Ac­tivist in song

Har­bourfront The­atre show is only Is­land stop on his ‘Bone on Bone’ tour

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Bruce Cock­burn re­turns to Har­bourfront The­atre Sun­day on a pro­mo­tional tour for his new al­bum.

Cana­dian mu­sic icon Bruce Cock­burn re­turns to Har­bourfront The­atre this Sun­day. The Sept. 17 Sum­mer­side ap­pear­ance is part of his North Amer­i­can tour in sup­port of his new al­bum, “Bone on Bone” set for re­lease Sept. 15. Cock­burn will be joined on stage by nephew John Aaron Cock­burn on ac­cor­dion, drum­mer Gary Craig, and bassist, all of whom are fea­tured on the new al­bum. In ad­di­tion, the show fea­ture an open­ing set by spe­cial guest, Hamilton’s Terra Light­foot.

One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cock­burn has en­joyed an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer shaped by pol­i­tics, spir­i­tu­al­ity, and mu­si­cal di­ver­sity. His re­mark­able jour­ney has seen him em­brace folk, jazz, rock, and world­beat styles while trav­el­ling to such far-flung places as Gu­atemala, Mali, Mozam­bique, and Nepal, and writ­ing mem­o­rable songs about his ever-ex­pand­ing world of won­ders.

“My job,” he ex­plains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on pa­per and the pulling of notes out of metal.” Cock­burn’s songs of ro­mance, protest, and spir­i­tual dis­cov­ery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His gui­tar play­ing, both acous­tic and elec­tric, has placed him in the com­pany of the world’s top in­stru­men­tal­ists.

He re­mains re­spected for his ac­tivism on is­sues from na­tive rights and land mines to the en­vi­ron­ment and Third World debt, work­ing for or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Ox­fam, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders, and Friends of the Earth. For his many achieve­ments, the Ot­tawa-born artist has been hon­oured with 12 Juno Awards, an in­duc­tion into the Cana­dian

Mu­sic Hall of Fame, and a Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Per­form­ing Arts Award, and has been made an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada.

On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Terra

Light­foot has per­formed along­side heavy­weights like Em­my­lou Har­ris, Ron Sex­smith, Gor­don Light­foot, Sloan, Arkells, Ba­sia Bu­lat, Al­bert Lee, James Bur­ton, White­horse, The Sadies, Steve Strong­man, Mon­ster

Truck and Daniel Lanois. She also stays busy as part of the coun­try band Din­ner Belles.

Cur­tain time is 7:30 p.m. and tick­ets are avail­able at the box of­fice and har­bourfrontthe­atre. com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Lead­ing Cana­dian singer Bruce Cock­burn is in Sum­mer­side Sun­day night.

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