2017 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Cockburn at Studio Bell

January 24, 2018

 

While visiting Studio Bell, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Cockburn reflected on words and rhythm, and how they play into his songwriting process.

The National Music Centre and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame held the formal plaque ceremony as part of Cockburn’s induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on January 21, 2018.

The plaque ceremony followed the December 2017 launch of a temporary exhibition at Studio Bell that honours the four 2017 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees—Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage, Stéphane Venne and Neil Young.

The exhibition, called Showcase: 2017 Inductees, includes many treasures from the recent inductees, such as a song book of lyrics for Cockburn’s 1984 political anthem “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” and 1988’s “If A Tree Falls,” along with a Linda Manzer-built acoustic guitar owned and played by him. The display is located on Studio Bell’s fifth floor, and will run until the fall of 2018.

The National Music Centre in Calgary has been the physical home of three Canadian Music Halls of Fame—the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection—since opening in 2016. Members of all three Halls of Fame have visited their plaques, such as Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Cochrane, Burton Cummings, Bob Ezrin, Randy Bachman and The Tragically Hip, to name a few.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

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    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

  • 2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

    2017 CSHF Plaque Ceremony with Bruce Cockburn. Photo Credit: Neil Zeller.

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