Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee and 13-time Juno Award-winner headlines the Roots Festival, a celebration of Canadian music, August 16-18.
Next Saturday, August 16th at 8pm, the Blue Mountain Village Plaza Stage welcomes legendary folk/rock guitarist and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn for a free concert.
"We continue to book Canadian music legends", says Patti Kendall, Director of Marketing & Events for Blue Mountain Village, "first Gino Vanelli at our July 4-6th Jazz Festival, then April Wine Canada Day and now Bruce Cockburn. Plus we are booking up and coming Canadian artists for the free Friday night series. These concerts are proving to be very popular as a result of such high quality musicians in a unique cobblestone outdoor setting."
A true Canadian icon, Cockburn's career has spanned four decades, produced thirty-one albums and taken him to the four corners of the earth. His musical forms are as diverse as his lyrical subject matter. He has composed songs in such varied styles as folk, jazz-infused rock, classic rock and rock and roll, and has even shown the influence of reggae and world music. From "Wondering Where the Lions Are" to "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" and "If I had a Rocket Launcher", his long list of hits has not only charted internationally, but has also become an integral part of the Canadian musical canon. Even still, Cockburn continues to work to reinvent himself. Itâ€™s quite likely that the "Rumors of Glory" you hear today sounds different than it did 30 years ago.
Just one day before the Cockburn concert visitors can see Scarlett Jane, a regular top 20 song on CBC radio 2. Scarlett Jane was live on CTV's Canada AM early August and the Toronto duo has earned two nominations at the Canadian Folk Music awards for their debut album Stranger.
Remaining concerts this summer include The James Cameron
Band, Sunday August 18th, Donna Creigton and Jenna Grahlman August 22nd 7pm
& 8pm, Cecile Doo-Kingue on Saturday August 23rd, Suzie Vinnick August 29th
. Plans are underway for the second annual Guitar Trail event on Saturday,
September 6th where the Village will book over 10 local musicians to position
them throughout the Blue Mountain hiking trails for a new concept of hiking to