“A remarkable Canadian performer. His body of work is truly original” – Penguin Eggs
In his forty-year career as a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, James Gordon has released forty albums and toured relentlessly around the world. He has penned over 1500 songs (Frobisher Bay, Mining for Gold, Looking for Livingstone), some of which have been famously played by Cowboy Junkies, James Keelaghan, Miranda Mulholland, and international choirs. In addition to compositions for symphony orchestras, musical theatre, dance, and film scores, James was heard on CBC radio for over ten years as songwriter-in-residence for the Basic Black and Ontario Morning programs. James appears solo or with a trio, and is always happy to do a songwriting workshop in conjunction with his appearances.
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The Heritage Hall Sessions
James is steadily preparing to release The Heritage Hall Sessions in 2019 on Borealis Records. Tracked in the eponymous hall, it features an all-star cast of collaborators: Jeff Bird, Katherine Wheatley, Anne Lindsay, Tannis Slimmon, Ian Bell, and son Evan Gordon taking on a producer/engineer role. Recorded live-off-the-floor, the record features songs ranging from sobering to jubilant, all with the wit and insight that Gordon has become known for. Below are two tracks from the upcoming record (please note, these are unreleased, meant for promotional use only):
You Know Where to Find Me:
The System Isn’t Broken:
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His most recent album and best received to date, Sunny Jim is the result of James digging deep and examining his roots. Recorded with his sons Geordie & Evan (Andy Shauf, The Weather Station, Constantines, Islands, etc.), Sunny Jim is out on Borealis Records. Below are three tracks off of Sunny Jim:
This Canoe Runs On Water:
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- “This fine Canadian songwriter is still on a roll. A mature, astute observer of the human heart in all its conditions. Unhurried personal narratives that anyone can share- songwriting on a conversational scale with universal relevance.” – Rock And Reel Review
- “A confident artist with important things on his mind.” – Toronto Star
- “Rootsy sound, strong songs, with a poet’s eye for telling details and a picket-line singer’s passion.” – Sing Out Magazine
- “Der Kanadier James Gordon ist so etwas wie die graue Eminenz der kanadischen Songwriter-Szene.” (“James Gordon is the Eminem of the Canadian Songwriter scene”) – A Fan in Germany
A Few Achievements
- Wrote Frobisher Bay, which has been covered by over one hundred artists world-wide and many choirs.
- Mining for Gold was included in the John Sayles film Silver City and was recorded by Cowboy Junkies on their breakout album The Trinity Session.
- Released children’s music album No Grownups Allowed, which has sold 50,000 copies and counting.
- Well known for his songs about social justice, heritage and environmental issues, he toured for two years with his hugely successful political theatre piece Stephen Harper: The Musical. (It worked. You’re welcome.)
- Gordon has produced albums for many Canadian folk artists, and his popular Rhyme Capsules songwriting-in-the-schools project has resulted in over two dozen recorded collections of songs by young composers.
- Created the full-length folk opera Hardscrabble Road which debuted live in the fall of 2003.
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