With 34 previous releases, 13 Canadian JUNO wins, two Hall of Fame inductions, countless honorary Doctorates, Officer of The Order of Canada — and new inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame this year — all spanning a 50+ year career — it’s no small task to encapsulate Bruce Cockburn’s inimitable imprint when it comes to Canadian music and culture. But his newly announced double-album release, Bruce Cockburn Greatest Hits (1970 – 2020), is a good place to start.
Curated by Bruce Cockburn and released December 3rd, 2021 via True North Records, this definitive collection meticulously corrals the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s most-favored tracks — from songs that shot to the top of the charts upon release, to long-lauded fan-favorites requested on tour, time and time again.
Expect to settle in for a chronological journey from the legendary artist’s earliest offerings, to today; assembled by Cockburn himself, the hand-picked selection of 30 songs revisit works from 1970 to 2020, and are accompanied by exclusive notes from the artist.
“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,” Cockburn shares. “Not unusual for a young person, I guess…
“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 fifty years of recording, performing, and travel — not to mention, relationships and personal challenges — I can only shake my head and mutter a word of thanks for all of it. Even if I’d been a planner by nature, I doubt I could have predicted how things have gone.
“And they’re still going!”
The release landed ahead of Cockburn’s “2nd Attempt” North American tour for his 50th Anniversary Concert, previously stymied by Covid restrictions.
Bruce Cockburn’s Greatest Hits (1970 – 2020) is available via True North Records.
Bruce Cockburn 2022 Tour Dates:
April 19, 2022 Showplace Theatre, Peterborough, ON, Canada
April 21, 2022 Centre In The Square – Kitchener, ON Canada
April 22, 2022 Massey Hall – Toronto, ON Canada
April 23, 2022 National Arts Centre – Ottawa ON Canada
April 26, 2022 Empire Theatre – Belleville, ON Canada
April 27, 2022 Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON Canada
April 28, 2022 Performing Arts Centre – St. Catherines, ON Canada
May 8, 2022 Fremont Theatre – San Luis Obispo, CA USA
May 9, 2022 Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA USA
May 11, 2022 Music Box – San Diego, CA USA
May 12, 2022 MM Theatre – Phoenix, AZ USA
May 13, 2022 MM Theatre – Phoenix, AZ USA
May 14, 2022 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ USA
May 16, 2022 NM Museum of Art – Sante Fe, NM USA
May 18, 2022 Stargazers Theatre – Colorado Springs, CO USA
May 19, 2022 Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO USA
May 20, 2022 The Armory – Ft Collins, CO USA
May 22, 2022 The Elm – Bozeman, MT USA
May 24, 2022 Visual Collective Arts – Boise, ID USA
June 25, 2022 Kate Wolf Music Festival – Laytonville, CA USA
June 26, 2022 Kate Wolf Music Festival – Laytonville, CA USA