17, 2017 - fyi Music News - The numbers involved in Eleanor McCain’s new project, True North: The Canadian Songbook, are indeed impressive. Read the full article here.  

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Eleanor McCain on CBC Weekend AM Newfoundland with Todd O'Brien

May 15, 2017 - Listen to the full interview here.

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