Bruce Cockburn Announces ‘True North – A 50th Anniversary Box Set’
To be active and relevant in music for 50 years is a significant achievement for any individual recording artist. The same can be said for any independent record label. To achieve this milestone together as an artist and label team without interruption has to be one of the most extraordinarily rare events in music.
To celebrate this milestone, Bruce Cockburn and True North Records have produced True North – A 50th Anniversary Box Set, a limited edition vinyl box set containing three of Bruce’s most significant recordings. You can pre-order it here. The first album, where it all started, is the self-titled debut album, Bruce Cockburn, along with two albums that have never before been released on vinyl: The Charity of Night and Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu. Each album has been re-mastered by Bruce’s long-time producer, Colin Linden, and is pressed on coloured vinyl. The discs are contained in original artwork sleeves adapted from the original designs by the acclaimed graphic designer Michael Wrycraft, and housed in an individually-numbered box signed personally by the artist. There will be only a limited initial pressing.
Bruce Cockburn was the first artist signed to True North Records, the tenacious independent label founded by Bruce’s manager, Bernie Finkelstein, and first operated from a Yorkville Avenue phone booth. Bruce’s debut self-titled album was the label’s first album release on April 7, 1970, produced by Eugene Martynec and bearing the catalog number TN1. Fifty years on, Bruce Cockburn still records for True North Records, which released his 34th album, Crowing Ignites, in late 2019.
Said Bruce, “In 1969, when I was feeling the need to record an album of the songs I’d been writing, I had no concept of what that might lead to. In some organic way, it felt like it was time. The future wasn’t really an issue. It still isn’t. For each of us, there’s a future or there isn’t.
“But looking back over the arc of 50 years of recording, performing, and travel, not to mention relationships and personal challenges,” he continued, “I can only shake my head and mutter a word of thanks for all of it.”
Bruce concluded, “Even if I’d been a planner by nature, I doubt I could have predicted how things have gone… and they’re still going!”
Bruce has also scheduled fall tour dates celebrating the 50th anniversary. Additional updates and ticket information can be found through the official Bruce Cockburn website, and the complete list of tour dates is below.
Although Bernie Finkelstein sold True North Records to entrepreneurs Geoff Kulawick, Harvey Glatt and Michael Pilon in 2007, True North continues to be a vital independent label signing and releasing records by Bruce alongside many of Canada’s leading singer-songwriters and musicians, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Murray McLauchlan, Matt Andersen, Colin James, Sass Jordan, Sue Foley, Natalie MacMaster and Jimmy Rankin.
Bruce Cockburn – True North – A 50th Anniversary Box Set
TND750 – Bruce Cockburn (LP) | A Charity of Night (2LP) | Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu (2LP) – 5 x 180 gram colored vinyl discs original artwork sleeves.
Bruce Cockburn 2020 anniversary tour dates:
Sept. 4 – CNE Bandshell, Toronto, ON
Oct. 16 – Showplace Theatre, Peterborough, ON
Oct. 17 – National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
Oct. 18 – Empire Theatre, Belleville, ON
Oct. 20 – Isabel Bader Theatre, Kingston, ON
Oct. – 29 – Academy of Music Theater, Northampton, MA
Oct. 30 – Wilbur Theater, Boston, MA
Oct. 31 – 2020 Pythian Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Nov. 1 – Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
Nov. 4 – StageOne at FTC, Fairfield, CT
Nov. 6 – Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
Nov. 7 – Newton Theater, Newton, NJ
Nov. 8 – City Winery, New York, NY
Nov. 9 – Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
Nov. 11 – Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD
Nov. 13 – Harvester Performance Center, Rock Mount, VA
Nov. 14 – McGlohon Theater, Charlotte, NC
Nov. 15 – Songbirds Guitar Museum, Chattanooga, TN
Nov. 17 – 2020 City Winery, Atlanta, GA
Nov. 18 – 2020 Ponte Verde at Palm Beach Lakes COA, West Palm Beach, FL
Nov. 19 – 2020 Capitol Theater, Clearwater, FL