Bruce Cockburn has fashioned a place for himself in the pantheon of Canadian musical greats as a performer with a lyrical gift, a musical flair and a social conscience. Throughout his 40-year career, Cockburn has marched to his own drummer, producing beautifully crafted songs that railed against injustice, marvelled at the human experience and celebrated the power of love.
He has sold over 8 million records worldwide including one certified in Canada at 600,000, written more than 300 songs, won 12 Juno awards and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. His musical styles have embraced folk, rock and jazz.
Bruce Cockburn’s musical journey started in 1959 when, at the age of 14, he found a guitar in his grandmother’s attic. After playing with a number of different bands during his early career, Cockburn made his debut as a solo performer at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1968, returning as a headliner in 1969.
Cockburn’s songwriting talents as well as his graceful and intricate guitar work have earned him a huge following in Canada. Many of his songs have become popular anthems garnering worldwide attention, including Wondering Where the Lions Are, and If I had a Rocket Launcher, the latter of which was written after visiting refugee camps in Central America, cementing his reputation for social engagement on such issues as native rights and the environment. Other hits like Pacing the Cage and If a Tree Falls have reinforced his well-regarded reputation for lyrical poignancy and liberal activism.
Bruce Cockburn’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, including The Barenaked Ladies, Tom Rush, Jimmy Buffet and Judy Collins.
Bruce Cockburn will be the Sunday evening Main Stage headliner!