Toronto - 17 January, 2005 - The NXNE Music & Film Festival and
Conference is proud to announce that one of Canada's most admired and respected musicians, BRUCE COCKBURN, is confirmed as one of this
year's celebrity interviews.
The 11th Annual NXNE Festival takes place in downtown Toronto, Canada from June 9-11, 2005. Our celebrity interview with Bruce Cockburn will be held on Friday, June 10 at The Holiday Inn on King, NXNE conference headquarters. Delegates to both the music and film conference have access to the interview. Delegate passes are available for sale at www.nxne.com.
Bruce Cockburn is a world-renowned virtuoso guitar master, a fiery and literate wordsmith, and a compassionate ambassador for humanitarian causes worldwide. This will be his first appearance at NXNE, and it also marks the first time he has agreed to a celebrity interview.
"We're thrilled to have Bruce Cockburn participate at NXNE," says Andy McLean, NXNE Managing Director. "His unwavering independent approach to his music is a true inspiration to the emerging artists at the festival. He is one of Canada's most influential songwriters and someone who has achieved worldwide commercial success without compromising his commitment to speak out against injustices."
As an acclaimed singer-songwriter/musician, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed a remarkable 35-year recording career as a solo artist with 27 albums released internationally, all through the independent Canadian label True North Records.
Cockburn has been honoured with the Order of Canada, the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, and three honourary doctorates - one of which is from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bruce received Italy's TENCO Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Holland's Edison Award for Album of the Year for Inner City Front. He has received 11 JUNOs, 14 SOCAN awards, and numerous other awards and honours in his long and distinguished career.
With 20 gold and platinum albums, Bruce Cockburn has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Over 200 artists have covered Bruce Cockburn songs, including; kd lang, Jimmy Buffett, The Barenaked Ladies, Jerry Garcia, Elbow and Maria Muldaur. Bruce has also traveled extensively on many fact-finding trips to places like Cambodia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Kosovo, Nepal, Nicaragua, Mozambique and, in January 2004, war-torn Baghdad.
Bruce Cockburn is in a rare league as an artist. Musicians today aspire to be able to record their music how and when they want to, and hope they can make a long-standing respectable career out of it. Bruce Cockburn does just that and has done so for over 35 years. He has always remained true to himself, his music, his values and his views.
~from True North