Bruce Cockburn & Michael Ondaatje
A collaboration of music and words

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TORONTO, 21 September 2009 - PEN Canada is thrilled to announce that Bruce Cockburn and Michael Ondaatje will appear onstage together in a rare collaboration of music and words at the Glenn Gould Studio on November 19. The two Canadian legends will give their fans a once in a life time opportunity to witness a unique artistic endeavour, as well as to see them share their thoughts on the joys and challenges of the creative life. CBC Radio Two's Laurie Brown will host the evening. The event starts at 7:00 pm at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio. Tickets are $50 and can be purchase now by phone through Roy Thomson Hall at 416-872-4255, or online at

"As an as organization that defends freedom of expression and advances literature and literary dialogue, we are extremely pleased," says PEN Canada President Ellen Seligman, "to launch our 2009-2010 season of PEN events with Alice Munro and Diana Athill, followed by Michael Ondaatje and Bruce Cockburn in creative collaboration."

The second event in PEN Canada's fall literary lineup on November 19, will bring together two Canadian legends, Bruce Cockburn and Michael Ondaatje in a rare collaboration of music and words, with a conversation about the joys and challenges of the creative life. CBC Radio Two's Laurie Brown will host the evening. The event will take place at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 and are on sale now. This event is in honour of Constance Rooke (1942-2009), who was a past president of PEN Canada and a passionate advocate of freedom of expression and the arts.

Event proceeds will go to PEN Canada in support of its vital work on behalf of writers in prison, writers in exile, and freedom of speech.

About PEN Canada

PEN Canada is a centre of International PEN that campaigns on behalf of writers around the world persecuted for the expression of their thoughts. In Canada, it supports the right to free expression enshrined in Section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the past five years, PEN Canada has helped to free over 40 writers from prison.

About the IFOA

The International Festival of Authors was inaugurated in 1980 with a mandate to bring together the best writers of contemporary world literature. Like the weekly reading series, the IFOA includes readings, interviews, lectures and round table discussions as well as public book signings and a festival bookstore. The IFOA also presents a number of special events including readings by Scotiabank Giller Prize, Governor General's Literary Awards, and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

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This program will be recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio 2's -Inside The Music

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This page is part of The Cockburn Project, a unique website that exists to document the work of Canadian singer-songwriter and musician Bruce Cockburn. The Project archives self-commentary by Cockburn on his songs and music, and supplements this core part of the website with news, tour dates, and other current information.