Young, Cock­burn Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame in­ductees

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Neil Young and Bruce Cock­burn are among the lat­est in­ductees into the Cana­dian Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame. Both mu­si­cians will join Mon­treal rock band Beau Dom­mage and French-Cana­dian com­poser Stephane Venne as the four artists hon­oured this year. The in­duc­tion cer­e­mony takes place at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Sept. 23.

Or­ga­niz­ers say the bilin­gual evening will be high­lighted by trib­utes and per­for­mances from a wide ar­ray of Cana­dian mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Arkells, Buffy Sainte-Marie, k.d. lang, Randy Bach­man, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and White­horse.

Young is con­sid­ered one of the coun­try’s most in­flu­en­tial song­writ­ers, hav­ing penned “Har­vest Moon” and “Heart of Gold.”

Cock­burn’s eclec­tic ca­reer has been de­fined by protest an­thems (“If I Had a Rocket Launcher”) and love songs (“Last Night of the World”).

Beau Dom­mage formed in the early 1970s and be­came known for writ­ing pop­u­lar French folk sta­ples, such as “La Com­plainte du Phoque en Alaska.”

Venne forged an ac­tive ca­reer in Que­bec, writ­ing more than 400 songs for mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Is­abelle Pierre and Re­nee Claude.

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