BRUCE COCKBURN INDUCTED INTO THE CAB BROADCAST HALL OF FAME
POSTED: OCTOBER 3RD, 2002
BRUCE COCKBURN INDUCTED INTO THE CAB BROADCAST HALL OF FAME Ottawa, October 3, 2002 – The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) will honour singersongwriter Bruce Cockburn later this month by inducting him into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on October 22 in Vancouver, during the Gold Ribbon Awards Gala at Broadcasting 2002: Leadership Through Public Service, the CAB’s 76th annual convention. Bruce Cockburn’s career has produced 26 albums, 20 gold and platinum records, and numerous awards both here in Canada and overseas, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Italy’s Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement. Bruce Cockburn has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and has been appointed to the Order of Canada. After more than thirty years in the business, his appeal remains strong. In fact, Mr. Cockburn’s record company recently signed new contracts with important distributors in the UK and Australia. These new contracts will kick off on October 29, 2002 with six deluxe Bruce Cockburn catalogue packages, slated for release in Canada and around the world. Bruce Cockburn’s first album was released in 1970, and this was followed by a string of records that gave full voice to his inimitable style of music. In 1979, he enjoyed his first major hit, "Wondering Where the Lions Are", a song that marked the beginning of the singer’s international career. Throughout the 1980s Mr. Cockburn produced some of his most emotionally powerful music, songs like "The Trouble With Normal", "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" and "If I Had A Rocket Launcher", which received more airplay than any other song in his career. These songs capture Mr. Cockburn’s deeply-felt commitment to social justice, a theme that resurfaces in "Call it Democracy", "Waiting For A Miracle", "If A Tree Falls", and others. In the 1990s, Mr. Cockburn decided to try his hand at producing. Together with singer/guitarist Colin Linden, Bruce Cockburn created "The Charity of Night" in 1996 and the award-winning "Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu" in 1999. Over the years, Mr. Cockburn’s music has been covered by such diverse artists as Chet Atkins, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffet, Dan Fogelberg, Jerry Garcia, Maria Muldaur, Anne Murray, Holly Near and The Rankins. "Bruce Cockburn combines tremendous musical talent, great skill as a lyricist and a deep concern for the welfare of humanity. He has given the world a collection of songs that will stand the test of time," says Glenn O’Farrell, CAB President and CEO. "Bruce is a true Canadian original. He continues to leave a deep impression on our culture, and our collective conscience."
Mr. Cockburn joins Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, Céline Dion>, and Ian Tyson as the sixth member in the category honouring Canadian music stars. Inductees in the Canadian Music Star category are recognized for "outstanding talent and commitment, for enhancing Canadian culture and for enriching the lives of Canadians through private radio." Broadcasting 2002, Canada's premier broadcasting event, is expected to attract more than 500 broadcasters, federal decision makers, politicians, and industry stakeholders from across Canada. The CAB is the national voice of Canada's private broadcasters, representing the vast majority of Canadian programming services, including private radio and television stations, networks, specialty and pay, and pay-per-view services.