Mar 24, 2016

True North: The Canadian Songbook

Eleanor McCain is making music history.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday next year, three-time East Coast Music Association Award nominee Eleanor McCain has announced that she will releasing a 33-song recording project, True North: The Canadian Songbook.
The album is a musical celebration of 32 of the nation’s best-known songs, plus 1 original, as interpreted by Eleanor. It will feature some of the country’s most distinguished arrangers, performers and recording artists as special guests. In addition, there will be a coffee table book featuring picturesque Canadian landscapes captured by nationally prominent photographers which will accompany the double CD.  A camera crew is also capturing this ambitious project as Eleanor criss-crosses the country in this truly pan-Canadian project.
Between the months of March and June, the DMC team and Eleanor McCain will be travelling with Emmy Award-winning album producer Don Breithaupt (The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook), conductor Martin MacDonald, and orchestral recording engineer Jeremy Tusz  to capture the dynamic and powerful sounds of ten 40-plus-piece orchestras. The project is proud to call Shelly Berger, Peter Cardinali, Darren Fung, Lou Pomanti, and Sarah Slean, among the key orchestral arrangers.  The recording sessions started this week in Edmonton with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and included stops in Halifax (with Symphony Nova Scotia, where Martin McDonald is associate conductor) as well as St Johns (with Symphony New Brunswick).  The team heads to Winnipeg and Newfoundland in April to record 2-3 songs with each of those orchestras and then onto Victoria and Vancouver the first week of May.
Stay tuned as we embark on this journey with McCain and the True North team!
Be sure to follow us on social and to check out the hashtag #CSB150 for some great behind the scenes sneak peek!
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